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10:40 AM ET, January 31, 2007

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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo Planning to Add 100 Web Sites for Entertainment  —  Yahoo said Tuesday that it planned to build individual Web sites around 100 entertainment "brands" this year that would pull together content from Yahoo's sprawling array of online properties.  —  The effort, called Brand Universe …
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Has Yahoo Picked Marketing as Its Game?
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
New Technorati "WTF" Feature Clones Digg  —  Technorati has launched a new feature called Technorati WTF.  No, it doesn't stand for "what the..." It's short for "Where's the Fire?"  —  Basically, Where's the Fire appears to be a digg clone.  It allows users to share what's hot.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Mainstream Media Usage of Web 2.0 Services is Increasing  —  Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus  —  I was reading a Time magazine article online today, entitled Marketing to your mind.  This article was very provocative and I enjoyed reading it.  But after I was done, something else caught my attention.
BBC:
PC World says farewell to floppy  —  The time has come to bid farewell to one of the PC's more stalwart friends - the floppy disk.  —  Computing superstore PC World said it will no longer sell the storage devices, affectionately known as floppies, once existing stock runs out.
Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Few Rush Out to Buy New Windows Vista  —  Microsoft's Long-Delayed Vista Operating System Hits Retail Shelves, but Few Rush Out to Buy  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Consumers can finally get their hands on Microsoft Corp.'s long-delayed Windows Vista, but unlike the mad midnight rushes retailers saw …
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Web giants ask for feds' help on censorship  —  WASHINGTON—Google, Yahoo and Microsoft representatives on Tuesday implored the U.S. government to help set ground rules for complying with demands by foreign law enforcement agencies for user records or censorship.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Andrew Lih
Ryan Shrout / pcper.com:
Windows Vista Gaming Performance - NVIDIA and ATI Compared … Introduction  —  Introduction  —  Chances are you might have heard of some software package that was released today; a new version of Windows or something like that.  It's only the biggest software release in the last five or so years …
Discussion: Engadget, The Test Bed and digg
Charles Babcock / InformationWeek:
Database Researcher Jim Gray Is Missing At Sea  —  Jim Gray, 63, the noted database researcher, veteran of stints at IBM, Tandem Computers and Microsoft, is missing at sea.  He set out Sunday morning to do something that I have done twice, sail from San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge across 27 miles of ocean to the Farallon Islands.
Discussion: West Coast Grid
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Nick Wilson / Performancing.com:
3 Reasons Why Snap Preview is Ruining Your Blog, and Hurting Your Readership  —  Welcome Digg readers, you can grab this sites RSS Feed here.  —  Snap's preview anywhere gizmo is ruining the reading experience for millions of people.  Its intrusive, obstructive and unuseful in almost every respect and use case.
Jeff / Venture Chronicles:
The Dearth of Web Services and a Solution  —  Joe McKendrick points out an uncomfortable reality about web 2.0 and published APIs, namely that there aren't that many of them relative to the number of web sites that could be offering them.  This is something that we faced at Teqlo …
Peter Huber / Forbes:
The Inegalitarian Web  —  The new Congress is determined to enact a "net neutrality" bill.  Nobody yet knows what those two words mean.  The new law won't provide any intelligible answer, either.  It will, however, put a real drag on new capital investment in faster digital pipes by making …
Bryan / Innovation in College Media:
BigLickU aims social network at college students; huge implications for college media  —  College media advisers and editors - especially a certain subset of folks located in close proximity to metro dailies - had better turn a watchful eye toward Roanoke, Va. over the next few months.
Discussion: yelvington.com
Business 2.0:
LISTS  —  Main Company News Economy International News CEOs and CFOs in the News Fun Money Mergers and acquisitions Biggest deals YTD Corrections Financial News in Brief Main Portfolio Stock Market News Indexes Pre-Market Stock Trades 24-hour Stock Data Bonds and Rates Commodities …
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
Five Key Facts on Apple's Colored iPod shuffles  —  Last Update: Tuesday, January 30, 2007  —  If you've been following Apple's second-generation iPod shuffle since last year, and don't need all the details found in our updated, comprehensive review, here's a quick summary of five key things you'll …
Joi Ito's Web:
Going off grid  —  Yesterday, we started planning our veggie garden and started a compost bin.  I'm trying to figure out what percentage of my total food intake I can grow at home.  We have a relatively large yard by Japanese standards so most of this will be a matter of personal energy.
Discussion: Random Bytes
Ritualistic:
Going Small - How the MumboJumbo Merger Will Affect Ritual  —  Last week, to the surprise of industry observers and gamers alike, MumboJumbo acquired Ritual Entertainment in order to reinforce its own army of developers and further strengthen its hold on the casual games market.
 
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Sander Marechal / LXer Linux News:
A dystopian future - looking beyond Windows Vista
Discussion: Channel 9 and digg
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Indies Up In Arms Over YouTube
Gizmodo:
Everything You Wanted to Know About Vista's SideShow
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Joe Mandese / MediaPost Publications:
Venture Firm Backs Nielsen Foe, Deal Tied To Patent For Addressable Ads
Discussion: PaidContent and alarm:clock
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
DEMO: Linking Devices is DART's Target
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
FTC finally settles with Sony BMG over rootkit
Discussion: Neowin.net
Stuart Dredge / pocketgamer.co.uk:
EXCLUSIVE: It's all systems go for next-gen Nokia N-Gage
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
Profit Slips at Sony on Losses for PlayStation 3
Billmonk / Notes from the BillMonk:
BillMonk is now an Obopay company! Settle up online.
Financial Times:
Microsoft tackling threat from Google model
Robert Scoble / PodTech.net:
Seagate introduces "Dave," portable wireless storage device