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4:20 PM ET, February 15, 2007

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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.
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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.
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
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
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.
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.
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 …
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Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Microsoft blasts IBM in open letter over Office XML
Discussion: Matusow's Blog
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.
Discussion: Rough Type
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
U.S. servers slurp more power than Mississippi
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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.
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," …
Consumerist:
9 More Hewlett-Packard Company Secrets From A Former Employee  —  A former Hewlett-Packard worker who could barely wait for their non-disclosure-agreement to end so they could spill company secrets to The Consumerist has more, along with clarifications about what was posted yesterday.
Discussion: Dvorak Uncensored, TechBlog 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 …
Richard Hoffman / InformationWeek:
When It Comes To Broadband, U.S. Plays Follow The Leader  —  The United States often views itself as a paragon of technology innovation and deployment.  In some cases, that view is correct, but not when it comes to broadband deployment, where the country lags considerably behind other major nations.
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 …
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
 
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Why Wikipedia doesn't have advertising?  Hint: follow the money (to Wikia)
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Hitachi's RFID powder freaks us the heck out
Richard Mitchell / Xbox 360 Fanboy:
PS3 kiosk, can you spot the 360?
Discussion: Game | Life and digg
Panzerjohn / Abstractioneer:
AOL and OpenID: Where we are  —  It's not really a secret …
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Gizmodo emeritus rips all gadget-sites a new one
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Senator wants to ban 'deceptive' video game ratings
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