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12:05 PM ET, February 11, 2007

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Wall Street Journal:
The Wizards of Buzz  —  A new kind of Web site is turning ordinary people into hidden influencers, shaping what we read, watch and buy.  —  This winter, many parents across the country are sitting on the floor with slabs of cardboard, box cutters and special rivets, and building pirate ships for their kids.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Digg Rock Stars
Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
Barack Obama launches social network  —  Barack Obama, the Democrat presidential hopeful, has launched his own social network which he's calling MyBarackObama.com.  The site invites supporters to create a profile, blog their campaign experiences, plan and attend events, find other supporters, and help raise funds for the campaign.
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Fred / A VC:
That's Not How You Do It Obama  —  I had high hopes for Barack Obama's net savvy.  But today his campaign blew it.  I heard that he announced his candidacy for President today in Springfield, IL, where Lincoln did the same thing almost 150 years ago.  I decided to go see the video.
Discussion: Off On A Tangent and Webware.com
Vikas Bajaj / New York Times:
In India, the Golden Age of Television Is Now  —  GHANSHYAM P. SHAH, an 82-year-old widower, spends up to eight hours a day in front of his television watching prayer services, soap operas and financial news.  But one afternoon last December, he was completely disconnected from his favorite pastime …
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
The Rapid Transformation Of Publishing Economics  —  The death of print publishing is coming, it's just a matter of whether it happens in 5 years, 10 years, or 15 years.  I'm betting it happens sooner than anyone expects.  Colin Crawford, the SVP of online for IDG, posted some stunning figures:
Discussion: Deep Jive Interests
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The transformation of IDG
Discussion: Tinfinger, PaidContent and Technovia
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
VMWare video hints at full DirectX virtualization in OS X  —  Mac users, listen up: a video has appeared on YouTube that shows an internal beta version of VMWare running Windows games at full speed from within Mac OS X. Accompanying this intriguing video is a blog post from Regis Duchesne …
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Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
Vista successor "Vienna" planned for late 2009  —  Now that Microsoft has freed Windows Vista from the shackles of a five year development process, the company is attempting to [the] wow [starts now] us by revealing that it plans to have its next major operating system ready within the next …
Steve Yegge / Stevey's Blog Rants:
The Next Big Language  —  There seems to be a long period of initial obscurity for any new language.  Then after that comes a long period of semi-obscurity, followed by total obscurity.  —Paul Bissex  —  People are always asking me to comment on their new programming language they're designing.
Discussion: Scobleizer
Consumerist:
Comcast Customer Uses "Unlimited Service" Excessively, Gets Disconnected For A Year  —  Comcast asked Frank to cut back his unlimited internet usage.  Frank was confused.  He thought unlimited meant, well, unlimited.  Frank was wrong.  Very wrong.  —  Comcast replaced Frank's faulty cable modem in November.
Discussion: digg
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Wikipedia's got 3-4 months to live?!?! (and Wikipedia's technological blocking of consensus)  —  Very strange stuff going on in the Wikipedia world... first I get beat down by all kinds of Wikipedia folks for suggesting that Wikipedia place an OPT-OUT advertisement on the Wikipedia …
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Encounters Hurdles in Selling Radio Advertising  —  When Google acquired dMarc Broadcasting, a company whose software allows marketers to place ads on radio stations, for up to $1.24 billion early last year, it was seen as a clear sign of Google's ambitions to extend its dominance over Internet advertising to other media.
Discussion: Lost Remote
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
RIM applies for triangular keyboard layout patent  —  Big, tactile, and fast QWERTY keyboards are the Blackberry's defining characteristic: why then is RIM showing signs that it's going to mess with their tried and tested formula?  In the second patent application to surface from the United States Patent …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Google can I please pay you $20 a month for GMAIL!?  —  I've been using GMAIL for a couple of years now and for the past year I've been over 90% in my mailbox usage.  Every week or two it fills up and I go on a hunt to kill attachments, delete spam, etc.  —  Adam Curry is having …
Discussion: Rakesh Agrawal's Blog
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Walmart in bed with Microsoft?  Walmart says NO to Firefox  —  Last week, Walmart launched their online video download service.  Immediately there were posts that the service did not work with the Firefox or Safari browsers.  There was a collective, "WTF" when this happened as this is 2007, not 1997.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Mega hands-on: Virgin America's Airbus A320 with Red in-flight entertainment  —  Not-yet-airborne Virgin America invited us to check out the way-decked Airbus A320 with Red prototype in-flight entertainment system that's parked at SFO right now.  (Naw, we didn't get to take it up …
Discussion: Mobility Site and digg
 
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Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Google Potential Deal To Buy AdScape Hits Dead-End; Looking At Others
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 Earlier Items: 
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
MySpace Makes $25 Million a Month in Ads
Discussion: 901am and digg
Ryan Singel / Wired:
Government Seeks To Halt Telecom Spying Suits
SacredFacts:
We Media - Groundhog Day?  —  In 2005 I went to the We Media Conference …
Discussion: Publishing 2.0