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11:50 AM 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.
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
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.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Somebody Think of The Children! Illinois Banning Social Networks?
Discussion: BlogHer, Techdirt and Tame The Web
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," …
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.
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 …
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.
Greg Sandoval / CNET
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 …
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Infinite Loop:
New Airport Extreme could expose Macs via IPv6  —  In Apple's Designing AirPort Extreme 802.11n Networks manual there is a cryptic line: "This version of AirPort Utility supports IPv6."  Upon further examination (page 53), it turns out that the Airport Utility has a tab titled "IPv6" hidden away in the Advanced settings.
Discussion: MacUser, Technosailor and digg
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 …
Patricia Hursh / ClickZ:
Yahoo Local Advertising Options, Post-Panama, Part 2  —  › › › Local Search  —  Last time, I provided an overview of Yahoo's local search advertising options, post-Panama.  I covered the long-awaited geotargeting option now available in Sponsored Search …
Discussion: Screenwerk and Search Engine Land
Anne Broache / CNET
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.
Discussion: Techdirt
Elinor Mills / CNET
Viruses promise heartbreak on Valentine's Day  —  update Beware of e-mails bearing Valentine's Day greetings, or you may get a digital heartache.  —  At least two romance-themed security threats are arriving in e-mail in-boxes on Wednesday, researchers have warned.
How Social Sites Reveal What Your Audience Likes  —  Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus  —  Understanding your audience is the key to success in any business - including blogging.  Lately the Read/WriteWeb authors have been discussing what it is that keeps readers coming back here.
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Aral Balkan:
Plagiarizing blog posts is stupid
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HOW TO NAME YOUR COMPANY  —  Successful entrepreneur Michael …
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Samsung WiBro with RSS button!
Discussion: Engadget and jkOnTheRun
David Kaplan / PaidContent:
Yahoo Defends Digital Ad Dollars At Its First Infront Presentation
Scott Roxborough / Hollywood Reporter:
Redstone: Par ready for comeback
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BMW first in line with Apple iPhone integration - report
Times of India:
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Michael Kanellos / CNET
MIT student invents device for wall crawling
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