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3:45 PM ET, March 8, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg Hits 1 Million Registered Users  —  Congratulations to Digg, which announced that they've had a million accounts registered at at the site (at least ten of which are mine ).  This is a 5x increase year over year - In March 2006 they had just 200,000 registered users.  In March 2005, less than 50,000.
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
My Yahoo! Gets Web 2.0 Makeover  —  Hot on the heels of My.Netscape's personalized homepage makeover, Yahoo has announced a new version of its own long-running personalized homepage, My Yahoo.  It will at first be a private beta, with a limited number of users being offered a beta account at http://cm.my.yahoo.com/upgrade.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
All New My Yahoo  —  There's an all new My Yahoo launching today at 11 am PST.  This is the web's most popular customizable home page by far, with 50 milliion or so worldwide users and half of the total market (the other half is controlled by Netvibes, GoogleIG, Pageflakes, Live.com and others).
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
MY YAHOO IS GETTING A FACELIFT  —  Yahoo unveiled a new look and feel for its My Yahoo personalized start pages today, bringing the service up to speed with an increasingly customizable, Ajax-driven Web.  It's about time: competitors like Google Desktop and Pageflakes have also been rolling out new updates recently.
Discussion: A Feed Is Born
Yahoo! Answers Team Blog:
What is the Answers Network (Beta)?  —  We've received a lot of feedback regarding the quality of content on Yahoo! Answers.  While we are continuing to find ways to attack trolls, fight spam, and filter and delete abuse on the site, we've also learned that a large portion …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Joe Duck and Clickinfluence
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Yahoo! Search blog:
Who's in your knowledge network?  —  You've got a burning question and you know someone out there has got the answer.  We've all been in this situation and for over 90 million people worldwide, spanning 20 countries, and 9 languages, Yahoo! Answers has been the answer.
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:   Yahoo Answers Adds Social Networking
Jerry Useem / Fortune:
Apple: America's best retailer  —  The high-tech wundercompany has landed - not only on our street corners and in our malls, but also for the first time, on the top 10 of Fortune's Most Admired Companies.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — "Sorry Steve, Here's Why Apple Stores Won't Work," BusinessWeek wrote with great certainty in 2001.
Mark Hachman / ExtremeTech:
Samsung Samples First Hybrid Hard Drive to OEMs; Retail 'Soon'  —  Samsung said Wednesday that it had begun shipments of its first hybrid hard drive to select OEMs, and that retail shipments would begin "soon".  —  The new MH80 2.5-inch hybrid drives for notebook PCs will be available in 80 …
Discussion: TechSpot News, Gearlog and Slashdot
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
LG's R400 hybrid hard drive laptop outed
Discussion: Gizmodo, Inquirer and Gadgetell
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
The Economics of Online Advertising  —  Mark Jacobsen pointed to a sobering post by Jeremy Lieuw on the lightspeed venture blog about the economics of online advertising.  Entitled Three ways to build an online media business to $50m in revenue, the article does the math:
Ken Grobe / The Ask.com Blog:
The New Shape of Local Search  —  What, you think we'd launch an incomparable, doors-blowing product like AskCity and just leave it out there?  We've been whipping up a fresh batch of upgrades, and are ready to announce the latest: search-enabled drawing tools.
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Ask Lets You Shape Your Local Search Results
Discussion: Rex Hammock's weblog
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
AT&T's QWERTY-equipped SMT5700 drops by FCC  —  Whoa, what do we have here?  First up, this is the first smartphone (thought not the first phone) we've seen with the new AT&T branding.  Second, this is the first partnership of which we're aware between China's Amoi and an American carrier.
Discussion: Crave and CrunchGear
Steven Zeitchik / Variety:
News Corp. in Web video bid  —  Media company logs talks with rivals  —  News Corp. is forging ahead on talks with a number of congloms to create a video platform that could compete with YouTube.  —  "We're in very active negotiations with all of the media companies to create …
Jeff / Venture Chronicles:
Sony Gives Critics Cause For Pause … I've been pretty tough on Sony for their DRM strategy, their crappy stores, inability to build a decent online music service, and most recently for really screwing up the PS3 launch.  I guess it was only a matter of time before the odds turned in their favor …
Philliptorrone / MAKE Magazine:
5.5g iPods can now run Linux  —  The Linux on iPod developer blog says the 5.5g iPods can now run Linux - … Linux on iPod » Blog Archive » 5.5g iPods are working! … More:  —  Linux on iPod projects @ MAKE - Link.
Discussion: CrunchGear
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Software Giant Symantec Buys Reston-Based Security Firm  —  A company started on the whim of two longtime friends has been snapped up by the world's largest security software company.  —  Christopher Parker and Steve Crutchley, who met in their 20s while working for a London software company, started 4FrontSecurity in 2002.
Discussion: Zero Day and Donna's SecurityFlash
Kevin Cho / Bloomberg:
Apple May Introduce Laptops That Store Data on Chips (Update3)  —  Apple Inc., maker of the iPod music players and Macintosh personal computers, may introduce a new laptop this year that will save data on flash memory chips instead of a hard drive, American Technology Research said.
Ludwig Kietzmann / Joystiq:
Joystiq and Engadget live at Nintendo's 2007 GDC keynote  —  10:07 a.m.: We're sitting at the Miyamoto keynote.  We count five screens of nine Wii logos apiece, totaling 45 Wii logos.  That's a lot of Wii!  The podium glows blue with a white Nintendo logo and the background shows …
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Discussion: Clickinfluence
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An Open Letter to Steve Jobs
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Sony Announces Its First Wireless Digicam
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