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12:35 PM 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.
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Google to Buy Adscape for $23 Million
Discussion: Digital Media Wire and Valleywag
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 …
Joris Evers / CNET
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.
Zulfikar Ramzan /
Drive-By Pharming: How Clicking on a Link Can Cost You Dearly  —  I wanted to talk about a recent new attack, called Drive-By Pharming, which I co-developed with Sid Stamm and Markus Jakobsson of the Indiana University School of Informatics.  It allows attackers to create a Web page that …
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
The Dangers of Default Passwords
Discussion: InterActive Home
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.
Successforce Blog:
Salesforce's IdeaExchange, Yahoo! Suggestions, Feedlounge & Wordpress Ideas - What Do They Have in Common?  —  Yahoo Suggestions launched today with much blogospheric fanfare and an undeserved drubbing from the Digg crowd.  I think it's great validation of what we've been doing on the IdeaExchange …
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) …
Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
One million OLPC laptop orders confirmed  —  San Francisco (IDGNS) - Quanta Computer, the world's largest contract laptop PC manufacturer, already has confirmed orders for one million notebook PCs for the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, a company representative said Thursday.
Discussion: IP Democracy, Engadget and digg
Justin Haugh / Official Google Reader Blog:
One subscriber, two subscribers, three...  When building a product, your top priority should always be the needs of your users.  Here on the Google Reader team, we pride ourselves in being responsive to the complaints and feature requests of those who read feeds using our service.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Silicon Valley Meets 'American Idol' With Prizes to Inspire Inventors  —  FACING down stiff competition to win fame and big prize money?  Forget singing for Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul.  Try sequencing DNA for a panel of technology investors.  —  Yes, something like an "American Idol" …
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
FreeYourID: Personalized OpenID  —  FreeYourID is a new web service that allows users to register a personal .Name domain name which in turn can be used as an OpenID identifier, website URL and email host.  Your domain name will be in the format of and the domain can then be directed …
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar and Global Nerdy
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:
Joe / Techdirt:
More Questions Raised About Google's Sweetheart Deal In North Carolina  —  from the sweeter-and-sweeter dept  —  Recently, we pointed to a story suggesting that Google, like Microsoft in its early days, still has a thing or two to learn about dealing with politicians.
News & Record Syndication Feed:
Economic study unfinished before Google deal
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.
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 …
Will Sullivan / Journerdism:
AJC explodes the newsroom, makes MAJOR changes; Study says: Ya gotsta spend money to make it; Newpaper's public record database nets 4 million hits in less than three months; Teaching multimedia tips  —  February 16th, 2007  —  80 voluntary buyouts.  Reorganizing the newsroom structure …
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 …
Mike / Techdirt:
DMCA Takedown For Professor Showing How Copyright Owners Exaggerate Their Rights  —  from the ah,-irony dept  —  We've covered way too many bogus DMCA takedown notices, but sometimes new ones stand out for being extra special.  Wendy Seltzer, a law professor who used to work for the EFF …
Discussion: Wendy's Blog and Tech_Space
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 …
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WE MEDIA -ZOGBY POLL: Most Americans say bloggers and citizen …
Discussion: Micro Persuasion
Mike / Techdirt:
Jury Sides With Sample Troll Who Probably Doesn't Even Own Rights …
Jennifer Laycock / Todd Mintz:
The Google Grants Program: Click Here For Charity
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Social Media...WTF?  —  It seems that I must have missed …
Discussion: Scobleizer and Glass House
Mike Gunderloy / Web Worker Daily:
10 Tips for Organizing Your E-mail
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Joe / Techdirt:
Yes, Those Free DVDs On Amazon Were Too Good To Be True
Tom Krazit / CNET
Apple plugs four security holes
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
New Google domains hint at "Google Express"
 Earlier Items: 
Phillip Torrone / MAKE Magazine:
OpenMoko - open source cell phone
Discussion: Engadget
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple may turn to induction for iPod docking, charging
Alexander Gelfand / Wired News:
Toys That Protect Kids From Pervs
Discussion: ALLIED
Greg Sandoval / CNET
Inventor sues Slingbox maker for patent infringement
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
National Public Whatsis
Hiding messages in plain sight
First Look: the Anti-iPhone, OpenMoko's Neo1973
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
Shigeru Miyamoto Talk Asia Interview

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Jeremy Borden / Columbia Journalism Review:
How a little-known, Uber-driving freelancer brought the lawsuit that forced Chicago to release a police shooting video

Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Google announces ad partner support for Accelerated Mobile Pages, its version of Facebook's Instant Articles, launching early next year

Alex Weprin / Politico:
CNN pivots HLN back toward news

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