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11:50 AM ET, February 26, 2007

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Discussion: Googling Google
New York Times:
An Ad Upstart Forces Google to Open Up a Little  —  Google and Yahoo have been fighting it out over which company will dominate the online advertising business, with Google maintaining the upper hand so far.  —  But in the competition for contextual text ads — those small sponsored links …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Demonstrates Further Commitment to Healthcare Market With Planned Acquisition of Web Search Company  —  Medstory's intuitive technology designed to improve access to health information and empower consumers to make better-informed health decisions.
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Alan Saracevic / The Technology Chronicles:
Microsoft buys Medstory  —  You may remember a niche search company we wrote about last summer called Medstory.  If not, here's the link.  —  Turns out that this smallish search start-up is hitting the big-time even sooner than we thought.  Microsoft today announced it was acquiring …
comScore:
comScore Data Show Yahoo!'s New Ranking Model Has Had Initial Positive Impact on Sponsored Search Click-Through Rates  —  comScore Networks, a leader in measuring the digital age, today released the results of a study analyzing the changes in Yahoo!'s click-through rates for sponsored search ads since …
Discussion: A VC and 24/7 Wall St.
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Yahoo Benefits from new Panama Advertising System
Discussion: Reuters
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
New Hot Properties: YouTube Celebrities  —  No one would mistake the Ask a Jew guy for Lonelygirl15, but these days YouTube contributor Shmuel Tennenhaus is feeling like a hot commodity.  —  Mr. Tennenhaus, an aspiring comedy writer who gained a modest following on YouTube for his droll question …
Discussion: Cost Per News, pc4media and A VC
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
IRS goes after eBay, wants info on seller earnings  —  The IRS wants its money.  That's why it has helpfully assembled a list of the most common excuses people use (PDF) for not paying their taxes.  In case you weren't aware of it, a claim that "the 16th Amendment is invalid because it contradicts …
Discussion: The Blog Herald
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IRS urged to go after eBay sellers
Discussion: WebProNews and Slashdot
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
EMI to Apple, Microsoft: Ditching DRM is going to cost you  —  Earlier this month it was widely reported that EMI was indeed ready to cast DRM into the dark abyss and earn the company the honorable status of being the first major music label to realize that DRM alienates honest customers.
Discussion: MacUser and Neowin.net
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Turn Gmail Into Your Personal Nerve Center  —  I was lucky enough to get in on the Gmail beta when it launched and I haven't looked back since.  Even though I've had an account for almost three years and I get over 100 emails a day, I have chewed up only 18% of the generous 2.8 gigabytes of storage.
Discussion: Office Evolution
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Reflections on the first decade of blogging  —  I ran into my old friend Dave Winer at the San Francisco airport on Wednesday last week.  He was on his way to Boston for the Public Media Conference.  We traded pictures and chatted over early morning (6:30 AM) coffee about developers …
UPI:
Alaska police crimp wireless surfer  —  Free wireless Internet service at a public library in Palmer, Alaska, doesn't mean its available for use after hours.  —  A Palmer man has been waiting to see if he'll be charged with criminal wrongdoing after a patrolling police officer seized …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Jeannie Choe / Engadget:
Gamer busted for "borrowing" library WiFi after hours
Discussion: Wi-Fi and digg
Om Malik / GigaOM:
5 reasons BitTorrent Store won't sell  —  BitTorrent is all set to launch a legal P2P video download service, BitTorrent Entertainment Network, that will offer television shows for sale and movies for rental from some of the major Hollywood studios.  The news has created quite a stir amongst the technorati.
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Wall Street Journal:
Tech Giants to Unveil Power-Usage Plan  —  AMD, IBM, Rivals  —  To Focus on Efficiency  —  Of Servers, Data Centers  —  The rising cost of energy to operate computer rooms is forcing high-tech competitors to work together — and maybe even agree on ways to measure the problem.
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
"the free download isn't a frivolous act"  —  Peter Brantley writes: "harvey danger is releasing their newest album on the net, for free, and they have a well written essay on why -" … I love that line "the free download concept isn't a frivolous act.  It's a key part of our promotional campaign."
Discussion: Nature and Open Sources
Jeannie Choe / Engadget:
Linux users tell Ballmer to put his code where his mouth is  —  We're pumped for a real showdown in the upcoming months, since the Linux community has just launched Show Us the Code, a website / movement humoring Steve Ballmer's repeated claims of burgled Microsoft IP within the open source OS …
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and digg
Simon Willison / Simon Willison's Weblog:
Six cool things you can build with OpenID  —  I've posted the slides from my Future of Web Apps talk on OpenID, minus the demo videos.  I'm planning to put together a video that combines the slides, demos and audio once the official podcasts have been published.
Discussion: Loud Thinking
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OpenID  —  The buzz around OpenID is becoming impossible to ignore.
Discussion: What's That Noise?!
 
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