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5:40 AM ET, February 9, 2007

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We Heard You Loud and Clear  —  Just on the heels of another great release for the beta (M9), I'd like to share some interesting news to our loyal users.  When we launch the mail service worldwide, it will be named Windows Live Hotmail.  That's right!  And for starters, some of you will begin …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
A Comparison of Live Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo Mail  —  The Windows Live team announced today that they're rebranding their new email beta to Windows Live Hotmail.  We haven't written about the application for some time, and this is as good an excuse as any to compare the current release to Gmail and the new Yahoo mail beta.
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
The Truth About SEO  —  When a controversy foments to the point where both sides are shouting at the top of their lungs and can't even hear each other, the truth is typically somewhere between the two extremes.  Such is the case it seems with search engine optimization, or SEO.
Neil Patel / Pronet Advertising:
Open Challenge to Jason Calacanis
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Some "SEO is bulls#$t" fallout... (I'll keep updating this post)
Discussion: Valleywag and Greg Boser
Wired News:
XBLA's Greg Canessa Poached by PopCap  —  The man who birthed Xbox Live Arcade has abandoned his brainchild.  With freshly inked adoption papers, Greg Canessa, former general manager of Xbox Live Arcade, will now nurture PopCap Games' console and handheld divisions as the vice president of video game platforms.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple TV to play games, too?  —  Back last September when Apple introduced the "iTV" alongside games for the iPod, we had to wonder to ourselves whether Apple would use iTunes and their new casual games relationships to make the device we now know as the Apple TV something of a competitor for Xbox Live Arcade.
Discussion: Apple Gazette, MacUser and digg
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Powerset's search technology scoop, may scare Google  —  Powerset, a San Francisco search engine company, will announce Friday it has won exclusive rights to significant search engine technology it says may help propel it past Google.  —  The technology, developed at Palo Alto Research Center …
Paul Cesarini / Observer:
Caught in the Network  —  At 9:15 one Thursday morning, there came a polite knock on my mostly closed office door.  I was expecting the knock.  A student was coming to talk to me about getting into one of my courses, which he needed to graduate.  —  So when I heard the knock, I said, "C'mon in, Kyle."
Discussion: Slashdot
geek.com:
First Impressions: Windows Mobile 6  —  I've been playing with a beta for quite some time now and have to say that, as an everyday user of Windows Mobile, Number 6 is a much needed upgrade.  In addition to the highlights above, there are a number of other enhancements that have been made that allow your productivity to soar!
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:   Windows Mobile 6 Professional in pictures
Gizmodo:
Apple iPhone vs. Samsung F700: Which is Touchscreenier?  —  Apple's iPhone may have been announced first, but Samsung's Ultra Smart F700 (announced yesterda) seems to be one-up Apple's effort in a few feature categories.  —  If you'll take a little journey with me, we'll compare the iPhone …
Reuters:
YouTube founders split $650M payout  —  Web search leader Google details the payout from its $1.65 billion acquisition of the popular online video service.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) — Two of YouTube's founders stand to divide shares of stock now valued at around $650 million …
Discussion: The Utube Blog and digg
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the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:
February 2007 Advance Notification  —  This is Christopher Budd and it's the Thursday before the Second Tuesday for February 2007.  —  As we do each month at this time, we've posted our Advance Notification for the upcoming security bulletin release.  —  I did want to note that this month …
David Pogue / New York Times:
Breaking the Myth of Megapixels  —  For an industry that's built on science, the technology world sure has its share of myths.  Thousands of people believe that forwarding a certain e-mail message to 50 friends will bring great riches, that the gigahertz rating of a computer …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Is interoperable DRM inherently less secure?  The case of FairPlay versus Windows Media  —  It's been said before: security systems that rely on secrecy are only as secure as their secrets.  This was one of the more interesting assertions echoed in Steve Jobs' now famous open letter on DRM …
Discussion: Slashdot
Bruce Meyerson / Associated Press:
Mobile ESPN to relaunch through Verizon  —  NEW YORK - ESPN is relaunching its shuttered cell phone service through Verizon Wireless, this time delivering its flashy feed of sports scores, news and video highlights through a top industry player instead of competing for subscribers with its own full-blown wireless brand.
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Netvibes module developer collects web credentials, personal content  —  A French security blogger gained access to private user data on personal homepage service Netvibes last weekend, exposing stored usernames and passwords for popular integrated web services as well as user content loaded in the page.
 
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EA Revisited: Playing Catch Up on the Wii, Waking up to the Failure that is PS3
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