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11:45 AM ET, February 19, 2007

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Eric Pfanner / International Herald Tribune:
Norwegian newspaper publisher finds the secret to profiting online  —  After catching up on the latest news flashes on the death of Anna Nicole Smith, visitors to www.vg.no, the online version of the biggest-selling tabloid newspaper in Norway, can get their minds back to business by scrolling …
Discussion: PaidContent, Journerdism and Message
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Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
While Others Struggle, Norwegian Newspaper Publisher Thrives on the Web  —  The online version of VG, the biggest-selling tabloid newspaper in Norway, had the latest news flashes on the death of Anna Nicole Smith, of course.  But a little down the page was something else — oil company earnings reports.
Discussion: Screenwerk
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
A BRIEF INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL WESCH (THE CREATOR OF THAT WONDERFUL VIDEO...)  —  Michael Wesch, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University.  If you've been reading Searchblog, then you know him as the guy behind this amazing video.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Top YouTube videographers descend on S.F.  —  reporter's notebook SAN FRANCISCO—In what may be a harbinger of the future, hardly anyone who attended Saturday's gathering of YouTube's most popular bloggers held a conversation without filming it.  —  At an event called "As One," …
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Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
YouTube: Strength and Vulnerability  —  The question on many people's minds since the recent PR warfare between Google/YouTube and Viacom (and NBC) is: will YouTube retain its dominance or will it be supplanted by another site?  That's the same question that circulates around Google itself of course.
Discussion: media blog and PaidContent
Reuters:
YouTube antipiracy software policy draws fire
Discussion: Slashdot
Peter Lauria / New York Post:
HEAVENLY DEAL  —  SIRIUS, XM SET TO CONFIRM MERGER PLAN TODAY  —  Satellite radio operators Sirius and XM are expected to announce their long-awaited merger today, according to a source familiar with the deal.  —  The two sides were locked in negotiations over the weekend trying to hammer …
AdAge:
Attorneys General of 21 States Lash Out at Bud.tv Age Checks  —  Anheuser-Busch's Status as 'Media Owner' Cited as a Concern  —  CHICAGO (AdAge.com) — Dealing a blow to the $40 million experiment hailed as ushering in a new era for marketer-generated media, the attorneys general of 21 states …
Discussion: Beet.TV and PaidContent
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Massive Google hard drive survey turns up very interesting things  —  When your server farm is in the hundreds of thousands and you're using cheap, off-the-shelf hard drives as your primary means of storage, you've probably good a pretty damned good data set for looking at the health and failure patterns of hard drives.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and digg
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Zonk / Slashdot:   Google Releases Paper on Disk Reliability
New York Times:
New Weapon in Web War Over Piracy  —  As media companies struggle to reclaim control over their movies, television shows and music in a world of online file-sharing software, they have found an ally in software of another kind.  —  The new technological weapon is content-recognition software …
Discussion: Lost Remote and Buzzworthy
Tim Ferguson / CNET News.com:
Broadband adoption passes halfway mark in U.S.  —  U.S. residential broadband penetration is expected to exceed 50 percent in 2007—and the U.K. isn't far behind.  By the end of 2007, more than 60 million U.S. households will be connected—around 55 percent—according to market researcher Parks Associates.
Discussion: Macsimum News
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Music Labels Offer Teasers to Download  —  For all the disquiet the Internet has fostered in the music business, almost every rock star and record executive is intrigued with the prospect of marketing to music fans directly instead of wrangling for exposure with radio programmers or retailers.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Gizmodo:
Delete: The New Erase  —  Want to be a total [nerd] badass while gunning through your written computer science exam?  Then cop one of these Tersumus delete-key erasers.  —  The palm-sized eraser will help you fix your sloppy coding mistakes and give you a second chance on your poor formating and syntax errors.
Discussion: Shiny Shiny and digg
Faultline / The Register:
Vodafone caves in to Microsoft IM  —  Comment Among all of Microsoft's announcements at the 3GSM show was buried a piece of news that almost certainly means the end for the unification of cellular instant messaging efforts around a GSM Association standard.  —  Exactly a year ago …
Consumerist:
Charter: There's A Problem With Your Internet?  Here's The Disconnect Department  —  Charter Communications refused to fix Matt's internet connection.  Even two technicians, dispatched by Charter, told Matt his ISP was to blame for his weak service.  When Matt called customer service to complain …
Discussion: broadbandreports.com and digg
Shankar Gupta / MediaPost Publications:
Did-It CEO Resigns  —  BILL WISE, CEO OF SEARCH engine marketing firm Did-It, has resigned following a disagreement about the direction of the company.  —  Wise, who has worked with Did-It since January 2005 after being hired away from Ask Jeeves' sales department, said his departure stemmed …
 
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Wayne Ma / CrunchGear:
Not Just a Bag, But a Tripod  —  Here's a product that might help …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Unofficial patch for Treo vulnerability loosed
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
AnyDVD HD released
Discussion: Engadget and TechSpot News
Associated Press:
Man sues IBM over firing, says he's an Internet addict
Discussion: Valleywag, Slashdot and TechnoLlama
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Wikipedia Breaks Into U.S. Top 10 Sites
Kotaku:
Surprise! Mall Shooter Didn't Own Video Games
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New Revenue Stream For Bloggers: TextMark SMS Alerts
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Troubling Signs for Indian Tech Outsourcers
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
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