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6:15 AM ET, March 1, 2007

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Karen / Official Google Blog:
Stuck in traffic?  —  There's nothing worse than getting stuck in traffic when you have some place to go, so I'm happy to tell you about a new feature on Google Maps that can help.  For more than 30 major U.S. cities, you can now see up-to-date traffic conditions to help you plan your schedule and route.
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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.
Discussion: BuzzMachine and TechCrunch
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Citysearch snaps up Insider Pages in local search race
Discussion: rev2.org
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Oscars.com vs Youtube.com and the value of hosting on Gootube  —  Comscore released data saying that 139k people visited Oscar.com on Oscar Sunday.  Seperately, Mashable reported that the Oscars asked Youtube to remove videos from the show that had been uploaded.
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comScore:   And the Oscar goes to... "The World Wide Web"
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 …
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
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.
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
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
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.
Discussion: Tech Beat and WebMetricsGuru
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
Ben Fritz / Variety:
ITunes is all 'That' to indie producers  —  Store opens doors to low-profile videos  —  ITunes has cracked open to independent video producers for the first time.  —  Apple's digital content store on Tuesday started selling "That," a snowboarding action pic made for DVD by Forum Snowboards.
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.
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
Carlo / Techdirt:
People With Cameraphones Killing Paparazzi Business Model  —  from the how-our-hearts-bleed dept  —  For quite some time, people have been setting up photo agencies to sell people's cameraphone pictures to media outlets.  While images and video from phones have, on certain occasions …
Discussion: SMS Text News
 
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Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Blockbuster In Advanced Talks To Acquire Movielink, Again
Discussion: NewTeeVee and 24/7 Wall St.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
40 Percent Frustrated With Video Search
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
Gizmodo:
iPhone Thong Saves Marriages?
Discussion: MacUser
 Earlier Items: 
BBC:
NSPCC books in to virtual hotel
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
New "watermark" system scours the net for infringement, notifies owners
Discussion: Slashdot and digg
GameDaily:
Jamil Moledina Talks GDC 2007
Discussion: Kotaku, DigitalBattle and Joystiq
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Etelos Launches CRMforGoogle - May Attract Google Lawyers
Discussion: VentureBeat
Reuters:
CompUSA Closing More Than 50 Percent of Stores
Discussion: TechSpot News and Slashdot
Ryan Stewart / TechCrunch:
Best Apollo Demos
PR Newswire:
Patrick Keane Named Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing …
Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
RIAA opposes new fair use bill