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10:20 PM ET, February 24, 2008


 Top Items: 
Pakistan ‘sparks YouTube outage’  —  Pakistan's attempts to block access to YouTube has been blamed for an almost global blackout of the video website for more than an hour on Sunday.  —  BBC News has learned that the outage was almost certainly connected to Pakistan Telecom and Asian internet service provider PCCW.
Discussion: Threat Chaos
David Ulevitch / OpenDNS System:
Youtube down, not OpenDNS  — is down right now because Pakistan Telecom has decided to (accidentally probably) hijack their IP address space which means that nobody in the world can reach Youtube.  This isn't an OpenDNS issue.  Just letting you all know. :-)  —  This is now fixed.
Greg Sandoval / CNET
Pakistan blamed for global YouTube outage  —  Updated, 4:20 p.m. to add possible Pakistan connection.  —  At a time when extended site outages are becoming less common, YouTube was down on Sunday for at least 40 minutes.  —  The first reports started coming in at about 11:30 a.m. PT and the site came back up at about 12:15 p.m. PT
Richard Stiennon / Threat Chaos:   Pakistan declares war on YouTube
Business Wire:
Take-Two Interactive Software's Board Rejects Electronic Arts' Unsolicited Proposal as Inadequate  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—The Board of Directors of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO - News) today confirmed that it has received an unsolicited proposal from Electronic Arts Inc. …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET
To keep its top spot, EA tries to buy Take-Two
Discussion: Reuters
Howard Rheingold / Smart Mobs:
Why I'm hooked on Twitter  — 21st Century Literacies - Technologies of Cooperation … On a message board, a student asked me why I said I was hooked on Twitter.  I replied off the top of my head.  Sometimes, that's better than taking longer to compose something more elaborately thought out.
Russell Beattie / Russell Beattie's Weblog:   Nearly a million users, and no spam or trolls
Mathew /   The appeal of Twitter — part XVII
USA Today:
Online auction listings down 13% in boycott of eBay  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The biggest boycott by eBay (EBAY) sellers concludes Monday, capping a week of acrimony after the online-auction site raised fees and changed its feedback policy.  —  Auction listings on dropped some 13% since …
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Microsoft launches private beta of Internet Explorer 8  —  Microsoft has sent out a letter to a select group of beta testers offering a chance to participate in a technical preview of Internet Explorer 8 beta 1.  —  There's not a whole heck of a lot of information about what IE8 will look like, what features it has, or anything else.
Discussion: Mark Evans and Bb's RealTech
John Quigley /
Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Private IE 8 beta 1 test build coming soon
Discussion: Mashable!
Elinor Mills / CNET
Ad spending moving from portals to search, entertainment sites  —  For online advertising, the word is that portals are out, but search, entertainment, and social network sites are in.  —  That's according to a report released on Sunday by Avenue A/Razorfish, the ad agency part …
Rafe Needleman / launches blog directory and reviews  —, a new blog rating service, officially launches Monday.  The service has a decent catalog of blogs in its archive, and could be a useful tool if you're looking for blogs on a particular topic, or looking for yet more blogs to read.
Discussion: and Mashable!
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Blogged Hopes to Become the Yelp of Blog Directories
Associated Press:
Microsoft Pulls Plug on HD DVD Players  —  SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft Corp. said it will stop making HD DVD players for its Xbox 360 video game system after Toshiba Corp. ceded the high-definition video format battle to Sony Corp.'s Blu-ray.  —  Microsoft said Saturday it would continue …
Discussion: Crave and Slashdot
Jason Mick / DailyTech:
After HD DVD Drop, Toshiba Spends $835M to Back PS3
Discussion: DSLreports, CrunchGear and Slashdot
Wired News:
Free!  Why $0.00 Is the Future of Business  —  At the age of 40, King Gillette was a frustrated inventor, a bitter anticapitalist, and a salesman of cork-lined bottle caps.  It was 1895, and despite ideas, energy, and wealthy parents, he had little to show for his work.  He blamed the evils of market competition.
Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration  —  Posted by jeremyliew in game design, game mechanics, product management.  —  add a comment  —  Thomas Edison is credited with the saying that “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”.  —  Many of the most successful web 2. companies understand …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
An Experiment in Lifesourcing  —  What if you could tap into your social net (or even strangers) and ditch time intensive information tasks that you have to do in favor of the higher value stuff that you're best at?  After an experiment in “lifesourcing” some work to India …
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