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10:25 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  —  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 …
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.
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: Search Engine Land
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," …
Preston Gralla / Computerworld Blogs 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.
Discussion: Tech_Space and digg
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
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.
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
Scott Roxborough / Hollywood Reporter:
Redstone: Par ready for comeback  —  BERLIN — Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone sat down with The Hollywood Reporter's German bureau chief Scott Roxborough, in town for the Berlin International Film Festival, for a wide-ranging talk about YouTube, China and the future of comedy in Germany.
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Viacom to YouTube: We'll host our own videos, thanks
Discussion: digg
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.
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.
Discussion: ProBlogger Blog Tips
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 …
Microsoft Security Advisory (933052)  —  Vulnerability in Microsoft Word Could Allow Remote Code Execution  —  Microsoft is investigating new public reports of very limited, targeted attacks against Microsoft Word "zero-day" using a vulnerability in Microsoft Office 2000 and Microsoft Office XP.
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This is your Mac on drugs  —  Why the web can look wonky …
Discussion: MacUser and digg
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