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2:30 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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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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:   A Digg Army of a Million
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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Yahoo! Search blog:
Who's in your knowledge network?
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.
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.
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Ask Lets You Shape Your Local Search Results
Discussion: Rex Hammock's weblog
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.
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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Paul Miller / Engadget:
LG's R400 hybrid hard drive laptop outed
Discussion: Gizmodo, Inquirer and Gadgetell
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
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 …
Jeff / Venture Chronicles:
Sony Gives Critics Cause For Pause … I've been pretty tough on Sony for their DRM strategy, their crappy stores, inability to build a decent online music service, and most recently for really screwing up the PS3 launch.  I guess it was only a matter of time before the odds turned in their favor …
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
Ludwig Kietzmann / Joystiq:
Joystiq and Engadget live at Nintendo's 2007 GDC keynote  —  10:07 a.m.: We're sitting at the Miyamoto keynote.  We count five screens of nine Wii logos apiece, totaling 45 Wii logos.  That's a lot of Wii!  The podium glows blue with a white Nintendo logo and the background shows …
Discussion: Josh Bancroft's … and digg
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.
Associated Press:
Clearwire Shares Edge Up After IPO  —  McCaw's Clearwire Shares Edge Up After IPO Raises Nearly $600 Million  —  KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) — After an initial pop, shares of Clearwire Corp., a wireless Internet service provider, slipped a bit Thursday after raising $600 million in an initial public stock offering.
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.
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.
 
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Internet Start-Up to Take a Hybrid Media Approach
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Discussion: TechSpot News, Slashdot and digg
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Randy Dotinga / Wired News:
Adobe Tackles Photo Forgeries
Discussion: Slashdot and Ministry of Tech
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: CrunchGear, Joystiq and digg
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