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4:45 PM ET, March 7, 2007

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Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
Sony to Add Online Bells and Whistles for PlayStation 3  —  Moving to enhance its PlayStation 3 game console, Sony today plans to announce new online capabilities for it, meant to draw gamers into Sony's cyberspace community and allow them to share entertainment content they have created, à la YouTube.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
PlayStation Home revealed  —  Good news for the PlayStation camp, full details of Sony's PlayStation Home have been revealed, and it ain't no slacker.  Alongside those avatars and achievements we heard about earlier, the "service" seems to be a new-gen Second Life killer, with public hangouts …
Discussion: Forever Geek and TechSpot News
Jared Rea / Joystiq:
PlayStation Home, the free virtual world of PlayStation 3  —  Sony has validated the "blackball rumor" with the unveiling of PlayStation Home — a free to download, virtual world for the PlayStation 3.  While earlier murmurings mentioned customizable avatars and achievements …
Discussion: Gizmodo, GigaGamez and digg
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Sony's "PlayStation Home" hitting the PS3 this Fall
Discussion: digg
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
GDC07: Sony Unveils Home
Discussion: PSFK Trend: PSFK
Tim Hames / Times of London:
YouTube banned in Turkey after video insults  —  A court in Istanbul has issued an order denying access to the video-sharing website YouTube.  The state owned Turk Telecom implemented the ban today after an escalating dispute between Greek and Turkish users of the site.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Amazon's Unbox video download service "now available" on TiVo  —  Usually when a vendor says available "later this year," they deliver in December, not the following month.  So excuse our surprise to find Amazon's Unbox video download service "Now Available!" to any broadband connected Series2 or Series3 TiVo.
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
TiVo goes live with Amazon Unbox partnership  —  TiVo subscribers now have direct access to the Amazon.com's Unbox movie and TV download service on their digital video recorders, the companies said Wednesday.  —  The partnership was originally unveiled last month, and a number of TiVo users …
Discussion: Lost Remote
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Google Maps Send to Car  —  On the Google Maps team, our goal is not only to help you find local businesses, but also to enable you to quickly connect with those businesses, wherever you are.  To that end, we recently introduced the ability to call businesses in the U.S. directly from Google Maps …
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Google Blogoscoped:
Super-Close Google Maps Zooms
Reuters:
Friendster makes Google its ad and search supplier  —  SAN FRANCISCO, March 6 (Reuters) - Friendster Inc. named Google Inc. (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile , Research) as its exclusive advertising and Web search provider, part of a plan by the originator of the social network craze to expand globally, the company said on Tuesday.
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
jkOnTheRun first look at the Vulcan FlipStart- YouTube Edition  —  The good folks at Vulcan were kind enough to send me a pre-release evaluation unit of the new FlipStart ultraportable PC.  The FlipStart is essentially a tiny laptop complete with a full QWERTY keyboard, trackpad, trackstick …
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
Hands-on with Vulcan's Flipstart handheld PC
Discussion: digg
George Ou:
Choosing between Vista x86 32 bit or x64 64 bit  —  One of the more common questions I hear about Vista is which bit version of Windows Vista should one get.  Do we go with x86 32 bit edition or x64 64 bit edition?  I'm going to try to clear that question up as best as I can and explain the pros and cons of each choice.
Discussion: JD on EP
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BBC:
Robotic age poses ethical dilemma  —  An ethical code to prevent humans abusing robots, and vice versa, is being drawn up by South Korea.  —  The Robot Ethics Charter will cover standards for users and manufacturers and will be released later in 2007.  —  It is being put together …
Discussion: UMBC eBiquity, Rough Type and Slashdot
Donna Bogatin / Digital Markets:
Yahoo HotJobs needs Craigslist to fill hot jobs at Yahoo  —  Who says $42 billion market cap Yahoo wishes "free" classifieds Craigslist wasn't disrupting its HotJobs online recruitment business?  —  In touting its for (big) fee recruiting services to employers, Yahoo HotJobs proclaims:
Google Watch:
Mark Cuban's Magnolia Pictures Subpoenas Google over Pirated Videos  —  Magnolia Pictures, an independent film studio owned by entrepreneur Mark Cuban, has subpoenaed Google to reveal the identities of users who uploaded Magnolia's copyrighted videos to both Google Video and YouTube, Google Watch has learned.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and splashcastmedia.com
John Markoff / New York Times:
Searching for Michael Jordan?  Microsoft Wants a Better Way  —  Internet searching was at the forefront of the technologies that Microsoft displayed on Tuesday at an event intended to showcase the company's research prowess.  —  Despite a lack of visible progress in catching up with Google …
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Using Amazon S3 as an Image Hosting Service  —  In Reducing Your Website's Bandwidth Usage, I concluded that my best outsourced image hosting option was Amazon's S3 or Simple Storage Service.  —  S3 is a popular choice for startups.  For example, SmugMug uses S3 as their primary data storage source.
Gartenberg / GartenBlog:
And Back to Analyst...  This is a difficult post to write.  But after much of thought, I have decided not to remain with Microsoft and I am returning to JupiterResearch as of Monday 3/12.  —  At my core, I am an analyst.  It's what I do and I do it well and after much thought …
Discussion: David Schatsky
Darren Waters / BBC:
Google helps terabyte data swaps  —  Technology editor, BBC News website, San Francisco  —  Google is developing a program to help academics around the world exchange huge amounts of data.  —  The firm's open source team is working on ways to physically transfer huge data sets up to 120 terabytes in size.
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Slashdot
 
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Amie Street signs major artists to sell DRM-free music
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Harsh Words Die Hard on the Web
Marla Nitke / Interactive Advertising Bureau:
IAB/PwC RELEASE FOURTH-QUARTER AND FY 2006 INTERNET AD REVENUE FIGURES
Discussion: Screenwerk
Matt / Peer Pressure:
AllPeers Goes Open Source
Discussion: TorrentFreak
DigiTimes:
Samsung ships hybrid hard drive
Martin Varsavsky:
FON has Raised Another 10 Million Euros to Grow its WiFi Community Around the World
Wall Street Journal:
Google, Old Media Diverge on Video
J Mark Lytle / Digital World Tokyo:
Sega mu-bot headphones cooler than pickled fish livers
Discussion: Gizmodo and CrunchGear
 Earlier Items: 
Heather Green / Business Week:
N3: Bringing Order to Online Video
Discussion: IP Democracy
Neil Midgley / Telegraph:
BBC plans to compete online with iTunes
Discussion: Macsimum News
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Palm to serve up "ultra thin" WiMAX smartphone this year?
Discussion: CrunchGear
Johnt / Library clips:
Grazr is hosting OPML's
Vivek / StartupSquad.com:
KickApps V2.0 blows away competition in DIY Social Networking
Discussion: Clickinfluence
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Internet Killed The Television Star: Reviews of Joost, Babelgum, Zattoo, and More
Discussion: mockriot, Lost Remote and digg
Reuters:
Yahoo! China sued for alleged copyright breach
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Go for Mobile 2.0 Goes Windows Mobile