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1:30 AM ET, March 1, 2007

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Scott Kirsner / Variety:
Academy threatens YouTube  —  Site removes unauthorized Oscar clips  —  Web surfers will no longer be reliving the magic moments of the 2007 Oscarcast via YouTube.  The vid-viewing site complied with a Tuesday request from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to remove all unauthorized clips of the kudocast.
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Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Oscars.com vs Youtube.com and the value of hosting on Gootube  —  Comscore released data saying that 139k people visited Oscar.com on Oscar Sunday.  Seperately, Mashable reported that the Oscars asked Youtube to remove videos from the show that had been uploaded.
comScore:
And the Oscar goes to... "The World Wide Web"  —  Two-thirds of Oscar.com Visitors came from International Locations on Oscar Sunday;  —  Significant Traffic Spikes Reported at Other Related Movie Sites  —  comScore Networks, a leader in measuring the digital age, today reported the results …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
YouTube Viewers Would NOT Like to Thank the Academy
Discussion: Monkey Bites and Tech Beat
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Stuck in traffic?  —  There's nothing worse than getting stuck in traffic when you have some place to go, so I'm happy to tell you about a new feature on Google Maps that can help.  For more than 30 major U.S. cities, you can now see up-to-date traffic conditions to help you plan your schedule and route.
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Google Maps adds real-time traffic data  —  Google has added real-time traffic data for several major cities to its mapping service, the company said Wednesday.  —  The traffic information is integrated with Google Maps and is available in more than 30 American cities, including San Francisco, Dallas, Chicago and New York.
Discussion: TechSpot News
CNET News.com:
Adobe to take Photoshop online  —  Hoping to get a jump on Google and other competitors, Adobe Systems plans to release a hosted version of its popular Photoshop image-editing application within six months, the company's chief executive said on Tuesday.  —  The new online service is part …
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Adobe Photoshop Going Online: Death to Online Photo Editors?
Discussion: SearchViews
Reuters:
CompUSA Closing More Than 50 Percent of Stores  —  CompUSA, the computer and gadget retailer owned by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, said on Tuesday it would close more than half of its U.S. retail locations over the next two to three months to focus on top performing locations.
Discussion: TechSpot News and Slashdot
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Gearlog:
Cheap Geek: CompUSA Closures Mean Big Discounts for You
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Is Spotplex a Better Digg?  —  A new site called Spotplex launched today that arguably sorts news in a better way than Digg does.  I've been testing the service for the last couple of weeks and like what I've seen.  —  News stories are not submitted by users, as with Digg.
Ben Fritz / Variety:
ITunes is all 'That' to indie producers  —  Store opens doors to low-profile videos  —  ITunes has cracked open to independent video producers for the first time.  —  Apple's digital content store on Tuesday started selling "That," a snowboarding action pic made for DVD by Forum Snowboards.
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Google's Gadget Numbers Revealed  —  Widget developers take note.  If you weren't certain the development time for a widget would be worthwhile or not the numbers are in.  Google has released the daily rendering numbers of Google gadgets.  To see the numbers for an individual gadget go to the Gadgets For Your Webpage directory.
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:   IBM teams up with Google over gadgets
Tom McNichol / Business 2.0:
A startup's best friend?  Failure  —  From Dogster to Google, Web companies are finding that mistakes can be shortcuts to success, reports Business 2.0 Magazine.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) — Few niches crashed more spectacularly during Web 1.0 than the pet sector.
Discussion: Chip Griffin
Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
34 Reasons Why Readers Unsubscribe from Your Blog  —  Thanks to everyone who has added their thoughts on why they unsubscribe from a blog's RSS feed.  There have been 109 comments left on that post so far and some interesting recurring themes have emerged.  —  I've attempted to categorize them below.
Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
RIAA opposes new fair use bill  —  New bill would let customers make limited numbers of copies of copyrighted works  —  A new bill in the U.S. Congress aimed at protecting the fair use rights for consumers of copyright material would "legalize hacking," the Recording Industry Association of America said.
GameDaily:
Jamil Moledina Talks GDC 2007  —  In anticipation of next week's big Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, we tracked down conference executive director Jamil Moledina to discuss the evolution of the event, what to expect this year, if Phil Harrison or Shigeru Miyamoto have any surprises, and more.
Discussion: Kotaku, DigitalBattle and Joystiq
Yahoo! Search blog:
Yahoo! Search Support for 'NOYDIR' Meta Tags and Weather Update  —  We're adding support for the Meta tag called 'NOYDIR' that will complement the 'NOODP' Meta tag, which we already support.  If you're unfamiliar, the 'NOODP' Meta tag is basically a way for webmasters to indicate that Open Directory Project …
 
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Carlo / Techdirt:
People With Cameraphones Killing Paparazzi Business Model
Discussion: Editors Weblog
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft: Why the ODF vs. OOXML battle matters
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Will Outside.in nail the community Web site? Maybe
Discussion: The Gong Show
BBC:
NSPCC books in to virtual hotel
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
New "watermark" system scours the net for infringement, notifies owners
Discussion: Slashdot and digg
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Etelos Launches CRMforGoogle - May Attract Google Lawyers
Discussion: VentureBeat
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Assessing Microsoft's latest Windows reshuffling
Discussion: M-Dollar and CNET News.com
Jon Udell:
A conversation with Partha Sundaram about software instrumentation
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Kyle Orland / Joystiq:
Wiicade opens up remote buttons for Flash games
Discussion: Forever Geek and digg
Ryan Stewart / TechCrunch:
Best Apollo Demos
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures
Discussion: TechCrunch
PR Newswire:
Patrick Keane Named Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Tech Policy Summit: Silicon Valley missing in action
Bill Slawski / Search Engine Land:
Are You Putting Web Search Results at Risk with Paid Advertising?
Enterprise Open Source / ENTERPRISE OPEN SOURCE …:
How Open Is "Open"? - Industry Luminaries Join the Debate
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
A cure for e-mail attention disorder?