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7:05 PM ET, March 27, 2007


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
John McCain's MySpace Page Hacked  —  Someone on Presidential hopeful John McCain's staff is going to be in trouble today.  They used a well known template to create his Myspace page.  The template was designed by NewsVine Founder and CEO Mike Davidson (original template is here).
Hacking John McCain  —  politics, humor, myspace, gay-marriage, mccain, john-mccain, hacks  —  If you visit John McCain's MySpace page (as of 9am PST Tuesday morning), you will notice an interesting announcement from him.  He's apparently reversed his position on gay marriage as well as revealed a bias towards attractive lesbians.
Discussion: Lost Remote
Blog death threats spark debate  —  Prominent blogger Kathy Sierra has called on the blogosphere to combat the culture of abuse online.  —  It follows a series of death threats which have forced her to cancel a public appearance and suspend her blog.  —  Ms Sierra described on her blog …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Chorus of cowardice  —  Chris Locke explains the "Mean Kids" …
Best Buy Acquires Speakeasy  —  Addition of VoIP Communications Provider Gives Small Businesses  —  a Single Source for All of Their Technology Needs  —  Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY) has agreed to acquire Speakeasy, Inc., one of the largest independent broadband voice, data and IT service providers in the United States.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Can Best Buy become your IT shop?
Discussion: Epicenter and Howard Lindzon
Steve Poland / TechCrunch:
Web Services Coming To Twitter  —  Earlier this year we talked about the usefulness of a simple command line to query multiple web services via a set syntax.  Yubnub, one of the web services we discussed, does just that.  Enter "Weather 90210″ into Yubnub and get the weather from
Nik Cubrilovic / New Web Order:
Twitter as a Communications Platform  —  Today Techcrunch reported that Twitter will be releasing extensions to their API that will allow applications to receive private messages from users.  Currently the API allows you to post messages, get a list of your friends and to query the public messages …
SAMSUNG Introduces 1.8" - Type 64GB Flash-based Solid State Drive  —  Taipei, Taiwan - March 27, 2007: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the leader in advanced semiconductor technology, announced at its annual Mobile Solution Forum in Taipei that it has developed a 1.8"-type 64 Gigabyte (GB) flash-solid state drive (SSD).
PlayStation breaks sales records  —  The PlayStation 3 console has broken UK sales records with more than 165,000 machines sold in the first two days of release, say analysts Chart Track.  —  More than a million consoles were shipped across Europe on launch day last week with 600,000 sold.
Mike / Techdirt:
The Patent Thicket That May Destroy VoIP  —  from the helping-spur-innovation,-huh?  dept  —  You have to wonder how many times fans of the patent system have to repeat the mantra that "patents encourage innovation" before they can actually believe it.  There continues to be new evidence …
Carol Wilson / TELEPHONY Magazine:   More VoIP patent suits likely
Netflix Founder Joins Microsoft Board  —  Netflix founder Reed Hastings has joined the Microsoft board of directors, indicating a cozy relationship between the two companies.  While no actual business deals between the big M and Netflix have been announced, a partnership could benefit them both greatly in the current marketplace.
Discussion: Microsoft and Tech Trader Daily
Netflix CEO joins Microsoft board
Discussion: CrunchGear and Engadget
Molly Graham / Official Google Blog:
Walking, Talking, Searching, Finding.  —  Posted by Yael Shacham, Product Manager, Mobile Team  —  For the last few weeks, some of our users have been test-driving our new mobile search and providing us with feedback so we can make it better.  Now, we've actually been using your feedback to improve our mobile search since 2001.
Elinor Mills / CNET
Yahoo click fraud settlement gets final OK  —  A federal judge in San Jose, Calif., has given final approval to a settlement in a class action lawsuit over click fraud that requires Yahoo to pay nearly $5 million in attorney fees and give full credits to advertisers dating back to 2004.
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
YouTube to launch mobile website soon  —  CTIA 2007 — YouTube will launch its mobile website in June 2007 for U.S. users, according to a spokesperson.  The mobile YouTube site will go live once the exclusivity clause on the company's mobile video deal with Verizon Wireless expires.
Discussion: Google Watch and NewTeeVee
Apple TV Hacks:
Apple TV running on a Macbook  —  Apple TV OS can now run on a Macbook! was able to patch to the Apple TV, and now has an operating Apple TV:  —  You can use your remote as normal, it shows up in iTunes on other computers:  —  The method
Neil Patel / Pronet Advertising:
Search Engine Smackdown: The Video Game  —  Bored?  Be bored no more because we have created a video game that will keep you entertained and teach you about the search industry.  Search Engine Smackdown is a fun game where you can be the Google founders (Larry & Sergey), Yahoo founders …
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Numenta - Has Artificial Intelligence Arrived?  —  Jeff Hawkins made a name for himself in the tech industry as the founder of Palm Computing and inventor of the Palm Pilot.  He later founded Handspring, where he invented the Treo.  If you were a fan of his work then, you are going to love what Jeff is up to now.
Discussion: Tech~Surf~Blog and digg
Michael Kanellos / CNET
Intel modifies Wi-Fi to add mileage  —  BERKELEY, Calif.—Intel has come up with a form of Wi-Fi that would let a laptop in San Francisco connect to the Internet from a base station in San Jose, Calif.  —  And there would still be about 10 miles of wiggle room to spare.
Discussion: Engadget, Macsimum News and Gadget Lab
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