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9:05 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.
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
Yahoo copies Digg, suffers the consequences
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.
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.
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.
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: digg
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.
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.
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 …
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
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Strawberries are red, stems are green...  You may have noticed today's Google Doodle on our homepage in celebration of romance and good food (something we consider extremely important).  —  When you look at the logo, you may worry that we forgot our name overnight, skipped a letter, or have decided that "Googe" has a better ring to it.
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," …
Discussion: IP Democracy
Sam Sethi / Vecosys:
Saul Klein leaves Skype to turn "gamekeeper" at Index  —  Index Ventures today announced that serial entrepreneur Saul Klein has gone from "poacher to gamekeeper" by joining the firm as their new venture partner.  This is great news and congratulations to Saul from Mike and I.
Discussion: alarm:clock euro
Thomas C Greene / The Register:
Vista first look: Bugs and confusion  —  Review The most prominent feature of Windows Vista is its cost.  So, before we get into the nuts and bolts of how it behaves, let's talk about value for money.  Because at these prices, it had better be good.  —  The stand-alone version …
Times of India:
I drew flak for investing in Bharti, says Sarin  —  [ 15 Feb, 2007 0142hrs IST TIMES NEWS NETWORK ]  —  ON THE TOP: Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin spent virtually all of his day fielding questions from the media and meeting up with key associates.  (Reuters)  —  Since the time Vodafone CEO …
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Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
An NES, two clones, and the Virtual Console.  Where does Mario look his best?
Discussion: Kotaku and digg
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Onethumb / SmugBlog:
This is your Mac on drugs  —  Why the web can look wonky …
Discussion: MacUser and digg
Alison Leigh Cowan / New York Times:
Teacher Faces Jail Over Pornography on Class Computer
Discussion: Ars Technica, Boing Boing and digg
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Hitachi develops RFID powder
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