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10:10 AM ET, March 1, 2007

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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.
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
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: digg
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.
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
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
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.
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: Engadget and Slashdot
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.
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: Profy.Com
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.
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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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Darren Murph / Engadget:
RFID staples, omnipotent pens to grace offices of the future?
Zune Insider:
Zune Firmware Update 1.3 - Coming Mid-March
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, Gizmodo and Engadget
Allison Randal / O'Reilly Radar:
EnterpriseDB is/n't Open Source
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Sony's NW-A800 launches
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Provides NOYDIR Opt-Out Of Yahoo Directory Titles & Descriptions
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
40 Percent Frustrated With Video Search
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Andy Merrett / The Blog Herald:
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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
Anne Becker / Broadcasting & Cable:
BREAKING NEWS: Fox To Stream Shows on Station Sites
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Lost Remote
stevenberlinjohnson.com:
MULTITOUCH EVERYWHERE!  —  Jay Haynes pointed me to a wild piece …
Carlo / Techdirt:
People With Cameraphones Killing Paparazzi Business Model
Discussion: SMS Text News
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Will Outside.in nail the community Web site? Maybe
 

 
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Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
In an email to staff, Telegraph editor Chris Evans says Rob Winnett has decided to stay at Telegraph and will not join the Washington Post

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Spotify debuts a new Basic streaming plan in the US for $10.99/month, which includes all the benefits of Premium without the monthly audiobook listening time

 
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