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12:30 AM ET, February 2, 2007

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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.
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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 …
Discussion: TechAddress
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Digg Takes Away Power from Top Diggers
Discussion: Clickety Clack
the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:
Issue regarding Windows Vista Speech Recognition  —  Hey everyone this is Adrian and I am writing to try and clear up some concerns regarding a recently reported vulnerability in the Speech Recognition feature of Windows Vista.  An issue has been identified publicly where an attacker could use …
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BBC:
Vista has speech recognition hole  —  Microsoft has admitted that speech recognition features in Vista could be hijacked so that a PC tells itself to delete files or folders.  —  Vista can respond to vocal commands and concern has been raised about malicious audio on websites or sent via e-mail.
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.
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.
Mike / CrunchNotes:
TechCrunch20 Bashing  —  IBD, host of under the radar events which where I have donated countless hours moderating panels, participating in discussions, sent this email out to a group of bloggers today: … One of the replies: … In my opinion this was a bad idea.
Jim Allchin / Windows Vista Team Blog:
What Comes Next  —  As most of you know, today is my last day as a fulltime employee at Microsoft.  It's been an exciting 16+ years and all I can say is that I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to be in this industry and at Microsoft.  What an incredible chance to work with such a great set of people.
Brian / Copyblogger:
The 5 Immutable Laws of Persuasive Blogging  —  Blogging is a great way to grow a business, promote a cause, or spread new ideas, because when you take an educational approach to marketing, you gain the attention and trust of people who might otherwise simply ignore old-fashioned advertising.
Discussion: ProBlogger Blog Tips and 901am
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Real-world testing  —  User feedback is always an important part of our product development process, and for our latest version of Google Maps for mobile, we decided to put ourselves in the driver's seat.  Hailing from London, I recently hopped across the pond with my fellow software engineer Jonathan Dixon …
Stace / Unwired View:
Replace the PC with your cellphone and Sony Ericsson Multimedia Cradle  —  Mobile phones are pretty small devices in their nature.  And no matter how you try, it will never be as convenient to use as a normal PC or other full sized multimedia devices.  The iPhone is the proof.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and Gizmodo
Lifehacker:
Screenshot Tour: How to crack a Windows password with Ophcrack Live CD  —  Extremely impressed at the ease and speed with which the Ophcrack Live CD cracked my Windows admin password when I tested it out [last] a few weeks ago, I thought it might be useful to throw together a quick guide detailing …
Discussion: Gizmodo 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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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Senate Democrats badger FCC boss on Net neutrality
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CNN:
Two plead not guilty to Boston hoax charges
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
False Pundits, Forbes and Broadband
Discussion: Valleywag
Valleywag:
PAY PER POST  —  The ugly face of blog marketing
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
The new behavior advertising upstarts: Aggregate Knowledge and Wunderloop
Joe / Techdirt:
Just What The USF Needs — More Money
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Valleywag:
PAY PER POST: A startup's awful reality
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Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Calacanis's New Company: 20.com
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Google Blogoscoped:
Google News Broken Just Now
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Dutch botnet hackers sentenced to time served
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