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1:35 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 …
Nick / Rough Type:
Freebase: the Web 3.0 machine  —  Artificial intelligence guru Danny Hillis has launched an early version of the first major Web 3.0 application.  It's called Freebase, and its grandiose epistemological mission is right up there with those of Google and Wikipedia.
Discussion: Scripting News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   This is cool, unless it achieves consciousness and kills us all
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
Discussion: Reuters
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is 'Social News' the New Trend?
Discussion: Social Media Club
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   It Looks Like MySpace Will Finally Do Something With Newroo
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
MySpace News: The Digg Killer?
Discussion: digg
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 …
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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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, Glass House and digg
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
Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
Microsoft move could be the end of the JPEG  —  Company seeks to makes its HD format a standard  —  Microsoft Corp. will soon submit to an international standards organization a new photo format that offers higher-quality images with better compression, the company said today.
Discussion: digg
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Microsoft Announces HD Photo, a New Imaging File Format With …
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
The Great Apple Video Encoder Attack of 2007  —  Maybe you have wondered, as I have, why it takes a pretty robust notebook computer to play DVD videos, while Wal-Mart will sell you a perfectly capable progressive-scan DVD player from Philips for $38?  In general, the dedicated DVD player …
Discussion: Engadget, MacUser and digg
Tariq Malik / SPACE.com:
Orbital Express: Prototype Satellites Primed for In-Flight Service  —  Two prototype spacecraft, one wielding its own robotic arm, are poised to launch spaceward late Thursday on a three-month mission to test methods for robotically refueling satellites in Earth orbit.
Discussion: Engadget, digg and Slashdot
Newlaunches.com:
SeaGrand Gene Sound adds a digital touch to your Vinyl  —  Seagrand Japan has announced the Gene Sound TAS-100 which can play your good old Vinyl records and Audio / MP3 CD's.  In addition to this it has a SD card slot and a USB connector, so you can put in your favourite Vinyl which is converted …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Crave
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
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
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 …
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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Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Reuters:
Google Earth urged to remove "Mount Hitler" name
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Darren Waters / BBC:
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Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
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