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12:35 PM ET, February 26, 2007

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Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Google Brings Ad Expertise to Video Clips  —  Google may be struggling to land YouTube video distribution deals with entertainment giants such as Viacom and CBS, but the online ad innovator is still gaining traction in the online video business.  But, unlike the action it's trying to start with YouTube …
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:   Google Extends Video AdSense Service; Adds WSJ, Conde Nast
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Video Plusbox
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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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
What's really behind Microsoft's healthcare push?  —  Microsoft actively targets more than a dozen major vertical markets when designing and developing products.  Financial services, education, government, hospitality, manufacturing — all the usual suspects are represented.  —  Then there's healthcare.
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 …
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Kevin Newcomb / Search Engine Watch Blog:
comScore Defines Panama Effects
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Yahoo Benefits from new Panama Advertising System
Discussion: Reuters
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: Neowin.net
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Bloomberg:
EMI, online music sellers said to put talks on hold
Discussion: MacUser 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 and A VC
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 …
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.
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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San Francisco Chronicle:
IRS urged to go after eBay sellers
Discussion: CrunchGear, WebProNews and Slashdot
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Entropy in Tagging Systems, Google's Office Killer and Conference Diversity  —  I'm almost caught up on my blog reading since getting back from vacation and I've spotted a couple of items I'd have blogged responses to if I was around.  Since I don't have the time to write full blog posts …
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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Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Hamad releases high-resolution Vista wallpapers
Discussion: Windows-Now.com
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 …
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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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 …
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
ongoing:
OpenID  —  The buzz around OpenID is becoming impossible to ignore.  If you don't know why, check out How To Use OpenID, a screencast by Simon Willison.  As it's used now (unless I'm missing something) OpenID seems pretty useless, but with only a little work (unless I'm missing something) it could be very useful indeed.
Discussion: What's That Noise?!
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Simon Willison / Simon Willison's Weblog:
Six cool things you can build with OpenID
Discussion: Loud Thinking
 
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TiVo Desktop 2.4 public beta loosed, enables PC-to-TiVO transcoding
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Heat-sensitive paper could lead to 3D printers
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Gift Economy or Honeymoon?
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When Unequals Try to Merge as Equals
New York Times:
Tribune Considering Late Offer From Real Estate Magnate
Pranam Kolari / UMBC eBiquity:
The I's of the Blogosphere
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Robert Young / GigaOM:
Hollywood Disrupted  —  Reading through the LA Times …