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11:25 AM ET, March 1, 2007

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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Citysearch snaps up Insider Pages in local search race  —  Citysearch, the division of IAC focuses on local reviews of restaurants and other services, has acquired the struggling local review start-up, Insider Pages.  —  The purchase (amount undisclosed) comes at a time of increasing competition …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Troubled Insider Pages Acquired By CitySearch  —  The Insider Pages acquisition rumors that we posted on last week were accurate - later today Citysearch, a division of InterActive Corp., will announce that they have acquired the company.  —  The size of the transaction is not being disclosed …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA slams FAIR USE Act  —  Although the FAIR USE Act introduced yesterday by Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA) and Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA) will have little more than a symbolic effect on the DMCA, that isn't stopping the Recording Industry Association of America from unloading on the bill with both barrels.
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Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
RIAA Pressures Students To Stop Illegal Downloads
Discussion: Neowin.net and PaulStamatiou.com
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google: Click Fraud Is 0.02% Of Clicks  —  Finally, we have a click fraud rate from Google itself: less than 0.02 percent of all clicks slip past its filters and are caught after advertisers request reviews.  That low figure is sure to bring out the critics who will disagree.
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Inside AdWords:
Invalid Clicks - Google's Overall Numbers  —  Over the past year, we've been working hard to share more information about how we protect you against click fraud.  Last July, the invalid clicks report was released to provide you with the number of invalid clicks we detect (and don't charge for) in each individual account.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
First look: BitTorrent video download store  —  BitTorrent joined the masses of legal video download services yesterday with offerings from five movie studios and a handful of TV networks.  The service offers movie rentals for $2.99 to $3.99 and TV download-to-own episodes for $1.99 …
Discussion: Slashdot
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Jeannie Choe / Engadget:
BitTorrent Entertainment Network disappoints, frustrates
Discussion: broadbandreports.com
Seth Finkelstein / Infothought:
What The New Yorker Article Fraud Tells Us About Wikipedia  —  Executive summary: This is the delusion Wikipedia fosters - it's what it is, how it runs.  —  As I read further about the scandal where Wikipedia administrator and now Wikia employee "Essjay" / Ryan Jordan pretended to be a …
Discussion: Hacking Cough
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Why Dell and other major hardware vendors won't do desktop Linux preinstallation  —  Dell's recent IdeaStorm experiment reveals increasing demand for Linux and open-source software on the desktop.  Since that time, Dell has said that it is still not committed to selling laptops and desktops …
Discussion: WebProNews and digg
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
If I were the Oscars (or Viacom)  —  If I had the Oscars or Viacom — both of whom pulled their clips off YouTube — here's what I'd do to deal with — no, to exploit and profit from — the inevitable trend toward your audience promoting and distributing your content:
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Morfik's Ajax Platform Set To Challenge Google, Adobe, Microsoft  —  There's been lots of talk recently about desktop/web platforms.  Last week we mentioned more News Reader desktop apps powered by Microsoft's WPF platform, and of course this week Adobe has featured twice on R/WW due to its unveiling of Apollo.
Discussion: Cloudy Thinking and Profy.Com
New York Times:
Oracle Deal for Hyperion Is Expected  —  Oracle is near a deal to acquire Hyperion Solutions, which makes software that allows corporations to analyze and track their performance, for more than $3.1 billion, according to people briefed on the deal.  —  The acquisition is expected to be announced as early as today, these people said.
James Edward Gray II / The Pragmatic Programmers, LLC:
TextMate  —  Pages:  —  ISBN:  —  0-9787392-3-X  —  Resources:  —  Code  —  Errata and Feedback  —  Post link to:  —  Purchase  —  Buy paper book  —  Buy PDF now (PDF FAQ)  —  Buy book + PDF combo now  —  Table Of Contents  —  Introduction  —  I. Editing  —  A. Working With Projects
Annalee Newitz / Wired News:
I Bought Votes on Digg  —  It was Tuesday, 1:22 a.m. on the West Coast, and influential news recommendation site Digg was hopping.  A new story about a blog dedicated to showing photographs of crowds had just gotten enough diggs to make the "popular" list on the tech/design page, and several people were commenting on it.
Discussion: digg
Zune Insider:
Zune Firmware Update 1.3 - Coming Mid-March  —  Yesterday I had a meeting w/ James, the Zune release manager and he spilled the beans on the next firmware update.  In Mid March, we're going to release Zune Firmware Update 1.3.  Here's what's in the update:
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo, jkOnTheRun and Engadget
Tom McNichol / Business 2.0:
A startup's best friend?  Failure  —  From Dogster to Google, Web companies are finding that mistakes can be shortcuts to success, reports Business 2.0 Magazine.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) — Few niches crashed more spectacularly during Web 1.0 than the pet sector.
Discussion: Geek News Central
Brian Wool / ClickZ:
The Long Tail of Local Search  —  › › › Local Search  —  In 2004, Chris Anderson wrote "The Long Tail," which exploded conventional wisdom about the economics of online sales.  Weird things happen when you don't have any significant inventory costs.
Anne Becker / Broadcasting & Cable:
BREAKING NEWS: Fox To Stream Shows on Station Sites  —  Fox will start streaming and selling its shows on the websites of its more than 200 affiliates under a new deal, the first time local stations will offer network programming both for free and for sale on their sites.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Lost Remote
 
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
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Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
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John R. Quain / New York Times:
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Mike / Techdirt:
If Terrestrial Radio Broadcasters Don't Compete With Satellite Radio …
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Annalee Newitz / Wired News:
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AT&T adds two more IPTV markets
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Discussion: Gizmodo and Wi-Fi
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stevenberlinjohnson.com:
MULTITOUCH EVERYWHERE!  —  Jay Haynes pointed me to a wild piece …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Will Outside.in nail the community Web site? Maybe
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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34 Reasons Why Readers Unsubscribe from Your Blog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Is Spotplex a Better Digg?