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11:15 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
Discussion: Clickety Clack and WebMetricsGuru
Tony / Deep Jive Interests:   Why Digg's New Changes Won't Really Matter
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Digg Drops List Of Top Users To Curb Gaming
Discussion: Digital Markets
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
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Mike / Techdirt:
Romanian President Tells Bill Gates How Awesome Pirated Software Is For His Country  —  from the keep-sending-it,-please dept  —  Back in the old days, even Bill Gates would admit that piracy actually helped Microsoft, as it helped get people "addicted" to the software and built …
Discussion: The Register
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: TorrentFreak and Slashdot
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
Discussion: EI:blogs
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:
Updated: Adventures in Amazon Margins
Discussion: Business 2.0 Beta
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Amazon: 220,000 developers signed up for Amazon Web Services
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
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.
MacNN:
Apple files iPhone/iTMS transactions patent  —  Apple Files Patent Relating to iPhone/iTMS Transactions  —  On February 1, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's patent application titled Configuration of a computing device in a secure manner .
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.
Google Blogoscoped:
Evolution of a Search Engine  —  "You don't need a satellite to see the cosmic microwave background radiation!  Turn on your TV to a channel that's not broadcasting: a few percent of the snow on your screen is the Universe talking to you - or rather, whispering.  What's it saying?
New York Times:
It's 'Squawk Box' Meets 'Saturday Night Live'  —  A few years ago, a video on the stock performance of Jack in the Box might have involved a sit-down interview with the fast-food restaurant's chief executive, dryly discussing its fundamentals.  —  Today, it is just as likely to be a music video …
Discussion: Reel Pop and Kevin Maney
Ken Schachter / Red Herring:
YouTimes?  —  New York Times to post user-generated content.  —  The New York Times, the gray lady of establishment journalism, plans to begin posting user-generated video in March, an executive said Wednesday.  —  Speaking in a panel discussion at the SIIA Information Industry Summit in New York City …
Discussion: Beet.TV, Screenwerk, Reel Pop and digg
Jerry Brito / The Technology Liberation Front:
DRM on 9/11 Commission Report  —  This is nothing new, but it's something that grinds my gears to no end, and that's how the DMCA makes it illegal for me to use works that are completely in the public domain.  Researching my previous post, I had occasion to download and read a PDF of the 9/11 Commission Report.
Discussion: JD on EP and brainwagon
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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demo.com:
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Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Mac Developer mulling OS X equivalent of ZERT
Discussion: Slashdot
Brendan I. Koerner / Gizmodo:
Low End Theory: Always Low Prices! And Yet...
Mat Lu / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Vista and iTunes Don't Play Nice Together
Discussion: Moon Park and The Apple Core
John Musser / ProgrammableWeb:
CNET Launches New API
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Orkut Integrates YouTube
 Earlier Items: 
Josh / Redeye VC:
Friendly competition?  —  When Mike Arrington of Techcrunch announced …
Discussion: Christine.net and AccMan
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
Paul F. Roberts / InfoWorld:
Vista hole opens door to 'shout hacking'
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Seagate introduces us to DAVE
Discussion: Slashdot
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
Discussion: ProBlogger Blog Tips and digg