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7:30 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 …
Discussion: ClickZ News Blog, VTOR, Things That and digg
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 …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Sony's "PlayStation Home" hitting the PS3 this Fall
Discussion: digg
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
GDC07: Sony Unveils Home
Discussion: PSFK Trend: PSFK
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Sony brings it 'Home' for the PS3
Discussion: Neowin.net
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
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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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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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.
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
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.
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 …
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
 
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CNNMoney.com:
Take-Two soars on fight for control of gamemaker
Discussion: The Browser and GigaGamez
David Jenkins / Gamasutra:
World Of WarCraft Expansion Hits 3.5 million
Discussion: GigaGamez, WOW Insider and Joystiq
Valleywag:
ADVERTISING: Facebook 'consistently the worst performing site'
Discussion: WebProNews
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Amie Street signs major artists to sell DRM-free music
Jeremy Crane / Compete Blog:
February Search Market Share: Live Search is on the move
Discussion: WebProNews and Screenwerk
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Matt / Peer Pressure:
AllPeers Goes Open Source
Discussion: TechCrunch and TorrentFreak
DigiTimes:
Samsung ships hybrid hard drive
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Martin Varsavsky:
FON has Raised Another 10 Million Euros to Grow its WiFi Community Around the World
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
TiVo goes live with Amazon Unbox partnership
Discussion: Lost Remote
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Hands-on with Vulcan's Flipstart handheld PC
Discussion: digg
Heather Green / Business Week:
N3: Bringing Order to Online Video
Discussion: IP Democracy
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
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Samsung Q2 UMPC revealed!
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Yahoo HotJobs needs Craigslist to fill hot jobs at Yahoo
 

 
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