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10:05 AM ET, February 16, 2007

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Ryan Olson / Red Herring:
Google Agrees to Buy Adscape  —  Search king to pay $23 million for in-game advertising startup.  —  Google has made a foray into in-game advertising for video games with an agreement to acquire Adscape Media for $23 million, sources familiar with the matter said Thursday.
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:   Google to Buy Adscape for $23 Million
Gartenberg / GartenBlog:
From Analyst to Evangelist... Let's get it started!  —  After working as an industry analyst for more than decade, I'm leaving JupiterResearch to join Microsoft as an enthusiast evangelist.  What is an enthusiast evangelist?  Our job is to find, engage and work with enthusiasts and other influencers …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Hires Michael Gartenberg as New Evangelist  —  The Vista marketing challenge saw an interesting new development today with the announcement that Microsoft has hired Jupiter Research analyst Michael Gartenberg as Enthusiast Evangelist.  Gartenberg says in a blog post on his move that he will …
Jeff Sandquist:
Michael Garternberg Joins Microsoft
New York Times:
Viewers Fast-Forwarding Past Ads?  Not Always  —  People with digital video recorders like TiVo never watch commercials, right?  —  Add that to the list of urban — and suburban — myths.  —  It turns out that a lot of people with digital video recorders are not fast-forwarding and time-shifting as much as advertisers feared.
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Hack lets intruders sneak into home routers  —  If you haven't changed the default password on your home router, let this recent threat serve as a reminder.  —  Attackers could change the configuration of home routers using JavaScript code, security researchers at Indiana University and Symantec have discovered.
BetaNews:
Vista Sales Estimates Indicate Dwindling Retail Channel  —  Comparing preliminary information released by NPD this morning regarding launch week sales for Microsoft Windows Vista versus historical NPD data for prior years, BetaNews has learned the news for Microsoft may seem even more daunting than at first believed:
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple may turn to induction for iPod docking, charging  —  Apple Inc. is attempting to develop a revolutionary dock connector for handheld consumer electronics gadgets that will allow the devices to be docked in any orientation and, in some cases, charged wirelessly.
Discussion: Gizmodo and O'Grady's PowerPage
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iPhone / iTablet dock - inductive charging
BBC:
Digital neighbourhood watch plan  —  A neighbourhood watch for the digital age, utilising the power of social networking, has been proposed.  —  Two lecturers in the US have suggested creating a network of Community Response Grids (CRG) in conjunction with the emergency services.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple to re-enter the sub-notebook market  —  A tiny sub-notebook on its way from Apple Inc. is expected to re-establish the Mac maker as a leader in the field of compact computing while drawing parallels to the legendary PowerBook 2400 along the way.  —  It's been nearly ten years since …
Discussion: Engadget and digg
Robin Erb / Toledo Blade:
Ex-student faces felony charge in Clay case  —  Personal, other data downloaded to iPod  —  A former Clay High School student was charged yesterday with a felony after police said he hacked into school personnel and student files, downloading sensitive information onto his iPod.
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
iPod deemed a "criminal tool" in high school security breach
Discussion: Techdirt and digg
Doc Searls / Linux Journal:
Building an Relationship Economy  —  Is there something new that open source development methods and values can bring to the economy?  How about something old?  —  I think the answer may come from the developing world, where pre-industrial methods and values persist and offer some helpful models …
BBC:
Hiding messages in plain sight  —  A technology that can "hide" information in plain sight on printed images has begun to see the first commercial applications.  —  Japanese firm Fujitsu is pushing a technology that can encode data into a picture that is invisible to the human eye but can be decoded by a mobile phone with a camera.
Mike / Techdirt:
Carlos Mencia Claims Copyright Infringement On Comedian Who Accuses Mencia Of Stealing Jokes  —  from the ah,-the-tangled-web-we-weave dept  —  Another day, another convoluted DMCA claim.  Earlier this week, one of the hot stories getting passed around was how comedian (and Fear Factor host) …
Discussion: Copyrightings
Gizmodo:
First Look: the Anti-iPhone, OpenMoko's Neo1973  —  The OpenMoko Neo1973 linux-powered smartphone first crossed our radar last november.  Then the iPhone came out and made us double-take on the device's multi-touch screen, and coincidentally similar interface.
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Appeerances Can Be Deceiving  —  The new Apple TV media extender is supposed to ship this month, perhaps even by the time you read this column, and if you are like me you are wondering what that 40-gig hard drive is doing inside.  I'm guessing we won't know for sure until later this year …
GigaOM:
The New, New Music Industry  —  The music business has been transforming before our eyes.  Many players in the industry are struggling to survive amidst the tectonic shifts as the industry transforms itself for the digital age.  And yet there has never been more demand for consuming music …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Survey: Blackberry owners chained to work  —  Are devices such as Blackberrys and Treos actually chaining Americans to their work instead of liberating them?  There has been plenty of speculation on the topic of whether being "always on" is affecting our everyday lives.
 
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Phillip Torrone / MAKE Magazine:
OpenMoko - open source cell phone
Discussion: Engadget
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Debreu's Scent Drive brings aroma to the flash drive
Discussion: Tech Digest, Crave and Ubergizmo
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Kevin Rose did not create voting and he *DID* copy the idea …
Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
GameStop wants your trade-ins. …
Discussion: Kotaku
Alexander Gelfand / Wired News:
Toys That Protect Kids From Pervs
Discussion: ALLIED
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Inventor sues Slingbox maker for patent infringement
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
National Public Whatsis
Garrett French / Search Engine Journal:
Stumble Upon Interview Series: StumbleUpon Defined vs. Digg, Google MySpace and More
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Kohler / Game | Life:
Japan-Only Games Possible for US Virtual Console
Discussion: Kotaku, Go Nintendo and digg
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Sendori: Auction Redirects from Your Domains
Discussion: Clickety Clack
CNN:
Shigeru Miyamoto Talk Asia Interview
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Hands-on with Apple's AirPort Extreme 802.11n Base Station
Mark Malseed / momentmag.com:
The Story of Sergey Brin
Ryan Singel / 27B Stroke 6:
Fear And Loathing on The Anti-Anti-Predator Campaign
Panzerjohn / Abstractioneer:
AOL and OpenID: Where we are  —  It's not really a secret …