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1:25 AM ET, March 17, 2007


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Karen / Official Google Blog:
A world in motion  —  Posted by Marissa Mayer, VP Search Products & User Experience  —  Mark Twain said, "Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable."  We're pretty sure Twain's definition of pliable is different from ours.  Building flexibility into search, email …
Frequently asked questions  —  Background  —  Q. What is Adscape Media?  —  A. Adscape Media is a small in-game advertising company based in San Francisco California.  Adscape Media offers dynamic delivery of advertising with plot and storyline integration - making its solutions a truly interactive marketing platform.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and Googlified
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Let the passion continue!  We're acquiring Adscape  —  Asteroids, Space Invaders, Centipede and Tetris—remember when you could only play these games at an arcade?  I would line up behind at least 6 people for my chance at Asteroids.  —  Time warp—now it's 2007.  Games can be played anywhere and at anytime.
Nick / Rough Type:
Google should buy Intuit  —  Google has begun to nibble at the business market, introducing its $50-per-employee-per-month package of personal productivity applications, Google Apps, and buying up some little companies like JotSpot, a purveyor of corporate wikis.
Discussion: and Howard Lindzon
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   QuickBooks Enterprise: The forgotten mid-market ERP player
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
How to run Vista legally without activation ... for at least a year  —  Microsoft calls it a 'hack,' researcher, a 'documented feature'  —  Windows Vista can be run for at least a year without being activated, a serious end run around one of Microsoft Corp.'s key antipiracy measures, Windows expert Brian Livingston said today.
Discussion:, CrunchGear and Slashdot
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Socializr, for planning events online  —  Socializr, a new San Francisco-based company that wants to help you plan events online, opens to the public today.  —  It is owned by Jonathan Abrams, the founder of the early social networking site, Friendster.  When Friendster emerged four years ago …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:   Socializr Launches - Still a Mess
DOUBLE STANDARDS: Viacom's own video pirates  —  Let me get this straight.  Sumner Redstone's Viacom, outraged at video grabs of programs such as the Daily Show, orders Google to remove more than 100,000 clips from its Youtube video sharing site.  And then the 83-year-old media tycoon authorizes …
EXCLUSIVE: The rise and fall of David Hayden  —  So profound is the Valley's belief in redemption, that it's hard for anyone to accept that a career can lurch merely from failure to failure.  Here's one such story: David Hayden, founder of Magellan and Critical Path and one of Silicon Valley's …
Anne Broache / CNET
Viacom lawyer: YouTube knows it violates copyrights  —  update WASHINGTON—There's no doubt that YouTube is committing copyright infringement, so the central question is who must police its content, an attorney for Viacom said Friday.  —  After "months and months" of negotiations about that dilemma …
Flickr targets Hong Kong market  —  Popular photo-sharing site Flickr has announced plans to launch a version in the Chinese language.  —  The move from Yahoo-owned Flickr is part of its attempts to localise and increase the accessibility of its websites, especially in Asia.
Discussion: Download Squad
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Flickr China Coming
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Ian Smith / Download Squad:
Top 11 Yahoo Mail Tips and Tricks  —  Yahoo's new version of web mail is, without a doubt, one of the coolest and most fluid Ajax applications we've seen to date.  For the average user it offers every major feature that you can find in Outlook or Thunderbird, and it does it with style.
Discussion: Lifehacker and digg
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Why a Strong Brand Is a Search Marketer's Best Asset  —  Travelocity: Nonbranded Keywords Only Convert 4% of Searchers  —  CHICAGO ( — For brand marketers using search, a brand name may be their best asset.  That's the finding of a recent Travelocity study …
EMERGING TECH TOOLKIT  —  Microsoft: OneCare should not have been rolled out  —  Microsoft has said that its OneCare security suite has "a problem" with the underlying antivirus code, and admitted that security is just "a little part of Microsoft".  —  Speaking to ZDNet UK exclusively …
RawmeatCowboy / Go Nintendo:
Official Nintendo Magazine claims world exclusive Wii game in next issue - UPDATE (might be NiGHTS!)  —  Reader dc12iscool grabbed a couple pictures of a preview in the latest ONM.  —  The text reads, "World Exclusive!  Step back in time as a classic game makes a long overdue return".
Discussion: Game | Life and digg
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Toward a Better Digg  —  Digg revolutionized social news when it launched in 2004.  Since then, it has become the undisputed champ of news link ranking sites.  They just recently crossed the million mark.  And their influence goes far beyond those user registration numbers.
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Why Cisco Bought WebEx  —  Connecting The Dots has a very interesting analysis of why Cisco bought WebEx.  Steve Borsch makes very clear why this acquisition is a Web 2.0 platform play: … I totally agree with all of these points.  Point 1 and 3 are really variations on the same theme …
Switchtoamac / Switch To A Mac:
Mac OS X Leopard 10.5 - a May 2007 release?  —  As a followup to yesterday's post about the Mac OS X 10.4.9 update, we indicated that we would put forth our prediction of when Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard would likely be released by Apple.  This post provides a prediction  —  Key Facts and Items
Discussion: MacUser, Apple Gazette and digg
Elinor Mills / CNET
Europe exec confirms Google Phone  —  The head of Google in Spain and Portugal has confirmed that Google is working on a mobile phone.  "Some of the time the engineers are dedicated to developing a mobile phone," Isabel Aguilera is quoted as saying on the Spanish news Web site
Google Watch:
Exec Confirms Google Phone
Ryan Blitstein /
Microsoft CEO meets with Stanford students  —  Microsoft, according to Stanford business school Dean Robert Joss, has reached a plateau.  In January, it released new versions of its Windows Vista computer operating system and Office productivity software, and faces threats …
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Phone Scoop:
Ericsson to Triple EDGE Speeds
Discussion: Gizmodo and jkOnTheRun
Chip Chick:
Coby's MP-C83 Shuffle Killer to Compete with Sandisk's Sansa Xpress
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Goodbye, Tello  —  Forget Web 2., and think VoIP when it comes …
Sean Cooper / Engadget:
Hands-on with Samsung's slick, sliding glory, the F700
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Twitter to live, but don't live to Twitter
Jeremy Toeman / Jeremy Toeman's LIVEdigitally:
NETGEAR EVA8000 Review: Hands on with the Digital Entertainer HD
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny!
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
The "Works on My Machine" Certification Program
Discussion: JD on EP
Breaking: Nintendo Dominates February; Total Industry Sales Up 53%
 Earlier Items: 
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Your ISP may be selling your web clicks
Douglass C. Perry / IGN:
Halo 3 Slated for September
BREAKING: Take Two Sues Jack Thompson over Manhunt 2, GTA4
Discussion: Joystiq, You NEWB, Kotaku and digg
Johnporcaro / Gamerscore Blog:
Castlevania: Symphony of Night on Xbox Live Arcade
Discussion: Kotaku, Joystiq and Paul Mooney
Mat Lu / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
DockArt: Change your iTunes icon to Album Art
Vincent Nguyen / SlashGear:
SlashGear at CeBIT: Everything you want to know about the Samsung Q1 Ultra!
Mike / Techdirt:
Collateral Damage Takedown Victims Start Suing Viacom
Luke O'Brien / Wired News:
'Yahoo Betrayed My Husband'
Discussion: WebProNews and digg