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7:25 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
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 …
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Is Digg the future or just a feature?
Discussion: franticindustries
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Kevin Rose Fanclub Signs Up 1 Millionth Member
Discussion: GigaOM
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Joe Duck and Clickinfluence
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Yahoo! Search blog:
Who's in your knowledge network?  —  You've got a burning question and you know someone out there has got the answer.  We've all been in this situation and for over 90 million people worldwide, spanning 20 countries, and 9 languages, Yahoo! Answers has been the answer.
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.
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:
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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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.
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Associated Press:
Clearwire Shares Edge Up After IPO
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
Discussion: IT Facts
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
The Gutting of CompUSA  —  Did you hear?  In the next couple of months, CompUSA will be closing over half of its 225 stores.  —  You can find a list of the doomed stores here, if you're interested.  —  But something tells me that if anyone were actually interested, those stores wouldn't be closing.
Discussion: Things That and Gearlog
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.
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.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
AT&T's QWERTY-equipped SMT5700 drops by FCC  —  Whoa, what do we have here?  First up, this is the first smartphone (thought not the first phone) we've seen with the new AT&T branding.  Second, this is the first partnership of which we're aware between China's Amoi and an American carrier.
Discussion: Crave and CrunchGear
Kevin Cho / Bloomberg:
Apple May Introduce Laptops That Store Data on Chips (Update3)  —  Apple Inc., maker of the iPod music players and Macintosh personal computers, may introduce a new laptop this year that will save data on flash memory chips instead of a hard drive, American Technology Research said.
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.
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 …
Discussion: AccMan and Business Filter
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.
 
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
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Intel Santa Rosa/Centrino Pro Launching May 8th?
Ludwig Kietzmann / Joystiq:
Joystiq and Engadget live at Nintendo's 2007 GDC keynote
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 and Slashdot
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Internet Start-Up to Take a Hybrid Media Approach
Gregory Heller / DefectiveByDesign.org:
An Open Letter to Steve Jobs
Steven Zeitchik / Variety:
News Corp. in Web video bid
Philliptorrone / MAKE Magazine:
5.5g iPods can now run Linux
Discussion: CrunchGear