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4:55 PM ET, February 3, 2007

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Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Silicon Valley's High-Tech Hunt for Colleague  —  When James Gray failed to return home from a sailing trip on Sunday night, Silicon Valley's best and brightest went out to help find him.  —  After all, Dr. Gray, 63, a Microsoft researcher, is one of their own.
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Werner Vogels / All Things Distributed:
HELP FIND JIM GRAY  —  Computer science icon Jim Gray mysteriously disappeared after a solo trip with his sail boat outside San Francisco Bay.  The coast guard has been searching for 4 days but has not been able to locate anything, not even debris.  On Thursday 3 private planes searched through …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Ramps Up Personalized Search  —  Google is stepping up the push into personalized search results.  A new change announced today should cause many more people to take up the service.  In turn, the growth of personalized search should have a dramatic impact on search marketers as the days of …
Discussion: Out of My Gord and JD on EP
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Karen / Official Google Blog:
Personally speaking  —  Posted by Sep Kamvar, Engineering Lead for Personalization, and Marissa Mayer, VP Search & User Experience  —  Google's goal has always been to give you exactly the information you want right when you want it.  With the growth of the Internet and all the new information …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
"PayPerSpeech" disclosure  —  UPDATE: A few things about this were misunderstood.  More on those in a second.  First, I just talked with John Furrier, PodTech's CEO, and we've decided not to accept the honorarium that PayPerPost offered to us for having me speak at their show.
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
YouTube copyrights in Japan  —  The Japanese Society for Rights of Authors is kind of a little upset at YouTube for the amount of content that is available on Google's service that their members own copyrights for.  Just last December YouTube was ordered to delete 30,000 files that were in violation of Japanese rights holders.
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Martyn Williams / InfoWorld:
YouTube execs to talk copyrights in Japan  —  Japanese video content producers to discuss copyrighted material available on YouTube's site  —  Top executives from YouTube are due in Tokyo next week for talks with some of Japan's largest video content producers over copyrighted material available on the popular site.
Discussion: Download Squad
Gizmodo:
The Original 1983 Microsoft Mouse  —  Do you remember the year 1983, when Return of the Jedi was in theaters, The Police were still together, and Travis was still inside his parents' genitalia?  Well Gearlog does, because they got their hands on an original 1983 Microsoft Mouse.
Discussion: Gearlog and digg
Jennifer / The Lactivist Breastfeeding Blog:
An Update on the "Pigsteria" and the Mother's Milk Bank Fundraiser  —  Sow's it going, you might ask? (oh come, on you either laughed or rolled your eyes...)  —  (Just checking in?  Catch up on my legal threat from the National Pork Board.)  —  It's been an interesting few days, to put it mildly.
Phil Hochmuth / Network World:
Not using all of that GigE pipe?  Save some energy  —  IEEE's Energy Efficient Ethernet looks at ways to throttle down connection speeds to save power  —  The IEEE wants to make idle or underutilized Ethernet connections more energy efficient, which could mean huge electrical cost savings for large enterprises.
Discussion: TechSpot News and Slashdot
Jim / OPML, The Harvard Book of:
OPML CHAPTER ELEVEN: OPEN PUBLIC MEDIA LANDSCAPE  —  Viacom and Youtube dispute, listings from Google News  —  For most of this day I have departed from my usual posting of chapters of my book, OPML, to comment on the dispute between Viacom and YouTube over 100,000 videos that Viacom has asked YouTube to take down.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Lies, Damned Lies, and Bill Gates  —  In his interview with Bill Gates in Newsweek, Steven Levy pointed out that many of the new features in Windows Vista are similar to features already in Mac OS X. Gates's response: … This is fascinating.  In Gates's view, Microsoft came up with these features …
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emarketer.com:
What Works, and What Doesn't, in Online Marketing  —  What is the word from the trenches?  —  In an end-of-the-year survey, ad:tech and MarketingSherpa asked online marketers what marketing tactics worked for them in 2006 and what they expected to concentrate their time and spending on in the months ahead.
Evan Schoenberg / Adium News:
Adium 1.0!  —  Wow.  I'm thrilled to announce that Adium 1.0 is released :)  —  With over 600 enhancements and bug fixes, Adium 1.0 is the culmination of over a year and a half of development.  New features include a shiny new default appearance, an installation setup assistant …
Jeremy Allaire / The Latest from Brightcove:
Share Your Video in Style - Brightcove Personal  —  This week we introduced some new capabilities on brightcove.com that we think you should take for spin.  Dubbed 'Brightcove Personal', the features allow any end-user in the world to freely create their own channels on brightcove.com.
Discussion: JD on EP and NewTeeVee
Ryan Sullivan / Download Squad:
Digg fan brings back the Digg "Top Users" list  —  Today it was announced that Digg.com founder Kevin Rose decided to take down the "Top Users" list in an attempt to deter "gaming" on the Digg site.  It all makes sense to me, but one loyal fan decided to bring it back.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
WiiKey upgradeable modchip offers more for modders  —  The Wii modchips are really coming on fast, with Wiinja and CycloWiz already drawing their own shares of fanboys and detractors, but the latest chip on the scene, "WiiKey," from the same kids responsible for the XenoGC modchip for GameCube …
Discussion: digg
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Google Flatlines Again  —  This morning it appears that a number of Google services are having problems.  We first noticed last night when our Google Analytics account wasn't reporting any new data since 9am yesterday, but Analytics is often notoriously slow in receiving updates.
Discussion: Google Analytics Blog
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Joshua / del.icio.us:
overdue new year's resolutions  —  We've been busy: since our announcement in september of our millionth signup, another half-million users have joined the fun.  And because of this, we've been more quiet then I would like, and I want to apologize.  —  It feels that we've spent almost …
Discussion: HighTouch, Blogspotting and Message
 
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Scott McNulty / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple Mouse evolution
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CNET News.com:
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Bram Cohen vs. Mark Cuban, Round One
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Listening Post
Neha Tiwari / CNET News.com:
Turning to YouTube for Super Bowl ads
Smaran / TorrentFreak:
Jurassic Park 4 Script Leaked onto BitTorrent
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
A Difficult 2007 for Competitive VoIP?
 Earlier Items: 
Andy Kazeniac / Compete Blog:
Google Video + YouTube = 51% of the Video Market
Discussion: InsideGoogle and NewTeeVee
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Top 10 Picks From DEMO 2007
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GooTube Slammed By Viacom Takedown Demand
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
HD DVD looking over its shoulder at Blu-ray
Gord Hotchkiss / Search Engine Land:
Exclusive Interview: Larry Cornett, Yahoo Director of User Experience Design
New York Times:
A Boston Marketing Stunt That Bombed, or Did It?
Discussion: Buzzworthy and The Next Net