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7:55 PM ET, February 24, 2007

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Eric / The MyBlogLog Blog:
Everybody hurts... sometimes  —  Here's the thing.  A lot of people I respect immensely have written in to tell me that I screwed up, and after a point, it becomes impossible to avoid the truth.  We banned Shoemoney originally to keep him from updating his list of User IDs on Wednesday night, which I think was the right thing to do.
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Cleaning up the mess over at MyBlogLog  —  Much has been written about the "Shoemoney Affair," in which the blogger known as Shoemoney wrote about a MyBlogLog hack that allowed unscrupulous types to spoof their identities, and was subsequently banned from the service, despite the fact that …
Discussion: Bloggers Blog and WebProNews
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
A Software Maker Goes Up Against Microsoft  —  VMware, a young Silicon Valley company, is the early leader in a fast-growing market for what is called virtual-machine software.  And that puts it on a collision course with Microsoft, the industry's Goliath.  —  A virtual machine essentially mimics …
Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
Study: Consumers not willing to pay $500 for iPhone  —  San Francisco (IDGNS) - Consumers aren't willing to pay what Apple may ask for the iPhone, but if the price drops they'll switch their mobile service to AT&T in order to get it, according to results of a survey released Thursday.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent.com Launches Video Store  —  BitTorrent will sell content from Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox, MTV Networks, Paramount Pictures, Lions Gate, Palm Pictures, and their latest partner MGM.  All videos will be high quality, and encoded with the best possible codecs according …
Discussion: digg
Suw Charman / Strange Attractor:
Six Apart spins like a Whirling Dervish  —  I've refrained from blogging about Six Apart lately, because I have nothing positive to say about them or their products right now, but I'm afraid I can't let their latest marketing email pass without calling bulls**t.
Discussion: Geek News Central and WebProNews
Tim Bajarin / PC Magazine:
Apple TV: Why It Matters  —  The real battle for the digital living room is about to begin.  —  At CES in early 2005, I hosted a Super Session panel entitled "The Battle for Control of the Digital Living Room" in which executives from Best Buy, Charter Communications (Paul Allen's cable company) …
Discussion: Macsimum News and digg
Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Apple to advertise iPhone during Oscars  —  Apple will use the Academy Awards show on Sunday to feature a new teaser advertisement focused on the iPhone, Macworld has learned.  The new ad was described as being made for the Oscars, although no further details on the content of ad were available.
Discussion: MacUser and digg
Anil Dash:
The Essentials of Web 2.0 Your Event Doesn't Cover  —  Do you want to learn about the future of web applications?  If so, when choosing an event, you might want to make sure it's one that cares about including speakers based on merit, instead of based on arbitrary gender qualifications.
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Associated Press:
Computing award goes to female for first time … (AP) — One of the most prestigious prizes in computing, the $100,000 Turing Award, went to a woman Wednesday for the first time in the award's 40-year history.  —  Frances E. Allen, 74, was honored for her work at IBM Corp. on techniques …
Discussion: Download Squad
Tamar Weinberg / 10e20:
How to Use StumbleUpon for Your Business: The Definitive Guide  —  When people speak about driving traffic through social networks, the first site that comes to mind is usually Digg.  Digg's popularity is obvious: as the numbers increase above the "digg it" (or "dugg") button, the likelihood for increased traffic goes up as well.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg Upgrades Spam Armor, Unblocks Sites  —  Digg has started to unblock many sites that were previously banned for "bad behavior," which usually consisted of a suspiciously high number of stories making it to the home page.  If too many stories were buried by people voting it down …
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Social Media Monitoring Firm Cymfony Being Bought By Taylor Nelson Sofres  —  You're reading it here first: Cymfony, the social media market intelligence and research firm based out of Watertown, MA, is being bought by UK-based research giant Taylor Nelson Sofres, paidContent.org has learned.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Nintendo's Wii a hit with the geriatric set?  —  No, we don't expect the vast majority of elderly folks kickin' it in a retirement home to honestly show any interest in video games (right?), but apparently, the Wii's at least making some minor strides in getting the geriatric set up and active with virtual sports.
 
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