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12:35 AM ET, February 17, 2007

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Direct2Dell:
Turning Up the Volume of Customer Voice  —  In 1996, we launched www.dell.com to provide technical support resources to our customers.  Soon after, we began selling hardware over the Internet.  Back in the early days, most of the focus was on e-commerce.  Today, having a web presence …
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Dell 2.0: Launches Digg Clone and Video Sharing Site  —  This morning Dell unveiled a couple of community-focused sites, essentially jumping into the web 2.0 waters with a splash.  They've released a digg-like community site called IdeaStorm and a video sharing site called StudioDell.
Discussion: Mashable! and WebMetricsGuru
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Dell Pays Tribute to Digg with New IdeaStorm Site
Discussion: Digital Media Wire
John Markoff / New York Times:
Microsoft Plays Down a Sales Lift From Vista  —  Wall Street analysts are being too optimistic about sales of Windows Vista, Steven A. Ballmer, Microsoft's chief executive, told financial analysts in New York on Thursday.  —  Vista, the latest version of the Windows operating system …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:   Microsoft: Mixed Analyst Reaction To Warning On Vista Sales; Stock Sells Off
Justin Haugh / Official Google Reader Blog:
One subscriber, two subscribers, three...  When building a product, your top priority should always be the needs of your users.  Here on the Google Reader team, we pride ourselves in being responsive to the complaints and feature requests of those who read feeds using our service.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Reader Reporting Subscriber Numbers, Offers New Publishers Guide
Discussion: WebProNews
Gamasutra:
Humble Beginnings  —  Electronic Arts founder Trip Hawkins had a lifelong fascination with games.  "I fell in love with complex board games like Strat-O-Matic and Dungeons & Dragons," he told us.  "I realized I was making invaluable social connections from playing games and that my brain was more active."
Discussion: GigaGamez, Game | Life and Joystiq
Kim Zetter / Wired News:
$82 Buys E-Voting Secrets  —  For a mere $82 a computer scientist and electronic voting critic managed to purchase five $5,000 Sequoia electronic voting machines over the internet last month from a government auction site.  And now he's taking them apart.  —  Princeton computer science …
Discussion: Techdirt and Engadget
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Wikipedia Enters Top Ten Most Visited Sites  —  Impressive.  Scanning the latest top web sites rankings from comScore for January 2007 , Wikipedia sites are highlighted for just entering the top ten most visited.  OK, technically — they're in the top ten for having the most unique visitors.
Bruce Meyerson / Associated Press:
Vonage narrows 4Q loss to $65 million, meeting forecasts  —  NEW YORK (AP) - Vonage Holdings Corp. on Thursday narrowed its fourth-quarter loss to $65 million as revenue nearly doubled, but the Internet phone company's stock fell to a new all-time low amid worries about weak subscriber growth.
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Bill Slawski / Search Engine Land:
Google Customize Search Engines to Harness The Wisdom of Experts?  —  Back in October, 2006, Google announced on the Official Google Blog that they were enabling people to create their own custom search engines.  —  If you asked yourself why they were doing this, and how it might provide benefits …
Discussion: SEO by the SEA
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Google tiptoes into venture capital  —  Google has committed money to two Indian venture capital firms, saying fledgling companies in India with good ideas have too few avenues for financial support.  —  Google invested undisclosed amounts into small venture firms Seedfund and Erasmic.
Discussion: VC Circle and PaidContent
Roy Mark / internetnews.com:
DirectRevenue to Pay Back 'Spyware' Gains  —  Adware distributor DirectRevenue today settled Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges of unfair and deceptive trade practices of installing unwanted and unsolicited spyware unto consumers' computers.  —  DirectRevenue, which is also entangled …
Discussion: Techdirt
Pat Phelan / Roam4free:
Huge USA carrier wins first round over allfreecalls  —  Our allfreecalls provider in Iowa today took flight due to increasing pressure from a large USA based carrier.  —  We are working on getting a new number up.  —  We expect to be back in business on Monday afternoon.Please watch …
Saul / localglo.be:
Y Europe can seed growth of its new stars  —  Europe has so far under-delivered in terms of globally successful technology startups.  —  But we're starting to turn a corner in Europe as we start to leverage some of our emerging assets.  We've always had great talent (especially …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
DRM: the state of disrepair  —  Last week's "discussion" surrounding the merits of DRM was a rare glimpse into the heavy C-level posturing usually obstructed by the gold-plated doors of the digital music industry.  The event was, of course, kicked off by none other than Steve Jobs in his open letter titled …
Discussion: Between the Lines and digg
Frank Gruber / Somewhat Frank:
AOL Supports OpenID By Enables Over 63 Million AOL User Accounts  —  AOL SUPPORTS OPENID BY ENABLING OVER 63 MILLION AOL USER ACCOUNTS  —  Managing the login credentials for every web site or service you sign up for tends to be a daunting task.  Remember your username is "somewhatfrank" …
Business Week:
Gannett's New Lease On News  —  "Pro-am" harnesses the power of citizen journalism  —  One of the never-ending delights of the human condition is the flukiness of inspiration, how creativity sometimes springs from unlikely places.  And so it is that the newspaper chain with the most interesting …
 
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Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Adobe myFeedz - an RSS Aggregator That Learns from You
Katherine Hannaford / Shiny Shiny:
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NetNewsWire 3.0d46 sneak-peek release
David Dalka:
Yahoo Suggestions - Suggestion Deleted
Discussion: Bruce Clay, Inc. Blog and digg
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google AdWords Quality Score Has Major Bug
Jordan McCollum / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Trusted Software Downloads Get in with Yahoo, Microsoft
Jesselinden / Official Linden Blog:
We're developing my.secondlife.com...your feedback needed!
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Russian Judge Dismisses Any Penalty in Piracy Case
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Vista "Express Upgrade" anything but express
Discussion: Slashdot
Elinor Mills / ZDNet:
Google snags AdScape for $23 million, source says
Yu-Mei / Popgadget:
Dandella GPS  —  They call it a Dandella, named for a dandelion …
Discussion: Ubergizmo and All Points Blog
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Macrovision sends pretty lies to Steve Jobs
Matt / mattwaite.com:
Not my job doesn't exist anymore in newspapers
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Silicon Valley Meets 'American Idol' With Prizes to Inspire Inventors
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Apple plugs four security holes
Mike / Techdirt:
Carlos Mencia Claims Copyright Infringement On Comedian Who Accuses …
 

 
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