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12:15 PM ET, February 20, 2007

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Looking for Odeo's new home  —  In the last few months, we here at Obvious have been increasingly focused on Twitter.  As a result, our original product, Odeo, has not gotten the attention it deserves.  —  It does not cost us much to run—in fact, AdSense covers the hosting …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Viacom to Sign Deal with Joost  —  Two weeks after Viacom ordered Google to take down more than 100,000 allegedly copyrighted videos from YouTube, the media giant is about to sign a content deal with Joost, the Wall Street Journal is reporting tonight.  Joost, the P2P online television service soon …
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Hollywoodreporter / Reel Pop:
Viacom to put clips on Joost, rebuffs YouTube
Discussion: Google Watch, NewTeeVee and GigaOM
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Viacom gives Joost a boost
The Doc Searls Weblog:
A ground-level view of the XM/Sirius merger in the sky  —  USA Today says Sirius and XM are going to merge.  Mel Karmazin, possibly the wisest guy in commercial radio, will be the CEO.  Gary Parsons, currrent CEO of XM, will be chairman.  —  There are a number of problems with this merger …
Discussion: USA Today and Graceful Flavor
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Reuters:
Google co-founder: Science needs entrepreneurs … SAN FRANCISCO, California (Reuters) — Scientists need more entrepreneurial drive and could benefit by doing more to promote solutions to big human problems, Google Inc. co-founder Larry Page told a meeting of academic researchers.
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Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Google wants to take over car driving
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Eric / The MyBlogLog Blog:
Weekend spamtacular — what the heck happened and how we're fixing it  —  Oh.  My.  Gosh.  This weekend sucked.  No doubt about it.  But we've beaten things back and we have a plan for making things better still.  I'm going to tell you all about that in a minute.
mee.tcd.ie:
FORWARD COMPATIBLE - 2004  —  Turn your Wifi Router into a modem.  —  Video:  —  Forward Compatible (FC) is a parasitic object meant to be attached to a Wi-Fi or fixed network router.  The device monitors network traffic and when packets are sent, they are converted to audio …
Discussion: Engadget and digg
Tatum Anderson / BBC:
Mobile phone lifeline for world's poor  —  While consumers around the world demand sleek black and silver mobile phones, villagers in rural India buy brightly-coloured handsets in gold, reds and pinks.  —  Mobile phones are as much a fashion statement here as in the trendy bars of Europe.
Jonathan Mendez / Jonathan Mendez's Blog:
7 Ways to Optimize Your YouTube Tags  —  I can't get YouTube off my mind.  With apologies to Gil Scott Heron, the revolution is being videoized.  Contrary to popular opinion it just may be an ad revolution.  H&R Block's recent promo for their TaxCut online filing includes the most linked to comedy video in the history of YouTube.
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
From Clipouts to the Web, Coupons Transition Slowly  —  ONLINE coupons have always been a bargain-hunter's diversion, which may be precisely why the market has grown so slowly.  Who wants to take time out of the day to track down sites that give away 50-cent discounts, then search for eligible products that they might need?
Discussion: Screenwerk and IT Facts
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Seven steps to remarkable customer service  —  As a bootstrapped software company, Fog Creek couldn't afford to hire customer service people for the first couple of years, so Michael and I did it ourselves.  The time we spent helping customers took away from improving our software …
Discussion: Global Nerdy
Laurie Burkitt / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Google class debuts at the UW  —  Students learn firm's approach to programming  —  At 26 and at the top of his game as one of Google's vaunted software engineers, Chistophe Bisciglia found himself bored and restless.  Writing computer code at the world's most successful Internet company had become a mind-numbing chore.
HardMac.com:
Procedure and Tests  —  Introduction  —  With the introduction of AirPort Extreme 802.11n base stations, Apple announced that the majority of its current machines are compatible with the draft of that standard via a drive update.  On the other hand, the MacBook and MacBook Pro Core Duo aren't likely to get compatible Airport modules.
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
Is 500 million Skype downloads a lot?  —  Congratulations, Skype!  Skype users downloaded the world's leading VoIP program 500 million times today.  The current rate is 640 thousand downloads a day, according to Skype data.  Adrian Cockcroft observed Skype downloads spike to a million a day during major upgrades.
Trulia Blog:
Trulia API now open to the world!  —  As you know, Trulia started as one of the early real estate mash-ups on the Web 2.0 scene.  We thought it was only right (and about time) that we gave a little back to the developer community by providing access to otherwise private data from Trulia.com through the Trulia API.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Screenwerk
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Gamers make better surgeons, study says  —  According to a new study published in the Archives of Surgery, surgeons who put in their downtime playing video games proved to have considerably higher surgical skills than their non-gamer co-workers, in particular when it came to laparoscopic surgery …
Discussion: VTOR and CrunchGear
 
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FBI Training Elite Swedish Anti-Piracy Force
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New virtual world coming from Australia
Victoria Shannon / New York Times:
Europe's Plan to Track Phone and Net Use
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