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12:30 PM ET, March 5, 2007


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Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
USA Today adds social networking features  —  The online version of USA Today has undergone a major redesign, adding a bunch of social features to allow readers to create a profile, write a blog, comment and vote on articles, upload images (citizen journalism-style), and send each other messages.
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Who's Right About The Social Media Revolution — The People Or The Revolutionaries?
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Tony / Deep Jive Interests:
Are USAToday's Changes About 5 Years Too Early?
Discussion: WebProNews and CenterNetworks
Microsoft Announces 512MB Memory Unit for Xbox 360 and Increased Xbox LIVE Arcade Game Size Limit  —  512MB Memory Unit enhances storage capabilities and choice for Xbox 360 gamers; increased Xbox LIVE Arcade size limit provides additional flexibility for game developers.
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
Microsoft Prize of $10,000 to Promote Xbox Games  —  Reaching out to millions of aspiring game developers around the world, Microsoft plans today to announce a contest that will award $10,000 and the opportunity to entice millions of eyeballs to the next great digital diversion for the company's Xbox 360.
Discussion: Techdirt and You NEWB
Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:
512MB Xbox 360 Memory Unit Being Launched For Poor People
Discussion: Gizmodo
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 …
Mike / Techdirt:
RIAA Pushes Through Internet Radio Royalty Rates Designed To Kill Webcasts  —  from the broadcasters-must-be-a-special-boys- club dept  —  It's been quite some time since we last heard about arguments between internet webcasters and SoundExchange (a group spun off from the RIAA to handle royalty collection).
Discussion: Gadgetopia
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 …
Windows fails second virus test  —  Microsoft's Live OneCare security software has failed tests which check how well it spots and stops malicious programs designed to attack Windows.  —  OneCare was the only failure among 17 anti-virus programs tested by the AV Comparatives organisation.
Ellen Lee / San Francisco Chronicle:
Google moves YouTube ahead  —  Since the acquisition, more deals struck for video, though copyright issues remain  —  In a clip posted on YouTube shortly after Google said it was acquiring the popular online video site for a whopping $1.65 billion, YouTube co-founders Chad Hurley …
Discussion: Slashdot and digg
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: IP Democracy and PaidContent
Josh / Bokardo:
Five Principles to Design By  —  I recently wrote these into my about page: five principles that I design by.  —  Technology Serves Humans.  —  Too often people blame themselves for the shortcomings of technology.  When their computer crashes, they say "I must have done something dumb".
Discussion: Global Nerdy
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
A Richer Trip to the Mall, Guided by Text Messages  —  SEARCH engines made it easy to find items at online stores.  Now the Internet is poised to solve a more vexing problem: finding items while you are at the mall.  —  Technology companies like NearbyNow of Los Altos, Calif. …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Screenwerk
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: Global Nerdy and Feld Thoughts
Shira Jacobson / SeekingAlpha CE Stocks:
This is the Dawning of the Age of Apple  —  Carl Howe (Blackfriars Communications) submits: We have all heard about the "iPod halo effect" where iPod owners increasingly are buying Apple (AAPL) computers.  Well, it appears that the iPhone has kicked that effect into high gear.
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: Data Mining
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.
Kevin Newcomb / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Googler Criticizes Alexa Data  —  Peter Norvig, director of research at Google, has published some stats showing what many online marketers have been saying for years — Alexa data is skewed by the fact that more online marketers download the Alexa toolbar.  —  Alexa has come under fire repeatedly …
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:   Estimating webmaster skew in Alexa metrics
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Eric Sylvers / International Herald Tribune:
FastWeb founder turns his attention to Internet television and video-on-demand
Discussion: PaidContent
Scott Karp / The Blog Herald:
Could Blogging Adopt A Paid Content Business Model?
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Izimi, latest social publishing site
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET
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