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12:30 PM ET, March 7, 2007

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WordPress.com:
OpenID  —  You can now use your WordPress.com blog as an OpenID.  —  Are you fed up with having to remember dozens of usernames and password?  Does the idea of creating yet another account on yet another site leave you cold?  —  OpenID is a new standard that hopes to alleviate some of the pain …
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FAQ:
What is OpenID?  —  OpenID is an open standard that lets you sign in to other sites on the Web using your WordPress.com account.  This means less usernames and passwords to remember and less time spent signing up for new sites.  —  How do I get an OpenID?  —  If you have a WordPress.com blog, you have an OpenID already!
factoryjoe.com:   37 Signals' next app Highrise will support OpenID
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:   Wordpress, 37Signals Join OpenID Bandwagon
Business Wire:
Superpages.com Enhances Mapping Functionality As Local Search Continues to Grow in Popularity  —  DALLAS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Superpages.com, a product of Idearc Media Corp., today strengthens its mapping functionality with an enhanced map-based search application.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Screenwerk
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Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
IYP Growth Rate to Surpass Local Search Through 2011  —  When IAC's CitySearch acquired user-generated business review site InsiderPages last week, it may have looked like just another deal in the constantly-ebbing world of local Web directories.  But it could be a signal of things to come …
Discussion: Screenwerk
Donna Bogatin / Digital Markets:
Yahoo HotJobs needs Craigslist to fill hot jobs at Yahoo  —  Who says $42 billion market cap Yahoo wishes "free" classifieds Craigslist wasn't disrupting its HotJobs online recruitment business?  —  In touting its for (big) fee recruiting services to employers, Yahoo HotJobs proclaims:
Discussion: Hire Calling
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
FAA May Ditch Microsoft's Windows Vista And Office For Google And Linux Combo  —  FAA chief information officer David Bowen said he's taking a close look at the Premier Edition of Google Apps as he mulls replacements for the agency's Windows XP-based desktop computers and laptops.
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George Ou:
Choosing between Vista x86 32 bit or x64 64 bit
Discussion: JD on EP
Karen / Official Google Blog:
New and improved Desktop  —  For the past several months, we've been working on ways to let you better get information on your desktop through gadgets and sidebar.  We've also thought about improving how you search your computer.  Today, we are happy to be releasing the Google Desktop 5 beta application.
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Reuters:
Yahoo! China sued for alleged copyright breach  —  SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Music industry giants including Warner Music Group Corp. are suing Yahoo! China for alleged copyright infringement by providing links to unlicensed music, trade organization IFPI said on Wednesday.
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Forrester Report Claims R&D Studies Are Biased  —  Despite U.S. spending of almost $300 billion on knowledge, the analyst firm found common flaws: bias, flawed analysis, and shortsightedness.  —  National investments in innovation are largely wasted and technology studies confirm the political …
Discussion: Between the Lines
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Mike / Techdirt:   Government Attempts To Foster Innovation Are Wasted, According To Study
Reuters:
Friendster makes Google its ad and search supplier  —  SAN FRANCISCO, March 6 (Reuters) - Friendster Inc. named Google Inc. (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile , Research) as its exclusive advertising and Web search provider, part of a plan by the originator of the social network craze to expand globally, the company said on Tuesday.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Amazon's Unbox video download service "now available" on TiVo  —  Usually when a vendor says available "later this year," they deliver in December, not the following month.  So excuse our surprise to find Amazon's Unbox video download service "Now Available!" to any broadband connected Series2 or Series3 TiVo.
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
F.C.C. Chief Questioning Radio Deal  —  Kevin J. Martin, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has privately questioned recent Congressional testimony by the architect of a proposed merger of the nation's two satellite radio companies that subscribers would both pay …
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Samsung Q2 UMPC revealed!  —  So check it: every so often we find a juicy tip in our inbox, and today we sure got a doozy.  One of our faithful readers — who prefers to remain anonymous — has sent in several slides featuring Samsung's followup to the Q1 UMPC, the Q2.
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
Sony to Add Online Bells and Whistles for PlayStation 3  —  Moving to enhance its PlayStation 3 game console, Sony today plans to announce new online capabilities for it, meant to draw gamers into Sony's cyberspace community and allow them to share entertainment content they have created, à la YouTube.
BBC:
Robotic age poses ethical dilemma  —  An ethical code to prevent humans abusing robots, and vice versa, is being drawn up by South Korea.  —  The Robot Ethics Charter will cover standards for users and manufacturers and will be released later in 2007.  —  It is being put together …
Discussion: Rough Type
Google Blogoscoped:
YouTube Reportedly Blocked in Turkey  —  Reader Mert Mavi sends in the following alert (HTML'ified):  —  I wanted to inform you about the bad news from Turkey.  YouTube will be censored in Turkey (...) as a result of the disagreeable videos about Atatürk (the founder of Turkey).
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Go for Mobile 2.0 Goes Windows Mobile  —  Yahoo! and HTC Announce Partnership to Distribute Yahoo! Go 2.0 on Millions of Windows Mobile-Based Devices  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Continuing to redefine the mobile Internet experience for millions of consumers around the world …
 
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Roundup: USA Today stiffs Google, and Google gossip, Reuters, Geni, Rockyou...
Discussion: Techdirt
Johnt / Library clips:
Grazr is hosting OPML's
Vivek / StartupSquad.com:
KickApps V2.0 blows away competition in DIY Social Networking
Discussion: Clickinfluence
Peter Clarke / EE Times:
Intel to sample phase change memory in 1H 2007
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Flat-panel TV makers sing the discount blues
Discussion: Gizmodo
John Markoff / New York Times:
Searching for Michael Jordan? Microsoft Wants a Better Way
Antone Gonsalves / InformationWeek:
Blu-ray Disk Sales Ahead OF HD DVD
Discussion: The Tech Report and Neowin.net
Marguerite Reardon / ZDNet:
Microsoft Office finds its voice
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Digital50:
Peak Performance Solutions, Inc. Announces the Acquisition of Mojungle, Inc.
Discussion: SMS Text News and GigaOM
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iTunes 7.1
Discussion: CrunchGear
Om Malik / GigaOM:
BT to Invest in FON?
Discussion: VoIP Watch and Roam4free
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Does Presence really matter?
epiZENter.net:
Is this Creative's ZenPhone?
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
AT&T turns cell phones into TV remotes
Discussion: TiVo Lovers and Gizmodo
 

 
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Time Warner board changes bylaws to block small group of shareholders from forcing Fox takeover vote

 
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