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11:50 PM ET, March 2, 2007

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Tim Weber / BBC:
BBC strikes Google-YouTube deal  —  The BBC has struck a content deal with YouTube, the web's most popular video sharing website, owned by Google.  —  Three YouTube channels - one for news and two for entertainment - will showcase short clips of BBC content.
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YouTube content to include two BBC-branded entertainment channels …
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Matt / WordPress Development Blog:
WordPress 2.1.1 dangerous, Upgrade to 2.1.2  —  Long story short: If you downloaded WordPress 2.1.1 within the past 3-4 days, your files may include a security exploit that was added by a cracker, and you should upgrade all of your files to 2.1.2 immediately.
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Reuters to start financial MySpace  —  Reuters is planning to launch its own version of MySpace this year - though its community website will not be aimed at teenagers.  Instead, fund managers, traders and analysts are being targeted.  —  Reuters hopes to draw from the 70,000 subscribers …
Robert Niles / Online Journalism Review:
Are blogs a 'parasitic' medium?  —  Could the blogosphere survive without the reporting provided by newspapers and TV networks?  Online pros tackle the question.  —  Over the past months, I've heard several journalists make the same comment at various industry forums: That blogs are a …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The "About 260" Problem: Google Site: Command Glitch  —  Dave Naylor noted yesterday that Search Engine Watch appears to have largely disappeared from Google, at least when performing a site: command search.  Today, Marketing Pilgrim notes a weirdly similar thing happening to another site …
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LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
Local Search Update: Yelp up 91%, Insider Pages up 34% in Past Six Months  —  This week Insider Pages was acquired by the Citysearch division of IAC.  Hitwise data shows that the market share of US visits to Insider Pages was up 34% in the past 6 months (August 2006 vs. February 2007).
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Screenwerk
Gord Hotchkiss / Search Engine Land:
Google's Matt Cutts on Personalization and the Future of SEO  —  Last week I talked with Google's Marissa Mayer about the user side of personalization.  This week I had the chance to sit down with Matt Cutts at the Googleplex and asked him what the impact of personalization will be on the SEO community.
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Gord Hotchkiss / Out of My Gord:
Matt Cutts Interview on Personalization and the Future of SEO
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Microsoft wins in second Alcatel-Lucent patent suit  —  update A week after Microsoft was ordered to hand over $1.5 billion in an Alcatel-Lucent MP3 patent dispute, a federal judge has ruled that the Windows maker did not violate a patent at the heart of a second trial that was set to begin soon.
Discussion: TechSpot News
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Multicore move cuts Oracle database cost  —  In a move designed to counter Microsoft's growing database influence, Oracle has quietly cut software prices on some lower-end servers using multicore processors, CNET News.com has learned.  —  With the new pricing for Oracle's lower-end Standard Edition …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Why is there software licensing by the core?
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Hartford Courant:
Best Buy Confirms It Has Secret Website  —  Under pressure from state investigators, Best Buy is now confirming my reporting that its stores have a secret intranet site that has been used to block some consumers from getting cheaper prices advertised on BestBuy.com.
Discussion: Techdirt and digg
SeekingAlpha CE Stocks:
Questioning Nintendo's Secondary Offering  —  The Good Doctor submits: On February 23, 2007 after the close of trading in Tokyo, the Nintendo Company (NTDOY.PK) announced that 1.987 million shares of its common stock held by Banks Shareholdings Purchase Corporation through Japan Trustee Services Bank …
Molly Graham / Official Google Blog:
I'm feeling lazy...  A few nice updates to the Personalized Homepage this week for those who are feeling too lazy to customize it.  If for instance you're feeling lazy about browsing for new content to add to your homepage, there's a new feature that will give you item-to-item recommendations.
AppleInsider:
Latest Leopard build from Apple suggests much work ahead  —  A new build of Apple's Leopard operating system released to developers this week introduces a handful of fresh features, but also carries with it a significant laundry list of impending issues that will need to be ironed out before any such public release is considered.
Discussion: digg
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
The transformation of a VC firm, Bay Partners  —  Bay Partners is the latest Silicon Valley venture firm to go through a major generational change — witnessing an influx of new faces, even as an older generation of partners exits for reasons apparently related to poor performance.
Discussion: PE HUB
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Blockbuster close to acquiring Movielink?  —  Blockbuster is once again eyeing Movielink, with the Wall Street Journal reporting that the two companies are in advanced discussions over an acquisition.  The asking price is supposedly less than $50 million—doable for Blockbuster—and would likely be structured as a cash and stock deal.
Charles / Channel 9:
Making Windows Vista Sing: Robert Fripp and the Vista Melody  —  On May 4th, 2006, Steve Ball invited Robert Fripp back to the Microsoft campus for a second full day of work on Windows Vista following up on his first visit in the Fall of 2005.  This time we get an even deeper glimpse …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Berners-Lee tells Congress why the Web succeeded: open standards
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The Onion Goes Viral With Video
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Justice Department takes aim at image-sharing sites
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