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11:05 AM 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 …
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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
It Looks Like MySpace Will Finally Do Something With Newroo  —  I read with interest that MySpace will be launching a news site in the coming months.  Given the feature set (dynamically aggregating real-time news to create focused and topical news pages, and allowing users to rate and comment …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
MySpace News: The Digg Killer?  —  MySpace is launching a news aggregator called MySpace News in the second quarter of 2007.  It'll rely on both algorithms and user rating - basically a combination of Google News and Digg.  You'll remember that Fox acquired the news aggregator NewRoo about a year ago …
Discussion: digg
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Is 'Social News' the New Trend?
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 …
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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
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
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
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Ex-My Yahoo Boss, Now Pageflakes CEO, Responds to My Yahoo Beta
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
Discussion: Charlene Li's Blog
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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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
Om Malik / GigaOM:
10 Fun Facts About Storage  —  TECH HISTORY: The New York Times had a nice story about dressy hard drives that reminded me how much of our digital lives are dependent on this often ignored low-margin business.  As mentioned before, from iPod to TiVo to our set-top boxes - everything is touched by storage.
Robert Vamosi / Webware.com:
NEW FIREFOX EXTENSION, FIREKEEPER, LETS YOU SURF SAFE  —  Do you trust that the Web site you're visiting is secure?  By now most people know to avoid sketchy sites with complicated URLs, misspellings, or seedy graphics.  But what about legitimate sites, such as the one for this year's Super Bowl …
Discussion: Lifehacker and Ministry of Tech
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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Answers Add Simple Social Networking Feature
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Consumerist:
11 Confessions of a T-Mobile Sales Rep
Discussion: digg
Shel / Global Neighbourhoods:
New Comm Forum: Weinberger Keynotes
Discussion: Pro PR and Chip Griffin
Herb Greenberg / MarketWatch:
Going after Vonage, Skype  —  SAN DIEGO (MarketWatch) …
Discussion: GigaOM and IP Democracy
Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
Microsoft move could be the end of the JPEG
Discussion: digg
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Demo Day: Y Combinator's Spring Chicks
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
MLB-DirecTV Deal Could Be Boon For MLBAM Broadband—And Living-Room PC TV
Discussion: MLB.com
 Earlier Items: 
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Big Profits in Small Packages
Discussion: Techdirt and The Media Age
Joshua Chaffin / Financial Times:
Rights success for Universal as Bolt settles
Discussion: PaidContent and Mashable!
Reuters:
Mark Cuban subpoenas Google over copyrighted videos
Anne Zelenka / Web Worker Daily:
THREE WEB-BASED MIND MAPPING TOOLS REVIEWED
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
AMD brings Xbox 360 tech to handhelds
Discussion: Pocket PC Thoughts and digg
Brian Benzinger / Solution Watch:
A Roundup for "Developers, Developers, Developers..."
Discussion: digg
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
eBay Revamps Feedback System
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Not trapping users' data = GOOD