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3:30 PM ET, February 16, 2007


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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.
Rick / Burning Questions:
Google Now Reporting Subscribers  —  Starting with our Saturday February 17th subscriber reporting, FeedBurner publishers will be able to see how many Google Reader and Google Personalized Homepage subscribers they have.  (Thanks, Google!)  This information will show up in tonight's subscriber reports …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Reader Reporting Subscriber Numbers, Offers New Publishers Guide
Discussion: WebProNews
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.
Elinor Mills / ZDNet:
Google snags AdScape for $23 million, source says  —  Google is buying in-game advertising company AdScape Media for $23 million, a source familiar with the deal who asked to remain anonymous said Friday.  —  Representatives at Google and AdScape declined to comment on "speculation and rumor."
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Google to Buy Adscape for $23 Million
Discussion: Valleywag and Kelsey Group Blogs
John Markoff / New York Times:
Microsoft Plays Down a Sales Lift From Vista  —  Wall Street analysts are being too optimistic about sales of Windows Vista, Steven A. Ballmer, Microsoft's chief executive, told financial analysts in New York on Thursday.  —  Vista, the latest version of the Windows operating system …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Vista "Express Upgrade" anything but express  —  When news hit of Windows Vista's final major delay, OEMs were depressed.  Several contacts in the industry told me that not having Vista on PCs in time for Christmas was a major disappointment.  Big surprise.
Discussion: Slashdot
Vista Sales Estimates Indicate Dwindling Retail Channel
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
OLPC project to ship first 2,500 units for testing  —  Following the success of initial trials, the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project plans to roll out a total of 2,500 units later this month for the next stage of testing.  —  Recipients of the upcoming test units include Argentina …
Discussion: Engadget and Smalltalk Tidbits …
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
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.
Business Week:
Gannett's New Lease On News  —  "Pro-am" harnesses the power of citizen journalism  —  One of the never-ending delights of the human condition is the flukiness of inspiration, how creativity sometimes springs from unlikely places.  And so it is that the newspaper chain with the most interesting …
Will Sullivan / Journerdism:
AJC explodes the newsroom, makes MAJOR changes; Study says …
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 …
Bruce Meyerson / Associated Press:
Vonage narrows 4Q loss to $65 million, meeting forecasts  —  NEW YORK (AP) - Vonage Holdings Corp. on Thursday narrowed its fourth-quarter loss to $65 million as revenue nearly doubled, but the Internet phone company's stock fell to a new all-time low amid worries about weak subscriber growth.
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 …
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" …
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 …
Discussion: CNET, and 901am
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
DRM: the state of disrepair  —  Last week's "discussion" surrounding the merits of DRM was a rare glimpse into the heavy C-level posturing usually obstructed by the gold-plated doors of the digital music industry.  The event was, of course, kicked off by none other than Steve Jobs in his open letter titled …
Discussion: digg
Mark Evans:
Are You a Crackberry Addict?  —  I was at a launch party last night for a friend who's opening an indoor golf facility in Toronto, and noticed that many people not only had Blackberrys but were checking them on a regular basis as if some urgent e-mail would need to be noted at 9 p.m.
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) …
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Yu-Mei / Popgadget:
Dandella GPS  —  They call it a Dandella, named for a dandelion …
Discussion: Ubergizmo and All Points Blog
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
What's Next for Democracy Player?
Discussion: P2P Blog
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Macrovision sends pretty lies to Steve Jobs
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Not my job doesn't exist anymore in newspapers
WE MEDIA -ZOGBY POLL: Most Americans say bloggers and citizen …
 Earlier Items: 
Joe / Techdirt:
Yes, Those Free DVDs On Amazon Were Too Good To Be True
Tom Krazit / CNET
Apple plugs four security holes
Joe / Techdirt:
More Questions Raised About Google's Sweetheart Deal In North Carolina
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
FreeYourID: Personalized OpenID
Mike / Techdirt:
DMCA Takedown For Professor Showing How Copyright Owners Exaggerate Their Rights
Discussion: Wendy's Blog and Tech_Space
Digital neighbourhood watch plan
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple may turn to induction for iPod docking, charging
Doc Searls / Linux Journal:
Building an Relationship Economy