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11:30 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 …
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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 …
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.
Discussion: Technovia
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Sony brings it 'Home' for the PS3
Discussion: Neowin.net
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.
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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.
Discussion: Gear Live and 901am
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Turkey Says "No More YouTube"
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
YouTube Blocked in Turkey
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
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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 …
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 …
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Jeremy Crane / Compete Blog:
February Search Market Share: Live Search is on the move
Discussion: WebProNews and Screenwerk
Valleywag:
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 and Clickety Clack
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: Holovaty.com
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.
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.
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 …
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.
 
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Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
1 Miiiiiillion Users  —  It's now been more than two years since …
Discussion: Mashable!
Mike / Techdirt:
Hands Off The Truth; Why It's Hard To Take Hands Off The Internet Seriously
CNNMoney.com:
Take-Two soars on fight for control of gamemaker
Discussion: The Browser and GigaGamez
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Shifts Windows Vista Executive to Search (Update2)
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
Marla Nitke / Interactive Advertising Bureau:
IAB/PwC RELEASE FOURTH-QUARTER AND FY 2006 INTERNET AD REVENUE FIGURES
Discussion: Valleywag and Screenwerk
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AllPeers Goes Open Source
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
TiVo goes live with Amazon Unbox partnership
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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: Gadget Lab and Slashdot
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Samsung Q2 UMPC revealed!
BBC:
Robotic age poses ethical dilemma
John Markoff / New York Times:
Searching for Michael Jordan? Microsoft Wants a Better Way
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