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5:50 AM ET, March 2, 2007

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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 …
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Stan Schroeder / franticindustries:   Wired is going too far against Digg
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Wired's Digg slam is offside
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:
Sony and Kotaku Make-Up  —  Silent Hill Movie Sequel Confirmed?  —  Ain't It Cool News reporter Quint got a chance to speak with actress Laurie Holden—she played police officer Cybil Bennett in the original film—who revealed that producers were "going forward with a sequel" …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Game | Life and digg
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: Gizmodo and digg
Windows portal:
Vista Brute Force Keygen  —  Thanks to Computer User to report this way and to Snooza to prepare the pack!  This method is a brute force attempt at determining a usable key.  —  This has been reported to work!......look at the following user comments!!!  —  zapp2 wrote: This WORKS WORKS WORKS WORKS WORKS WORKS WORKS
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
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Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Vista activation cracked by brute force  —  Sledgehammered  —  IT LOOKS LIKE Microsoft's unhackable OS activation malware has been hacked.  —  There is an active thread at the Keznews forums (account needed), and a summary on its main page about the crack.
Discussion: Neowin.net
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Wizzard Media acquires Libsyn  —  An announcement was made by Wizzard Media that will impact thousands of podcasters like us MobileTechRoundupers.  The company announced it has acquired Liberated Syndication, known to podcasters as Libsyn.  The Wizzard announcement states their intent …
Discussion: Mashable!
Nicole / Inside Windows Live Messenger:
The i'm Initiative and new secret emoticon  —  The i'm Initiative is the most exciting piece of news I have had to share with Messenger users since I started working on Messenger over 3 years ago and there has been tons of exciting news over the last 3 years.
Rick Merritt / EE Times:
AMD tips quad-core performance  —  SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Advanced Micro Devices upcoming Barcelona processor will sport floating-point performance 42 percent higher than Intel's current top-of-the line CPU, the Xeon X5355 also known as Clovertown.  —  The news marked the first performance numbers AMD …
Discussion: The Tech Report and TechSpot News
Raf Casert / Associated Press:
Europe threatens new Microsoft fines  —  BRUSSELS, Belgium - The European Union escalated its trans-Atlantic fight with Microsoft Corp. on Thursday, threatening new multimillion fines against the software maker over claims it is asking rivals to pay too much for information that would help their servers work with Windows.
Discussion: The Tech Report
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
Authors Find Their Voice, and Audience, in Podcasts  —  Scott Sigler writes science-fiction horror novels, the kind one fan called "steel-tipped boot on your throat, speed-metal fiction."  Mr. Sigler has written four such books, though not many people have actually read them.
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.
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
YouTube Videos Reveal Google Adsense Clicks Data  —  As you probably know, Google is testing a new Adsense Ad format that streams video directly from YouTube.com.  The first such campaign is for GMail Theater Videos run by Google itself.  —  If Google is planning to roll-out such ads to a bigger audience …
Discussion: MIT Advertising Lab
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Kevin Newcomb / Search Engine Watch Blog:   Test of YouTube AdSense Unit Reveals Clickthroughs
Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
On Buries and Blocking  —  Hi All -  —  Just wanted to post real quick about some stories I've seen in the blogosphere regarding an alleged 'bury brigade' on Digg and on the Digg site blocking process.  —  For the same reason that we don't expose all of our back-end methodologies …
Paritosh Bansal / Reuters:
UPDATE 1-Take-Two agrees to "Grand Theft" settlement talks  —  Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. (TTWO.O: Quote, Profile , Research) has agreed to enter into settlement talks in a consumer lawsuit accusing it of selling "Grand Theft Auto" video games containing sexually explicit images under the wrong content label.
Discussion: Techdirt and Joystiq
iPodNN:
Apple talks innovation, iPhone, 3G, Cingular  —  Apple COO Tim Cook was part of a analyst Q&A session in front a "standing room only" crowd at the Goldman Sachs Technology Investment Symposium earlier this week.  Cook talked about continued innovation at Apple, the iPhone …
 
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Tim Gaden / Hawk Wings:
A faster way to speed up Mail.app
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Zune hacked for DivX support (sorta)
The Age:
Australian state bans YouTube from schools to curb bullying
John Biggs / New York Times:
A New Video Device That Is Not Quite a TiVo for the iPod, but It's Close
Discussion: Gizmodo
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
IdeaStorm injures scores at Dell — "sounded like a freight train"
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Mac sales growth up over 100 percent in January, says firm
Discussion: Macsimum News and digg
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Lenovo recalls 205,000 notebook batteries
Mike Butcher / Vecosys:
Startups squint into the daylight at first OpenCoffee
Discussion: localglo.be and broadstuff
 Earlier Items: 
Owen Thomas / Business 2.0 Beta:
Dell Ain't Talking  —  Don't expect to hear a defense …
Garrett French / Search Engine Journal:
The Why, How and Who of Marketing in StumbleUpon
Roberto Baldwin / GamePro.com:
Feature: Xbox Resurrection: 6 Uses For Your Old Xbox
Discussion: Game | Life, Joystiq and digg
Carlo / Techdirt:
Adobe To Offer Ad-Supported, Web-Based Version Of Photoshop
Discussion: Gizmodo and WebProNews
Peter / The Local Onliner:
It's Official: CitySearch Buys InsiderPages
Discussion: Digital Markets and rev2.org
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Windows Mobile 6 review roundup
Gregg Keizer / Macworld:
CompUSA to shutter more than half its stores