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9:25 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 …
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: Kotaku, Gizmodo and digg
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 …
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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 …
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Sanford Nowlin / MySanAntonio.com:
AT&T readies for aggressive U-verse expansion
Gizmodo:
Here We Go Again; Lenovo Recalls Laptop Batteries  —  Just when we thought all of the nonsense was done with it starts all over again.  Lenovo will be recalling 100,000 ThinkPad lithium-ion batteries that could possibly overheat and damage the laptop.  Surprisingly, the batteries being recalled …
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:   Lenovo recalls 205,000 notebook batteries
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 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.
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
Owen Thomas / Business 2.0 Beta:
Dell Ain't Talking  —  Don't expect to hear a defense from Michael Dell of Dell's (DELL) lackluster results; as with last quarter, he's not holding a call with either analysts or the press to discuss his latest quarterly earnings.  —  Why?  Dell spokesman Duane Cox told …
Discussion: Dell and Between the Lines
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 …
 
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The Age:
Australian state bans YouTube from schools to curb bullying
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Windows Vista activation cracked by brute force
Discussion: Windows portal
John Biggs / New York Times:
A New Video Device That Is Not Quite a TiVo for the iPod, but It's Close
Discussion: Gizmodo
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Your social network at Ning, join the thousands
Discussion: Lifehacker and Unit Structures
Garrett French / Search Engine Journal:
The Why, How and Who of Marketing in StumbleUpon
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
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Windows Mobile 6 review roundup
Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
Apple Says IPhone to Sell Since Free Phones Worthless (Update3)
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, Popgadget and MobileWhack
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
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
First look: BitTorrent video download store
Discussion: CrunchGear and Slashdot
Zune Insider:
Zune Firmware Update 1.3 - Coming Mid-March
 

 
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