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12:25 PM ET, March 8, 2007

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Jaanus / Skype Blogs:
Skype Prime™ Beta — introducing the global expertise marketplace  —  Today, we put out an update of Skype 3.1 beta for Windows.  Download here.  It contains the typical bugfixes and such from the previous release — thanks to everyone who's been helping us with the reports.  Keep them coming.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Skype Rolls Out Skype Prime: Charge For Calls
Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
1 Miiiiiillion Users  —  It's now been more than two years since the first story was submitted and dugg on Digg.  Since then you guys have helped Digg move from a personal project amongst a group of friends to a huge online community.  Now, your contributions in submitting, digging …
Steven Zeitchik / Variety:
News Corp. in Web video bid  —  Media company logs talks with rivals  —  News Corp. is forging ahead on talks with a number of congloms to create a video platform that could compete with YouTube.  —  "We're in very active negotiations with all of the media companies to create …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Federated Media Raising More Money, Looking to Sell  —  There's a ton of interesting data included in a new MergerMarket interview with Federated Media Publishing COO Jason Weisberger.  The report itself is proprietary research, although a copy was forwarded to us.
Philliptorrone / MAKE Magazine:
5.5g iPods can now run Linux  —  The Linux on iPod developer blog says the 5.5g iPods can now run Linux - … Linux on iPod » Blog Archive » 5.5g iPods are working! … More:  —  Linux on iPod projects @ MAKE - Link.
Discussion: CrunchGear
Ken Grobe / The Ask.com Blog:
The New Shape of Local Search  —  What, you think we'd launch an incomparable, doors-blowing product like AskCity and just leave it out there?  We've been whipping up a fresh batch of upgrades, and are ready to announce the latest: search-enabled drawing tools.
Terry Sullivan / PC Magazine:
Sony Announces Its First Wireless Digicam  —  Although some big names have banked on wireless digital cameras going mainstream—namely, Kodak, Nikon, and Canon—Sony has opted to stay disconnected from the trend, at least until today.  —  Sony launched its first wireless digital point …
Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Microsoft's top search executive leaving company  —  The Microsoft Corp. executive who led the company's challenge to Google is leaving the company.  —  Christopher Payne, the corporate vice president for Microsoft's Live Search initiative, plans to launch a Seattle-based technology firm unrelated …
Gregory Heller / DefectiveByDesign.org:
An Open Letter to Steve Jobs  —  Introduction: … Dear Steve Jobs,  —  We would like to thank you for your public statements about Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), and your pledge to drop DRM from iTunes if the four major record labels—EMI, Warner, Universal and Sony—let you.
Frank Taylor / Google Earth Blog:
Berlin in 3D Released for Google Earth  —  [UPDATE 0800 ET: On Mac OS X you get a "file not found" error when loading the Berlin 3D file.  Also, see video below provided by the publishers of the collection.]  —  Several German readers have sent me E-mail this morning alerting me to the release …
Discussion: Ogle Earth and Google Blogoscoped
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Software Giant Symantec Buys Reston-Based Security Firm  —  A company started on the whim of two longtime friends has been snapped up by the world's largest security software company.  —  Christopher Parker and Steve Crutchley, who met in their 20s while working for a London software company, started 4FrontSecurity in 2002.
Discussion: Zero Day and Donna's SecurityFlash
Mike / Techdirt:
Verizon Claims Vonage Owes It $197 Million For Patent Infringement  —  from the nice-work-if-you-can-get-it dept  —  If you want a good example of the backwardness of the patent system these days, just check out the lawsuit where Verizon claims Vonage infringed on its patents.
Valleywag:
APPLE: 42 Reasons Normal People Can Switch to Macs  —  NICK DOUGLAS — Are Macs just for hipster designers?  Not at all!  Maybe you've wanted to switch to a Mac, but you were afraid it wouldn't work with your Office files.  Maybe you can't convince your parents they won't lose their vacation photos.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Internet Start-Up to Take a Hybrid Media Approach  —  Several cable television veterans are putting their band back together and taking their act to the Internet.  —  Next New Networks, a New York-based Internet start-up run and backed by former executives of MTV and Nickelodeon …
Discussion: PaidContent, NewTeeVee and Lost Remote
Randy Dotinga / Wired News:
Adobe Tackles Photo Forgeries  —  A suite of photo-authentication tools under development by Adobe Systems could make it possible to match a digital photo to the camera that shot it, and to detect some improper manipulation of images, Wired News has learned.
Discussion: Slashdot and Ministry of Tech
 
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Associated Press:
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Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
Portable microwave for the road
Jennifer Moire / C-SPAN Recent Video:
C-SPAN TAKES LEAD IN MAKING VIDEO OF CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS …
Amy Gahran / E-Media Tidbits:
Doc Searls: Giant Zero Journalism
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Online Video: Show Us the Money
Discussion: Beet.TV and NewTeeVee
Consumerist:
Comcast Tech Bullies Customer for Cash, Breaks His Hard Drive …
Discussion: broadbandreports.com and digg
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Updated: The First Decade of Internet Advertising
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
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Damon Darlin / New York Times:
The Hard Drive as Eye Candy
ChannelWeb News:
HP Sees Huge Linux Desktop Deals
Discussion: TechSpot News, Slashdot and digg
Fred / A VC:
How To Widget?  —  Being a publisher ain't so easy these days.
Discussion: Clickinfluence
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
Online Ad Spending Hits $4.8 Billion in Q4 2006
Lore Sjöberg / Wired News:
You, Too, Can Be a Fanboy  —  If you read video game message boards …
Discussion: Joystiq, CrunchGear and digg
Nick / Rough Type:
Customer value and the network effect
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Playstation Crushes Second Life with Superior Platform
MediaShift:
DIGGING DEEPER  —  Web Focus Leads Newspapers to Hire Programmers for Editorial Staff
Discussion: Global Nerdy and Holovaty.com