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7:15 AM ET, February 24, 2007


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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.
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 …
Discussion: The Blog Herald
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
Regina Lynn / Wired News:
Protect the Children From Porn  —  By all means, let's Protect The Children.  Because that's what it's all about, right?  It doesn't matter whose life gets mowed down in the process, as long as we are clear that it's all in the name of keeping kids innocent.  —  Except we seem to be confusing innocence with ignorance.
Discussion: odd time signatures
MyBlogLog Snafu, Identity and Resurrection  —  MyBlogLog, Flickr's sister company at Yahoo, has gotten dinged for banning a community member who exploited a security hole, and then posted instructions of how to use the exploit to impersonate other MyBlogLog members, providing names of several members to use.
Discussion: The MyBlogLog Blog
Steve Poland / TechCrunch:
MyBlogLog Bans Blogger; Backlash Begins  —  Update (Arrington): MyBlogLog has responded, apologized and reinstated Shoemoney.  Caterina Fake of Yahoo (MyBlogLog's parent company) has written her thoughts as well.  It's time to move on - and Shoemoney should accept this apology.
adCenter Blog:
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
Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Microsoft adCenter CPC Costs Spike: Known Bug
Discussion: WebProNews
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:   Major Microsoft adCenter Bug Costs Millions
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 …
Discussion: AccMan
Owen Thomas / Business 2.0 Beta:
Are Google Apps' Customers For Real?
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
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.
Putting Our Money Where Our Mouths Are: Boycott the RIAA in March  —  Alright, we've been following the RIAA's increasingly frequent affronts to privacy and free speech lately, and it's about time we stopped merely bitching and moaning and did something about it.
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 …
Warren Ellis / Reuters/Second Life:
Second Life Sketches: Please stop doing that to the cat  —  The following is an independent opinion column, and is not connected with Reuters News.  The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not endorsed by Reuters.  —  It's not often you come home to find people having sex in your house.
Discussion: Valleywag
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.
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: Engadget, Gizmodo and digg
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, has learned.
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
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
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Alcatel-Lucent wins $1.5bn Microsoft suit
Mike / Techdirt:
Company Claims To Have Patented The Concept Of An MP3 Player; Sues Everyone  —  from the aren't-patents-great?  dept  —  A "company" which just so happens to be located in every patent troll's favorite city for patent lawsuits, Marshall, Texas (and which "shares" an office with its lawyer) …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Texas company files suit over music player patents
Discussion: Engadget
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.
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
We tried to get it done, but the filter team kept getting distracted …
Discussion: LeeAnn Prescott
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Ddn / Shoemoney:
MyBlogLog Tracks Your Visitors Ad Clicks
Discussion: 901am, JenSense and digg
Rohit Bhargava / Digital Media Wire:
3 Big Reasons Why I Am Not an Apple Enthusiast
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Discussion: ClickZ News Blog
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Guy Kawasaki / How to Change the World:
Panel of Web Community Founders: Utter Defiance of the "Venture Capital" Model
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Broadband over powerlines: It may take awhile
Discussion: WebProNews
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
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Netvibes2Go - All Mobile Net in One Place
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