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2:35 PM ET, March 7, 2007

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WordPress.com:
OpenID  —  You can now use your WordPress.com blog as an OpenID.  —  Are you fed up with having to remember dozens of usernames and password?  Does the idea of creating yet another account on yet another site leave you cold?  —  OpenID is a new standard that hopes to alleviate some of the pain …
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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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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
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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
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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Business Wire:
Superpages.com Enhances Mapping Functionality As Local Search Continues to Grow in Popularity  —  DALLAS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Superpages.com, a product of Idearc Media Corp., today strengthens its mapping functionality with an enhanced map-based search application.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Screenwerk
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Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
IYP Growth Rate to Surpass Local Search Through 2011
Discussion: Screenwerk
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:
Discussion: Hire Calling
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Hands-on with Vulcan's Flipstart handheld PC  —  The Vulcan Flipstart is one of those products that just gets you juiced up about gadgets, because really, what's more gadgety than a full-fledged computer that you can slide into a coat pocket?  There was a short while there (2003 to 2007) …
Discussion: digg
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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
Google Blogoscoped:
Super-Close Google Maps Zooms  —  Holy moly that is a close up zoom of a camel (see my screenshot above) - and it works for other place on Google Maps too!  Yes, it turns out that you can zoom in much more deeply onto Google Maps by doing this:  — Select a location and switch to satellite view
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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.
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.
J Mark Lytle / Digital World Tokyo:
Sega mu-bot headphones cooler than pickled fish livers  —  If Sega's mu-bot headphones were a foodstuff they would probably be ankimo — a Japanese dish made from the liver of a Monkfish.  See, you look at it and think "What on Earth is the point of that?"  But when you try it for yourself you just know you can't go on without it.
Discussion: Gizmodo and CrunchGear
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
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.
Heather Green / Business Week:
N3: Bringing Order to Online Video  —  Next New Networks aims to emulate the success of cable TV programming by creating new content, building an audience, and attracting advertising dollars  —  One recent Friday evening, Herb Scannell, the former MTV Networks (VIA) chairman who turned Nickelodeon …
Discussion: IP Democracy
Reuters:
Yahoo! China sued for alleged copyright breach  —  SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Music industry giants including Warner Music Group Corp. are suing Yahoo! China for alleged copyright infringement by providing links to unlicensed music, trade organization IFPI said on Wednesday.
Martin Varsavsky:
FON has Raised Another 10 Million Euros to Grow its WiFi Community Around the World  —  I am happy to announce that FON has raised another 10 million euros (or $13 million for a total of around $35 million raised since our incorporation in Feb 06).  Funds were raised from a combination …
Discussion: VentureBeat and alarm:clock
Wall Street Journal:
Google, Old Media Diverge on Video  —  Google Inc. Chief Executive Eric Schmidt suggested old and new media remain far apart in how they view online video as Google grapples with big television companies over licensing their content for its YouTube video-sharing site.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Palm to serve up "ultra thin" WiMAX smartphone this year?  —  Plant this firmly in the "unsubstantiated rumor" category and take it with a boulder-sized grain of salt, but there's one thing here we can say with certainty: whether it sells or not, Palm is in desperate need of fresh product.
Discussion: CrunchGear
 
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Neil Midgley / Telegraph:
BBC plans to compete online with iTunes
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Grazr is hosting OPML's
Vivek / StartupSquad.com:
KickApps V2.0 blows away competition in DIY Social Networking
Discussion: Clickinfluence
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Samsung Q2 UMPC revealed!
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Flat-panel TV makers sing the discount blues
Discussion: Gizmodo
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BT to Invest in FON?
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AT&T turns cell phones into TV remotes
 

 
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