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7:45 AM ET, February 15, 2007

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Michael Olivier / Yodel Anecdotal:
It takes two to Tango  —  When you find something broken on the Web, product folks at small web sites are usually easy to connect with.  But visitors to sites with significant traffic usually have a tougher time lobbing input directly to site development teams about the good, the bad, and the screwed up.
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Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
Yahoo copies Digg, suffers the consequences
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Text of Email to all Yahoos  —  This email was sent by Yahoo CFO Susan Decker to all Yahoo employees today at 9:01 AM PST and has the details of who's doing what in their new Advertiser & Publisher Group.  Lots and lots of SVP and EVP promotions from the Yahoo ranks, and other peanut butter being spread around.
BBC:
Music execs criticise DRM systems  —  Almost two-thirds of music industry executives think removing digital locks from downloadable music would make more people buy the tracks, finds a survey.  —  The Jupiter Research study looked at attitudes to Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems in Europe music firms.
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google E-Mail Service Ready for All  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google Inc.'s free e-mail service will shed the final remnants of its invitation-only restrictions Wednesday, extending the reach of an increasingly popular product that has emerged as a vital cog in the online search leader's expansion efforts.
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Gmail finally really open to everyone
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Strawberries are red, stems are green...  You may have noticed today's Google Doodle on our homepage in celebration of romance and good food (something we consider extremely important).  —  When you look at the logo, you may worry that we forgot our name overnight, skipped a letter, or have decided that "Googe" has a better ring to it.
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
MIT student invents device for wall crawling  —  Nathan Ball, a mechanical-engineering graduate student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, led a team that has invented a motorized pulley that will let paramedics and firefighters zip up the side of buildings sort of like Spider-Man.
Discussion: Crave and Buzzworthy
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Viruses promise heartbreak on Valentine's Day  —  update Beware of e-mails bearing Valentine's Day greetings, or you may get a digital heartache.  —  At least two romance-themed security threats are arriving in e-mail in-boxes on Wednesday, researchers have warned.
Preston Gralla / Computerworld Blogs blogs:
U.S. senator: It's time to ban Wikipedia in schools, libraries  —  Here's the newest from Sen. Ted Stevens, the man who described the Internet as a series of tubes: It's time for the federal government to ban access to Wikipedia, MySpace, and social networking sites from schools and libraries.
Discussion: digg
Dan Primack / PE HUB:
Take Visto Out of Deadpool  —  Mobile email company Visto Corp. is not on the edge of financial collapse, despite such insinuations this morning from ValleyWag.  In fact, multiple sources tell me that the Redwood City, Calif.-based company raised an undisclosed $35 million venture round …
Discussion: Valleywag
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Visto, Silicon Valley's most controversial company
Discussion: Valleywag
Thomas C Greene / The Register:
Vista first look: Bugs and confusion  —  Review The most prominent feature of Windows Vista is its cost.  So, before we get into the nuts and bolts of how it behaves, let's talk about value for money.  Because at these prices, it had better be good.  —  The stand-alone version …
Cathy Lu / Digital World:
Get Wet with the iPod Shuffle  —  Want to take your tunes underwater?  SwimMan has taken a regular run-of-the-mill iPod Shuffle and has waterproofed it on the inside so that you don't have to wrestle any sort of giant case or added bulk.  It's also added a set of sound-isolating waterproof earphones …
Discussion: Gadgetell and Engadget
Read/WriteWeb:
How Social Sites Reveal What Your Audience Likes  —  Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus  —  Understanding your audience is the key to success in any business - including blogging.  Lately the Read/WriteWeb authors have been discussing what it is that keeps readers coming back here.
Discussion: ProBlogger Blog Tips
Sam Sethi / Vecosys:
Saul Klein leaves Skype to turn "gamekeeper" at Index  —  Index Ventures today announced that serial entrepreneur Saul Klein has gone from "poacher to gamekeeper" by joining the firm as their new venture partner.  This is great news and congratulations to Saul from Mike and I.
Discussion: alarm:clock euro
Inside AdWords:
Quality Score updates  —  At Google, one of our most important goals has always been to deliver high quality ads that provide value to our users.  In August of 2005 we improved our quality evaluation with the introduction of the Quality Score, which sets minimum bids for your keywords.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Advisory (933052)  —  Vulnerability in Microsoft Word Could Allow Remote Code Execution  —  Microsoft is investigating new public reports of very limited, targeted attacks against Microsoft Word "zero-day" using a vulnerability in Microsoft Office 2000 and Microsoft Office XP.
Jessica Lee / Google Maps API Official Blog:
Search for KML in Google Earth  —  Posted by Chikai Ohazama ♥, Product Manager, Google Earth Team  —  Search is at the heart of everything we do here at Google.  That's why I'm excited to announce a new innovation in search available today in Google Earth.
Edo / Pink Tentacle:
Hitachi develops RFID powder  —  Hitachi's new RFID chips (pictured on right, next to a human hair) are 64 times smaller than their mu-chips (left)  —  RFID keeps getting smaller.  On February 13, Hitachi unveiled a tiny, new "powder" type RFID chip measuring 0.05 x 0.05 mm — the smallest yet …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Meizu CEO: we only kind of knocked off the iPhone  —  Funny, we rarely, if ever see a company producing Chinese knocks of high profile devices start defending themselves, but it sounds like Meizu wants to (partly) shed the bad light cast on its M8, er, miniOne non-iPhone.
Onethumb / SmugBlog:
This is your Mac on drugs  —  Why the web can look wonky on a Mac by Chris MacAskill, President of SmugMug  —  The PC is a soldier.  When Direktor Gates demands color #e3823c, PC responds "Sir, Yes Sir!!"  Color #e3823c looks identical on the PC whether it's in a JPEG, GIF, PNG, CSS, or HTML.
Discussion: MacUser and digg
 
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
uTorrent 1.6.1 Released  —  The stable 1.6.1 release is not yet …
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Reuters:
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