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9:00 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
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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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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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
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.
comScore:
And the Oscar goes to... "The World Wide Web"  —  Two-thirds of Oscar.com Visitors came from International Locations on Oscar Sunday;  —  Significant Traffic Spikes Reported at Other Related Movie Sites  —  comScore Networks, a leader in measuring the digital age, today reported the results …
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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: digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Is Spotplex a Better Digg?  —  A new site called Spotplex launched today that arguably sorts news in a better way than Digg does.  I've been testing the service for the last couple of weeks and like what I've seen.  —  News stories are not submitted by users, as with Digg.
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
RIAA Pressures Students To Stop Illegal Downloads  —  The U.S. recording industry has stepped up efforts to stop college students from downloading pirated music online and offered students a way to settle the disputes out of court.  —  NEW YORK - The U.S. recording industry Wednesday stepped …
Discussion: Neowin.net and PaulStamatiou.com
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Will Outside.in nail the community Web site?  Maybe  —  How do you build the perfect local community Web site — with news, events, comments and more?  —  If you manage to, it will be a grand slam.  It becomes the talk of the town, people spend more time going there, and local advertisers spend money there.
CNET News.com:
Adobe to take Photoshop online  —  Hoping to get a jump on Google and other competitors, Adobe Systems plans to release a hosted version of its popular Photoshop image-editing application within six months, the company's chief executive said on Tuesday.  —  The new online service is part …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
AT&T adds two more IPTV markets  —  AT&T announced the launch in two more markets—Milwaukee and Racine, Wis.—of its U-verse high speed Internet and IPTV service on Wednesday.  —  The news comes just two days after the San Francisco Chronicle reported that there hadn't been any new U-verse markets added since last year.
Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
34 Reasons Why Readers Unsubscribe from Your Blog  —  Thanks to everyone who has added their thoughts on why they unsubscribe from a blog's RSS feed.  There have been 109 comments left on that post so far and some interesting recurring themes have emerged.  —  I've attempted to categorize them below.
Discussion: 901am
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
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Provides NOYDIR Opt-Out Of Yahoo Directory Titles & Descriptions  —  Yahoo! Search Support for 'NOYDIR' Meta Tags and Weather Update from the Yahoo Search Blog covers how at long last, you can now tell Yahoo to not use Yahoo Directory information to make a title and/or description for your web page listings.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
40 Percent Frustrated With Video Search  —  I'm generally suspicious of surveys that say things you'd expect them to say by the company that commissioned them.  In this case, ClipBlast — a video search site — sends word of a survey covering frustration with video search.
 
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Sony's NW-A800 launches
Discussion: Anything But iPod
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Blockbuster In Advanced Talks To Acquire Movielink, Again
Discussion: NewTeeVee and 24/7 Wall St.
Andy Merrett / The Blog Herald:
Are super-short posts good for your blog?
PC World:
Death Knell for Wi-Fi Phones?
Discussion: Gizmodo and Wi-Fi
MediaShift:
DIGGING DEEPER Your Guide to Podcasts
Rachel Rosmarin / Forbes:
Judge: Google Can Block Ads
Associated Press:
Computer glitch triggered Dow Jones plunge
Discussion: IFTF's Future Now and Slashdot
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Is Verizon Wireless really looking to buy Alltel?
Discussion: MoCoNews
 Earlier Items: 
Gizmodo:
iPhone Thong Saves Marriages?
Discussion: MacUser
Carlo / Techdirt:
People With Cameraphones Killing Paparazzi Business Model
Discussion: SMS Text News
BBC:
NSPCC books in to virtual hotel
Discussion: WebProNews
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
New "watermark" system scours the net for infringement, notifies owners
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
GameDaily:
Jamil Moledina Talks GDC 2007
Discussion: Kotaku, DigitalBattle and Joystiq
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Google Maps adds real-time traffic data
Reuters:
CompUSA Closing More Than 50 Percent of Stores
Discussion: TechSpot News and Slashdot
Ben Fritz / Variety:
ITunes is all 'That' to indie producers
 

 
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Mickey Djuric / The Canadian Press:
Canadian officials won't say whether or how the new Online News Act should apply to AI companies using Canadian news for training or providing chatbot answers

Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Carpenter Media told a Sound Publishing union that it plans to lay off 62 people, including over half the unionized newsroom at The Daily Herald of Everett, WA

Todd Spangler / Variety:
Venu Sports, the Fox/WBD/Disney streaming venture, announces more hires, including Chief Business Officer Tim Connolly, who had led Apple TV+ subscriber growth

 
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