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1:45 PM ET, March 8, 2007

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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 …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   A Digg Army of a Million
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg Hits 1 Million Registered Users
Discussion: live and SEO BlackHat
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:   Kevin Rose Fanclub Signs Up 1 Millionth Member
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
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.
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 …
Mark Hachman / ExtremeTech:
Samsung Samples First Hybrid Hard Drive to OEMs; Retail 'Soon'  —  Samsung said Wednesday that it had begun shipments of its first hybrid hard drive to select OEMs, and that retail shipments would begin "soon".  —  The new MH80 2.5-inch hybrid drives for notebook PCs will be available in 80 …
Discussion: TechSpot News, Gearlog and Slashdot
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Damon Darlin / New York Times:   The Hard Drive as Eye Candy
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Jennifer Moire / C-SPAN Recent Video:
C-SPAN TAKES LEAD IN MAKING VIDEO OF CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS, WHITE HOUSE AND OTHER FEDERAL EVENTS MORE WIDELY AVAILABLE TO THE ONLINE COMMUNITY  —  Cable Network Introduces New Copyright Policy and Expanded Capitol Hearings Website  —  Advancing its longstanding mission of bringing government closer …
 
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Blake Robinson / CrunchGear:
Emotiv Project Epoc: Sensory Gaming Developed Through Research on Schizophrenic Mice
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WGA notification just doesn't stop
Discussion: The Tech Report
Brian Bergstein / Associated Press:
Wikipedia to seek proof of credentials
Valleywag:
CALVIN KLEIN'S NEW PERFUME: The scent of a blogger
Jan Raath / Times of London:
Google chief looks forward to cultivating Apple links
Discussion: Byte of the Apple
Associated Press:
Google wins key ruling in patent dispute
Amy Gahran / E-Media Tidbits:
Doc Searls: Giant Zero Journalism
Consumerist:
Comcast Tech Bullies Customer for Cash, Breaks His Hard Drive …
Discussion: broadbandreports.com and digg
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Updated: The First Decade of Internet Advertising
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
Fred / A VC:
How To Widget?  —  Being a publisher ain't so easy these days.
Discussion: Clickinfluence
Terry Sullivan / PC Magazine:
Sony Announces Its First Wireless Digicam
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
Valleywag:
APPLE: 42 Reasons Normal People Can Switch to Macs
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Playstation Crushes Second Life with Superior Platform