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9:55 AM ET, March 8, 2007

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Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Microsoft's top search executive leaving company  —  The Microsoft Corp. executive who led the company's challenge to Google is leaving the company.  —  Christopher Payne, the corporate vice president for Microsoft's Live Search initiative, plans to launch a Seattle-based technology firm unrelated …
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Gizmodo:
PlayStation Home Combines the Best of Nintendo's Miis, a few Xbox 360 Achievements, Second Life, and the Sims  —  Turns out the rumor was spot on.  Sony's officially announcing the Home—or PlayStation Home as it's less confusingly known—feature for the PS3.
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Playstation Crushes Second Life with Superior Platform
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Sony brings it 'Home' for the PS3
Discussion: PaidContent and Neowin.net
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Federated Media Raising More Money, Looking to Sell  —  There's a ton of interesting data included in a new MergerMarket interview with Federated Media Publishing COO Jason Weisberger.  The report itself is proprietary research, although a copy was forwarded to us.
Jaanus / Skype Blogs:
Skype Prime™ Beta — introducing the global expertise marketplace  —  Today, we put out an update of Skype 3.1 beta for Windows.  Download here.  It contains the typical bugfixes and such from the previous release — thanks to everyone who's been helping us with the reports.  Keep them coming.
Steven Zeitchik / Variety:
News Corp. in Web video bid  —  Media company logs talks with rivals  —  News Corp. is forging ahead on talks with a number of congloms to create a video platform that could compete with YouTube.  —  "We're in very active negotiations with all of the media companies to create …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Mashable! and PaidContent
Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
1 Miiiiiillion Users  —  It's now been more than two years since the first story was submitted and dugg on Digg.  Since then you guys have helped Digg move from a personal project amongst a group of friends to a huge online community.  Now, your contributions in submitting, digging …
Discussion: franticindustries, live and Mashable!
Ken Grobe / The Ask.com Blog:
The New Shape of Local Search  —  What, you think we'd launch an incomparable, doors-blowing product like AskCity and just leave it out there?  We've been whipping up a fresh batch of upgrades, and are ready to announce the latest: search-enabled drawing tools.
BBC:
Turkish court bans YouTube access  —  Access to the popular video-sharing website YouTube has been suspended in Turkey following a court order.  —  The ban was imposed after prosecutors told the court that clips insulting former Turkish leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk had appeared on the site.
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
YouTube Blocked in Turkey
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Turkey Says "No More YouTube"
Valleywag:
APPLE: 42 Reasons Normal People Can Switch to Macs  —  NICK DOUGLAS — Are Macs just for hipster designers?  Not at all!  Maybe you've wanted to switch to a Mac, but you were afraid it wouldn't work with your Office files.  Maybe you can't convince your parents they won't lose their vacation photos.
Discussion: TechBlog, 901am and VoIP & Gadgets Blog
Gregory Heller / DefectiveByDesign.org:
An Open Letter to Steve Jobs  —  Introduction: … Dear Steve Jobs,  —  We would like to thank you for your public statements about Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), and your pledge to drop DRM from iTunes if the four major record labels—EMI, Warner, Universal and Sony—let you.
Terry Sullivan / PC Magazine:
Sony Announces Its First Wireless Digicam  —  Although some big names have banked on wireless digital cameras going mainstream—namely, Kodak, Nikon, and Canon—Sony has opted to stay disconnected from the trend, at least until today.  —  Sony launched its first wireless digital point …
Discussion: Engadget and Gadgetell
MediaShift:
DIGGING DEEPER  —  Web Focus Leads Newspapers to Hire Programmers for Editorial Staff  —  BY MARK GLASER, 12:15PM  —  Whenever journalist-programmer extraordinaire Adrian Holovaty speaks at a conference, newspaper executives approach him to ask, "Where can we find another person like you?"
Discussion: Global Nerdy and Holovaty.com
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
Online Ad Spending Hits $4.8 Billion in Q4 2006  —  Online ad revenues continued to grow at a quick pace in Q4 2006, reaching nearly $4.8 billion, according to numbers released today by The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and its independent research partner PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Philliptorrone / MAKE Magazine:
5.5g iPods can now run Linux  —  The Linux on iPod developer blog says the 5.5g iPods can now run Linux - … Linux on iPod » Blog Archive » 5.5g iPods are working! … More:  —  Linux on iPod projects @ MAKE - Link.
Fred / A VC:
How To Widget?  —  Being a publisher ain't so easy these days.  I know a little bit about it now that I have this thing called a blog that I feel compelled to keep fresh and build (whatever that means, my audience has been flat for the past year - maybe because of the very subject of this post).
Discussion: Clickinfluence
Nick / Rough Type:
Customer value and the network effect  —  What's the value of a customer who doesn't pay you anything?  If you're running a hot dog stand, the answer is probably "zero."  But if you're running a two-sided market - a market, like eBay or Monster.com or AdWords or YouTube or Digg or even Second Life …
 
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Microsoft: Make our HD Photo format a standard
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Store and find even more photos on Picasa Web Albums
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
EarthLink to offer TiVo boxes with DSL
Discussion: Engadget
Inquirer:
LG readies notebook with hybrid hard drive
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Alice / Wonderland:
GDC: MMOs, past, present and future
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Omidyar Network appoints new leader, to double in size
Discussion: PaidContent
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Macrovision copy protection coming to a download near you
Discussion: digg
Lore Sjöberg / Wired News:
You, Too, Can Be a Fanboy  —  If you read video game message boards …
Discussion: Joystiq and digg
 Earlier Items: 
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
MTV Networks embraces Web chaos to regain viewers
Erik Dafforn / ClickZ:
Search Traffic and Web Analytics: Easy Answers, Hard Lessons
Mike / Techdirt:
Hands Off The Truth; Why It's Hard To Take Hands Off The Internet Seriously
Discussion: Global Nerdy
CNNMoney.com:
Take-Two soars on fight for control of gamemaker
Discussion: The Browser and GigaGamez
Valleywag:
ADVERTISING: Facebook 'consistently the worst performing site'
Mike / CrunchNotes:
Destroying Sites on Launch Day
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Amie Street signs major artists to sell DRM-free music
 

 
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Piers Morgan joins Daily Mail Online as Editor-at-Large for the US

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