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1:05 AM ET, March 9, 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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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
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).
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.
Discussion: Mashable!
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.
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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.
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 …
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
Discussion: 901am
Light Reading:
Online Video: Show Us the Money  —  Table 2: Online Video: What Would They Pay?  —  Website  —  Gimmick  —  Scenario: If the site gets 1 million hits in one month, books $100,000 in total ad revenues, AND your content on that site gets 10,000 page views and helps serve $5,000 worth of ads, you would earn...
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Poll: Which Online Video Site Pays Best?
Discussion: Beet.TV and Lost Remote
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
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:
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
eBay Revamps Feedback System  —  eBay adds Detailed Seller Ratings to its feedback system  —  eBay has decided to make the first significant change to its feedback system in over 11 years with the announcement of Feedback 2.0.  In addition to the standard positive, neutral and negative ratings …
Valleywag:
DEATHWATCH: Red Herring's agony  —  Red Herring, the title that chronicled the 1990s tech boom, is on its last legs, according to former staffers.  The storied magazine, which could make or break startups during the last cycle, is struggling despite a $1m bailout in December.
Discussion: Silicon Valley Watcher and 901am
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 …
Brian Benzinger / Solution Watch:
A Roundup for "Developers, Developers, Developers..."  —  First off, I apologize for the title - I couldn't resist.  (If you don't know what the title is talking about, see this video).  I am a web developer, as many of you may know.  I use software on my computer like Zend Studio, WinSCP, and Putty, as many developers would.
Discussion: digg
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.
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.
Anne Zelenka / Web Worker Daily:
OPEN THREAD: HOW DO YOU READ RSS FEEDS?  —  Leo at Zen Habits has published a series of productivity hacks including number 8: "Simplify your information streams, and plow through feeds and email."  Here's how he puts this into practice in his feed reading:
Discussion: The Zone Read and Micro Persuasion
 
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Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
How to Turn Microsoft Around
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Anne Zelenka / Web Worker Daily:
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
AMD brings Xbox 360 tech to handhelds
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Patent office claims filesharing a threat to user privacy, national security
Discussion: joegratz.net and digg
BL Ochman / B.L. Ochman's weblog:
Innovation in Advertising Won't Come From Google or Any Big Agency
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Chris Forsythe / Adium News:
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Marc Hedlund / O'Reilly Radar:
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Reuters:
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Tips for Using Images in Blogs
Valleywag:
FEDERATED MEDIA: John Battelle's incredible denial
Discussion: arghyle, ben barren and TechCrunch
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Developers aim to lure women to adult games
Discussion: Global Nerdy
Christine Churchill / Search Engine Land:
Survival of the Nimble
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Skype: Now you, too, can run a phone sex line (or even tech support!)