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2:30 PM ET, March 4, 2007


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Bryan Reesman / New York Times:
For Obscure DVDs, a Precarious Future  —  AMONG the glories of the rising tide of DVD sales was the wave of discs that revived lost or overlooked works by filmmakers like David Lynch, Werner Herzog, Dario Argento, Jess Franco and Takashi Miike.  Now some of the companies that brought …
Discussion: IP Democracy and
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
FoxTorrent: Another BitTorrent Firefox Extension  —  An internal beta version of the extension is available at the RedSwoosh website (whoops! not that internal anymore).  This release is semi-functional, but it gives you an impression of what the final version will look like.
Discussion: Red Swoosh and digg
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Cisco's wrong bet on Social Networks  —  A few months after switch-and-router maker Cisco Systems acquired a content-management start-up, Five Across, the San Jose giant is going to acquire the assets of, an early social network, reports The New York Times.
USA Today:
Quick guide to new features  —  The new makes it easier for you to get the latest news and contribute your voice to our coverage.  Take a look at how you can browse and engage our website in whole new ways:  —  Now it's easier to get the news you need:  —  Bigger, better
CowboyNeal / Slashdot:
Windows Vista Keygen a Hoax  —  "The author of the Windows Vista keygen that was reported yesterday has admitted that the program does not actually work.  Here is the initial announcement of the original release of the keygen, and here is the followup post in which the same author acknowledges that the program is fake.
Discussion: Engadget, Download Squad and
Chris Kohler / Game | Life:
First HD Episode of South Park Exclusive to Xbox 360  —  Tune in to the adventures of Butters every week?  Wait until you see him in HD.  —  Wired News has learned that on Tuesday, March 6, Microsoft and Viacom will release the first-ever high-definition episode of the Comedy Central series …
Discussion: You NEWB, Joystiq, Xbox 360 Fanboy and digg
Randall Stross / New York Times:
What Starbucks Can Learn From the Movie Palace  —  WI-FI service is quickly becoming the air-conditioning of the Internet age, enticing customers into restaurants and other public spaces in the same way that cold "advertising air" deliberately blasted out the open doors of air-conditioned theaters …
Discussion: Real Lawyers and Furdlog
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Welcome to the new Ars Technica  —  Welcome to the new Ars Technica!  For those of you keeping count, this is our fourth major redesign (over the span of more than eight years), and if you ask us, it's our best.  Our new look pays homage to our history through the use of dark, rich tones and clear, welcoming contrasts.
Discussion: and digg
Anne Zelenka / Web Worker Daily:
WORKSTREAMING: THE NEW FACE TIME  —  Face time: "Unproductive time spent at the office meant to project the image that you're a hardworking employee."  —  My favorite story of a face time trick is the attorney who would come to his office each Saturday, drape his jacket over his chair …
The rise of technology addiction  —  The seemingly exponential growth of portable technology has sparked fears that people are becoming addicted or swamped by gadgets and their uses.  —  One major consequence of this phenomenon is that the line between work and private life is much more blurred …
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Ten Sites for Free and Legal Torrents  —  Bittorrent downloads are either illegal or DRM-infected, right?  Wrong.  There are plenty of websites out there that offer free and legal Torrent downloads to save bandwidth and make file sharers happy at the same time.
Discussion: Download Squad and digg
Scott E / Library House:
Search engines emerge from Google's shadow  —  What do Hawaii, Hungary, Brazil, Egypt and the Philippines all have in common?  They're each home to one of the Top 100 Alternative Search Engines to Google.  The list of the best 100 alternative search engines was put together by Read/WriteWeb …
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
Nick / Rough Type:
Essjay's world  —  Head Wikipedian Jimmy Wales, having previously defended the Wikipedian administrator Ryan Jordan, who faked an elaborate online identity - "Essjay" - as a distinguished religion scholar, has this morning asked his beleaguered colleague to resign, saying that his …
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Microsoft Hit By U.S. DOT Ban On Windows Vista, Explorer 7, and Office 2007  —  Tens of thousands of federal workers are prohibited from upgrading to the latest versions, according to memos seen by InformationWeek.  —  Citing concerns over cost and compatibility, the top technology official …
Discussion: Slashdot
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Elizabeth Montalbano / InfoWorld:
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
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Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Using the Web to Get the Boss to Pay More
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
I'm in the NY Times today
Discussion: hubbub
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
5 Ways to Mix, Rip, and Mash Your Data
 Earlier Items: 
David Goetzl / MediaPost Publications:
Shock Waves: Microsoft To Move Bulk Of $1 Billion In U.S. Ad Spending To Digital
Discussion: Joe Duck and Lost Remote
Rich Miller / Netcraft:
WordPress Distribution Compromised, Update Released
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
YouTube Struggles Despite Dominance
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Disneyland intros roving animatronic Muppets; Mickey and friends fear pink slips
Discussion: Forever Geek, Joe Duck and digg