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3:00 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.
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Yahoo Did Not Rip Off Digg  —  Yahoo has launched a new public voting system on their Suggestion Boards which lets users contribute, comment and vote on feedback given by Yahoo users on different Yahoo Channels.  —  Yahoo Suggestion Boards is a smart way for Yahoo to gather and prioritize user feedback …
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
Yahoo copies Digg, suffers the consequences
BBC:
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.
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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.
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Yahoo Lays Out Details Of Its New Advertiser & Publisher Group; Schneider To Lead YPN  —  Susan Decker, CFO of Yahoo, sent out an e-mail to all Yahoo employees detailing the newly formed "Advertiser & Publisher Group" within the company, whose mission is to "to lead the transformation …
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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 …
Benjamin Pimentel / San Francisco Chronicle:
Demand grows, but data centers don't hog power  —  Net uses barely over 1 percent of U.S. electricity, study says  —  Data centers are sucking up more electricity as more people and organizations log on to the Internet.  But there's been some disagreement over how power-hungry the servers running the nation's network are.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
U.S. servers slurp more power than Mississippi
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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
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," …
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 …
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 …
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 …
GamePro.com:
Feature: 14 Gaming Myths Exposed  —  We've all heard them, and many of us believe them.  But we're here to set the record straight: consider these gaming myths officially busted! … MYTH: Third-party controllers are just as good.  —  Wrong, wrong, wrong.
Discussion: Kotaku, Game | Life, Joystiq and digg
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.
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Gizmodo emeritus rips all gadget-sites a new one
John Brownlee / Table of Malcontents:
Parasitology of Blogging  —  Professional bloggers are, at best, symbiotic parasites.
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New database company raises funds, nabs ex-Oracle bigwigs
Matt Mondok / M-Dollar:
DirectX 10: why it's exclusive to Vista
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Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
John Edwards' campaign enters Second Life
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Infinite Loop:
New Airport Extreme could expose Macs via IPv6
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Plagiarizing blog posts is stupid
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Yahoo Defends Digital Ad Dollars At Its First Infront Presentation
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