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10:45 AM 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  —  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 …
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: Berlind's Testbed and Slashdot
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Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:   Jobs's Music Proposal Rebuffed
Economist:
Music wants to be free
Discussion: Infinite Loop and digg
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, CrunchGear and jkOnTheRun
Nick / Rough Type:
IT, YouTube and the wealth gap  —  Google has reported, in a financial filing, that YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen each pulled down about a third of a billion dollars in selling their video-sharing company to the search giant.  That's not a bad payday for a year-old …
Discussion: Between the Lines
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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
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.
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: broadbandreports.com, Slashdot and digg
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 …
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.
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
Ben / Ben Metcalfe Blog:
On linkbaiting, SEO'ing and all that other crap  —  I guess I must be a blog puritan.  A naive, day-dreaming, quasi-utopian blog puritan at that.  —  There's been a lot of discussion about Jason Calacanis calling bulls**t on the SEO industry (I'm not going to get into that echo chamber …
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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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Michael Copeland / Dawn Patrol:
Who Says Security Companies Don't Have a Sense of Humor  —  I will admit that I get bored to tears by all the fear-mongering that usually accompanies the marketing pitch from software security companies.  Apparently, Fortify Software, a KPCB-backed startup is too.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Photobucket To Show Off Latest Flash Tools  —  We are expecting Photobucket and Adobe to jointly announce a new Flash based tool for Photobucket users within the next couple of weeks.  The tool will allow users to mash up videos, photos and music clips into a timeline, and add titles …
Discussion: Ryan Stewart
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.
Abe Olandres / The Blog Herald:
We're reshuffling and Tony's taking charge  —  We're barely 3 months in since we first took charge of the Blog Herald.  A lot of things have happened since then and I believe we have survived one problem after another pretty well.  Our roster of contributors has grown and our rhythm has been stabilized.
Discussion: SYNTAGMA and Deep Jive Interests
Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
Where's Ray?  Where's the Vista Campaign?  —  Random unconnected things...  Where's Ray?  I'm sure Ray Ozzie has been busy being the wizard behind the connected services scene of the future, but he's just plain running too silent for my comfort.  And I'm sure with Mix07 he's …
Discussion: LiveSide and Guardian Unlimited
Pat Phelan / Roam4free:
Allfreecalls.net launches in Ireland  —  Allfreecalls.ie is now live in Ireland Yipee!  —  Since I'm part owner I won't brag but I will allow you a sneak preview of our Press Release.  —  Thanks again to Uber designer Eoghan McCabe  —  "AllFreeCalls now from Ireland"
 
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Kenneth Chang / New York Times:
Wizardry at Harvard: Physicists Move Light
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Peter Judge / Techworld.com:
Quantum computer to debut next week
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Mark Sweney / Guardian Unlimited:
YouTube goes mobile and SkySports.com sets record
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Add OpenSearch to your site in five minutes
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Seeking Alpha:
Warner Music Group F1Q07 (Qtr End 12/31/06) Earnings Call Transcript
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
VMWare's 3D graphics acceleration just around the corner?
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
VTech at the International Toy Fair
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Elizabeth Montalbano / InfoWorld:
Premium Vista PCs fare well in first week
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Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
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Discussion: VentureBeat and Mashable!
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Dutch Super Server Farm and Google
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
Scott Gilbertson / Wired:
Firefox 3 Alpha 2  —  Mozilla announced the release of Firefox 3 alpha 2 this morning.
Bruce Meyerson / Associated Press:
Mobile ESPN to relaunch through Verizon