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9:15 AM ET, February 2, 2007

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Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
A couple updates...  Hey everyone -  —  It's been awhile since I've posted and I wanted to get the New Year underway by clearing up a couple of perceptions that have arisen around attempts to manipulate (game) the listing of home page stories on Digg.  —  Since the early days of the site …
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Muhammad Saleem / Pronet Advertising:
Latest Digg Payola Exposed!  —  Thanks to my friend and top Digg user #6 Karim Yergaliyev (supernova17), we bring to you the latest edition of 'Digg Payola Exposed!'  —  Note: I replaced the email addresses to reflect the Digg user names of the individuals that received the email.
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Digg Takes Away Power from Top Diggers  —  Kevin Rose has just announced that Digg is scrapping the Top Diggers list, believing the move will take away the perception that just a few hundred Diggers control the majority of the 5,000 submissions each day.
Amazon.com:
Amazon.com Announces Fourth Quarter Sales up 34%; Media Grows 25%; Electronics and Other General Merchandise Grows 55%  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2006.  —  Operating cash flow was $702 million in 2006, compared with $733 million in 2005.
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Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Adventures in Amazon Margins  —  Since first (!) achieving profitability back in 2002 online retailer Amazon's gross margins have mostly gone one direction: down.  It's been a bumpy and unpleasant ride, with just-announced margins the lowest full-year figures since the company's fiscal 2001.
Discussion: Business 2.0 Beta
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon: 220,000 developers signed up for Amazon Web Services  —  Amazon says there are 55 percent more developers using Amazon Web Services as of Dec. 31 compared to a year ago.  In total, more than 220,000 developers are registered to use Amazon's Web services.
Reuters:
Piracy worked for us, Romania president tells Gates  —  BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Pirated Microsoft Corp software helped Romania to build a vibrant technology industry, Romanian President Traian Basescu told the company's co-founder Bill Gates on Thursday.  —  Basescu was meeting …
Discussion: Techdirt, TorrentFreak and Slashdot
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kNox / Our Picks:
Bill Gates: Vista is so secure it could run life support systems.  —  While on a visit in Romania, where Bill Gates participated in the celebration of 10 years since the Microsoft branch has been running there, and the launch of Vista, Microsoft's president declared that …
Discussion: Monkey Bites, Forever Geek and digg
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
Disney sells 1.3m films on iTunes  —  Downloads of Walt Disney films on the iTunes platform have risen sharply to more than 1.3m after only three months on sale, putting pressure on other Hollywood studios to join Apple's digital service.  —  Disney began selling its new movies on iTunes in October.
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Financial Times:
View from the Top: Bob Iger
Discussion: PaidContent and Reel Pop
Bigvip / Gamerscore Blog:
Addicted to Achievements?  —  I don't think anyone could have predicted the popularity of Gamerscore and Achievements on Xbox 360.  For me, it has changed the way I play games.  No longer is it about just trying to beat the game from beginning to end; I now find myself wanting to go back and unlock …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
What's "cool" at Demo?  —  Lots of people have been asking me "what's cool at Demo?" while I walk around the hallways here.  I find that question tough to answer.  —  I guess it's that "cool" has different meanings:  —  1) That it'll change how you work.  Zoho's Notebook wins here.
Paul F. Roberts / InfoWorld:
Vista hole opens door to 'shout hacking'  —  Security honeymoon ends with warning on speech recognition  —  The honeymoon ended early for Microsoft's Vista operating system, after word spread Wednesday about a flaw that could allow remote attackers to take advantage of the new operating system's speech recognition feature.
CNET News.com:
Gawker Media mystery ads appear on YouTube  —  A YouTube subscriber with an affinity for Web sites owned by Gawker Media has for the past three months been posting copyright videos sandwiched between ads for Gawker-owned properties such as Valleywag and Gizmodo.
Harry McCracken / PC World: Techlog:
Zoho's Cool Web-Based Note Taker  —  One of the most impressive things I saw here at the DEMO conference (which wrapped up this evening) is a Web service that's still in a private alpha version.  As such, it has every right to be rough around the edges, and it is—but it's also …
Discussion: Zoho Blogs and down the avenue
Blake Robinson / CrunchGear:
Source: Microsoft Zune Phone In the Works  —  We've just received a sound tip that Microsoft is working on its very own phone to be branded under the Zune moniker.  Our tipsters inform us that Microsoft execs are in meetings today hammering out details of the device and developing strategies and timescales for its release.
 
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Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Mac Developer mulling OS X equivalent of ZERT
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John Musser / ProgrammableWeb:
CNET Launches New API
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Orkut Integrates YouTube
Josh / Redeye VC:
Friendly competition?  —  When Mike Arrington of Techcrunch announced …
Discussion: AccMan and West Coast Grid
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
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Reuters:
France to offer tax credits on video games
Discussion: GigaGamez and Techdirt
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Ads Drive Sharp Surge in Earnings at Google
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Jerry Brito / The Technology Liberation Front:
DRM on 9/11 Commission Report
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Mike / CrunchNotes:
TechCrunch20 Bashing  —  IBD, host of under the radar events …
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Seagate introduces us to DAVE
Discussion: Slashdot
Lifehacker:
Screenshot Tour: How to crack a Windows password with Ophcrack Live CD
Discussion: Gizmodo and digg
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
False Pundits, Forbes and Broadband
Stace / Unwired View:
Replace the PC with your cellphone and Sony Ericsson Multimedia Cradle
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and Gizmodo
Valleywag:
PAY PER POST  —  The ugly face of blog marketing
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Last Podcast
Brian / Copyblogger:
The 5 Immutable Laws of Persuasive Blogging