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4:05 PM ET, February 5, 2007

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Mona Elesseily / Search Engine Land:
New Panama Ranking System For Yahoo Ads Launches Today  —  Today, Yahoo will flip the switch for the new "Marketplace Design" algorithm in the US market, the system commonly known as Panama.  Parts of Panama have already gone live in the past few weeks.  But throughout today …
Discussion: Business 2.0 Beta and Traffick
Kevin Newcomb / Search Engine Watch Blog:   Yahoo Ad Ranking System Now Live
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:   Yahoo's Panama ad serving program launches today
Gizmodo:
Super Bowl Ad Watch: Top Spots  —  Yeah, we know, the commercials were better than the game again this year, even though it was a pretty good Super Bowl for Colts fans at least.  There were a lot more HD spots in this year's game compared to last year's, too.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google Office vs. Microsoft Office: What's the end game?  —  Google is prepping a PowerPoint-ish presentation tool to finish off what Paul Kedrosky coined an anti-Office suite.  The big question is what's the end game here?  —  I'll leave the code and intricacies of the file conversions to the folks much better equipped.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Googlified
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Study Finds Security Flaws on Web Sites of Major Banks  —  Internet security experts have long known that simple passwords do not fully defend online bank accounts from determined fraud artists.  Now a study suggests that a popular secondary security measure provides little additional protection.
David Barboza / New York Times:
Internet Boom in China Is Built on Virtual Fun  —  SHENZHEN, China — When Pony Ma, the 35-year-old co-founder of China's hottest Internet company, sends a message to friends and colleagues, the image that pops up on their screens shows a spiky-haired youth wearing flashy jeans and dark sunglasses.
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:   Cell phones are the first screen in China
Business Wire:
Publishers Take Back Control of Their Ad Revenue with FAST AdMomentum  —  With FAST AdMomentum, publishers now have a private-label contextual advertising platform, eliminating the need for third-party services  —  New product was developed in consultation with publishers who are looking …
Discussion: Tech Beat and Search Engine Land
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Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
FAST, the Comeback Kid?
Discussion: Associated Press
Robert Young / GigaOM:
Facebook - Smart or Stupid?  —  As we all know, one of the biggest stories in 2006 was about a deal that never happened.  Despite multiple rumors of buyout offers from various suitors, Facebook rejected them all and decided to stay independent.  Now, whether that was a smart decision …
Discussion: Tech Beat and Screenwerk
doughtyhanson.com:
Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures invests in Plazes  —  Plazes raises €2.7m from Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures to develop its community and mobile channels.  —  Munich/Zurich/Berlin, 5th February, 2007 - Plazes, the geo-community platform and worldwide leading web service …
Discussion: TechCrunch and VC Ratings
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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:   Plazes Raises $3.5M
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
It's official: Apple and The Beatles kiss and make up  —  Apple and The Beatles' parent company Apple Corps said Monday they have entered into a new agreement concerning the use of the name "Apple" and apple logos, ending a testy trademark dispute dating back nearly three decades.
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Gizmodo:
Apple Inc and Apple Corp Finally Hug it Out
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New York Times:
Microsoft's Vista Debut Wasn't Nearly So 'Wow'  —  Television commercials for Microsoft's new Vista operating system show a spaceship taking off, a reindeer appearing in the middle of a suburban neighborhood and a man holding a piece of the Berlin wall.  —  "Every so often you experience something …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Valleywag
Ben Arnoldy / Christian Science Monitor:
Bloggers can make money, but most keep day jobs  —  The rise of 'contextual advertising' has created a 21st-century version of royalties.  —  BOSTON - A penny for your thoughts?  Kevin Vahey has done a good deal better, turning a personal gripe into $1,000 a year of supplemental income.
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Glimpsing the future with Amazon's Web services  —  Doug Kaye, the CTO at GigaVox Media has posted an interesting post on using Amazon's Web services as a platform for his new podcasting system.  (Disclosure: I'm the Executive Producer for IT Conversations which is a GigaVox production.)
Discussion: Rough Type
Paul Kapustka / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Should Call Viacom's Bluff  —  "Copyright infringement is still a theft.  A crime.  A felony.  Plain and simple."  — Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone, Aug. 22, 2006  —  Given Sumner Redstone's recent opinion on unauthorized Internet video-sharing, Friday's call from Viacom …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Rajeev Deshpande / Times of India:
Google Earth agrees to blur pix of key Indian sites  —  NEW DELHI: President APJ Abdul Kalam's concerns over Google Earth providing detailed and unhindered view of 'sensitive' Indian establishments have been addressed, courtesy a formula which allows users uninterrupted access to the 'eye …
Discussion: Valleywag
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Jeff Young / akamai.com:
Akamai to Acquire Netli  —  Contacts:  —  Media Relations  —  Akamai Technologies, Inc  —  617-444-3913  —  jyoung@akamai.com  —or—  Sandra Smith  —  Investor Relations  —  Akamai Technologies, Inc  —  617-444-2804  —  ssmith@akamai.com
Luca Filigheddu / Thoughts on VoIP, technology:
Sitofono goes Mobile  —  I'm happy to announce that Sitofono goes mobile for US and Canada users.  —  This means that you can now point your mobile phone's browser at www.companyname.sitofono.com, insert you mobile phone number in the edit box and call the company which owns that Sitofono from your mobile phone completely for FREE.
Discussion: The Jeff Pulver Blog and Roam4free
 
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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony's three new models of retractable headphones
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Divineo offers up LCD-infused Xbox 360, practicality in doubt
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LinkedIn's chief executive steps down
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
FuturePhone, a Thing of the Past?
Discussion: CrunchGear