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4:05 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, TechSpot News and Joystiq
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.
Discussion: Mashable!, Reel Pop and 27B Stroke 6
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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.
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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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
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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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:
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
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
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
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.
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 …
Marla Nitke / Interactive Advertising Bureau:
IAB/PwC RELEASE FOURTH-QUARTER AND FY 2006 INTERNET AD REVENUE FIGURES  —  Internet Advertising Revenues Estimated at $16.8 Billion for Full Year 2006  —  Q4 2006 Totals Nearly $4.8 Billion, Setting a New Industry Record  —  The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and PricewaterhouseCoopers …
Discussion: Screenwerk
Jeremy Crane / Compete Blog:
February Search Market Share: Live Search is on the move  —  In last month's search market share report I mentioned that a lot of people, present company included, were eagerly awaiting the results of Microsoft's recent consumer launch of Vista.  Specifically, many anticipate Vista to re-ignite its presence in Search.
Discussion: WebProNews and Screenwerk
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
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
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
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 …
 
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Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
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Matt / Peer Pressure:
AllPeers Goes Open Source
Discussion: TorrentFreak
DigiTimes:
Samsung ships hybrid hard drive
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Desktop 5 Released
Wall Street Journal:
Google, Old Media Diverge on Video
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
 Earlier Items: 
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!
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Flat-panel TV makers sing the discount blues
Discussion: Gizmodo
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
F.C.C. Chief Questioning Radio Deal
Reuters:
Yahoo! China sued for alleged copyright breach
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Go for Mobile 2.0 Goes Windows Mobile
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BT to Invest in FON?
 

 
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Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

Brian Steinberg / Variety:
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