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10:20 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.
Tony / Deep Jive Interests:
Why Digg's New Changes Won't Really Matter  —  So, as you may have heard, Kevin Rose has elected to take down the top diggers list.  The only surprise is what took so long.  And why he's leaving an incomplete job.  —  Digg's internal ranking system has been a source for a lot of interest …
Discussion: Digital Markets
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Digg Takes Away Power from Top Diggers
Discussion: Clickety Clack and WebMetricsGuru
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 …
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Arvind / Zoho Blogs:
Zoho Notebook gets a tremendous welcome  —  The announcement of the Private Alpha of Zoho Notebook during the DEMO '07 had a high impact among bloggers and journalists alike.  Here's some choicest quotes from around the net :  —  Harry McCracken at PC World :
Discussion: EI:blogs
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
What's "cool" at Demo?
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
Discussion: Business 2.0 Beta
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Amazon: 220,000 developers signed up for Amazon 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
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Interarchy Interview: Peter N Lewis and Matthew Drayton  —  It's not every day that one of the most popular indie Mac apps in history changes hands, but that's what happened today, when Matthew Drayton and his new company, Nolobe, acquired the rights to Interarchy from Peter N Lewis's Stairways Software.
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.
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.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Dell returns as CEO of his namesake company  —  Dell has announced that its founder, Michael Dell, will return to the CEO position he vacated in 2004.  The move comes after several quarters of declining market share and relatively disappointing earnings.  Michael Dell replaces Kevin Rollins …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Techdirt
Jennifer / The Lactivist Breastfeeding Blog:
Overzealous Big Pork Stomps on Breastfeeding Blogger  —  Some day, when Emmitt is a little older and we look back on his first year of life, we'll fondly remember the lactivist causes that we fought for.  The time we staged the Delta Nurse-in here in Columbus, the time we were filmed …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Orkut Integrates YouTube  —  A Mashable reader spotted that Google has added a video section to Orkut today, giving users the ability to add videos from YouTube and Google Video straight into their profiles without copying and pasting code - instead, you just enter the URL of the video.
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 …
 
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Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Mac Developer mulling OS X equivalent of ZERT
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Brendan I. Koerner / Gizmodo:
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John Musser / ProgrammableWeb:
CNET Launches New API
Josh / Redeye VC:
Friendly competition?  —  When Mike Arrington of Techcrunch announced …
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Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Google Maps for Windows Mobile available
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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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
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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
Brian / Copyblogger:
The 5 Immutable Laws of Persuasive Blogging
Blake Robinson / CrunchGear:
Source: Microsoft Zune Phone In the Works