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8:40 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 …
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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.
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
Discussion: PSFK Trend: PSFK
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Sony's "PlayStation Home" hitting the PS3 this Fall
Discussion: digg
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
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
YouTube Blocked in Turkey
Associated Press:
Turkish Court Orders YouTube Blocked
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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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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 …
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.
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 …
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
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.
 
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John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
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Amie Street signs major artists to sell DRM-free music
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IYP Growth Rate to Surpass Local Search Through 2011
Evan Blass / Engadget:
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