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12:05 PM 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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James Quintana Pearce / PaidContent:
MySpace To Launch News Service, May Need Age Checks  —  MySpace is planning to get into the news business early in the second quarter, according to Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog...the surprising thing is that it hasn't happened sooner considering the owner is News Corp. The post appears to quote …
Discussion: Reuters
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is 'Social News' the New Trend?  —  TREND SPOTTING: As a child I remember sitting around with the grown-ups at the neighborhood tea stall - grizzly old blokes, friends of my grandfather and listening to them discuss political developments of the day, reading from the newspapers, and putting their spin on it.
Discussion: Social Media Club
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
MySpace News: The Digg Killer?
Discussion: digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   It Looks Like MySpace Will Finally Do Something With Newroo
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 …
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
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Wall Street Journal:
Music's New Gatekeeper  —  From their Silicon Valley cubicles, Apple staffers have become music's unlikely power brokers.  Our reporters on the horse-trading that can turn unknowns into stars.  —  Every day, the roughly one million people who visit the iTunes Store home page are presented …
Discussion: PaidContent
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Ex-My Yahoo Boss, Now Pageflakes CEO, Responds to My Yahoo Beta
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 …
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
Mad4 Mobile Phones.com:
Patent: Google Phone knows what you want before you search  —  Our patent gurus have discovered an interesting patent filing from Google that could reveal the applications they are planning for the Google phone.  Alternatively this technology could even debut in the iPhone when it is released in June.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Googling Google
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Local Business Center Adds Photos, Attributes, Maps Corrections & Stats  —  The Google Local Business Center has just added four new features for business owners who want to maintain a Google Local Business listing.  Below, a step-by-step guide to how you can adjust the marker for your business …
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Austin, beware: The SXSW geeks are back in town  —  In the wee hours of a Texas morning last March, two of the world's most creative geeks, armed with Bluetooth and a vacuum, set out to subject one innocent frog to a certain future as roadkill.  —  Animal activists can rest easy.
Discussion: Earthling and Laughing Squid
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
FAQ: What the daylight saving shift means to you  —  faq The fact that the U.S. is springing forward three weeks early could leave computer owners losing more than an hour of sleep.  —  Daylight saving time will kick in this weekend, but that's not when many computers are programmed to expect it.
 
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Reuters:
Google Earth urged to remove "Mount Hitler" name
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Darren Waters / BBC:
Virtual worlds set for shake-up
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Robert Vamosi / Webware.com:
NEW FIREFOX EXTENSION, FIREKEEPER, LETS YOU SURF SAFE
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Answers Add Simple Social Networking Feature
Gord Hotchkiss / Search Engine Land:
The Pros and Cons of Personalized Search
Consumerist:
11 Confessions of a T-Mobile Sales Rep
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Shel / Global Neighbourhoods:
New Comm Forum: Weinberger Keynotes
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Herb Greenberg / MarketWatch:
Going after Vonage, Skype  —  SAN DIEGO (MarketWatch) …
Discussion: GigaOM and IP Democracy
 Earlier Items: 
Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
Microsoft move could be the end of the JPEG
Discussion: digg
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Demo Day: Y Combinator's Spring Chicks
Om Malik / GigaOM:
10 Fun Facts About Storage
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
Discussion: PaidContent and Mashable!
Reuters:
Mark Cuban subpoenas Google over copyrighted videos
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
AMD brings Xbox 360 tech to handhelds
Discussion: Pocket PC Thoughts and digg