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9:55 AM ET, February 17, 2007


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Agence France Presse:
Google sues Polish poets over  —  WARSAW (AFP) - Google has launched legal action against a group of Polish poets, demanding that they give up their Internet domain name, a member of the cultural collective said.  —  Izabela Krawczyk of GMAiL — the "Grupa Mlodych Artystow i Literatow …
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Phil Butler / Profy.Com:
Polish Poets Threaten Google Supremacy!  —  Google has launched legal action once again, this time against a group of Polish Poets!  How's that for coming down hard on the little guy?  In the press release Google is evidently trying to get the money hungry, robber baron poets to give up their Internet domain name
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Dell 2.0: Launches Digg Clone and Video Sharing Site
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:   Dell Pays Tribute to Digg with New IdeaStorm Site
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Dell Rips Off Digg - Another Diggstorm in the Making
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Translation From PR-Speak to English of Selected Portions of Macrovision CEO Fred Amoroso's Response to Steve Jobs's 'Thoughts on Music'  —  Source: "Macrovision's Response to Steve Jobs's Open Letter". … F**k you, Jobs. … We've been helping and encouraging the entertainment industry …
KPaul /
Halo 3 Beta FAQ  —  Is Halo 3 beta registration closed?  —  Yes, phases one and two of the beta have already ended.  If you haven't received an email by this point, then you were not one of the lucky few.  —  Is there no other way?!  —  If you didn't get in to either phase …
Elinor Mills / CNET
Google hears static on radio bid  —  news analysis The departure last week of two top Google radio ad honchos had observers wondering whether the search giant could conquer the old-fashioned $20 billion radio industry with its new-fashioned technology.  —  With stations loathe to give …
Discussion: michael parekh on IT and Slashdot
Humble Beginnings  —  Electronic Arts founder Trip Hawkins had a lifelong fascination with games.  "I fell in love with complex board games like Strat-O-Matic and Dungeons & Dragons," he told us.  "I realized I was making invaluable social connections from playing games and that my brain was more active."
Discussion: Kotaku, GigaGamez, Game | Life and Joystiq
Skitzzo / SEOrefugee Blog:
10 Mistakes that Will KILL a Forum  —  As we've already discussed, there are certain things you need to do in order to promote your forum.  However, even if you're successful, you and your community are still not care free.  There are several things that can effectively kill even the most established forum.
Discussion: digg
Roy Mark /
DirectRevenue to Pay Back 'Spyware' Gains  —  Adware distributor DirectRevenue today settled Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges of unfair and deceptive trade practices of installing unwanted and unsolicited spyware unto consumers' computers.  —  DirectRevenue, which is also entangled …
Discussion: Techdirt
NetNewsWire 3.0d46 sneak-peek release  —  I just posted NetNewsWire 3.0d46, a new sneak-peek release of NetNewsWire.  Important: it's not even a beta: there are more features to do, and it definitely has bugs.  The "d" stands for danger.  —  You can download it from the beta page.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Wikipedia Enters Top Ten Most Visited Sites  —  Impressive.  Scanning the latest top web sites rankings from comScore for January 2007 , Wikipedia sites are highlighted for just entering the top ten most visited.  OK, technically — they're in the top ten for having the most unique visitors.
Pat Phelan / Roam4free:
Huge USA carrier wins first round over allfreecalls  —  Our allfreecalls provider in Iowa today took flight due to increasing pressure from a large USA based carrier.  —  We are working on getting a new number up.  —  We expect to be back in business on Monday afternoon.Please watch …
A Wiimote You Can Eat  —  Some people look at an empty bit of plastic packaging and see trash.  Others see the culinary potential inherent in the translucent shell.  People like flickr user Balakov, who decided to see what happened when he filled the shell of his empty Wii Play wiimote …
Discussion: Crave and Harry Chen Thinks Aloud
Neil Patel / Pronet Advertising:
5 Sure-Fire Social Media Headline Formulas That Work  —  Although content is important when you are trying to leverage social media sites like Netscape or Digg, the story title used for the submission maybe as important if not more important.  Here are a few types of titles that I have found to be effective.
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