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2:30 PM ET, February 26, 2007

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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 …
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Jenstar / JenSense:
Google to begin sharing URLs where AdWords advertiser's ads are being run  —  The New York Times ran an article about Quigo, a contextual advertising company that targets premium sized publishers.  In the story, comments from both Yahoo & Google were included.
Frank Watson / Search Engine Watch Blog:   NY Times: Google Content Will Report Publishers, Allow Separate Bidding
New York Times:
Google in Content Deal With Media Companies  —  Google built an empire delivering advertisements across the Internet, and now it plans to distribute content from media companies just as aggressively.  —  Google is working with Dow Jones & Company, Condé Nast, Sony BMG Music Entertainment …
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Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:   Google Brings Ad Expertise to Video Clips
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:   Google Extends Video AdSense Service; Adds WSJ, Conde Nast
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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Microsoft:
Microsoft Highlights Healthcare Strategy at HIMSS 07 Conference
Discussion: PaidContent
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
What's really behind Microsoft's healthcare push?
Alan Saracevic / The Technology Chronicles:
Microsoft buys Medstory
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: Boing Boing, Neowin.net and Slashdot
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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
EMI: DRM stays  —  EMI has broken off talks with digital music download services about providing a DRM-free repertoire.  —  EMI was always tipped as the most likely of the "Big Four" to break ranks with its peers and supply music unencumbered by DRM.  It's the smallest of the four major labels …
Bloomberg:
EMI, online music sellers said to put talks on hold
Discussion: MacUser and WebProNews
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Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Yahoo Benefits from new Panama Advertising System
Discussion: Reuters and WebProNews
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, A VC and Reel Pop
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Problems arise with Vista's validation  —  Last year, when Microsoft announced a new anti-piracy infrastructure for Windows Vista, I was skeptical.  Here's what I wrote at the time: … And now, only weeks after the retail launch of Windows Vista, early Vista adopters are experiencing a wave of validation and activation problems.
Discussion: raving lunacy
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Dwight / TechBlog:
Updated: What happens when Windows Vista isn't activated
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
BITTORRENT ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK HANDS-ON: 10 PROS AND CONS  —  The new BitTorrent media store, the BitTorrent Entertainment Network, has been live for a few hours.  It's a mixed bag, and these are my hands-on impressions.  I wanted to come up with five pros and five cons.
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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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Quintura Visual Search Engine Relaunches  —  At around 8 AM PST this morning, Moscow-based search engine Quintura will relaunch its visual search engine with a new user interface (if it looks like the screen shot below, it's launched).  —  The company, which is backed by Mangrove Capital Partners …
Reuters:
AOL extends $900 mln offer to buy TradeDoubler  —  LONDON (Reuters) - AOL, the Internet unit of media conglomerate Time Warner Inc., on Monday extended its $900 million cash offer for Swedish online marketing company TradeDoubler by several weeks to March 14.
Discussion: PaidContent and Cost Per News
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: Engadget and Data Center Knowledge
Martyn Williams / InfoWorld:
Apple, Samsung, Sandisk sued over MP3  —  Texas MP3 Technologies claims the companies infringed its patent covering 'an MPEG portable sound reproducing system'  —  Little-known Texas MP3 Technologies is taking on Apple, Samsung Electronics, and Sandisk with a patent-infringement lawsuit.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
YouTube and Google Video Player in Google SERPs: This Is EVIL  —  Google caused some major controversy by prominently recommending Blogger to all users who searched for blog-related terms.  So how will bloggers react now that Google is experimenting with Google Video and YouTube players in the search results themselves?
Tony Walsh / Clickable Culture:
Big Boom in Metaverse Development  —  [Clickable Culture's RSS 2.0 feed is intended for your personal, non-commercial use.]  —  Third-party metaverse development firm The Electric Sheep Company, which creates content and services for virtual worlds such as Second Life and There has scored $7M USD …
Daniel E. Slotnik / New York Times:
Too Few Friends?  A Web Site Lets You Buy Some (and They're Hot)  —  Popularity was never easily measured, until the advent of social-networking sites.  Now, prospective employers and others can gain some insights into an applicant's lifestyle and character by looking at a person's social-networking page …
 
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Mike / Techdirt:
Is It Still Theft Of Service If It's Using The Free WiFi At The Library?
Joel / Dethroner:
Top Ten Essential Travel Gadgets
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gadget Lab and CrunchGear
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Hi I'm an iPhone. And I'm a Smartphone.
Discussion: digg
WindowsServer / Windows Server Division WebLog:
WHERE WE'RE HEADED WITH VIRTUALIZATION  —  Hi, Mike Neil here.
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Entropy in Tagging Systems, Google's Office Killer and Conference Diversity
Fimoculous.com:
The Death of Video Culture
Discussion: Reel Pop
 Earlier Items: 
Jeannie Choe / Engadget:
Linux users tell Ballmer to put his code where his mouth is
Mike / Techdirt:
News Reports May Be A Little Quick To Clear Sarasota E-Voting Machines
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
IRS goes after eBay, wants info on seller earnings
UPI:
Alaska police crimp wireless surfer
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
"the free download isn't a frivolous act"
Discussion: Nature and Open Sources
Darren Murph / Engadget:
TiVo Desktop 2.4 public beta loosed, enables PC-to-TiVO transcoding