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8:10 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 …
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 …
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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 …
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%
Discussion: Digital Markets
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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Peter / The Local Onliner:
It's Official: CitySearch Buys InsiderPages
Discussion: Digital Markets
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Troubled Insider Pages Acquired By CitySearch
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
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
PR Newswire:
Oracle Buys Enterprise Performance Management Leader Hyperion  —  12,000 Companies Use Hyperion Software Including 91 of the Fortune 100  —  REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., March 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL - News) today announced that it has agreed to buy Hyperion Solutions Corporation …
Discussion: Between the Lines
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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
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 and LEWIS 360°
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.
David Cohn / Wired News:
Hunting Down Digg's Bury Brigade  —  (Editor's note: This piece originally appeared in a different form on NewAssignment.Net, where David Cohn is the blog editor.  He is also a Netscape Navigator.)  —  All is not well in Digg town.  —  On Tuesday, a bug in the social news site's Digg Spy tool gave …
Somasegar / Somasegar's WebLog:
Beginner Developer Learning Center launched  —  Today, we launched the Beginner Developer Learning Center (BDLC) - a centralized learning environment specifically targeted at beginning programmers.  —  Since we released the Microsoft Visual Studio Express Editions, we have had over 10 million downloads of the same.
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
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
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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