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11:30 AM ET, March 21, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digesting Google's New PPA Advertising Product  —  Google announced the testing of a new pay-per-action, or PPA, advertising product today.  It's important for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that Google controls so much of the online advertising market that just about anything …
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Tests an Ad Idea: Pay Only for Results  —  Google is experimenting with a new proposition for advertisers: if you don't get results, you don't pay.  —  The company said Tuesday that it would expand a test of a system that allows advertisers to pay only when an ad spurs a consumer to take an action …
Business Wire:
Oodle Raises $11 Million in Funding From JAFCO, Greylock Partners and Redpoint Ventures  —  SAN MATEO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Oodle, the new way to shop with classifieds, announced today that it has raised $11 million in funding from new investor JAFCO Ventures as well as from Greylock Partners …
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:   Oodle, giving you classifieds — with a touch of help
Sydney Morning Herald:
Google quashes mobile phone talk  —  Google has poured cold water on claims it is developing a mobile phone.  —  The search giant said it was more logical to form partnerships with existing handset makers instead.  —  Google's South-East Asia managing director of sales and operations …
Steve Gillmor / Steve Gillmor's GestureLab:
Aftertaste  —  Mike Arrington, Tim Bray, and Jonathan Schwartz made for an interesting menage at Sun yesterday evening.  As usual I wasn't invited, but Scoble was otherwise occupied and forwarded me the invite.  To be fair, Sun doesn't know what to make of me.
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:   Sun working on its listening gene
Cyrus Farivar / Wired News:
Google's Next-Gen of Sneakernet  —  How do you get 120 terabytes of data — the equivalent of 123,000 iPod shuffles (roughly 30 million songs) — from A to B?  For the most part, the old-fashioned way: via a sneakernet.  It's not glamorous, but Google engineers hope to at least end …
Variety:
New Line nabs 'Gears of War'  —  Studio wins rights to videogame  —  New Line has won feature rights to Microsoft and Epic Games' hugely popular vidgame "Gears of War," with Stuart Beattie penning the adaptation and Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey producing via their Temple Hill banner.
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Microsoft probes possible Xbox Live fraud  —  Microsoft is investigating possible fraud on its Xbox Live online gaming service, the company said Tuesday.  —  The investigation comes after gamers reported having their Xbox Live accounts hijacked and their credit cards used to buy "Microsoft Points …
Discussion: Game | Life
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Tool turns unsuspecting surfers into hacking help  —  A security researcher has found a way hackers can make PCs of unsuspecting Web surfers do their dirty work, without having to actually commandeer the systems.  —  That's possible with a new security tool called Jikto.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Swollen batteries affecting 17-inch MacBook Pros too?  —  The engorged battery photos you see above and in the gallery below were sent to us by a reader named Brian.  He claims that he was watching a movie on his 17-inch MacBook Pro (core duo) when it suddenly shut off.
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
U.S. judge throws out defamation suit against Google  —  SAN MATEO, California (Reuters) - A U.S. judge has thrown out a lawsuit challenging the fairness of how Web search leader Google Inc. calculates the popularity of Web sites in determining search results, court papers show.
James Quintana Pearce / PaidContent:
MMOGs Worth More Than $1 Billion In The West  —  A report by Screen Digest has found that massively multiplayer online games generated more than $1 billion in 2006 in the West (North America and Europe), notes the BBC.  The report claims 87 percent of the revenue is from subscriptions …
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Feds to rehear Webcaster fee dispute  —  The U.S. Copyright Royalty Board has granted a series of requests for a rehearing on a contentious decision that would elevate royalty fees required of Internet radio services.  —  In a one-paragraph document issued Tuesday, Chief Copyright Royalty …
Discussion: The 463, hypebot and Techdirt
Seeking Alpha:
Oracle F3Q07 (Qtr End 2/28/07) Earnings Call Transcript  —  Executives  —  Krista Bessinger - Vice President, Investor Relations  —  Safra A. Catz - Co-President, Chief Financial Officer  —  Lawrence J. Ellison - Chief Executive Officer  —  Analysts  —  Presentation  —  Operator
Business Wire:
Adobe Systems Reports First Quarter Results  —  Company Readies for Biggest Product Launch in its History  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE - News) today reported financial results for its first quarter ended March 2, 2007.
Diarmuid Mitchell / BBC:
Mobiles set to play the game  —  For years now senior games industry figures and media analysts have predicted that mobile phone games will revolutionise the industry.  —  The former head of Sony Europe Chris Deering has described mobile gaming as the "big kahuna", with 1 billion mobile phones worldwide poised to take up games.
Discussion: textually.org and MoCoNews
 
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Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Google snubs Net Neutrality debate
Consumerist:
How I Became A Music Pirate
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Matthew Nelson / ClickZ News Blog:
Piper Jaffray Expert Says Local Search is set for a Boom
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Grant Robertson / Download Squad:
Adobe says no way to Vista updates
Discussion: Between the Lines and digg
Nathan Kirsch / Legit Reviews Hardware Articles:
CEBIT 2007 - OCZ'S NEURAL IMPULSE ACTUATOR
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Times of India:
Google yet to decide on blurring key Indian sites
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Associated Press:
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
VON spiel: It's our TV
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USA Today:
PlayStation 3 is down 2-to-1 to Nintendo's Wii
Rob Beschizza / Gadget Lab:
5 Reasons Why Apple TV Rules, 5 Reasons Why it Sucks
Leander Kahney / Wired News:
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