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5:20 PM ET, February 9, 2007

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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
In a Search Refinement, a Chance to Rival Google  —  Early in the decade, a struggling Xerox Corporation was trying to sell off a stake in its Palo Alto Research Center, which it could no longer afford to support.  But with the technology bubble bursting, the price that investors were willing …
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Powerset's search technology scoop, may scare Google
Erik Sass / MediaPost Publications:
DMarc Founders Leave Google  —  CHAD AND RYAN STEELBERG, THE founders of an automated radio ad placement company purchased by Google in January 2006, have left the company.  —  The brothers resigned amid reports of growing tension between dMarc, the company they founded, and Google over differing approaches to radio ad sales.
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Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
dMarc Founders No Longer At Google
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Zune Phone Confirmed!  Launch Scenario!  4G WiMax Action!  Rumors Off the WTF-o-Meter  —  We don't wanna say we told you so, but, ya know, we did.  On Monday, Microsoft filed a mystery application with the FCC for an enigmatic wireless device that could be used to talk over the Internet.
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John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Microsoft to submit wireless device for FCC testing  —  Prototype could be Zune's answer to rival iPod phone  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) - A filing that Microsoft Corp. submitted Monday to the Federal Communications Commission suggests the technology giant will likely add phone service …
Discussion: Podcasting News and Gizmodo
Associated Press:
EMI in talks to sell unprotected MP3s  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Music company EMI Group PLC — home of The Rolling Stones and Coldplay — has been talking with online retailers about possibly selling its entire digital music catalog in MP3 format without copy protection, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday …
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Forbes:
Will EMI Set Its Music Free?
Discussion: PaidContent, BBC and Valleywag
Meta:
An Open Letter to Google Founders— to save Google in China and save Internet in China  —  I'm writing you the short letter on behalf of many Internet users in China to have some suggestions to resolve the current dilemma for Google in China, from both business and social perspectives.
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
The Web, Now Just for You  —  New online tools offer personalized recommendations to help users find what they like—and help advertisers target their audience  —  Kevin Rose likes to talk about his taste for oolong tea.  But lately the founder of Digg, a popular bookmarking site …
Shankar Gupta / MediaPost Publications:
iCrossing To Purchase U.K. Shop Spannerworks  —  SEARCH ENGINE MARKETING FIRM ICROSSING plans to acquire Spannerworks, a U.K.-based company, for around $18 million, OnlineMediaDaily has learned.  —  Spannerworks, a 10-year-old search engine marketing company based in Brighton, England …
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
EMI May Sell Recordings Online With No Anti-Copying Software  —  The EMI Group, the British music giant, has been considering a plan to offer a broad swath of its recordings for sale online without anti-copying software, executives involved in discussions with the company said.
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Yahoo Taps Its Inner Startup  —  The yet-to-be-announced Brickhouse is designed to help the Internet giant keep up with cutting-edge startups and archrival Google  —  In Silicon Valley, being the big guy on campus isn't always a bonus.  Yahoo! has learned this the hard way.
Discussion: DealBook
RU Sirius / 10 Zen Monkeys:
When Cory Doctorow Ruled the World  —  Interviewing Cory Doctorow is easy.  You just flip the on switch by asking the first question, and he emits a constant stream of brilliant, insightful stuff.  Editing interviews with Doctorow is easy as well.  He generally speaks in coherent …
Discussion: Global Nerdy and Valleywag
Dana Gardner / Dana Gardner's BriefingsDirect:
Entrepreneur-itis bites again as Marc Fleury leaves Red Hat  —  There's always a risk when a company formed by a strong personality — especially when the company is identified closely with that individual — is acquired.  Yet I had high hopes when JBoss was acquired by Red Hat last year.
Discussion: Open Sources and LXer Linux News
Mike / Techdirt:
Gary Shapiro Slams Warner Bros.  Chair On His Congressional Remarks  —  from the nice-work dept  —  Earlier this week, the MPAA went to Congress to see if the new Democratic leadership would start pushing their agenda more than the old Republican leadership did (though, even the Republicans were pretty friendly to the industry).
Discussion: Geek News Central
Consumerist:
Warrant Issued For Verizon's Arrest  —  Just before Poodleman filed a motion to seize Verizon's property, he received a check from the company.  —  The refund is the long-awaited conclusion to the saga that began when Verizon double-billed Poodleman, ruined his credit, lied about not receiving his letters …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Techdirt, CrunchGear and digg
The Jeff Pulver Blog:
Apple Store doesn't Sell:  —  On Wednesday during my visit to Los Angeles, I took the time to visit an Apple Store in Century City.  While there was a long wait for people to speak with one of their resident "Geniuses", there was an even longer wait for someone who wanted to actually pay for something.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia's E90 Communicator: first pics!  —  Check it QWERTY geeks, we've got a trio of clandestine snaps of Nokia's oft rumored, but never seen E90 communicator.  As you can see from the pics, the E90 does indeed pack a dual-hinge allowing it to open like a 9500 or fold-up flat like the 9300.
Discussion: Gadgetell, jkOnTheRun and CrunchGear
 
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Microsoft Clippy, RIP: 1997 - 2007
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
CE-Oh no he didn't!  Part XXIV - Jack Tretton wants to give you $1,200
Discussion: I4U News and digg
Samsung:
SAMSUNG Unveils Revolutionary Ultra Smart F700
Sue Polinsky / Download Squad:
Why do you care about RSS?  —  My company builds Web sites …
Gizmodo:
Wii Weights Make Gaming a Workout
Discussion: CrunchGear and Ubergizmo
Mike / Techdirt:
Latest Research Shows No Noticeable Impact On CD Sales From Downloads
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Cisco dives into Web 2.0, buys Five Across
Matt Casamassina / IGN:
Zelda Tops One Million on Wii
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Viacom moves on without YouTube
Discussion: Kevin Maney
CNNMoney.com:
Pixar options reportedly under probe
Discussion: MacUser and Blogging Stocks
Nick / Rough Type:
IT, YouTube and the wealth gap
Kenneth Chang / New York Times:
Wizardry at Harvard: Physicists Move Light
Discussion: Slashdot and digg
Abe Olandres / The Blog Herald:
We're reshuffling and Tony's taking charge
Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
Where's Ray? Where's the Vista Campaign?
Pat Phelan / Roam4free:
Allfreecalls.net launches in Ireland
Paul Cesarini / Observer:
Caught in the Network