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10:40 AM ET, February 14, 2007

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Vanessa Fox / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Our Valentine's day gift: out of beta and adding comments  —  Here at webmaster central, we love the webmaster community — and today, Valentine's Day, we want to show you that our commitment to you is stronger than ever.  We're taking webmaster tools out of beta and enabling comments on this blog.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and WebProNews
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Marianna / Official Google Checkout Blog:
Shopping cart badge updates  —  Posted by Jonathan Berger, Google Checkout Buyer Product Manager  —  An important part of Google Checkout since we launched last summer has been helping users find convenient, secure places to shop through tight integration with AdWords, the advertisements on our search results pages.
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Valentine's Gifts: Logos, Comments, Buttons
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
Google Said to Violate Copyright Laws  —  A Brussels court ruled Tuesday that Google had violated copyright laws by publishing links to articles from Belgian newspapers without permission.  Legal experts said the case could have broad implications in Europe for the news indexes provided by search engines.
Discussion: Slashdot
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Greg Jarboe / Search Engine Watch:
Is Google News the Tail Wagging the News Search Dog?  —  Google News gets more press mentions than other news search engines.  It gets more blog mentions, too.  But, Yahoo News and AOL News have larger unique audiences.  —  So, why is the tail wagging the dog?  Before we jump to any conclusions, let's do the numbers.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Aoife White / Associated Press:
Court Orders Google to Pull Belgian News
Discussion: Neowin.net and TechSpot News
Eric Sylvers / New York Times:
The Ad-Free Cellphone May Soon Be Extinct  —  ADVERTISING on your cellphone?  —  Yes, and soon.  —  Already, ads are creeping onto cellphones around the globe.  At this rate, experts say, it will not be long before the 2.2 billion mobile phone users around the world consider it natural …
Discussion: Chip Griffin, HipMojo.com and 10e20
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Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Cell Phones Are The Final Frontier for Advertising
Discussion: textually.org
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
Is Radio Still Radio if There's Video?  —  Ted Stryker, a D.J. at KROQ in Los Angeles, considers it a perk of the job to wear shorts and T-shirts to work.  But last Sunday as he dressed for the Grammy Awards, he pulled out his best blazer and a flashy belt buckle, knowing three video cameras …
Discussion: PaidContent and Lost Remote
John Blau / Macworld:
T-Mobile CEO: VoIP will have no major impact  —  Don't expect new mobile phone services based on the Internet Protocol to become nearly as prevalent as those running over PCs.  That's the view of Hamid Akhavan, CEO of T-Mobile International, one of Europe's largest mobile phone operators.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Statement in Response to Speculation on Next Version of Windows  —  No official guidance yet; company will provide more details when ready.  —  REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 13, 2007 - Microsoft released the following statement today from Kevin Kutz, Director, Windows Client …
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Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:
Microsoft Tells Pundits to Shut Up About Windows 7, Talk About Vista
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Online Video Industry Index  —  Written by Emre Sokullu and edited by Richard MacManus  —  There are now so many companies vying to be the next YouTube, it's easy to lose track of them all.  So let's take a look at the entire online video industry and categorize the major players.
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
House OKs specialized patent judges  —  The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill that would allow certain federal judges to defer patent cases to colleagues considered better-versed in the complex area.  —  The proposal, first introduced last year by Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) …
Discussion: Ars Technica and Techdirt
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Yahoo Music exec agreeing with Jobs' DRM-free sentiment?  —  It's not everyday that you see two rivals agreeing on a subject where they become the vast minority in a horde of DRM-enforcing media protectors, but it seems like this parallel universe isn't so far out after all.
Discussion: Techdirt and CNET News.com
John Austin / Dallas Star-Telegram:
The next class fits in your pocket  —  Distance learning has been around for decades, but thanks to the iPod and other digital music players, higher education is becoming as portable as a pop song.  —  "I do testing for offshore rigs," said Melvin Robinson, a Sugar Land engineer …
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy.Com:
Seven Special Valentine's Day Logos  —  Today I have seen the new Google's special Valentine's Day logo on TechCrunch - I am sure someone in the company will have a really bad Valentine's day (and not because of being lonely but because of the logo).  I think that Valentine's Day must …
Discussion: WebProNews
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Hacker, Microsoft duke it out over Vista design flaw  —  Joanna Rutkowska has always been a big supporter of the Windows Vista security model.  Until she stumbled upon a "very severe hole" in the design of UAC (User Account Control) and found out — from Microsoft officials …
GameDaily:
Marc Ecko Expands Game Business  —  If you thought that fashion designer Marc Ecko's last game, Getting Up, was a one shot deal, think again.  Ecko (right) is back in a big way with a new video games division, Marc Ecko Entertainment (MEE).  More within...
Discussion: Kotaku and Joystiq
Neil McIntosh / Complete Tosh,:
Telegraph gets touchy about Comment is free  —  The Daily Telegraph's Shane Richmond is unhappy that the Guardian calls Comment is free (Cif) a blog.  It's not, he says, calling for a debate about what exactly a blog is, and adding it's unfair to compare the Telegraph's blogs with CiF.
Discussion: Wordblog and Telegraph Blogs
 
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
New Web safety institute unveiled
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microsoft.com:
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS07-010
Discussion: Zero Day, Security Fix and TechBlog
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Nokia Video Center Hands On
Discussion: Gizmodo
Alex Clover / The Bivings Report:
Pipe your RSS feeds the way you want them - Yahoo Pipes is a sign of things to come
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Selling Your Blog: What Are Blog Buyers Looking For?
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
BBC explains decision to go with Microsoft DRM
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Horntones: Customize Your Honk
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
Dual-screen laptop sees double
Zephoria / apophenia:
Facebook's little digital gift
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Filmloop's demise, the reputation of VCs, and how you can help
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Newsmaker: Symantec CEO says no Vista for me
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Pheedo Launches Social Media Ad Widgets
Discussion: Blogspotting
 

 
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Guardian Media CEO calls on BBC to share breaking news video feed, open archives; criticizes Australia expansion

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After suing Imgur over copyright, photographer's archive of 20K+ images uploaded to Pirate Bay

 
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