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10:25 AM ET, March 5, 2007

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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
USA Today social redesign - 92% don't like it  —  USA Today introduced a completely new website complete with lots of social network features like comments, reader rankings, blogs, photos, and better search.  Reader reaction?  92% don't like it.  I read all 130 comments (at the time of this post) …
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Can a newspaper be a social network?
Discussion: Techscape and Washington Post
Stowe Boyd / Message:
USAToday.com Goes Social, Sorta
Discussion: hubbub
Tony / Deep Jive Interests:
Are USAToday's Changes About 5 Years Too Early?
Discussion: WebProNews
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bravo To USATODAY  —  USATODAY relaunched its website yesterday …
Discussion: Vincent Maher
Mindy McAdams / Teaching Online Journalism:
USA Today redesign: Where are the graphics?
Discussion: OpsanBlog
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Installed Base, Product Redesign, and USA Today
Discussion: mydigimedia and WebProNews
Alan Sipress / Washington Post:
Open Call From the Patent Office  —  The government is about to start opening up the process of reviewing patents to the modern font of wisdom: the Internet.  —  The Patent and Trademark Office is starting a pilot project that will not only post patent applications on the Web and invite comments …
Christopher Null / PC World:
The 50 Most Important People on the Web  —  Despite what Time magazine would have you believe, you are not the most powerful or influential person on the Web.  At PC World we love online personals, social networks, and videos of people falling on their keisters as much as the next person …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Guardian Unlimited
Douglas Heingartner / New York Times:
Patent Fights Are a Legacy of MP3's Tangled Origins  —  Microsoft says it was doing the right thing: paying a German rights holder $16 million to license the MP3 audio format, the foundation of the digital music boom.  Then an American jury ruled that Microsoft had failed to pay another MP3 patent holder …
Discussion: PaidContent
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Time Change a 'Mini-Y2K' in Tech Terms  —  Two years ago, when Congress passed a law to extend daylight saving time by a month, the move seemed a harmless step that would let the nation burn a little less fossil fuel and enjoy a bit more sunshine.  —  Representative Fred Upton …
Discussion: Feld Thoughts
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
U.S. Copyright Royalty Board Rejects Webcasters, Embraces SoundExchange  —  On Friday, which is generally accepted in public relations circles as the best day of the week to release controversial news, the United States Copyright Royalty Board (image to the right) announced new royalty rates for webcasts, effective from 2006 to 2010.
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Game Developers Conference expands—but too far?  —  Thousands of the video game insiders are expected to converge on San Francisco this week for the Game Developers Conference, now the largest game industry-only event worldwide.  —  Throngs are likely to appear for big-name keynote speeches …
James Bannan / APC:
It's official: Pirates crack Vista at last  —  A genuine crack for Windows Vista has just been released by pirate group Pantheon, which allows a pirated, non-activated installation of Vista (Home Basic/Premium and Ultimate) to be properly activated and made fully-operational.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Izimi, latest social publishing site  —  Izimi.com is another neat little web 2.0 publishing tool - and boasts of an easier way to share video with the world than YouTube.  —  It does this by letting you share any file on your computer - not just video, but spreadsheet, pdf, whatever …
Discussion: Webware.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AddThis Widget Gathering Lots Of Interesting Data  —  You may have seen the AddThis buttons on blog at some point while surfing the web.  It's a simple, free widget blog owners can add to their site that shows a number of bookmarking options at the end of a blog post (there's also a feed reader widget for easy RSS subscriptions).
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Data Mining
Harry McCracken / PC World: Techlog:
The 50 Most Important People on the Web  —  At PC World, we like making lists...from the 25 Worst Products of All Time to the 25 Most Innovative Products of the Year.  People seem to like 'em, too—many of them rank among the most popular articles we've ever posted.
Discussion: Zoli's Blog
Dion Hinchcliffe's Web 2.0 Blog:
BEST PRACTICES AND CHALLENGES IN BUILDING CAPABLE RICH USER EXPERIENCES: ANNOUNCING REAL-WORLD AJAX  —  It's been nearly a year in the making but I'm finally pleased to announce the release of Real-World Ajax, a massive new compendium of the Ajax spectrum that I've compiled and edited …
Thomas Crampton / International Herald Tribune:
Wireless: Cellphones open front in global fight against disease  —  PARIS: To Rwanda's top HIV/AIDS official, communication within the national health care system can be slow enough to present an actual threat to health.  —  "Information from clinics is written on a piece of paper …
Discussion: Smart Mobs and textually.org
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
YADAC: Yet Another Debate About Cloaking Happens Again  —  Sigh.  Double sigh.  Triple sigh.  I guess now that the SEO industry has had the required twice-yearly debate about the reputation of SEO, it's time to do the go round about cloaking once again.  A quick word about cloaking …
 
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