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12:30 PM ET, February 21, 2007


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Michael V. Copeland / Business 2.0:
Tech IPOs: They're back!  —  Why are champagne corks popping again in Silicon Valley?  Tech startups are coming back to Wall Street - and Business 2.0 Magazine identifies six that are likely to cash in.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) — For the first six years of the century …
Scoot / Scootinger's Blog:
"I'M A PC AND I'M A MAC" - CIRCA 1996!  —  This is a Mac user vs. PC user comparison from the September 1996 issue of MacAddict.  (this issue was actually the premiere/first issue of MacAddict) I recently found it when going through some of my old MacAddict magazines.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Crave, Apple Gazette and digg
Mac users 'still lax on security'
Discussion: CrunchGear and MacUser
Greg Sandoval / CNET
A new copyright battlefield: Veoh Networks  —  news analysis One of the last places you might expect to find copyright violations is on a Web site backed by Time Warner and former Disney CEO Michael Eisner.  —  Nonetheless, Veoh Networks CEO Dmitry Shapiro acknowledges that only a week …
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Buying a new PC?  'Windows Vista Capable' barely hits the mark  —  IBM'er says Vista's RAM sweet spot is 4GB  —  Configuring a PC around the minimum hardware requirements of an application or operating system is lot like agreeing to live in a basement apartment.
Anne Broache / CNET
Microsoft patent case stirs software export fears  —  It's not every day that both the U.S. government and advocates of free and open-source software align themselves in court with Microsoft.  —  But a high-stakes patent case, set to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday morning …
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Microsoft's Rivals Root for It in Supreme Court Clash With AT&T
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
GrandCentral adds Gizmo Support  —  GrandCentral, the single-phone-number Web-based service launched last fall, is adding support for the free Gizmo Project Internet VoIP service, which may open up a whole new way to decrease spending on international or long-distance calling.
Randfish / SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:
My Advice on Google Sitemaps - Verify, but Don't Submit  —  It sounds bizarre, almost counterintuitive, but many of best minds in the world of SEO appear to be rallying around the idea that submitting a feed to Google Sitemaps and Yahoo! Site Explorer is actually a terrible idea.
Jim Courtney / Skype Journal:
Privacy and Prejudice: An Interruption 2.0 Manifesto for the AlwaysOn Lifestyle  —  Taking back control of your real time communications in the AlwaysOn world.  —  When reporting on my visit last summer to an Alexander Graham Bell museum near his summer home, I discovered an interesting facet to his lifestyle:
Discussion: VoIP Watch and Alec Saunders .LOG
Brian Bergstein / Associated Press:
Google closes a hole in its desktop search product  —  BOSTON — A potentially devastating hole in Google's (GOOG) prevalent desktop search product could have exposed personal files on users' computers to data thieves.  Google fixed the defect within weeks of being informed …
PRWeb: Launches in Local Search Space  —  Internet Startup Revolutionizes Local Search: Imagine YellowPages, MySpace and YouTube, All Rolled Into One  —  San Diego (PRWEB) February 21, 2007 — According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the services industries (e.g., plumbers, car mechanics …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Screenwerk
Marty Graham / Wired News:
Selling Homeowners a Solar Dream  —  Energy startup The Citizenrē Corporation's haikulike Google ad says it all.  "Solar for free," it headlines.  "No initial investment needed.  Just monthly payments for power."  —  Instead of making you spring for $25,000 or more in gear …
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Image Results Redesign Undone (Poll)  —  The Google Image search results recently went live with a redesign which was hiding most image information, and only show it when you hover the mouse over the image.  Google seems to have reverted this design step, and is now showing the old results layout …
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Google-CBS Deal Dead For Now; YouTube's Tough Going With TV Networks  —  The wide-ranging and widely-expected Google-CBS deal, supposed to have been announced at CES last month, is dead for now, reports WSJ in a long and detailed story on Google's difficulties on working with TV networks and other media companies.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Warner wants to buy EMI, independent labels approve  —  EMI announced today that it has been approached by Warner Music about a possible buyout in a move that would increase industry consolidation.  After some days of press speculation about a possible deal, EMI finally admitted that talks were ongoing …
Discussion: MacUser
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
New deal will bring competitive gaming to TV  —  Major League Gaming, a professional video-game league, has announced a content distribution deal that will bring its original programming to a variety of platforms including television and mobile video.  The league has partnered with media development …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Joystiq
Fashion phone with exclusive accessories to be unveiled at Paris Fashion Week  —  Espoo, Finland - Drawing upon the accolades of its highly regarded L'Amour Collection, Nokia has joined creative forces with talented fashion designer Giambattista Valli to craft the Nokia 7373 Special Edition.
Discussion: and Gizmodo
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Sun announces Project Neptune  —  Or Sx8ED10GEFXFPLPA as we call it  —  SUN IS FINALLY talking about Project Neptune, its multithreaded 10GbE NIC.  It has some really interesting features that put it, well into the category of unique.  It also is missing a lot, like, well, a name.
Mac DevCenter:
Stream Live HDTV from Your Mac  —  EyeTV-compatible tuners, like those offered by Elgato and Miglia, are the television tuners of choice for the Macintosh.  These tuners provide analog and digital, standard and high definition solutions for Mac TV-watching.  You can sit in front of your Mac and watch your shows as they record.
Leander Kahney / Wired News:
Steve Jobs, Proud to Be Nonunion  —  Steve Jobs makes a lot of sense when he's talking about music and copyright protection, but when the topic is schools, he seems to be on a different planet.  —  The teachers' unions, Jobs believes, are ruining America's schools because they prevent bad teachers from being fired.
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Download  — Outlook on the Desktop 1.3.2 (428 KB) - Changelog
Discussion: Download Squad and jkOnTheRun
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Jobs and Gates to appear side-by-side at WSJ 'D' Conference
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Stirring Up the Cubicles at eBay
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Shredz64 project bringing Guitar Hero to the Commodore 64
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Fon wants you to help steal business from Starbucks and T-Mobile
Discussion: PSFK Trend: PSFK
Thomas C Greene / The Register:
Vista security overview: too little too late
Discussion: TechBlog and Slashdot
IPv6 URIs in IE7
Viacom in video deal with Joost
 Earlier Items: 
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
YourMinis Seeks to Relaunch the Startpage
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Edgeio launches classified platform for the masses
Graeme Wearden / CNET
U.K. government rejects calls for DRM ban
Project VRM  —  VRM, or Vendor Relationship Management …
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
PrudeTube: Violence Up, Boobs Down
Dave Girard / Ars Technica:
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom: the Ars Technica review
Tom Simonite / New Scientist Technology Blog:
iTunes fingers musical fraud
Katie Fehrenbacher / NewTeeVee:
Is NHL putting YouTube Sharing on Ice?
Discussion: Techdirt and Valleywag

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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
‘No Notoriety’ campaign to not name mass murderers sees progress

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Jason Whitlock and ESPN part ways following his June demotion as EIC of yet-to-launch site The Undefeated

Jane Martinson / Guardian:
BBC economics editor Robert Peston leaving to become political editor at ITV, will host Sunday talk show

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