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5:10 PM ET, March 19, 2007

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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
YouTube Video Awards  —  YouTube will announce on Monday the launch of "YouTube Video Awards" - a late attempt to honor the best-user generated videos of 2006.  The seven categories are Most Inspirational, Most Creative, Best Series, Best Comedy, Musician of the Year, Best Commentary and "Most Adorable Video Ever."
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
YouTube copies Vloggies  —  Ahh, YouTube is coming late to the video awards show game.  Mashable is saying that tomorrow YouTube will announce its own online video contest.  Destined to be very popular, I'm sure.  —  Glad to see we're six months ahead of YouTube (not that it'll matter much …
Associated Press:
And the YouTube award goes to...  NEW YORK (AP) — Lonelygirl15, OK Go and other YouTube sensations will get an opportunity to walk down a virtual red carpet.  —  The video-sharing Web site announced Monday that it will hold the first YouTube Video Awards to recognize the best-user created videos of 2006.
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
YouTube to present video awards
Discussion: NewTeeVee and The Social Web
CNN:
First Apple TV Units Could Be In Stores Within A Few Days  —  Mar. 16, 2007 (Investor's Business Daily) —  Apple is poised to make its first major pitch to couch potatoes with the release of a video-streaming set-top box for the television.  —  Industry sources say the Cupertino …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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Ian Murdock / Ian Murdock's Weblog:
Joining Sun  —  I saw my first Sun workstation about 15 years ago, in 1992.  I was a business student at Purdue University, and a childhood love for computers had just been reawakened.  I was spending countless hours in the basement of the Math building, basking in the green phosphorescent glow …
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Simon Phipps / Simon Phipps, SunMink:
Charting the Next 25 Years
Discussion: Berlind's Testbed and digg
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Microsoft, Adobe, and rich versus reach  —  With the alpha release of Apollo, all the pieces are on the table and developers can start to experiment with the platforms from Adobe and Microsoft, arguably the two biggest players in the RIA-technology space (as opposed to RIA-solutions themselves).
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Researchers Track Down a Plague of Fake Web Pages  —  Tens of thousands of junk Web pages, created only to lure search-engine users to advertisements, are proliferating like billboards strung along freeways.  Now Microsoft researchers say they have traced the companies and techniques behind them.
Mike Blumenthal / Search Engine Land:
Tell Me: Is Microsoft Shadow Boxing in Mobile Directory Assistance?  —  The recent acquisition of TellMe by Microsoft, piqued my interest in the free voice driven directory assistance service, 520-Find and the possible role that Google plays in the service.  Mobile directory assistance …
Discussion: Screenwerk
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Report: U.S. most prolific source of online attacks  —  U.S. networks pumped out the highest percentage of attacks during the second half of last year, with China running a distant second, according to a report released Monday by security firm Symantec.  —  The U.S. accounted for 31 percent …
Discussion: Today @ PC World and TechSpot
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Fujitsu adopts flash memory for new tablets  —  Tablet PCs probably get dropped more than other computers, so Fujitsu has created two machines that store data by using flash memory rather than traditional hard drives.  —  The LifeBook P1610 and LifeBookB6210 are now available with either 16GB or 32GB flash drives.
Blake Robinson / TechCrunch:
SXSW Showdown: Dodgeball Vs. Twitter  —  Now that South by Southwest 2007 has come to a close I finally have some minutes to write about the two most flaunted services of the show: Twitter and Dodgeball.  —  With both services, users establish a friends list to whom messages are broadcast.
Discussion: Screenwerk and Lost Remote
Robert Levine / New York Times:
A Fee Per Song Can Ruin Us, Internet Radio Companies Say  —  New-media companies and record labels are feuding again.  But this time, it is the digital companies that warn they may be driven out of business.  —  Several Internet radio companies are arguing that a recent decision …
Microsoft:
Entrepreneurs Gather at Microsoft's Small Business Summit  —  Small-business luminaries to share best practices, and Bill Gates to unveil new communications product for small businesses.  —  Microsoft Corp. hosts its second annual Small Business Summit this week, a nationwide event …
Discussion: All about Microsoft and Bink.nu
Victoria Shannon / New York Times:
Lycos, Early Search Engine, in a U.S. Remake as Jubii  —  Through a quirk of dot-com history, Lycos Europe cannot sell itself in the United States using its own once-famous name.  Instead, the Internet service, partly owned by Bertelsmann of Germany and Telefónica of Spain …
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Web 3.0: When Web Sites Become Web Services  —  Today's Web has terabytes of information available to humans, but hidden from computers.  It is a paradox that information is stuck inside HTML pages, formatted in esoteric ways that are difficult for machines to process.
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Comcast Unhappy With Google On Search Deal; Talking To MSN; Other Ad Inventory Talks  —  Comcast, the second largest broadband ISP in U.S., is in talks to use Microsoft's search services on its broadband portal, a sign the cable titan isn't happy about its current search deal with Google, reports WSJ, citing sources.
 
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
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Business Week:
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Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Deanna Brown Leaves Yahoo; Joins Scripps As President, Interactive Group
Discussion: The Browser
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
BALLMER ON GOOGLE - UH OH
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is VoIP an Excuse for Bad Voice Quality?
Discussion: VoIP Watch
New York Times:
Viacom's Full-Court Press for Online Ads
Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
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