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12:40 PM ET, February 15, 2007

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Michael Olivier / Yodel Anecdotal:
It takes two to Tango  —  When you find something broken on the Web, product folks at small web sites are usually easy to connect with.  But visitors to sites with significant traffic usually have a tougher time lobbing input directly to site development teams about the good, the bad, and the screwed up.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Launches Digg-Like Suggestion Site  —  Yahoo is taking some criticism for launching a site that includes a Digg-like voting feature earlier today.  The main criticism is coming from Digg users, who can sometimes stop fighting long enough to band together into a very angry mob.
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
Yahoo copies Digg, suffers the consequences  —  Speaking of Yahoo, the portal has launched suggestion boards that look... hmm... exactly like Digg.  In fact, Yahoo explains on its own blog that the board has "Digg-like voting."  Well, that didn't sit so well with the Digg kids …
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:   Yahoo Did Not Rip Off Digg
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Preston Gralla / Computerworld Blogs:
U.S. senator: It's time to ban Wikipedia in schools, libraries  —  Here's the newest from Sen. Ted Stevens, the man who described the Internet as a series of tubes: It's time for the federal government to ban access to Wikipedia, MySpace, and social networking sites from schools and libraries.
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Somebody Think of The Children! Illinois Banning Social Networks?
Discussion: BlogHer, Techdirt and Tame The Web
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.
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Rafat Ali / PaidContent:   Yahoo Lays Out Details Of Its New Advertiser & Publisher Group …
Scott Kirsner / New York Times:
All the World's a Stage (That Includes the Internet)  —  AT lunchtime, or when he is walking the halls of his workplace, Roy Raphaeli's colleagues often beseech him to do a magic trick.  Usually, he obliges.  "I take the opportunity to show people my new stuff and see how they react," …
Fred Aun / ClickZ:
Omniture to Acquire Site-Side Behavioral Targeting Firm  —  In what it described as an effort to reduce "human interaction — a limiting factor" in online consumer interactions, Web analytics vendor Omniture yesterday said it is acquiring Touch Clarity, a site personalization firm, for more than $50 million.
Discussion: PaidContent
Ruby Huang / DigiTimes:
15.4-inch MacBooks to begin shipping in 2Q, say sources  —  Apple is planning to introduce 15.4-inch MacBooks in the second quarter of 2007, according to industry sources in Taiwan.  The new model will fill the gap between the company's 13.3-inch MacBooks and the 15.4- and 17-inch MacBook Pros …
Ed Oswald / BetaNews:
MS: IBM Standards Position Hypocritical  —  Microsoft is calling IBM out over its opposition to Office Open XML, saying it is attempting to create a movement to prevent ISO standardization of the format.  —  In an open letter posted to its Web site, Microsoft claims IBM is trying to limit choice …
Saska / Fiendish Glee Club:
Customer service gone shockingly right  —  (I have to throw in a little plug for Vox here, even though I just use their services for free.  This entry survived being #1 on digg.com and reddit.com in the same day, and one person claimed they couldn't get to it, but I personally never saw Vox go down.
Discussion: Blackfriars' Marketing and digg
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
EFF takes Viacom to task over YouTube takedown  —  A watchdog group is encouraging those wrongly accused of posting pirated Viacom material on YouTube to stand up to the giant conglomerate—even if it means a court fight.  —  Two weeks ago, when Viacom demanded that YouTube remove 100,000 …
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
The real secret to a successful blog/book/business...  For the last three years, Bert and I have tried to explain the "secret" to the success of the Head First books.  We've tried to explain the "secret" to how a little non-news, non-scandal blog could land in the Technorati Top 100.
Discussion: Josh Bancroft's …
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Senator wants to ban 'deceptive' video game ratings  —  update A U.S. Senate Republican with presidential ambitions has renewed his push to slap new regulations on the video and computer game industry, including a ban on "deceptive" labels by ratings outfits.
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Iljitsch van Beijnum / Infinite Loop:
New Airport Extreme could expose Macs via IPv6
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Aral Balkan:
Plagiarizing blog posts is stupid
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Vitamin:
HOW TO NAME YOUR COMPANY  —  Successful entrepreneur Michael …
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Yahoo Local Advertising Options, Post-Panama, Part 2
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Yahoo Defends Digital Ad Dollars At Its First Infront Presentation
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