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10:45 PM ET, March 1, 2007

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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.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg Should Sue Wired  —  Wired Magazine seems hell bent on convincing the world that Digg is falling apart.  I have a problem with that because Wired Magazine's parent company, Condé Nast, owns Digg competitor Reddit.  And because Wired isn't just reporting Digg news …
Annalee Newitz / Wired News:
Herding the Mob … John and Nina Swanson run a business selling vintage postcards on eBay.  To keep customers happy, the Swansons reply to buyers promptly and ship on time.  This policy is reflected in their eBay feedback score — a rating based on responses to prior transactions.
Discussion: Hacking NetFlix
Stan Schroeder / franticindustries:
Wired is going too far against Digg
Discussion: Wired News
Kotaku:
Sony Blackballs Kotaku  —  Earlier today we posted a rumor story on the site about a possible announcement of a new technology coming to Sony's Playstation 3.  —  The Playstation Home, we reported, would be an intriguing blending of the Mii and achievements, allowing gamers to create …
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Kotaku:
Rumor: Sony To Unveil PlayStation Home  —  We just received a very interesting tip that, while juicy and quite believable, we're labeling as rumor for now.  As you are probably well aware, GDC executive director Jamil Moledina set Sony's Phil Harrison up for the spike yesterday …
Ludwig Kietzmann / Joystiq:
Sony blackballs Kotaku for rumor report [update 1]
Discussion: Gizmodo and digg
Kotaku:
Sony and Kotaku Make-Up
Discussion: Gizmodo, Game | Life and digg
Peter / The Local Onliner:
It's Official: CitySearch Buys InsiderPages  —  My sources got it right and IAC's CitySearch is the company that ended up with InsiderPages.  Dinesh Moorjani, CitySearch's new VP of strategy and corporate development, says that CitySearch will incorporate Insider's 600,000 reviews from 30 markets into its sites.
Discussion: Digital Markets and rev2.org
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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.
Nicole / Inside Windows Live Messenger:
The i'm Initiative and new secret emoticon  —  The i'm Initiative is the most exciting piece of news I have had to share with Messenger users since I started working on Messenger over 3 years ago and there has been tons of exciting news over the last 3 years.
Rick Merritt / EE Times:
AMD tips quad-core performance  —  SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Advanced Micro Devices upcoming Barcelona processor will sport floating-point performance 42 percent higher than Intel's current top-of-the line CPU, the Xeon X5355 also known as Clovertown.  —  The news marked the first performance numbers AMD …
Discussion: TechSpot News and The Tech Report
USA Today:
AT&T slows 'Lightspeed' release goals  —  New year, new target.  —  AT&T (T) won't reach 18 million homes this year with its "Lightspeed" broadband network, after all.  Instead, it will reach less than half the original target: 8 million.  —  AT&T unveiled its latest 2007 target …
Matt Asay / Open Sources:
More on what constitutes an open source company  —  So, now Alison has chimed in on what constitutes an open source company, taking the position that EnterpriseDB is emphatically so: … Let's be clear: EnterpriseDB's business is in selling proprietary extensions to PostgreSQL.  Period.
Gregg Keizer / Macworld:
CompUSA to shutter more than half its stores  —  CompUSA will close more than half of its retail computer and electronics stores in the next two to three months.  —  In a statement Tuesday, CompUSA said it would shutter 126 stores — it currently operates 225 in the U.S. and Puerto Rico …
Windows portal:
Vista Brute Force Keygen  —  Thanks to Computer User to report this way and to Snooza to prepare the pack!  This method is a brute force attempt at determining a usable key.  —  This has been reported to work!......look at the following user comments!!!  —  zapp2 wrote: This WORKS WORKS WORKS WORKS WORKS WORKS WORKS
Discussion: Inquirer and Neowin.net
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.
Mike Butcher / Vecosys:
Startups squint into the daylight at first OpenCoffee  —  Katie, manager of the Starbucks inside the Esprit shop London's Regent Street, had something of a shock today as almost 100 technology entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors, journalists and geeks created a virtual 'denial …
Discussion: localglo.be, broadstuff and LEWIS 360°
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Mac sales growth up over 100 percent in January, says firm  —  Sales of Apple Inc.'s Mac line of personal computers saw year-over-year growth accelerate over 100 percent during the month of January, with revenue growth rising even further, according to Pacific Crest Securities.
Discussion: Macsimum News and digg
 
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The Age:
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USA Today:
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Somasegar / Somasegar's WebLog:
Beginner Developer Learning Center launched
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Your social network at Ning, join the thousands
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Lenovo recalls 205,000 notebook batteries
Owen Thomas / Business 2.0 Beta:
Dell Ain't Talking  —  Don't expect to hear a defense …
Discussion: Dell and Between the Lines
Garrett French / Search Engine Journal:
The Why, How and Who of Marketing in StumbleUpon
 Earlier Items: 
Sal Cangeloso / arghyle:
Gmail Error Update
Roberto Baldwin / GamePro.com:
Feature: Xbox Resurrection: 6 Uses For Your Old Xbox
Discussion: Game | Life, Joystiq and digg
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Windows Mobile 6 review roundup
Gizmodo:
Helio Turns Up the Heat with Digg-Touting Samsung Slider
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
A purse that can charge up your phone
Discussion: Gizmodo and Popgadget
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise UK:
Social Networks Can Drive Traffic - Case Study of ASOS and TopShop
Discussion: Clickinfluence
James Edward Gray II / The Pragmatic Programmers, LLC:
TextMate
Zune Insider:
Zune Firmware Update 1.3 - Coming Mid-March