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9:40 PM ET, March 8, 2007

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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
My Yahoo! Gets Web 2.0 Makeover  —  Hot on the heels of My.Netscape's personalized homepage makeover, Yahoo has announced a new version of its own long-running personalized homepage, My Yahoo.  It will at first be a private beta, with a limited number of users being offered a beta account at http://cm.my.yahoo.com/upgrade.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
All New My Yahoo  —  There's an all new My Yahoo launching today at 11 am PST.  This is the web's most popular customizable home page by far, with 50 milliion or so worldwide users and half of the total market (the other half is controlled by Netvibes, GoogleIG, Pageflakes, Live.com and others).
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
MY YAHOO IS GETTING A FACELIFT
Discussion: A Feed Is Born
Yahoo! Answers Team Blog:
What is the Answers Network (Beta)?  —  We've received a lot of feedback regarding the quality of content on Yahoo! Answers.  While we are continuing to find ways to attack trolls, fight spam, and filter and delete abuse on the site, we've also learned that a large portion …
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Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Yahoo Answers Adds Social Networking
Discussion: Yodel Anecdotal
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg Hits 1 Million Registered Users  —  Congratulations to Digg, which announced that they've had a million accounts registered at at the site (at least ten of which are mine ).  This is a 5x increase year over year - In March 2006 they had just 200,000 registered users.  In March 2005, less than 50,000.
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QuadsZilla / SEO BlackHat:
Digg Hits 750,000 Sock Puppets  —  Digg recently announced that they passed the 1,000,000 Mark for number of registered users.  But as Michael Arrington points out, everyone who uses Digg is spamming it by creating multiple "sock puppet" accounts: … More than 10 are his …
Discussion: 901am
Jerry Useem / Fortune:
Apple: America's best retailer  —  The high-tech wundercompany has landed - not only on our street corners and in our malls, but also for the first time, on the top 10 of Fortune's Most Admired Companies.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — "Sorry Steve, Here's Why Apple Stores Won't Work," BusinessWeek wrote with great certainty in 2001.
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 …
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Sony's Home: Singapore, Sodom, or something else?  —  As we know, nation building in a foreign territory has its pitfalls, especially if that territory already has a well-established set of competing factions.  But those challenges will not deter Sony from planting the PlayStation 3 flag …
Discussion: Joystiq
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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
The Economics of Online Advertising  —  Mark Jacobsen pointed to a sobering post by Jeremy Lieuw on the lightspeed venture blog about the economics of online advertising.  Entitled Three ways to build an online media business to $50m in revenue, the article does the math:
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft customers melting down over Daylight Saving patches  —  IN FOCUS » See more posts on: Daylight Saving Time  —  Thousands of Microsoft customers are running into problems understanding and applying the myriad Microsoft Daylight Saving Time (DST) patches required in order …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Skype: Now you, too, can run a phone sex line (or even tech support!)  —  Skype's new beta for Windows (3.1 beta) comes with an interesting feature: the ability to charge people who are calling you.  Dubbed Skype Prime, the new beta service allows customers to charge incoming callers by the minute or assess a one-time fee.
Brian Benzinger / Solution Watch:
A Roundup for "Developers, Developers, Developers..."  —  First off, I apologize for the title - I couldn't resist.  (If you don't know what the title is talking about, see this video).  I am a web developer, as many of you may know.  I use software on my computer like Zend Studio, WinSCP, and Putty, as many developers would.
Discussion: digg
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
eBay Revamps Feedback System  —  eBay adds Detailed Seller Ratings to its feedback system  —  eBay has decided to make the first significant change to its feedback system in over 11 years with the announcement of Feedback 2.0.  In addition to the standard positive, neutral and negative ratings …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is Clearwire worth $4 billion?  —  Today should be a red-letter day for all tech-IPO aspirants, for today Wall Street proved that a loss making company can go public, raise over half-a-billion dollars in public market funds, and then get a market capitalization of over $4 billion.
Reuters:
Wikipedia founder says to challenge Google, Yahoo  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - The online collaboration responsible for Wikipedia plans to build a search engine to rival those of Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - news), the founder of the popular Internet encyclopaedia said on Thursday.
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Not trapping users' data = GOOD  —  When users get what they want from you quickly and easily, they're more likely to come back next time.  (Shh.  Don't tell anyone else this vital secret.)  Part of that is feeling that they aren't "trapped"-that they can leave you behind if they want.
 
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Blake Robinson / CrunchGear:
Novint Falcon  —  The GDC floor is a barren wasteland in regards to hardware.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Microsoft Building Google Apps/Zoho Competitor
Discussion: dirtyDogStink
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Patent office claims filesharing a threat to user privacy, national security
Discussion: digg
BL Ochman / B.L. Ochman's weblog:
Innovation in Advertising Won't Come From Google or Any Big Agency
Discussion: broadstuff
Chris Forsythe / Adium News:
We need help  —  So it's been a long road to 1.0.  We're still recovering.
Marc Hedlund / O'Reilly Radar:
Jedi build their own lightsabers
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Microsoft:
Quest Software and Microsoft Announce First License for Protocol …
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New Yorker site redesigned
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Users report major problems with Blockbuster Online
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Gizmodo:
Random House Sending Books Via SMS
Discussion: SMS Text News and Gadget Lab
Google Blogoscoped:
Tips for Using Images in Blogs
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Developers aim to lure women to adult games
Discussion: Global Nerdy
Christine Churchill / Search Engine Land:
Survival of the Nimble
Kevin Cho / Bloomberg:
Apple May Introduce Laptops That Store Data on Chips (Update3)
Ludwig Kietzmann / Joystiq:
Joystiq and Engadget live at Nintendo's 2007 GDC keynote
Digital Chosunilbo:
Wife of Chinese Cyber Dissident to Sue Yahoo