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5:45 AM ET, March 9, 2007

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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
New My Yahoo Signals It Has Abandoned the Geeks  —  Does anyone among the tech influential spend any significant time on Yahoo anymore?  I sure don't and for years I did.  I have a couple of their news feeds, but for the most part it seems like all the action is on Google and a bunch of startups.
Discussion: Scripting News
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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.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Ex-My Yahoo Boss, Now Pageflakes CEO, Responds to My Yahoo Beta  —  I wondered how long it would take before Pageflakes responded to the new-look My Yahoo beta, given that the sharing and 'pages' features in My Yahoo beta are very similar to what Pageflakes has already done.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
All New My Yahoo  —  There's an all new My Yahoo (upgrade URL) launching today at 11 am PST.  This is the web's most popular customizable home page by far, with 50 million or so worldwide users and half of the total market (the other half is controlled by Netvibes, GoogleIG, Pageflakes, Live.com and others).
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 …
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Molly Graham / Official Google Blog:
Hitting spammers where it hurts
Discussion: Joe Duck
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
Discussion: StartupSquad.com
Molly Graham / Official Google Blog:
Photos on Google Maps  —  Posted by Jess Lee, Product Manager, Google Maps  —  They say a picture is worth a thousand words, which is why we've added photos to Google Maps local search.  Now you can compare the sea views and room interiors for beachfront hotels in Honolulu or drool over the dishes served at steakhouses in Boston.
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Local Business Center Adds Photos, Attributes, Maps Corrections & Stats
Discussion: Screenwerk
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
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Big Profits in Small Packages  —  If there's any good news about the businesses of newspapering these days, it can be found at the industry's littlest papers, which are doing well even as their bigger brothers founder.  —  The average daily circulation of all U.S. newspapers has declined since 1987.
Discussion: Techdirt and The Media Age
adamap:
Google Keyword Tool Showing Number of Previous Month's Searches  —  Just caught this development this morning.  —  Click for larger image.
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 and digg
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.
Joshua Chaffin / Financial Times:
Rights success for Universal as Bolt settles  —  Universal Music on Thursday reached a settlement with Bolt.com, an online video site, that it believes will strengthen its hand in rights negotiations with other internet sites that feature its artists' music and videos.
Discussion: Mashable! and PaidContent
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.
Discussion: Screenwerk
 
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Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
Microsoft move could be the end of the JPEG
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MLB-DirecTV Deal Could Be Boon For MLBAM Broadband—And Living-Room PC TV
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Reuters:
Mark Cuban subpoenas Google over copyrighted videos
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Internet Radio on Death Row
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
eBay Revamps Feedback System
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Users report major problems with Blockbuster Online
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Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
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Valleywag:
FEDERATED MEDIA: John Battelle's incredible denial
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