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6:45 PM ET, March 4, 2007

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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
USAToday.com Refashions Itself as a Social Network  —  USA Today is unveiling a massive overhaul of their web site that adds a number of great features.  The notable additions include: reader comments on every story, the ability to create a profile page that can be shared with others …
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USA Today:
Quick guide to new USATODAY.com features  —  The new USATODAY.com 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
Discussion: The Bivings Report
Stowe Boyd / Message:
USAToday.com Goes Social, Sorta  —  USAToday.com has reformulated its website to incorporate a large number of more social features, as Steve Rubel reports: … I am not so sure that Steve is right on this one.  First of all, it's not a social network, but a social media site.
Ken Paulson / USA Today:
To our readers:  —  Our website has a new look.  But the real change is in the approach, not the appearance.  —  While we've refined the design, we've also expanded the journalistic mission: Our ambition is to help readers quickly and easily make sense of the world around them by giving …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bravo To USATODAY  —  USATODAY relaunched its website yesterday with a parade of new features that will add a significant social layer to the site that wasn't there before.  The website is no longer a simple hose spouting news at readers.  It has become a full on social network …
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
RSS Bandit v1.5.0.10 Released  —  Although this has taken much longer than I expected, the Jubilee release of RSS Bandit is now done and available for all.  Besides the new features there are a number of performance improvements especially with regards to the responsiveness of the application.
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 …
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 peterme.com
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Is Search Broken?  —  Search engines say they use complex algorithms to help users find exactly what they want Google's "I'm feeling lucky" button (btw, does anybody use it?), right below the search box implies that very thing.  —  The legions of top Ph.Ds working for the search engines publish oodles …
Discussion: Traffick
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Scott E / Library House:
Search engines emerge from Google's shadow
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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
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: Ryan Block, PaulStamatiou.com and digg
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Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
I'm in the NY Times today
Discussion: hubbub
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 Neowin.net
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Paul Miller / Engadget:   Windows Vista "Brute Force Keygen" a hoax
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 …
BBC:
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 …
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