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3:55 AM ET, February 26, 2008

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Google:
Global Consortium to Construct New Cable System Linking US and Japan to Meet Increasing Bandwidth Demands  —  Construction underway to build 10,000 km linear cable system with a capacity of up to 7.68 Tbps to enhance Trans-Pacific connectivity  —  A consortium of six international companies announced …
Discussion: TechCrunch, dailywireless.org and Bits
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Francois Sterin / Official Google Blog:
About the Unity bandwidth consortium
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Buzz Launches: Popular Stories To Go On Yahoo Homepage  —  Yahoo launches the much anticipated Yahoo Buzz tonight - a Digg-like site that takes stories from pre-approved news publishers (100 to start) and let's users vote on stories and push them up to the top of the page.
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Business Wire:
New “Yahoo! Buzz” Enhances Internet's Leading Starting Point …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
6 Adobe AIR Apps to Check Out  —  Adobe's AIR platform allows developers to create web applications that run on your desktop without the need of a web browser.  Now that AIR has dropped the beta tag (see our previous coverage), it's time to look at some of the AIR apps you can use today.
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Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Digg's inaugural town hall: Too much navel-gazing  —  On Monday night, social-news site Digg took a new approach to its famously clamorous users: CEO Jay Adelson and founder Kevin Rose sat down in front of a Ustream-connected camera with their MacBook Pros and a couple of beers and answered questions that had been submitted by Diggers.
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Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Digg's Jay Adelson: No Damn Comment on Acquisition Rumors
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Announces Open Search Platform  —  Yahoo will soon be allowing third parties to enhance the Yahoo Search experience.  The new platform, codenamed “SearchMonkey” and officially called Open Search Platform, will consist of a set of APIs that allow third parties to modify search results …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Friendfeed, the best software for conversations, raises round and launches publicly  —  FriendFeed is like Facebook's news feed.  But it's more of a dynamic conversation among close friends about what they're up to all over the web — and not so much a social network.
Google Talkabout:
Google Talk chatback  —  Do you have a blog, online profile, or some other personal web page?  Would you like to communicate more with your visitors?  Today we're launching a new Google Talk feature that lets visitors to your web site chat with you.  We call it “chatback” …
Yi-Wyn Yen / Techland:
Yang breaks silence on Microsoft takeover  —  PHOENIX — Yahoo chief executive Jerry Yang knew exactly what was on everyone's minds at the Interactive Advertising Bureau conference on Monday.  —  In their first public appearance since Microsoft's hostile $44.6 billion bid for Yahoo …
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo mum on Microsoft, but hints at Digg rival
Discussion: Yahoo! Finance
Matthew Moskovciak / CNET News.com:
New Sony Blu-ray players: Better than PS3?  —  Sony has announced two new Blu-ray players scheduled to be released in the second half of the year: the entry-level BDP-S350 and the step-up BDP-S550.  We haven't been the biggest fans of Sony's recent standalone Blu-ray players …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Lessig Blog:
On why I am not running  —  With lots of mixed feelings, I have decided a run for Congress would not help the Change Congress movement.  I explain the thinking in this 5 minute video (a new record for me!).  First question: What happens to the contributions to Lessig08?
Matthew Moskovciak / CNET News.com:
Another proprietary wireless audio system: Sony S-AIR  —  While everyone likes the idea of streaming music wirelessly around their home, in reality it can be less-than-enjoyable due to difficult configurations and network dropouts.  Trying to address this common complaint …
Discussion: Crave, Gizmodo and Engadget
Jeff Bakalar / CNET News.com:
Sony PX-LX300USB lets you breathe new life into your old vinyl records  —  Got a stack of old records that you would like to get onto your iPod?  Sony's PS-LX300USB may be just what you need.  The turntable can be connected to any standard Windows PC via a USB cable, where your 33 1/3rpm albums …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Brainstorming over bagels: Silicon Valley entrepreneurs seek camaraderie and capital at brunch  —  For access to Silicon Valley camaraderie and capital, you can't beat the informal Founders spread.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The Internet bubble of the late 1990s ended with a painful pop …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Dear ABC, You Don't Compete With TiVo By Making A Product Worse  —  About a year and a half ago, an executive at Disney-owned ABC-TV talked about how the network was experimenting with ways to block people from fast forwarding through commercials.  The exec in question even claimed …
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
ABC Announces “Must Flee TV”
CNET News.com:
How Pakistan knocked YouTube offline (and how to make sure it never happens again)  —  (Declan McCullagh wrote this article.  It was reported by Greg Sandoval and Declan McCullagh.)  —  A high-profile incident this weekend in which Pakistan's state-owned telecommunications company managed …
Brian Heater / Gearlog:
Sony Announces an Ungodly Number of Audio Accessories  —  Tags:  —  Bluetooth, clocks, headphones, iPod, MP3, Sony  —  Sony announced a slew of new music players and accessories, including headphones, speakers, Bluetooth receivers, and audio recorders, early this morning.
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces New Reporting Standard for Digital Campaign Performance: Engagement Mapping  —  New approach allows advertisers to map and assign value to various touch points, gaining a more complete picture of a campaign.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced Engagement Mapping …
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Microsoft Announces Engagement Mapping ROI Black Box, Technology …
 
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