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4:33 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.
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
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
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.
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 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.
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
From semantic Web (3.0) to the WebOS (4.0)  —  Nova Spivack of Radar Networks maps out his view of the evolution of the Web over the next 25 years.  Nova said he isn't sure about exact dates or technologies on the top end of the map, but his view of ten-year blocks to fully evolve each phase is realistic.
Discussion: Vecosys
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Nova / Minding the Planet:
Web 3.0 Roundup: Radar Networks, Powerset, Metaweb and Others...
Discussion: EarlyStageVC
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 …
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.
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
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.
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
James R. Hagerty / Wall Street Journal:
How Good Are Zillow's Estimates?  —  Popular Home-Price Web Site  —  Often Gets It Right but Can Be  —  Way Off the Mark, We Find  —  In the year since its launch, Zillow Inc. has made millions of Americans familiar with computer-generated estimates of home values …
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
13 Reasons Why NoFollow Tags Suck  —  The NoFollow link attribute (rel="nofollow") was originally created to block search engines from following links in blog comments, due to the amount of blog comment spamming.  —  The theory is that if spammers are spamming in blog comments to get better SEO …
JR Minkel / Scientific American:
First "Commercial" Quantum Computer Solves Sudoku Puzzles  —  Quantum computing company banks on a longshot form of quantum computing  —  A Canadian manufacturer today unveiled what it called "the world's first commercially viable quantum computer."  D-Wave Systems, Inc. …
PR Newswire:
Krugle to Power Code Search Engine for Yahoo! Developer Network  —  MENLO PARK, Calif., Feb. 14 /PRNewswire/ — Krugle, Inc., the code search engine for developers, today announced it will supply search functionality for the Yahoo! Developer Network, the centralized resource for the developer community …
Alison Leigh Cowan / New York Times:
Teacher Faces Jail Over Pornography on Class Computer  —  Julie Amero, a substitute teacher at a middle school in Norwich, Conn., said she had simply wanted to e-mail her husband.  The authorities contend that she was — purposely or, perhaps, carelessly — exposing 11- and 12-year-old students …
Discussion: Ars Technica, Boing Boing and digg
 
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Viacom to YouTube: We'll host our own videos, thanks
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Carlo / Techdirt:
Edgar Bronfman Again Complaining About Things He Could Change, If Only He Wanted To
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JasonD / Widget Logic:
Has the 302 Hijack returned ?
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
uTorrent 1.6.1 Released  —  The stable 1.6.1 release is not yet …
Discussion: Monkey Bites, Neowin.net and digg
Reuters:
UPDATE 1-Ex-Take-Two CEO pleads guilty to options charges
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Do wireless tubes need to be neutral too?
MacNN:
Sales of Mac OS X Leopard will hit 9m in first year
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