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6:00 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.
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 …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:   Microsoft: Mixed Analyst Reaction To Warning On Vista Sales; Stock Sells Off
Vista Sales Estimates Indicate Dwindling Retail Channel
Kim Zetter / Wired News:
$82 Buys E-Voting Secrets  —  For a mere $82 a computer scientist and electronic voting critic managed to purchase five $5,000 Sequoia electronic voting machines over the internet last month from a government auction site.  And now he's taking them apart.  —  Princeton computer science …
Discussion: Techdirt and Engadget
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.
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
Discussion: IP Democracy, Engadget and digg
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 …
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.
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 …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
What is social media?  —  Dare Obasanjo is asking "what is social media?"  Frank Shaw (he's a VP with Waggener Edstrom and is one of the key people helping Microsoft out with its PR) admits he isn't comfortable with the "social media" term too.  —  The best way to understand a new media is to compare it to what's come before?
Saul /
Y Europe can seed growth of its new stars  —  Europe has so far under-delivered in terms of globally successful technology startups.  —  But we're starting to turn a corner in Europe as we start to leverage some of our emerging assets.  We've always had great talent (especially …
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" …
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Macrovision sends pretty lies to Steve Jobs  —  The CEO of Macrovision has sent an open letter to Steve Jobs telling him off for speaking out against DRM.  Macrovision is a company that makes abusive DRMs (the system that stops you from hooking up your VCR and your DVD player in series …
Turning Up the Volume of Customer Voice  —  In 1996, we launched to provide technical support resources to our customers.  Soon after, we began selling hardware over the Internet.  Back in the early days, most of the focus was on e-commerce.  Today, having a web presence …
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: Between the Lines and digg
Matt /
Not my job doesn't exist anymore in newspapers  —  Back in January, Mindy McAdams wrote an empassioned post titled Getting (and keeping) a job in journalism.  Worth reading (again) if you haven't.  I was thinking about that post today, because I had one of those strange days in journalism …
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Arne Hess / the::unwired:
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Jordan McCollum / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Trusted Software Downloads Get in with Yahoo, Microsoft
Jesselinden / Official Linden Blog:
We're developing feedback needed!
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Russian Judge Dismisses Any Penalty in Piracy Case
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Vista "Express Upgrade" anything but express
Discussion: Slashdot
Yu-Mei / Popgadget:
Dandella GPS  —  They call it a Dandella, named for a dandelion …
Discussion: Ubergizmo and All Points Blog
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Headshot! Food for gamers
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs and Joystiq
 Earlier Items: 
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
What's Next for Democracy Player?
Discussion: P2P Blog
Zulfikar Ramzan /
Drive-By Pharming: How Clicking on a Link Can Cost You Dearly
Tom Krazit / CNET
Apple plugs four security holes
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
FreeYourID: Personalized OpenID
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
New Google domains hint at "Google Express"
Digital neighbourhood watch plan
Mike / Techdirt:
Carlos Mencia Claims Copyright Infringement On Comedian Who Accuses …
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple may turn to induction for iPod docking, charging