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6:50 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 …
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: Search Engine Land
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
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
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
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
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
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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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 and LEWIS 360°
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 …
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 …
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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