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2:50 PM ET, February 11, 2007

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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.
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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.
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:
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Wikipedia's quote, from the person on stage  —  The thing I love about blogging is that everyone involved in a news story can give you their point of view.  Here's Laurent Haug, the founder of LIFT, who interviewed Florence Devouard, of Wikipedia, on stage, and what she said on stage has now been quoted and read around the world.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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Laurent Haug / ballpark.ch:
Wikipedia won't "shut within 3-4 months"  —  Update: the story ends on lunch over IP, where Bruno Giussani has a complete rundown of the situation.  —  I see that the rumor that wikipedia could "shut within 3-4 months" is all over the blogosphere right now (more on techmeme).
G. Pascal Zachary / New York Times:
When It Comes to Innovation, Geography Is Destiny  —  IN our celebrity-studded world, where we make a cult of genius and individual achievement, the mind rebels at the notion that geography trumps personality.  Yet the inescapable lesson of the iPod, Google, eBay, Netflix and Silicon Valley …
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
Roli O. / Siliconera:
Blue Dragon DS Planned?  —  With Blue Dragon's success in Japan, Mistwalker has already made a name for itself in the Land of the Rising Sun.  It's only a matter of time before Blue Dragon graces Western shores and provides fans of the alleged "dream team" the game they've longed to play since its announcement and release in Japan.
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs and digg
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Mega hands-on: Virgin America's Airbus A320 with Red in-flight entertainment
Discussion: Mobility Site and digg
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
The Rapid Transformation Of Publishing Economics
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Google Potential Deal To Buy AdScape Hits Dead-End; Looking At Others
Discussion: TechAddress
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
VMWare video hints at full DirectX virtualization in OS X
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Second Life Census
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Joe McKendrick / The FASTForward Blog:
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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