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10:45 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
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.
PR Newswire:
Immersion and Sony Computer Entertainment Conclude Litigation and Enter Into Business Agreement  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. and FOSTER CITY, Calif., March 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Immersion Corporation, (Nasdaq: IMMR - News), a leading developer and licensor of touch feedback technology …
Discussion: Engadget, Game | Life 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.
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?
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent: Remake  —  Nearly 25 years ago, Gannett changed the newspaper landscape with the launch of USA Today.  Like it or shudder, that bold stroke showed a willingness to break the mold (even if it meant creating a new one) and it paid off.  A revamp of scheduled to start …
Discussion: The Bivings Report
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.
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 …
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Paritosh Bansal / Reuters:
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Discussion: Techdirt and Joystiq
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Rick Merritt / EE Times:
AMD tips quad-core performance
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Zune hacked for DivX support (sorta)
Nicole / Inside Windows Live Messenger:
The i'm Initiative and new secret emoticon
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Mac sales growth up over 100 percent in January, says firm