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10:35 AM ET, March 2, 2007


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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Courts Small YouTube Deals  —  Google has been frustrated in its efforts to reach comprehensive deals with major studios and networks to put their video on YouTube.  Meanwhile, it is forming partnerships with hundreds of smaller media companies that see value — or at least a valuable experiment — in contributing to the site.
Discussion: Internet Outsider and PaidContent
Aline van Duyn / Financial Times:
Viacom hails fight against YouTube  —  Viacom said on Thursday that traffic to its MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon websites rose sharply over the past month, validating its decision to force YouTube, the video sharing site bought by Google, to remove all Viacom video clips.
Sony and Kotaku Make-Up  —  Silent Hill Movie Sequel Confirmed?  —  Ain't It Cool News reporter Quint got a chance to speak with actress Laurie Holden—she played police officer Cybil Bennett in the original film—who revealed that producers were "going forward with a sequel" …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Game | Life and digg
12 Microsoft Patents That Paint a Zune Phone Picture
Discussion: Game | Life and digg
Windows portal:
Vista Brute Force Keygen  —  Thanks to Computer User to report this way and to Snooza to prepare the pack!  This method is a brute force attempt at determining a usable key.  —  This has been reported to work!......look at the following user comments!!!  —  zapp2 wrote: This WORKS WORKS WORKS WORKS WORKS WORKS WORKS
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Vista activation cracked by brute force  —  Sledgehammered  —  IT LOOKS LIKE Microsoft's unhackable OS activation malware has been hacked.  —  There is an active thread at the Keznews forums (account needed), and a summary on its main page about the crack.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
$11B IN LIQUID ASSETS AND GROWING  —  Google filed a K-1 this week (thanks Gary) and there were a few tidbits in there.  If you're a Google geek, it's worth a read.  —  Google had more than 10,00 employees at the end of 2006, for example, and spent nearly $2B in capex in 06.
Discussion: ben barren and pc4media
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Last desktop app standing: IM Client  —  Google Apps, Zoho Suite, Buzzword, and even Adobe PhotoShop - it seems nothing stands in the way of the web monster that is gobbling up desktop applications, chewing them up and spitting them out as a web applications.
Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
On Buries and Blocking  —  Hi All -  —  Just wanted to post real quick about some stories I've seen in the blogosphere regarding an alleged 'bury brigade' on Digg and on the Digg site blocking process.  —  For the same reason that we don't expose all of our back-end methodologies …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg Should Sue Wired
Stan Schroeder / franticindustries:
Wired is going too far against Digg
Discussion: WebProNews and digg
Ted Leung / Ted Leung on the Air:
Adobe wants to be the Microsoft of the Web  —  I suppose this will be the one "technical" post about the whole Adobe Engage thing.  —  Background  —  For several years, I worked on Chandler, a cross platform desktop app which uses the open source wxWidgets toolkit to hide platform differences from an application.
Tim Gaden / Hawk Wings:
A faster way to speed up  —  UPDATE: A number of posters in the comments have pointed out that it is possible to run this command on just one line in the Terminal and to leave some of it out.  See the comments if you are interested in more fancy ways to get the job done.
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Censorship FAQ  —  Does Google censor search results?  —  Yes, they sometimes do, in different countries, like Germany, France or China.  Sometimes, specific content is censored globally (including US results, e.g. in the case of certain censored newsgroup messages).  —  Do other search engines censor too?
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Wizzard Media acquires Libsyn  —  An announcement was made by Wizzard Media that will impact thousands of podcasters like us MobileTechRoundupers.  The company announced it has acquired Liberated Syndication, known to podcasters as Libsyn.  The Wizzard announcement states their intent …
Discussion: Mashable! and Podcasting News
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
What to Do with Apple's Cash  —  Launching a venture capital fund would allow Apple to fund its vision for the future without making awkward acquisitions  —  What would you do with $12 billion?  —  You might have two ideas in mind, neither of which is necessarily exclusive of the other …
PR Newswire:
Novell Reports Preliminary Financial Results for First Fiscal Quarter 2007  — Linux Platform Products recognized revenue grows 46% year-over-year, invoicing revenue grows 659%  —  WALTHAM, Mass., March 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL - News) today announced preliminary …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
The Attention Economy: An Overview  —  Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus  —  It is no secret that we live in an information overload age.  The explosion of new types of information online is a double-edged sword.  We both enjoy and drown in news, blogs, podcasts, photos, videos and cool MySpace pages.
Discussion: Adotas
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
YouTube Videos Reveal Google Adsense Clicks Data  —  As you probably know, Google is testing a new Adsense Ad format that streams video directly from  The first such campaign is for GMail Theater Videos run by Google itself.  —  If Google is planning to roll-out such ads to a bigger audience …
Discussion: MIT Advertising Lab
Kevin Newcomb / Search Engine Watch Blog:   Test of YouTube AdSense Unit Reveals Clickthroughs
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Novell sees loss; Microsoft deal a rare bright spot
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Raf Casert / Associated Press:
Europe threatens new Microsoft fines
Discussion: The Tech Report
Paritosh Bansal / Reuters:
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Zune hacked for DivX support (sorta)
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The Age:
Australian state bans YouTube from schools to curb bullying
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Mac sales growth up over 100 percent in January, says firm
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Discussion: Game | Life, Joystiq and digg