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7:40 AM ET, February 9, 2007

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We Heard You Loud and Clear  —  Just on the heels of another great release for the beta (M9), I'd like to share some interesting news to our loyal users.  When we launch the mail service worldwide, it will be named Windows Live Hotmail.  That's right!  And for starters, some of you will begin …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
A Comparison of Live Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo Mail  —  The Windows Live team announced today that they're rebranding their new email beta to Windows Live Hotmail.  We haven't written about the application for some time, and this is as good an excuse as any to compare the current release to Gmail and the new Yahoo mail beta.
Wired News:
XBLA's Greg Canessa Poached by PopCap  —  The man who birthed Xbox Live Arcade has abandoned his brainchild.  With freshly inked adoption papers, Greg Canessa, former general manager of Xbox Live Arcade, will now nurture PopCap Games' console and handheld divisions as the vice president of video game platforms.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple TV to play games, too?  —  Back last September when Apple introduced the "iTV" alongside games for the iPod, we had to wonder to ourselves whether Apple would use iTunes and their new casual games relationships to make the device we now know as the Apple TV something of a competitor for Xbox Live Arcade.
Discussion: MacUser, Apple Gazette and digg
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Powerset's search technology scoop, may scare Google  —  Powerset, a San Francisco search engine company, will announce Friday it has won exclusive rights to significant search engine technology it says may help propel it past Google.  —  The technology, developed at Palo Alto Research Center …
Paul Cesarini / Observer:
Caught in the Network  —  At 9:15 one Thursday morning, there came a polite knock on my mostly closed office door.  I was expecting the knock.  A student was coming to talk to me about getting into one of my courses, which he needed to graduate.  —  So when I heard the knock, I said, "C'mon in, Kyle."
Discussion: Slashdot
MediaShift:
WE MEDIA 2007 Mainstream Media Wants to Take Back Control  —  MIAMI — Thanks to the audience taking control of their media experience and creating their own media in blogs, podcasts, video and social networks, the people who are losing control have decided to meet — and meet, and meet again …
Discussion: media blog
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Jemima Kiss / Guardian Unlimited:
WeMedia conference, Miami
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Photobucket To Show Off Latest Flash Tools  —  We are expecting Photobucket and Adobe to jointly announce a new Flash based tool for Photobucket users within the next couple of weeks.  The tool will allow users to mash up videos, photos and music clips into a timeline, and add titles …
Discussion: Ryan Stewart
Gizmodo:
Apple iPhone vs. Samsung F700: Which is Touchscreenier?  —  Apple's iPhone may have been announced first, but Samsung's Ultra Smart F700 (announced yesterda) seems to be one-up Apple's effort in a few feature categories.  —  If you'll take a little journey with me, we'll compare the iPhone …
Reuters:
YouTube founders split $650M payout  —  Web search leader Google details the payout from its $1.65 billion acquisition of the popular online video service.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) — Two of YouTube's founders stand to divide shares of stock now valued at around $650 million …
Discussion: The Utube Blog and digg
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
The Truth About SEO  —  When a controversy foments to the point where both sides are shouting at the top of their lungs and can't even hear each other, the truth is typically somewhere between the two extremes.  Such is the case it seems with search engine optimization, or SEO.
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Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
Where's Ray?  Where's the Vista Campaign?  —  Random unconnected things...  Where's Ray?  I'm sure Ray Ozzie has been busy being the wizard behind the connected services scene of the future, but he's just plain running too silent for my comfort.  And I'm sure with Mix07 he's …
Discussion: LiveSide and Guardian Unlimited
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Is interoperable DRM inherently less secure?  The case of FairPlay versus Windows Media  —  It's been said before: security systems that rely on secrecy are only as secure as their secrets.  This was one of the more interesting assertions echoed in Steve Jobs' now famous open letter on DRM …
Discussion: Slashdot
Bruce Meyerson / Associated Press:
Mobile ESPN to relaunch through Verizon  —  NEW YORK - ESPN is relaunching its shuttered cell phone service through Verizon Wireless, this time delivering its flashy feed of sports scores, news and video highlights through a top industry player instead of competing for subscribers with its own full-blown wireless brand.
the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:
February 2007 Advance Notification  —  This is Christopher Budd and it's the Thursday before the Second Tuesday for February 2007.  —  As we do each month at this time, we've posted our Advance Notification for the upcoming security bulletin release.  —  I did want to note that this month …
David Pogue / New York Times:
Breaking the Myth of Megapixels  —  For an industry that's built on science, the technology world sure has its share of myths.  Thousands of people believe that forwarding a certain e-mail message to 50 friends will bring great riches, that the gigahertz rating of a computer …
 
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 Earlier Items: 
Scott Gilbertson / Wired:
Firefox 3 Alpha 2  —  Mozilla announced the release of Firefox 3 alpha 2 this morning.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft 'officelabs' looks to open source for inspiration
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Quantum computer to debut next Tuesday?
Discussion: Slashdot and digg
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
New Energy Star ratings for PCs on the way
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Netvibes module developer collects web credentials, personal content
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Local TV Online Revs Up 41%
Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
Diller Promises Big Investments in IAC Digital Originals
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPhone June 15 date a hoax — game on
Discussion: Gizmodo, The Apple Core and 21talks