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10:35 AM ET, March 9, 2007

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John Markoff / New York Times:
Start-Up Aims for Database to Automate Web Searching  —  A new company founded by a longtime technologist is setting out to create a vast public database intended to be read by computers rather than people, paving the way for a more automated Internet in which machines will routinely share information.
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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Freebase Will Prove Addictive  —  Danny Hillis' latest venture, Metaweb, is about to unveil its first product, the aptly named freebase, tomorrow.  While freebase is still VERY alpha, with much of the basic functionality barely working, the idea is HUGE.  In many ways, freebase is the bridge between …
Terry / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
NEWS AS A SOCIAL PLAY: HERE COMES MYSPACE NEWS!  —  MySpace is getting into the news business with launch due in early 2nd quarter, according to inside sources and the company's own sales materials.  — MySpace News takes News to a whole new level by dynamically aggregating real-time news and blogs from top sites around the Web
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
MySpace News: The Digg Killer?  —  MySpace is launching a news aggregator called MySpace News in the second quarter of 2007.  It'll rely on both algorithms and user rating - basically a combination of Google News and Digg.  You'll remember that Fox acquired the news aggregator NewRoo about a year ago …
Discussion: digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
It Looks Like MySpace Will Finally Do Something With Newroo  —  I read with interest that MySpace will be launching a news site in the coming months.  Given the feature set (dynamically aggregating real-time news to create focused and topical news pages, and allowing users to rate and comment …
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Is 'Social News' the New Trend?
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:
SEC Suspends Trading Of 35 Companies Touted In Spam Email Campaigns  —  Investor Protection Agency Unveils "Operation Spamalot"  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  2007-34  —  Washington, D.C., March 8, 2007 - The Securities and Exchange Commission this morning suspended trading in the securities …
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Molly Graham / Official Google Blog:
Hitting spammers where it hurts
Discussion: Joe Duck
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
New My Yahoo Signals It Has Abandoned the Geeks  —  Does anyone among the tech influential spend any significant time on Yahoo anymore?  I sure don't and for years I did.  I have a couple of their news feeds, but for the most part it seems like all the action is on Google and a bunch of startups.
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Ex-My Yahoo Boss, Now Pageflakes CEO, Responds to My Yahoo Beta
Tod Hilton / dirtyDogStink:
Starting a new chapter @ Microsoft  —  Today is my last day working in Windows Live Operations, excuse me...Global Foundation Services [fancy new name announced a few months ago]. … Anyway, I won't be saying "I work in Ops, um, Global Foundation Services" any longer.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Microsoft Building Google Apps/Zoho Competitor
Discussion: Charlene Li's Blog
John Markoff / New York Times:
Palm Responds to the iPhone  —  Palm Inc., the maker of hand-held computers, has hired a top Silicon Valley software designer as it seeks to respond to the challenge posed by Apple's new iPhone.  —  The designer, Paul Mercer, a former Apple computer engineer, began work three weeks ago …
Molly Graham / Official Google Blog:
Photos on Google Maps  —  Posted by Jess Lee, Product Manager, Google Maps  —  They say a picture is worth a thousand words, which is why we've added photos to Google Maps local search.  Now you can compare the sea views and room interiors for beachfront hotels in Honolulu or drool over the dishes served at steakhouses in Boston.
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David Braue / CNET News.com:
iTunes: Just how random is random?  —  Think that song has appeared in your playlists just a few too many times?  David Braue puts the randomness of Apple's song shuffling to the test — and finds some surprising results.  —  Quick — think of a number between one and 20.
Discussion: Cult of Mac and digg
Om Malik / GigaOM:
10 Fun Facts About Storage  —  TECH HISTORY: The New York Times had a nice story about dressy hard drives that reminded me how much of our digital lives are dependent on this often ignored low-margin business.  As mentioned before, from iPod to TiVo to our set-top boxes - everything is touched by storage.
Gord Hotchkiss / Search Engine Land:
The Pros and Cons of Personalized Search  —  In the past two weeks I've had the opportunity to talk to both Marissa Mayer and Matt Cutts about the impact of personalization at Google.  While the initial storm following Google's announcement seems to be dying down somewhat …
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Demo Day: Y Combinator's Spring Chicks  —  After Condé Nast, owner of Wired and other magazines/websites, acquired Y Combinator funded Reddit, people took notice.  This wasn't just some quirky incubator where they gave college students a few bucks to kick start their new companies …
Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
Microsoft move could be the end of the JPEG  —  Company seeks to makes its HD format a standard  —  Microsoft Corp. will soon submit to an international standards organization a new photo format that offers higher-quality images with better compression, the company said today.
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Consumerist:
11 Confessions of a T-Mobile Sales Rep
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Herb Greenberg / MarketWatch:
Going after Vonage, Skype  —  SAN DIEGO (MarketWatch) …
Discussion: GigaOM and IP Democracy
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
MLB-DirecTV Deal Could Be Boon For MLBAM Broadband—And Living-Room PC TV
Discussion: MLB.com
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Big Profits in Small Packages
Discussion: Techdirt and The Media Age
Joshua Chaffin / Financial Times:
Rights success for Universal as Bolt settles
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Reuters:
Mark Cuban subpoenas Google over copyrighted videos
Anne Zelenka / Web Worker Daily:
THREE WEB-BASED MIND MAPPING TOOLS REVIEWED
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That word "administrator": I do not think it means what you think it means
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
AMD brings Xbox 360 tech to handhelds
Discussion: Pocket PC Thoughts and digg
Doc Searls / Linux Journal:
Internet Radio on Death Row
Brian Benzinger / Solution Watch:
A Roundup for "Developers, Developers, Developers..."
Discussion: digg
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Patent office claims filesharing a threat to user privacy, national security
Discussion: joegratz.net and digg
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
eBay Revamps Feedback System
Reuters:
Wikipedia founder says to challenge Google, Yahoo
Discussion: Screenwerk
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Not trapping users' data = GOOD