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9:05 AM ET, March 5, 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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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Can a newspaper be a social network?  —  So USA Today — the same newspaper that helped reshape the traditional paper business about twenty-five years ago — has launched a redesign of its website that incorporates a laundry list of "social networking" features: blogs, comments on stories …
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
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 …
Discussion: Vincent Maher
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.
Discussion: hubbub
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) …
Tony / Deep Jive Interests:
Are USAToday's Changes About 5 Years Too Early?
Discussion: WebProNews
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Installed Base, Product Redesign, and USA Today
Discussion: mydigimedia
Ken Paulson / USA Today:
To our readers:
Mindy McAdams / Teaching Online Journalism:   USA Today redesign: Where are the graphics?
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:   Buffett Pessimistic About Newspapers
Ryan / Invisible Inkling:
USA Today redesign: Nice function, not enough form
Discussion: OpsanBlog
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 …
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 …
Roughly Drafted:
Can Apple Take Microsoft in the Battle for the Desktop?  —  Some analysts are nostalgic for the days when they could appear intelligent merely by gushing about everything from Microsoft.  They felt safe in recommending everything the company released, knowing that there were no real alternatives …
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.
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
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 …
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: Guardian Unlimited
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 …
Discussion: Shoemoney
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Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
A quick word about cloaking
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and WebProNews
 
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