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1:40 AM ET, February 24, 2007

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Advertisers may see high CPC and spend amounts  —  Some of our adCenter advertisers are seeing high cost-per-click (CPC) and spend amounts in their accounts.  I will update this post with more information as soon as I have it, but I wanted to let you know that this issue is now resolved …
Discussion: All about Microsoft
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Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Microsoft adCenter CPC Costs Spike: Known Bug  —  Fixed: The adCenter representative has notified us via the two forums and the adCenter blog that the overcharging has been fixed and that they are now working up a plan to reimburse advertisers.  —  Update: This is a very serious issue.
Discussion: WebProNews
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:   Major Microsoft adCenter Bug Costs Millions
USA Today:
Police, school get failing grade in sad case of Julie Amaro  —  Imagine you know next to nothing about computers.  You're a substitute teacher for a seventh grade class.  There's a computer in the classroom and, knowing you're going to be sitting there for a while, you ask a fulltime teacher if you can use it.
Discussion: Download Squad
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Regina Lynn / Wired News:
Protect the Children From Porn
Discussion: odd time signatures
Steve Poland / TechCrunch:
MyBlogLog Bans Blogger; Backlash Begins  —  Yahoo!'s recent addition MyBlogLog is making news again — and not for another security exploit (that was last weekend) or spammer gaming.  Well, it is related to those two topics — Shoemoney, a notable blogger in the affiliate marketing world …
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Neil Patel / Pronet Advertising:
Digg Lets Banned Domains Back In  —  It seems Digg has unbanned a list of sites by letting them back in.  From what I have noticed here are the sites that have been allowed back in.
Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Microsoft takes $1.52 billion hit in MP3 patent case  —  Microsoft Corp. was hit with a $1.52 billion jury verdict Thursday in a dispute with Alcatel-Lucent over rights to the MP3 music technology — believed to be the largest patent verdict in history.  —  The Redmond company vowed to appeal …
Discussion: Mike Davidson
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Richard Waters / Financial Times:   Alcatel-Lucent wins $1.5bn Microsoft suit
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Google Apps Doesn't Compete  —  The blogosphere has been abuzz with gushing commentary about Google Apps.  Some of it is about how Google is now taking on Microsoft head to head.  This couldn't be more wrong.  —  Google Apps is a completely different beast than Office even though …
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Owen Thomas / Business 2.0 Beta:   Are Google Apps' Customers For Real?
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Skype petitions FCC for open cellular access  —  Skype petitioned the Federal Communications Commission earlier this week to force U.S. mobile operators to loosen controls on what kinds of hardware and software can be connected to their networks.  —  In a document dated February 20 …
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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:   Closed Skype wants open networks
Josh Bernoff / Charlene Li's Blog:
Audible Magic copyright checking at YouTube — what took so long?  —  I've been talking occasionally with Audible Magic's CEO, Vance Ikezoye, for about four years now.  The company makes software for identifying copyrighted content, and it has a track record.
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John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
We tried to get it done, but the filter team kept getting distracted …
Discussion: LeeAnn Prescott
Exchange / You Had Me At EHLO:
Talking Exchange 2007 SP1...  We're wrapping up our Beta of Exchange 2007 SP1 (to be released through TechNet plus this April), and as always we wanted to discuss it publicly here first.  We are targeting final release with Longhorn Server 2nd half of this year.
Stace / Unwired View:
Netvibes2Go - All Mobile Net in One Place  —  I have almost never used Mobile Internet services on my cellphone.  With the dismal navigation interfaces on the phones, Mobile Internet was just too hard for me.  Until I tried Netvibes2Go.  Now I use it almost every day.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Microsoft and free software movement tag-team the Supreme Court  —  On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Microsoft v. AT&T concerning liability for patent infringement for the distribution of software outside of the United States.  Although the case is officially …
Matt McAlister:
A magazine I would love to read  —  There's a magazine that I'd love to read if someone published it (yes, the print kind).  Of course, it's about the Internet.  It's about the stack that makes up the Internet, the platform or, as many people are calling it, the Internet Operating System.
Discussion: bub.blicio.us
The Name Inspector:
10 company name types on TechCrunch: Pros and cons  —  Every once in a while The Name Inspector likes to step back and look at the big picture.  This post illustrates ten name categories that account for all the names in the TechCrunch company/product index.  Well, almost all of them.
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
3G iPhone could arrive overseas by early 2008  —  Even though its vanguard cellphone isn't yet out the door, Apple is allegedly preparing a quick follow-up model with 3G wireless installed.  —  After threatening to drop a large-scale cellular service contract based on concerns …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
How Google Has Helped Build Brand Advertising Online  —  Sales Chief Tim Armstrong: Advertise All Your Products, All the Time  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Google's VP-advertising sales, Tim Armstrong, touted his company's ability to court brand advertisers during a question-and-answer session …
Rohit Bhargava / Digital Media Wire:
3 Big Reasons Why I Am Not an Apple Enthusiast  —  As a marketer, I should be in love with Apple.  After all, I have an iPod and a Mac at home - and Apple's marketing success offers lessons for anyone wanting a great case study on how to position products, launch them into the market …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and MacUser
 
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Warren Ellis / Reuters/Second Life:
Second Life Sketches: Please stop doing that to the cat
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mozilla.com:
What's New in Firefox 2.0.0.2  —  Security Update …
Ddn / Shoemoney:
MyBlogLog Tracks Your Visitors Ad Clicks
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Consumerist:
EXCLUSIVE: CompUSA Closing 100 Stores
Yahoo! Search blog:
Lights, camera, action...
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scee.presscentre.com:
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Announces Hardware Specification …
Guy Kawasaki / How to Change the World:
Panel of Web Community Founders: Utter Defiance of the "Venture Capital" Model
Discussion: Tech~Surf~Blog and WebProNews
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Broadband over powerlines: It may take awhile
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Free Hosting of YUI Files from Yahoo!
Erick Schonfeld / Business 2.0:
Web TV's top-rated acts
Discussion: The Next Net
Google Blogoscoped:
Inside Google China
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
A social site where Webcams rule
Ryan Olson / Red Herring:
Will Google Take On Xbox Live?
Discussion: You NEWB and GigaGamez
BBC:
Emotion robots learn from people
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Internet Explorer loses ground to Firefox, Safari in US; holds its ground worldwide
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