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10:00 PM ET, March 7, 2007


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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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Technovia
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.
Daniel Terdiman / CNET
Sony brings it 'Home' for the PS3  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Sony is finally getting its own virtual reality.  —  As online virtual worlds like Second Life, and others continue to gain in popularity, Sony on Wednesday unveiled its own version of an immersive 3D social space …
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
GDC07: Sony Unveils Home
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.
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.
Discussion: Gear Live and 901am
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Turkey Says "No More YouTube"
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
YouTube Blocked in Turkey
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 …
Google Blogoscoped:
Super-Close Google Maps Zooms  —  Holy moly that is a close up zoom of a camel (see my screenshot above) - and it works for other place on Google Maps too!  Yes, it turns out that you can zoom in much more deeply onto Google Maps by doing this:  — Select a location and switch to satellite view
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 …
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 …
Jeremy Crane / Compete Blog:
February Search Market Share: Live Search is on the move
Discussion: WebProNews and Screenwerk
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.
ADVERTISING: Facebook 'consistently the worst performing site'  —  So Facebook, which has been letting people know it's on track for $150m in revenues in 2007, must be an awesome advertising platform.  Well, sorry to rain on the parade, but no. Media buyers — the agency people who book campaigns …
Discussion: WebProNews
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.
Mike / CrunchNotes:
Destroying Sites on Launch Day  —  As TechCrunch traffic continues to grow, a problem is popping up more and more often - the traffic we send to a site when we write about it on its launch day can (and often does) take it down.  It's not that TechCrunch traffic is that massive …
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DIGGING DEEPER  —  Web Focus Leads Newspapers to Hire Programmers for Editorial Staff
Take-Two soars on fight for control of gamemaker
Discussion: The Browser and GigaGamez
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Time to start casting the Linux "Switch" commercials
Discussion: InformationWeek
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Amie Street signs major artists to sell DRM-free music
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Harsh Words Die Hard on the Web
Marla Nitke / Interactive Advertising Bureau:
Discussion: Valleywag and Screenwerk
Matt / Peer Pressure:
AllPeers Goes Open Source
Samsung ships hybrid hard drive
 Earlier Items: 
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
TiVo goes live with Amazon Unbox partnership
Discussion: Lost Remote
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Using Amazon S3 as an Image Hosting Service
Wall Street Journal:
Google, Old Media Diverge on Video
Darren Waters / BBC:
Google helps terabyte data swaps
Discussion: Slashdot
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Samsung Q2 UMPC revealed!
Robotic age poses ethical dilemma
John Markoff / New York Times:
Searching for Michael Jordan? Microsoft Wants a Better Way
Donna Bogatin / Digital Markets:
Yahoo HotJobs needs Craigslist to fill hot jobs at Yahoo