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5:35 PM 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 …
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
Smaran / TorrentFreak:
MPAA Steals Code, Violates Linkware License  —  Patrick Robin, a 29 year old web developer from South England, is the developer of an ASP-based blogging platform called Forest Blog.  He distributes it freely under a linkware license, asking that anyone who uses it merely link back to his site where Forest Blog is offered for download.
Stowe Boyd / Message:
Big Spike In Feedburner Subscribers  —  I was at Feedburner approving an ad for my /Message feed, and I saw that the number of subscribers to the feed went up 700+ yesterday: a 34% increase in one day.  —  If anyone has an explanation, I would be interested.  I wasn't dugg yesterday, was I?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Newest Flash Tools on Display at Photobucket  —  The latest Flash photo/video/sound editing tools that we mentioned last week are now enabled at Photobucket for premium users, and will go live for all users in March.  Geoff Baum at Adobe confirmed that these tools are not yet available anywhere on the web except for Photobucket.
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 …
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.
Brent Simmons /
NetNewsWire 3.0d46: sneak-peek release  —  It is not feature-complete—there are a bunch of features still to do before 3.0 ships.  —  It has lots of bugs!  There are lots of bugs to fix before 3.0 ships.  —  It is a work in progress!  —  If you're not comfortable running pre-release software, please don't use this version!
Discussion: MacUser
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.
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 …
Everything USB News, Reviews, Tips:
Flash Drive Talks When Plugged In  —  Oh, crap.  I can see it at next years CES show, all the flash drives they hand out with press kits on them will play sales pitches when I plug them in.  The only thing I need less than another flash drive to add to my desktop pile is one that talks to me every time I plug it in.
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
The Things Other Apple Airport Extreme Reviews Don't Tell You  —  You're all familiar with the specs of the Extreme, so let's just skip to how it performed—later moving on to the problems we had.  —  On the performance side, 802.11n really does work a lot faster than our old 802.11g D-Link DGL-4300 Gaming Router.
Discussion: MacUser and digg
Sarah McBride / Wall Street Journal:
Hollywood Weighs Copyright Protections  —  Forces in Music Industry Close In  —  On Filmmakers Amid Online Piracy  —  Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs's recent open letter urging that digital music be distributed free of copyright protections was aimed at the recording industry.
Discussion: Medialoper and PaidContent
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
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Dell to go Community Driven Feature Design in Latest Web Strategy "IdeaStorm"  —  Dell appears to be a company of the future, they're opening the lines of communication using the web to build better products and services.  —  When I was invited by Lionel of Dell to hang with bloggers …
Discussion: Mark Evans and TechBlog
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Dell Pays Tribute to Digg with New IdeaStorm Site
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
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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Leslie Hawthorn / Google Code:
Speaking of Summer  —  Google Summer of CodeTM 2007 is on!
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
Declan McCullagh / CNET
Exiled journalists circumvent censors by text messaging
Scott Leith / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
AJC announces restructuring
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
A day at NPR  —  I've thoroughly enjoyed my day at NPR.
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Adobe myFeedz - an RSS Aggregator That Learns from You
Roy Mark /
DirectRevenue to Pay Back 'Spyware' Gains
Discussion: Techdirt
 Earlier Items: 
David Dalka:
Yahoo Suggestions - Suggestion Deleted
Discussion: Bruce Clay, Inc. Blog and digg
Frank Gruber / Somewhat Frank:
AOL Supports OpenID By Enables Over 63 Million AOL User Accounts
Discussion: Download Squad, TechCrunch and digg
Pat Phelan / Roam4free:
Huge USA carrier wins first round over allfreecalls
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Wikipedia Enters Top Ten Most Visited Sites
Humble Beginnings  —  Electronic Arts founder Trip Hawkins …