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3:40 AM ET, March 1, 2008

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Magid Abraham / comScore Voices:
Why Google's surprising paid click data are less surprising  —  James Lamberti, SVP of Search and Media at comScore, is a co-author of this post.  —  Earlier this week, comScore released its January 2008 qSearch paid click report, which showed a 7% sequential decline vs. December '07 …
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Google to ComScore: You owe us $15-billion  —  Earlier this week, comScore released a report looking at Google's click-through rates for January, which showed a precipitous decline — and that in turn caused a similar precipitous decline in the company's share price, slicing about $15-billion …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Comscore on Comscore Google Disaster: No Big Deal
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
ComScore: Weak Paid Clicks Reflect Google Policy Shifts
Discussion: Geek Speaker and Digital Daily
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Ask May Dump Teoma For Google, Layoff 100 People  —  Ask is rumored to be considering switching to Google for search and subsequently downsizing its engineering team.  —  According to Silicon Alley Insider, Ask may abandon or selling its Teoma search engine in favor of using Google for its search results.
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
IAC: 100 Layoffs Coming At Ask.com; Search Deal With Google Possible
Wired News:
‘Google Bomb’ an Enemy
Discussion: InformationWeek Weblog and Digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Technorati To Launch Blogger Advertising Network  —  Through a variety of sources we've confirmed that Technorati is making plans for a major shift in its going forward strategy, and is also considering a number of corporate development transactions.  —  First, they've been pitching venture capitalists on another round of financing.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Calacanis Wants to Ban Affiliate Links; What About Banning Employee Linking?  —  Jason Calacanis, CEO of Weblogs 2.0 service Mahalo, has apparently left the world of pissing off SEO folk and is now pissing off affiliate folk.  This time he wonders if the search engines (including Google …
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Should Google, Yahoo, Mahalo, etc. ban affiliate links? (or …
Discussion: Andy Beard and ReveNews
Electronista:
Source: Apple may not restrict free iPhone apps  —  In spite of fears that Apple may impose tight restrictions on third-party iPhone applications developed with its upcoming SDK, the company may loosen those restrictions for free programs, Electronista has learned.
Discussion: MacRumors
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Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
News: iPhone/iPod SDK: Apple to approve, distribute apps, limit add-ons
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
No iPhone SDK Until June?
Discussion: VentureBeat
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
35 Ways to Stream Your Life  —  It's a pretty good bet that if you're not making a Twitter or Facebook application, you're probably making a lifestreaming application.  Okay, so not everyone is into lifestreaming, but it is one of the hottest areas for development out there …
Discussion: Changing Way and HipMojo.com
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Why the TED list is troubling  —  Chris Anderson, the organizer of the TED conference, has complained, not to me, not to my boss, but to my boss's boss about our publishing the complete list of his 1,198 attendees.  Anderson — not to be confused with the Chris Anderson who edits Wired — finds it “troubling.”
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Judge: Wikileaks gets its domain name back  —  Updated at 1:42 p.m. PST.  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Wikileaks is getting its domain name back.  —  After spending 90 minutes or so hearing arguments from a raft of attorneys—two representing the Swiss bank that fought to get the site's plug pulled …
Dion Almaer / Ajaxian:
Firefox 3 Performance Numbers  —  Moving on from the “let me use that API” conversation and only some real stuff, urandom (thanks for the comment) let us know about the Cybernet News article on Firefox 3 performance.  —  They are reporting that Firefox 3 is now faster than Safari 3 …
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Time Capsule Initial Verdict: Smooth Sailing, No Surprises  —  We've been fiddling with Time Capsule since it arrived this AM, and so far it works as billed, clean and easy.  The star of the show is really the new AirPort Utility software, which now comes with some neat tricks for the network-phobic.
Discussion: Engadget, MacRumors and Digg
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Twittermeter: Measuring Buzz in the Twittersphere  —  There is a set of tools that we generally use to determine how popular something is on the web: Google Trends, Blogpulse Trend Search, Technorati, del.icio.us, various social networking sites, etc.  —  We can now add another source to that list …
Discussion: Mashable! and Changing Way
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft May Buy Email Startup Xobni  —  Microsoft has been in acquisition discussions with email startup Xobni, we've confirmed through multiple sources.  The company, which launched at the TechCrunch40 conference last year, currently offers an outlook plugin for Windows users …
InfoWorld:
Civil rights groups: FCC should allow network management  —  The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should allow broadband providers to manage their networks and slow “bandwidth hogs,” despite concerns that such practices arbitrarily target some customers, said a coalition of seven civil rights groups.
Discussion: Techdirt and Rich vs Reach
Forbes:
The Coming Death Of Indian Outsourcing  —  India is riding high on outsourcing.  —  Information technology and IT-enabled services will employ 4 million people in 2008 and account for 7% of gross domestic product and 33% of India's foreign-exchange inflows, according to Nasscom, an Indian IT industry organization.
Chris Walters / Consumerist:
Comcast Will Charge You $2 To Stop Sending You Junk Mail  —  We don't mean to influence the “Worst Company In America” voting, but check this out: if you call Comcast and ask them to stop sending you anything other than your bill, they'll agree but quietly slap you with a $1.99 “change of service” fee.
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Karl / DSLreports:
Comcast User Charged $2 To Stop Junk Mail …
Discussion: Consumerist
ConsortiumInfo.org The Standards Blog:
Showdown in Geneva: OOXML Fails to Achieve Majority Approval at BRM  —  Slashdot It!  DiggThis Add to Del.icio.us  —  Views: 497  —  A rather incredible week in Geneva has just ended, bringing to a close the Herculean assumed by the over 100 delegates from 32 countries that attended the BRM.
Discussion: Computerworld and open
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Brian Jones / Open XML Formats:
BRM is done... time to sleep :-)
Discussion: CNET News.com
 
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