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5:25 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 …
Discussion: Chip Griffin, 901am and digg
Annalee Newitz / Wired News:
Herding the Mob  —  On the Web, we let strangers tell us who to trust, what to read, and where to go.  Which means your good name can be worth real money.  And reputation hacking can be big business.  —  John and Nina Swanson run a business selling vintage postcards on eBay.
Discussion: Freedom to Tinker
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:   Tricking the social voting sites
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 …
Peter / The Local Onliner:
It's Official: CitySearch Buys InsiderPages
Discussion: Digital Markets
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.
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:   Google says click fraud is less than .02%
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 …
Discussion: VoIP & Gadgets Blog
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Sanford Nowlin / MySanAntonio.com:
AT&T readies for aggressive U-verse expansion
www-307.ibm.com:
Battery recall  —  Select your preferred language from the list below:  —  Dear Lenovo Customer,  —  Lenovo is currently offering free-of-charge replacement batteries due to two unrelated battery recalls.  You may click here to determine if your battery has been recalled.
Discussion: Engadget, I4U News and Shop Talk
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Matthew Elliott / Crave: The gadget blog:
Lenovo recalls 100,000 ThinkPad batteries
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Microsoft: Google Was `wake-Up Call'  —  Watching Google Inc. rake in advertising revenue "was a wake-up call within Microsoft," the company's top technical executive, Ray Ozzie, said Tuesday.  But he said Microsoft plans to do more than simply mimic Google by rolling out Web-based versions …
Discussion: Google Watch and Slashdot
Jeannie Choe / Engadget:
BitTorrent Entertainment Network disappoints, frustrates  —  It's no surprise that BitTorrent's new venture peddling movies, TV shows, and video game downloads has failed in the eyes of many a new user, including the fine folks at Ars Technica.  Their initial review reported positive marks …
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
First look: BitTorrent video download store
Discussion: CrunchGear and Slashdot
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.
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PR Newswire:
Oracle Buys Enterprise Performance Management Leader Hyperion
Discussion: Between the Lines
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.
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.
Discussion: Open Source and Jeremy's Blog
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Allison Randal / O'Reilly Radar:
EnterpriseDB is/n't Open Source
europa.eu:
Competition: Statement of Objections to Microsoft for non-compliance with March 2004 decision - frequently asked questions  —  HTML:  —  EN  —  PDF:  —  EN  —  DOC:  —  EN  —  MEMO/07/90  —  Competition: Statement of Objections to Microsoft for non-compliance with March 2004 decision - frequently asked questions
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 …
Roberto Baldwin / GamePro.com:
Feature: Xbox Resurrection: 6 Uses For Your Old Xbox  —  Microsoft may have abandoned it, but the original Xbox still has some life left.  Here are six ways you can maximize your investment.  —  It's now early 2007, and the truth is inescapable: the era of the original Xbox is over.
Discussion: Game | Life, Joystiq and digg
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise UK:
Social Networks Can Drive Traffic - Case Study of ASOS and TopShop  —  TopShop.co.uk and ASOS.com last week received more than twice as much traffic from MySpace than from MSN and Yahoo! Search combined.  Our column in this week's Technology Guardian (sorry our Siteseeing columns …
Discussion: Clickinfluence
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:
 
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Garrett French / Search Engine Journal:
The Why, How and Who of Marketing in StumbleUpon
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Gmail Error Update
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Sun joins the Free Software Foundation
Discussion: Monkey Bites, digg and Slashdot
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Windows Mobile 6 review roundup
Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
Apple Says IPhone to Sell Since Free Phones Worthless (Update3)
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and digg
Gizmodo:
Netflix Watch Now: Secret Technique for Cutting In Line, Get Streaming Now
Discussion: Webware.com and UNEASYsilence
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Helio Turns Up the Heat with Digg-Touting Samsung Slider
David Kaplan / PaidContent:
Earnings: As Viacom's Digital Content Revenues Grow, Lines Between …
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Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
A purse that can charge up your phone
Discussion: Gizmodo, Popgadget and MobileWhack
Three Speech:
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW - PHIL HARRISON ON BACKWARDS COMPATIBILITY
Discussion: I4U News and Joystiq
Bill Kee / Google Talkabout:
Twittering with Google Talk
Discussion: Download Squad
Mitchell Oke / Gear Diary:
Spectec SDW-822 miniSDIO WiFi Review
James Edward Gray II / The Pragmatic Programmers, LLC:
TextMate
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Morfik's Ajax Platform Set To Challenge Google, Adobe, Microsoft
Discussion: Cloudy Thinking and Profy.Com
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Why Dell and other major hardware vendors won't do desktop Linux preinstallation
 

 
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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

Marek Miller / The Keyword:
Google launches News Showcase in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania; several publishers added a feature where Google pays for reader access to paywalled content

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

 
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