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1:20 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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FAQ:
What is OpenID?  —  OpenID is an open standard that lets you sign in to other sites on the Web using your WordPress.com account.  This means less usernames and passwords to remember and less time spent signing up for new sites.  —  How do I get an OpenID?  —  If you have a WordPress.com blog, you have an OpenID already!
factoryjoe.com:   37 Signals' next app Highrise will support OpenID
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Wordpress, 37Signals Join OpenID Bandwagon
Discussion: Social Media Club
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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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
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: splashcastmedia.com
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 and Rough Type
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.
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.
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
F.C.C. Chief Questioning Radio Deal  —  Kevin J. Martin, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has privately questioned recent Congressional testimony by the architect of a proposed merger of the nation's two satellite radio companies that subscribers would both pay …
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
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
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
BT to Invest in FON?  —  FON, the Spanish share-your-Wi-Fi services company, is close to announcing a new round of funding that could total to as much as 10 million Euros (shade over $13 million.)  —  While some of its existing investors - Index Ventures, Skype and Google …
 
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Neil Midgley / Telegraph:
BBC plans to compete online with iTunes
Discussion: Macsimum News
LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
Apple vs. Microsoft Visitor Profiles: iMedia Connection Article
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Palm to serve up "ultra thin" WiMAX smartphone this year?
5ThirtyOne:
iPhone with Cingular receipt
Johnt / Library clips:
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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Google Blogoscoped:
YouTube Reportedly Blocked in Turkey
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Internet Killed The Television Star: Reviews of Joost, Babelgum, Zattoo, and More
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Business Wire:
Yahoo! Go for Mobile 2.0 Goes Windows Mobile
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Does Presence really matter?
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
AT&T turns cell phones into TV remotes