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2:40 PM ET, February 9, 2007

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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
In a Search Refinement, a Chance to Rival Google  —  Early in the decade, a struggling Xerox Corporation was trying to sell off a stake in its Palo Alto Research Center, which it could no longer afford to support.  But with the technology bubble bursting, the price that investors were willing …
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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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Powerset Hype To Boiling Point
Discussion: Joe Duck and Paul Kedrosky's …
Erik Sass / MediaPost Publications:
DMarc Founders Leave Google  —  CHAD AND RYAN STEELBERG, THE founders of an automated radio ad placement company purchased by Google in January 2006, have left the company.  —  The brothers resigned amid reports of growing tension between dMarc, the company they founded, and Google over differing approaches to radio ad sales.
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Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
dMarc Founders No Longer At Google
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
Jobs's Music Proposal Rebuffed  —  Piracy Software Not the Problem, Industry Executive Says  —  The recording industry is beginning to respond to a proposal made this week by Apple chief executive Steve Jobs calling for an open music system that would allow songs to be played on any device.
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BBC:
Warner insists on copy protection
Discussion: Michael Geist's Blog
Forbes:
Will EMI Set Its Music Free?
Discussion: PaidContent
Seeking Alpha:
Warner Music Group F1Q07 (Qtr End 12/31/06) Earnings Call Transcript
Discussion: PaidContent
Economist:
Music wants to be free
Discussion: Infinite Loop and digg
Meta:
An Open Letter to Google Founders— to save Google in China and save Internet in China  —  I'm writing you the short letter on behalf of many Internet users in China to have some suggestions to resolve the current dilemma for Google in China, from both business and social perspectives.
Nick / Rough Type:
IT, YouTube and the wealth gap  —  Google has reported, in a financial filing, that YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen each pulled down about a third of a billion dollars in selling their video-sharing company to the search giant.  That's not a bad payday for a year-old …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia's E90 Communicator: first pics!  —  Check it QWERTY geeks, we've got a trio of clandestine snaps of Nokia's oft rumored, but never seen E90 communicator.  As you can see from the pics, the E90 does indeed pack a dual-hinge allowing it to open like a 9500 or fold-up flat like the 9300.
Discussion: Gadgetell, CrunchGear and jkOnTheRun
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
The Web, Now Just for You  —  New online tools offer personalized recommendations to help users find what they like—and help advertisers target their audience  —  Kevin Rose likes to talk about his taste for oolong tea.  But lately the founder of Digg, a popular bookmarking site …
Shankar Gupta / MediaPost Publications:
iCrossing To Purchase U.K. Shop Spannerworks  —  SEARCH ENGINE MARKETING FIRM ICROSSING plans to acquire Spannerworks, a U.K.-based company, for around $18 million, OnlineMediaDaily has learned.  —  Spannerworks, a 10-year-old search engine marketing company based in Brighton, England …
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: broadbandreports.com, Slashdot and digg
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
EMI May Sell Recordings Online With No Anti-Copying Software  —  The EMI Group, the British music giant, has been considering a plan to offer a broad swath of its recordings for sale online without anti-copying software, executives involved in discussions with the company said.
Dana Gardner / Dana Gardner's BriefingsDirect:
Entrepreneur-itis bites again as Marc Fleury leaves Red Hat  —  There's always a risk when a company formed by a strong personality — especially when the company is identified closely with that individual — is acquired.  Yet I had high hopes when JBoss was acquired by Red Hat last year.
Discussion: Open Sources and LXer Linux News
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
LAMP Engineer Needed in Berkeley, California for MyBlogLog  —  The MyBlogLog team is looking to grow and we could use a few good engineers.  We're currently on the hunt for a good general purpose LAMP engineer: someone who knows their Apache, PHP, Perl, MySQL, and related stuff.
The Jeff Pulver Blog:
Apple Store doesn't Sell:  —  On Wednesday during my visit to Los Angeles, I took the time to visit an Apple Store in Century City.  While there was a long wait for people to speak with one of their resident "Geniuses", there was an even longer wait for someone who wanted to actually pay for something.
RU Sirius / 10 Zen Monkeys:
When Cory Doctorow Ruled the World  —  Interviewing Cory Doctorow is easy.  You just flip the on switch by asking the first question, and he emits a constant stream of brilliant, insightful stuff.  Editing interviews with Doctorow is easy as well.  He generally speaks in coherent …
Discussion: Valleywag
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Zune Phone Confirmed!  Launch Scenario!  4G WiMax Action!  Rumors Off the WTF-o-Meter  —  We don't wanna say we told you so, but, ya know, we did.  On Monday, Microsoft filed a mystery application with the FCC for an enigmatic wireless device that could be used to talk over the Internet.
 
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Mike / Techdirt:
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Viacom moves on without YouTube
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Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
AP, NowPublic Will Collaborate On News Coverage
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
iRobot intros next-gen bomb-defusing PackBot
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CNNMoney.com:
Pixar options reportedly under probe
Discussion: MacUser and Blogging Stocks
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Planex's 750GB+ NAS server and BitTorrent client: make a label hate you
Kenneth Chang / New York Times:
Wizardry at Harvard: Physicists Move Light
Discussion: Slashdot and digg
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Judge / Techworld.com:
Quantum computer to debut next week
Abe Olandres / The Blog Herald:
We're reshuffling and Tony's taking charge
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
VMWare's 3D graphics acceleration just around the corner?
Discussion: Wired, UNEASYsilence and digg
Ben / Ben Metcalfe Blog:
On linkbaiting, SEO'ing and all that other crap
Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
Where's Ray? Where's the Vista Campaign?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Photobucket To Show Off Latest Flash Tools
Discussion: Ryan Stewart
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Windows Mobile 6 Professional in pictures
Discussion: TechSpot News
Pat Phelan / Roam4free:
Allfreecalls.net launches in Ireland