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10:55 AM ET, February 19, 2007


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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
A BRIEF INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL WESCH (THE CREATOR OF THAT WONDERFUL VIDEO...)  —  Michael Wesch, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University.  If you've been reading Searchblog, then you know him as the guy behind this amazing video.
Greg Sandoval / CNET
Top YouTube videographers descend on S.F.  —  reporter's notebook SAN FRANCISCO—In what may be a harbinger of the future, hardly anyone who attended Saturday's gathering of YouTube's most popular bloggers held a conversation without filming it.  —  At an event called "As One," …
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
YouTube: Strength and Vulnerability  —  The question on many people's minds since the recent PR warfare between Google/YouTube and Viacom (and NBC) is: will YouTube retain its dominance or will it be supplanted by another site?  That's the same question that circulates around Google itself of course.
Discussion: media blog and New York Times
YouTube antipiracy software policy draws fire
Discussion: Slashdot
Eric Pfanner / International Herald Tribune:
Norwegian newspaper publisher finds the secret to profiting online  —  After catching up on the latest news flashes on the death of Anna Nicole Smith, visitors to, the online version of the biggest-selling tabloid newspaper in Norway, can get their minds back to business by scrolling …
Discussion: PaidContent, Journerdism and Message
Attorneys General of 21 States Lash Out at Age Checks  —  Anheuser-Busch's Status as 'Media Owner' Cited as a Concern  —  CHICAGO ( — Dealing a blow to the $40 million experiment hailed as ushering in a new era for marketer-generated media, the attorneys general of 21 states …
Discussion: Beet.TV and PaidContent
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Massive Google hard drive survey turns up very interesting things  —  When your server farm is in the hundreds of thousands and you're using cheap, off-the-shelf hard drives as your primary means of storage, you've probably good a pretty damned good data set for looking at the health and failure patterns of hard drives.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and digg
Zonk / Slashdot:   Google Releases Paper on Disk Reliability
New York Times:
New Weapon in Web War Over Piracy  —  As media companies struggle to reclaim control over their movies, television shows and music in a world of online file-sharing software, they have found an ally in software of another kind.  —  The new technological weapon is content-recognition software …
Discussion: Lost Remote and Buzzworthy
Tim Ferguson / CNET
Broadband adoption passes halfway mark in U.S.  —  U.S. residential broadband penetration is expected to exceed 50 percent in 2007—and the U.K. isn't far behind.  By the end of 2007, more than 60 million U.S. households will be connected—around 55 percent—according to market researcher Parks Associates.
Discussion: Macsimum News
Delete: The New Erase  —  Want to be a total [nerd] badass while gunning through your written computer science exam?  Then cop one of these Tersumus delete-key erasers.  —  The palm-sized eraser will help you fix your sloppy coding mistakes and give you a second chance on your poor formating and syntax errors.
Discussion: Shiny Shiny and digg
Faultline / The Register:
Vodafone caves in to Microsoft IM  —  Comment Among all of Microsoft's announcements at the 3GSM show was buried a piece of news that almost certainly means the end for the unification of cellular instant messaging efforts around a GSM Association standard.  —  Exactly a year ago …
Surprise!  Mall Shooter Didn't Own Video Games  —  It seems to be the vogue lately to blame video games for every violent crime attributed to a teenager.  Last week 18-year-old Sulejman Talovic went on a gun toting rampage through a Salt Lake City Mall killing five or six people …
Discussion:, Joystiq and digg
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
So, Who Says That a Blog Has to Blare?  —  MOST bloggers are not known for their reticence.  One purpose of blogging, after all, is to cast personal views far and wide.  —  But some people who long to blog are more circumspect and may be hesitating to begin, lest details of their private lives end up indexed on Google for all to see.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Unofficial patch for Treo vulnerability loosed  —  If you've been a bit paranoid of late after hearing that a blatant security hole was found in the now-deceased Palm OS, help has unofficially arrived.  Reportedly discovered by Symantec, the vulnerability entailed a hole that allowed …
Discussion: Donna's SecurityFlash
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Revenue Stream For Bloggers: TextMark SMS Alerts  —  TextMarks will announce a new product tomorrow that allows publishers to charge people to receive breaking news and other information via text messages.  It's available now under a new "monetize" tab on the home page of the site.
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Wikipedia Breaks Into U.S. Top 10 Sites  —  Wikimedia Foundation Inc.'s popular Wikipedia online encyclopedia cracked the top ten list of most popular Web sites in the U.S. for the first time in January, according to comScore Networks Inc.  —  Wikipedia sites ranked ninth with 42.9 million unique visitors …
Jay Parkhill / Startup Review:
Jumpcut Case Study: Blueprint for a product acquisition  —  Why profiled on Startup Review  —  Jumpcut is an online community for video creators.  Jumpcut provides free video editing tools that let consumers upload short video segments and edit them online to add music and effects.
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