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5:40 PM ET, March 7, 2007

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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.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
PlayStation Home revealed  —  Good news for the PlayStation camp, full details of Sony's PlayStation Home have been revealed, and it ain't no slacker.  Alongside those avatars and achievements we heard about earlier, the "service" seems to be a new-gen Second Life killer, with public hangouts …
Discussion: Forever Geek and TechSpot News
Jared Rea / Joystiq:
PlayStation Home, the free virtual world of PlayStation 3  —  Sony has validated the "blackball rumor" with the unveiling of PlayStation Home — a free to download, virtual world for the PlayStation 3.  While earlier murmurings mentioned customizable avatars and achievements …
Discussion: Gizmodo, GigaGamez and digg
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Sony's "PlayStation Home" hitting the PS3 this Fall
Discussion: digg
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Sony brings it 'Home' for the PS3
Discussion: Neowin.net
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
GDC07: Sony Unveils Home
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Tim Hames / Times of London:
YouTube banned in Turkey after video insults  —  A court in Istanbul has issued an order denying access to the video-sharing website YouTube.  The state owned Turk Telecom implemented the ban today after an escalating dispute between Greek and Turkish users of the site.
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Time to start casting the Linux "Switch" commercials  —  Open-source software proponents may end up owing Microsoft a big, ironic thank you for finally getting Vista out the door.  Release of the new version of Windows has forced IT folks in the public and private sector to make some serious plans …
Discussion: gyaku
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Karen / Official Google Blog:
Google Maps Send to Car  —  On the Google Maps team, our goal is not only to help you find local businesses, but also to enable you to quickly connect with those businesses, wherever you are.  To that end, we recently introduced the ability to call businesses in the U.S. directly from Google Maps …
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
TiVo goes live with Amazon Unbox partnership  —  TiVo subscribers now have direct access to the Amazon.com's Unbox movie and TV download service on their digital video recorders, the companies said Wednesday.  —  The partnership was originally unveiled last month, and a number of TiVo users …
Discussion: Lost Remote
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Google Watch:
Mark Cuban's Magnolia Pictures Subpoenas Google over Pirated Videos  —  Magnolia Pictures, an independent film studio owned by entrepreneur Mark Cuban, has subpoenaed Google to reveal the identities of users who uploaded Magnolia's copyrighted videos to both Google Video and YouTube, Google Watch has learned.
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.
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
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Hands-on with Vulcan's Flipstart handheld PC  —  The Vulcan Flipstart is one of those products that just gets you juiced up about gadgets, because really, what's more gadgety than a full-fledged computer that you can slide into a coat pocket?  There was a short while there (2003 to 2007) …
Discussion: digg
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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: UMBC eBiquity, Rough Type and Slashdot
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:
John Markoff / New York Times:
Searching for Michael Jordan?  Microsoft Wants a Better Way  —  Internet searching was at the forefront of the technologies that Microsoft displayed on Tuesday at an event intended to showcase the company's research prowess.  —  Despite a lack of visible progress in catching up with Google …
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Using Amazon S3 as an Image Hosting Service  —  In Reducing Your Website's Bandwidth Usage, I concluded that my best outsourced image hosting option was Amazon's S3 or Simple Storage Service.  —  S3 is a popular choice for startups.  For example, SmugMug uses S3 as their primary data storage source.
Gartenberg / GartenBlog:
And Back to Analyst...  This is a difficult post to write.  But after much of thought, I have decided not to remain with Microsoft and I am returning to JupiterResearch as of Monday 3/12.  —  At my core, I am an analyst.  It's what I do and I do it well and after much thought …
Discussion: David Schatsky
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.
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Crave, The Tech Report and digg
Marla Nitke / Interactive Advertising Bureau:
IAB/PwC RELEASE FOURTH-QUARTER AND FY 2006 INTERNET AD REVENUE FIGURES  —  Internet Advertising Revenues Estimated at $16.8 Billion for Full Year 2006  —  Q4 2006 Totals Nearly $4.8 Billion, Setting a New Industry Record  —  The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and PricewaterhouseCoopers …
Discussion: Valleywag and Screenwerk
 
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Mike / CrunchNotes:
Destroying Sites on Launch Day
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Amie Street signs major artists to sell DRM-free music
Matt / Peer Pressure:
AllPeers Goes Open Source
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Samsung ships hybrid hard drive
Martin Varsavsky:
FON has Raised Another 10 Million Euros to Grow its WiFi Community Around the World
Wall Street Journal:
Google, Old Media Diverge on Video
J Mark Lytle / Digital World Tokyo:
Sega mu-bot headphones cooler than pickled fish livers
Discussion: Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Heather Green / Business Week:
N3: Bringing Order to Online Video
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 Earlier Items: 
Neil Midgley / Telegraph:
BBC plans to compete online with iTunes
Discussion: Macsimum News
Darren Waters / BBC:
Google helps terabyte data swaps
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Slashdot
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Palm to serve up "ultra thin" WiMAX smartphone this year?
Discussion: CrunchGear
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Internet Killed The Television Star: Reviews of Joost, Babelgum, Zattoo, and More
Discussion: mockriot, Lost Remote and digg
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
F.C.C. Chief Questioning Radio Deal
Reuters:
Yahoo! China sued for alleged copyright breach
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