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6:00 AM ET, February 26, 2008

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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.
Discussion: Mashable! and Running With Foxes
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Catherine Holahan / Business Week:   Yahoo Buzz: A Lot Like Digg
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Yahoo Buzz hopes to generate more buzz than BuzzTracker did
Business Wire:
New “Yahoo! Buzz” Enhances Internet's Leading Starting Point …
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 …
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Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo To Announce “Search Monkey” Enhanced, Annotated Results At SMX West  —  Today, at the inaugural Search Marketing Expo West conference, Yahoo plans to unveil a project code-named “Search Monkey,” a set of open-source tools that allow users and publishers to annotate and enhance search results associated with specific web sites.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch
Yahoo! Search Blog:
An Open Approach to Search
Discussion: Matt Cutts
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 …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   Google Buys A Piece Of TransPacific Cable
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:   Google's Submarine Cable Plans Get Official
Francois Sterin / Official Google Blog:
About the Unity bandwidth consortium
Discussion: Gearlog
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Webomatica
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Bret Taylor / FriendFeed Blog:
FriendFeed is officially launching
Discussion: louisgray.com
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
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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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” …
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
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?
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Come for brunch.  Bring billions.  —  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. When today's young entrepreneurs get together, the only bubbles they see are in their mimosas.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
How To Manage Your Online Reputation  —  You've spent a lot of time building up your reputation and image both online and off, so it's important to make sure that someone isn't out there dragging it through the mud.  The latest tool for reputation management is Trackur …
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Tamar Weinberg / Lifehacker:   Manage Your Online Reputation
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 …
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
Alex Pham / Los Angeles Times:
Middle players feel the squeeze  —  Take-Two will likely have to accept EA's bid as giants go after rivals.  —  With the world's biggest video game publishers devouring their rivals, is it game over for mid-size companies?  —  Analysts said Monday that Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. …
Discussion: Business Week and New York Times
 
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BBC iPlayer leaves ITV trailing
Discussion: paidContent
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
I.B.M. to Introduce a Notably Improved Mainframe
William M. Bulkeley / Wall Street Journal:
IBM Mainframe Is Seen Lifting Sales
How-To Wiki / Wired News:
Help Define the New ‘Free’ Economy
Discussion: BUZZYEAH
Zaheda Bhorat / Official Google Blog:
A renewed wish for open document standards
Discussion: TeleRead
Blake Robinson / ReadWriteWeb:
BricaBox - The Beginning of Social Content Platforms?
Discussion: innonate
Brian Heater / Gearlog:
Sony Announces an Ungodly Number of Audio Accessories
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Louise Story / New York Times:
Nielsen Looks Beyond TV, and Hits Roadblocks
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Bored? Lonely? Talk to other bored, lonely souls on Cafe Jaxtr
Discussion: TechCrunch
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Amie Street's pricing, social features attract indie artists
Mac Notebooks / IDG News Service:
Lenovo Unveils Ultrathin ThinkPad X300 Laptop
Discussion: Electronista
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DivX Shuts Down Popular Piracy Site Stage6
Megan Johnston / FinancialWeek.com:
Apple's cash: It's one sour cider
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Dear ABC, You Don't Compete With TiVo By Making A Product Worse
Yi-Wyn Yen / Techland:
Yang breaks silence on Microsoft takeover
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New MacBook Pro part numbers surface in inventory systems
 

 
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