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1:35 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.
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
Music execs criticise DRM systems  —  Almost two-thirds of music industry executives think removing digital locks from downloadable music would make more people buy the tracks, finds a survey.  —  The Jupiter Research study looked at attitudes to Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems in Europe music firms.
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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
David Kaplan / PaidContent:
Yahoo Defends Digital Ad Dollars At Its First Infront Presentation  —  As we reported last week, Yahoo hosted its first "Infront" before the upfront on Tuesday evening, during which the web portal sought to "educate" roughly 1,000 marketers and media buyers on the merits of shifting more ad dollars …
Discussion: Digital Destiny and Lost Remote
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 …
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 and 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
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
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 …
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Matt Mondok / M-Dollar:
DirectX 10: why it's exclusive to Vista
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Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
IN FOCUS » See more posts on: Digital Politics, Second Life
Discussion: Slashdot and techPresident
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Infinite Loop:
New Airport Extreme could expose Macs via IPv6
Discussion: MacUser, Technosailor and digg
Aral Balkan:
Plagiarizing blog posts is stupid
HOW TO NAME YOUR COMPANY  —  Successful entrepreneur Michael …
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Anne Broache / CNET
Senator wants to ban 'deceptive' video game ratings
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Times of India:
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DIGGING DEEPER AP Warms Up to Blogs, Citizen Media at NowPublic
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