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10:35 PM ET, February 14, 2007


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Carlo / Techdirt:
Edgar Bronfman Again Complaining About Things He Could Change, If Only He Wanted To  —  from the windbag dept  —  Back in June, we noted how FCC Chairman Kevin Martin tended to trot out the same speech at the various trade shows at which he speaks.  Warner Music CEO Edgar Bronfman …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
From semantic Web (3.0) to the WebOS (4.0)  —  Nova Spivack of Radar Networks maps out his view of the evolution of the Web over the next 25 years.  Nova said he isn't sure about exact dates or technologies on the top end of the map, but his view of ten-year blocks to fully evolve each phase is realistic.
Discussion: Vecosys
Nova / Minding the Planet:
Web 3.0 Roundup: Radar Networks, Powerset, Metaweb and Others...
Discussion: EarlyStageVC
Dan Primack / PE HUB:
Take Visto Out of Deadpool  —  Mobile email company Visto Corp. is not on the edge of financial collapse, despite such insinuations this morning from ValleyWag.  In fact, multiple sources tell me that the Redwood City, Calif.-based company raised an undisclosed $35 million venture round …
Discussion: Valleywag
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Visto, Silicon Valley's most controversial company
Discussion: Valleywag
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 …
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google E-Mail Service Ready for All  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google Inc.'s free e-mail service will shed the final remnants of its invitation-only restrictions Wednesday, extending the reach of an increasingly popular product that has emerged as a vital cog in the online search leader's expansion efforts.
Elinor Mills / CNET
Gmail finally really open to everyone
PR Newswire:
Krugle to Power Code Search Engine for Yahoo! Developer Network  —  MENLO PARK, Calif., Feb. 14 /PRNewswire/ — Krugle, Inc., the code search engine for developers, today announced it will supply search functionality for the Yahoo! Developer Network, the centralized resource for the developer community …
JR Minkel / Scientific American:
First "Commercial" Quantum Computer Solves Sudoku Puzzles  —  Quantum computing company banks on a longshot form of quantum computing  —  A Canadian manufacturer today unveiled what it called "the world's first commercially viable quantum computer."  D-Wave Systems, Inc. …
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
The Next Big Ad Medium: Podcasts  —  Advertisers will spend more than $400 million on podcasting by 2011, but they're still not sure who will be listening to them  —  Remember podcasting?  While marketers have been busy uploading commercials to YouTube, the once-buzzed-about medium has spent …
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
13 Reasons Why NoFollow Tags Suck  —  The NoFollow link attribute (rel="nofollow") was originally created to block search engines from following links in blog comments, due to the amount of blog comment spamming.  —  The theory is that if spammers are spamming in blog comments to get better SEO …
Edo / Pink Tentacle:
Hitachi develops RFID powder  —  Hitachi's new RFID chips (pictured on right, next to a human hair) are 64 times smaller than their mu-chips (left)  —  RFID keeps getting smaller.  On February 13, Hitachi unveiled a tiny, new "powder" type RFID chip measuring 0.05 x 0.05 mm — the smallest yet …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Ministry of Tech
UPDATE 1-Ex-Take-Two CEO pleads guilty to options charges  —  Ryan Brant, the ex-CEO of video game publisher Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. (TTWO.O: Quote, Profile , Research), on Wednesday entered a guilty plea and will pay $7.3 million to settle two options-related cases, his spokesman said.
Discussion: Joystiq, and GigaGamez
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Text of Email to all Yahoos  —  This email was sent by Yahoo CFO Susan Decker to all Yahoo employees today at 9:01 AM PST and has the details of who's doing what in their new Advertiser & Publisher Group.  Lots and lots of SVP and EVP promotions from the Yahoo ranks, and other peanut butter being spread around.
Crave: The gadget blog:
TiVo Series3 gets a software update—and (maybe) a lower price  —  TiVo is slowly rolling out a software update to its Series3 high-def DVR.  Among the improvements in the 8.1 version (as reported at TiVoCast (video downloads); Extend Live (autoprompt for live-event recording extensions) …
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny! and Engadget HD
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Meizu CEO: we only kind of knocked off the iPhone  —  Funny, we rarely, if ever see a company producing Chinese knocks of high profile devices start defending themselves, but it sounds like Meizu wants to (partly) shed the bad light cast on its M8, er, miniOne non-iPhone.
Inside AdWords:
Quality Score updates  —  At Google, one of our most important goals has always been to deliver high quality ads that provide value to our users.  In August of 2005 we improved our quality evaluation with the introduction of the Quality Score, which sets minimum bids for your keywords.
Barrie McKenna / Globe and Mail:
U.S. group wants Canada blacklisted over piracy  —  WASHINGTON — A powerful coalition of U.S. software, movie and music producers is urging the Bush administration to put Canada on an infamous blacklist of intellectual property villains, alongside China, Russia and Belize.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
TechPresident: Tracking Candidate Use of MySpace, YouTube, AdSense  —  TechPresident is a new online project tracking and aggregating information about all the US Presidential candidates' use of online social media.  Though consisting of more Democratic Party aligned contributors than anyone else …
Alison Leigh Cowan / New York Times:
Teacher Faces Jail Over Pornography on Class Computer  —  Julie Amero, a substitute teacher at a middle school in Norwich, Conn., said she had simply wanted to e-mail her husband.  The authorities contend that she was — purposely or, perhaps, carelessly — exposing 11- and 12-year-old students …
Discussion: Ars Technica and Boing Boing
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Free Zune? You Must Be Joking...?
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Viacom to YouTube: We'll host our own videos, thanks
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
What Will Replace the Almighty Page View?
Onethumb / SmugBlog:
This is your Mac on drugs  —  Why the web can look wonky …
Discussion: digg
JasonD / Widget Logic:
Has the 302 Hijack returned ?
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
uTorrent 1.6.1 Released  —  The stable 1.6.1 release is not yet …
Discussion: Monkey Bites, and digg
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Do wireless tubes need to be neutral too?
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Mike / Techdirt:
Latest Threat To Clog The Internet: Bird Flu
Joe / Techdirt:
Social Networking Sites Under Attack At The State Level
Los Angeles Times:
L.A. mayor wants citywide wireless access
Chris Williams / The Register:
InPhase begins shipping holographic storage
New York Times:
New York Times Joins With Monster to Co-Brand Career Web Sites
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
Is Radio Still Radio if There's Video?