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4:30 AM ET, March 8, 2007


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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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: PaidContent and
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: Gadgetell and Technovia
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
GDC07: Sony Unveils Home
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Playstation Crushes Second Life with Superior Platform
Discussion: reBang weblog
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
Discussion: franticindustries
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 …
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Shifts Windows Vista Executive to Search (Update2)  —  March 7 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp. named Brad Goldberg, an executive in its Windows business, to oversee marketing for its Internet search engine as the company tries to catch up with Google Inc.
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
Online Ad Spending Hits $4.8 Billion in Q4 2006  —  Online ad revenues continued to grow at a quick pace in Q4 2006, reaching nearly $4.8 billion, according to numbers released today by The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and its independent research partner PricewaterhouseCoopers.
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 …
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.
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
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
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 …
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
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Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Macrovision copy protection coming to a download near you
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French to limit violent net clips
Lore Sjöberg / Wired News:
You, Too, Can Be a Fanboy  —  If you read video game message boards …
Discussion: Joystiq and digg
Nick / Rough Type:
Customer value and the network effect
Ken Grobe / The Blog:
The New Shape of Local Search
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
MTV Networks embraces Web chaos to regain viewers
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Search Traffic and Web Analytics: Easy Answers, Hard Lessons
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 Earlier Items: 
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
Boss can now get in your face remotely
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Mike / Techdirt:
Hands Off The Truth; Why It's Hard To Take Hands Off The Internet Seriously
Discussion: Global Nerdy
Take-Two soars on fight for control of gamemaker
Discussion: The Browser and GigaGamez
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
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Using Amazon S3 as an Image Hosting Service
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