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1:10 AM ET, March 10, 2007

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Yahoo, AT&T alliance on the rocks?  —  For five years it has been a perfect marriage: AT&T's DSL offering layered with Yahoo's consumer-friendly services.  Yahoo provided SBC (now AT&T) with what it has never been able to figure out: how to make consumers happy!
Discussion: TechCrunch and broadstuff
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MSNBC:
Yahoo feels the pressure of AT&T alliance  —  By Kevin Allison in San Francisco and Paul Taylor in New York  —  Shares in Yahoo, the internet portal, were marked down more than 5 per cent on Friday morning after it emerged that AT&T is trying to renegotiate a five-year-old agreement under …
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
What the Verizon Verdict Means for Vonage  —  The patent-infringement decision spells financial woe for Vonage and could stymie customer growth.  It may also augur future legal headaches  —  Web-calling outfit Vonage suffered a major setback on Mar. 8 when an eight-person jury found it guilty …
Discussion: Jon Arnold's Blog and VoIP Watch
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Technorati 100: What's Hot in the Blogosphere  —  Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus  —  Earlier this week Emre wrote about declining traffic on Technorati and considered the exit options for this blog vertical search and portal site.  The challenge from Google Blogsearch is certainly serious.
Discussion: Message
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: CrunchGear, Gizmodo, MacUser, Engadget and digg
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Seth Weintraub / Computerworld:
Why Apple's 'consumer' Macs are enterprise-worthy  —  Not everyone needs a Mac Pro; sometimes a mini might do  —  Not too long ago, ad agencies, design firms and other creative companies were about the only businesses that widely deployed Macintosh computers to their employees.
Carlo / Techdirt:
RIAA Gets Legislators To Threaten To Drop 'The Hammer' On Colleges and Universities  —  from the enough-already dept  —  The RIAA has been on a renewed push to target file-sharing college students lately, trying to push them into "discounted settlements" so the RIAA doesn't have to go to the trouble …
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Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
Music Industry Tightens Squeeze On Students
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: Valleywag, PaidContent and digg
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Associated Press:
Ban on YouTube in Turkey Is Lifted  —  Turkey Lifts Its Ban on YouTube, 2 Days After a Court Ordered the Web Site Blocked  —  ISTANBUL, Turkey Mar 9, 2007 (AP)— Turkey lifted its ban on YouTube, an official for the country's largest telecommunications firm said Friday …
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Carlo / Techdirt:
Turkey Rescinds YouTube Ban
Discussion: Boing Boing
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
After Mastering Web Traffic, Google Runs Bus Line  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — The perks of working at Google are the envy of Silicon Valley.  Unlimited amounts of free chef-prepared food at all times of day.  A climbing wall, a volleyball court and two lap pools.
Discussion: Rough Type
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Shows Popular Videos from the Blogosphere  —  Google Video has a new section on the homepage: Blog Buzz, that features the videos from YouTube and Google Video that are discussed the most in the blogosphere.  I assume that the ranking includes Google Video, even though the current top 10 videos are all from YouTube.
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.
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
MYSPACE NEWS: IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME [UPDATE]  —  MySpace is preparing to launch an integrated news service—with self-aggregating content and social bookmarking—in the coming weeks.  MySpace members will be able to post the stories on their profiles, discuss, promote …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Friday Fun: Weird Search Engines  —  While the serious talk today is about Freebase, a new next-gen search engine from Danny Hillis, it's the end of the week and so time for a bit of fun.  Author of the popular Top Alternative Search Engines list, Charles Knight, flicked me an email this morning …
Discussion: Valleywag
MediaShift:
MCREVAMP USA Today Walks the Talk of Audience Involvement  —  When a major newspaper announces it is redesigning its print layout or website, it doesn't usually merit much attention.  The regular readers usually complain about it, and then get used to it, and life goes on.
Discussion: The Bivings Report
Dan Gillmor / Center for Citizen Media:
Pay-for-Play Bloggers Pollute Media Ethics … This is not a close call.  To take money for touting products in a blog and not disclose it — prominently, and in context — is not ethical.  No amount of thumb-sucking justifications can change that.  —  The lead anecdote in the LA Times story hints …
Andrew Yoon / PSP Fanboy:
GDC 07: PSP won't get redesign; new colors coming soon?  —  People have been longing for a PSP redesign.  It's not happening.  John Koller explained that there are currently no redesign plans, regardless of all the rumors that have been on the Internet for ages.
Discussion: DigitalBattle and Joystiq
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
FBI's data management headaches escalate with Patriot Act  —  A Justice Department audit found that the Federal Bureau of Investigation misused the USA Patriot Act to obtain personal information about people.  Within that 126-page audit is evidence that the FBI is still struggling to manage its data.
 
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Valleywag:
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Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Open-source ID project awaits Microsoft's blessing
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12 Reasons for Amazon.com to Rise Substantially This Year
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Mike / Techdirt:
Why Sweden's Plan To Spy On Emails Does More Harm Than Good
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Euan Semple / The Obvious?:
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Randfish / SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:
How to Solve Keyword Cannibalization
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Ludwig Kietzmann / Joystiq:
Castle Crashers likely due 2008, receiving more content
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 Earlier Items: 
Reuters:
MySpace goes all out for content
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Adobe eyes fraud-busting tools for Photoshop
Discussion: JD on EP and The Tech Report
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Web Giants Team Up for Wireless Spectrum Auctions
Nick / Rough Type:
Freebase: the Web 3.0 machine
Tariq Malik / SPACE.com:
Orbital Express: Prototype Satellites Primed for In-Flight Service
Discussion: Engadget, digg and Slashdot
Business Week:
Weaving The Web To Your Taste
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Bose Media System crams GPS / media playback into your dash
Darren Waters / BBC:
Virtual worlds set for shake-up
Discussion: WebProNews and TechnoLlama