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Clive Thompson / New York Magazine:
Blogs to Riches  —  The Haves and Have-Nots of the Blogging Boom.  —  T  —  wo years ago, David Hauslaib was a junior at Syracuse University who was, as he confesses, "totally obsessed with who Paris Hilton was sleeping with."  So he did what any college student would do these days: He blogged about it.
New York Magazine:
Blogs to Riches  —  To analyze the disparities in the blogosphere, Shirky took a sample of 433 blogs.  Then he counted an interesting metric: the number of links that pointed toward each site ("inbound" links, as they're called).  Why links?  Because they are the most important and visible measure of a site's popularity.
MovieBeam offers first HDTV online movie rentals  —  NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A video on demand movie service spun out of Walt Disney Co. is introducing on Tuesday the first U.S. home delivery service for high-definition films, backed by top Hollywood and Silicon Valley partners.
Discussion: Gizmodo and 1080eye
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
As an Alternative to a Trip to a Video Store, Movies Through a Set-Top Box  —  Will people pay $230 and hook a new gizmo up to their television sets so they do not have to drive to the video rental store?  —  That is the question to be answered by MovieBeam, a service being introduced in 29 major markets today.
Discussion: IP Democracy and
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Technorati now has Authority  —  Assigning some sort of quality to real time search is necessary.  Tracking incoming links to a particular post doesn't work because, well, since this stuff is real time there is no time to track links.  Memeorandum does track blog post links in near real time, but with a very small index of blogs.
Discussion: Somewhat Frank
Dsifry / Sifry's Alerts:
State of the Blogosphere, February 2006 Part 2: Beyond Search  —  In Part 1 of the State of the Blogosphere report, I covered the overall growth of the blogosphere.  Today I'm going to cover the growth of the blogosphere as media, and discuss some of the emerging trends that deal with handling information overload.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols /
Google Windows apps coming to Linux  —  Google and CodeWeavers Inc. are working together to bring Google's popular Windows Picasa photo editing and sharing program to Linux.  The program is now in a limited beta test.  If this program is successful, other Google applications will be following it to the Linux desktop, sources say.
Discussion: TechSpot and Download Squad
Jenstar / JenSense:
AdSense beta testing third party tracking in image ads  —  Selected members have begun to receive an email from Google about the new third party tracking AdSense beta they will begin testing.  This is a true beta (there were some publishers questioning if it really was from the AdSense team.
Nate Koechley /
Graded Browser Support  —  In the first 10 years of professional web development, back in the early '90s, browser support was binary: Do you — or don't you — support a given browser?  When the answer was "No", user access to the site was often actively prevented.
Dwight / TechBlog:
Windows Defender antispyware beta 2 released  —  Microsoft Antispyware officially becomes Windows Defender with the release of beta 2, and you can download it here.  —  More later after I have a chance to play with it, but Neowin has this to say: … More: There are some noticeable behavioral changes in this new beta.
Declan McCullagh / CNET
Google's ad sales tested in court  —  Another lawsuit is poised to challenge Google's lucrative advertising-based business model by arguing it encourages unlawful use of trademarks as keywords.  —  The parent company of a payday loan provider called Check 'n Go has sued Google in federal court in Ohio …
James Niccolai / InfoWorld:
Ellison suggests rationale for JBoss acquisition  —  Oracle reportedly in talks to buy JBoss and two other open-source companies  —  Oracle's plans to buy JBoss (Profile, Products, Articles) were still only a rumor Monday morning, but Oracle (Profile, Products, Articles) …
Seth Godin / Seth's Blog:
Juicy new google feature  —  Maybe you've seen it, I hadn't.  This is a new feature inside of Google AdWords.  Do a search, in this case for the Artisan Hotel, and a string of ads pop up.  But one ad has a green phone.  —  Click on the green phone and an ajax window opens up.
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
BlogCode helps you find blogs similar to...  Ever find a blogger you really like and wonder "are there other blogs similar to this one?"  Well, that's what BlogCode is trying to do.  Mine will be indexed shortly (I filled out a short "code" about my blog and at the end of it I learned that Matt Cutts of Google is similar to me.
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
The brrreeeport report  —  OK, it's been a little more than two hours since I asked people to put "brrreeeport" on their blogs to "mess with the man" and build a new kind of directory.  So, in that time I went out for sushi with Jeff Julian and John Alexander, co-founders of Geeks with Blogs.
Discussion: The Blackfriars Blog
Apple Begins Shipping MacBook Pro  —  MacBook Pro Features Faster Intel Core Duo Processors Up to 2.16 GHz  —  CUPERTINO, California—February 14, 2006—Apple® this week will begin shipping the new 15-inch MacBook™ Pro notebook computer featuring the new Intel Core Duo processor …
Discussion: Gizmodo, and The Apple Core
Steven Levingston / Washington Post:
Olympics Web Site a Winner for NBC  —  Page Traffic Runs High as Network Finds Ways to Increase Viewers' Control  —  The NBC Olympics Web site is attracting visitors in much larger numbers this year than during previous Olympic Games as consumers increasingly demand control over how and when they get updates and watch video.

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