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1:45 AM ET, March 8, 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
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Playstation Crushes Second Life with Superior Platform
Discussion: reBang weblog and Webomatica
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
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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.
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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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 …
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: Global Nerdy and Holovaty.com
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
Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
1 Miiiiiillion Users  —  It's now been more than two years since the first story was submitted and dugg on Digg.  Since then you guys have helped Digg move from a personal project amongst a group of friends to a huge online community.  Now, your contributions in submitting, digging …
Discussion: Mashable! and live
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Federated Media Raising More Money, Looking to Sell  —  There's a ton of interesting data included in a new MergerMarket interview with Federated Media Publishing COO Jason Weisberger.  The report itself is proprietary research, although a copy was forwarded to us.
Discussion: alarm:clock and ben barren
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.
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 …
 
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Ken Grobe / The Ask.com Blog:
The New Shape of Local Search
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Search Traffic and Web Analytics: Easy Answers, Hard Lessons
Valleywag:
APPLE: 42 Reasons Normal People Can Switch to Macs
Discussion: 901am
Mike / Techdirt:
Hands Off The Truth; Why It's Hard To Take Hands Off The Internet Seriously
Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Microsoft's top search executive leaving company
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)
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John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Time to start casting the Linux "Switch" commercials
Discussion: DesktopLinux.com
Mike / CrunchNotes:
Destroying Sites on Launch Day
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Amie Street signs major artists to sell DRM-free music
Matt / Peer Pressure:
AllPeers Goes Open Source
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Using Amazon S3 as an Image Hosting Service
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Mark Cuban's Magnolia Pictures Subpoenas Google over Pirated Videos
Reuters:
Friendster makes Google its ad and search supplier
BBC:
Robotic age poses ethical dilemma
 

 
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