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9:00 PM ET, March 27, 2007

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Speakeasy:
Best Buy Acquires Speakeasy  —  Addition of VoIP Communications Provider Gives Small Businesses  —  a Single Source for All of Their Technology Needs  —  Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY) has agreed to acquire Speakeasy, Inc., one of the largest independent broadband voice, data and IT service providers in the United States.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Can Best Buy become your IT shop?
Discussion: Epicenter and Howard Lindzon
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
John McCain's MySpace Page Hacked  —  Someone on Presidential hopeful John McCain's staff is going to be in trouble today.  They used a well known template to create his Myspace page.  The template was designed by NewsVine Founder and CEO Mike Davidson (original template is here).
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Newsvine:
Hacking John McCain
Discussion: WebProNews and Lost Remote
BBC:
PlayStation breaks sales records  —  The PlayStation 3 console has broken UK sales records with more than 165,000 machines sold in the first two days of release, say analysts Chart Track.  —  More than a million consoles were shipped across Europe on launch day last week with 600,000 sold.
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BBC:
Blog death threats spark debate  —  Prominent blogger Kathy Sierra has called on the blogosphere to combat the culture of abuse online.  —  It follows a series of death threats which have forced her to cancel a public appearance and suspend her blog.  —  Ms Sierra described on her blog …
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Dan Fost / The Technology Chronicles:
The attack on Kathy Sierra
Discussion: HorsePigCow
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Chorus of cowardice  —  Chris Locke explains the "Mean Kids" …
Steve Poland / TechCrunch:
Web Services Coming To Twitter  —  Earlier this year we talked about the usefulness of a simple command line to query multiple web services via a set syntax.  Yubnub, one of the web services we discussed, does just that.  Enter "Weather 90210″ into Yubnub and get the weather from Weather.com.
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Nik Cubrilovic / New Web Order:
Twitter as a Communications Platform  —  Today Techcrunch reported that Twitter will be releasing extensions to their API that will allow applications to receive private messages from users.  Currently the API allows you to post messages, get a list of your friends and to query the public messages …
Samsung:
SAMSUNG Introduces 1.8" - Type 64GB Flash-based Solid State Drive  —  Taipei, Taiwan - March 27, 2007: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the leader in advanced semiconductor technology, announced at its annual Mobile Solution Forum in Taipei that it has developed a 1.8"-type 64 Gigabyte (GB) flash-solid state drive (SSD).
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Gizmodo:
Netflix Founder Joins Microsoft Board  —  Netflix founder Reed Hastings has joined the Microsoft board of directors, indicating a cozy relationship between the two companies.  While no actual business deals between the big M and Netflix have been announced, a partnership could benefit them both greatly in the current marketplace.
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bizjournals:
Netflix CEO joins Microsoft board
Discussion: CrunchGear and Engadget
Mike / Techdirt:
The Patent Thicket That May Destroy VoIP  —  from the helping-spur-innovation,-huh?  dept  —  You have to wonder how many times fans of the patent system have to repeat the mantra that "patents encourage innovation" before they can actually believe it.  There continues to be new evidence …
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Carol Wilson / TELEPHONY Magazine:   More VoIP patent suits likely
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo click fraud settlement gets final OK  —  A federal judge in San Jose, Calif., has given final approval to a settlement in a class action lawsuit over click fraud that requires Yahoo to pay nearly $5 million in attorney fees and give full credits to advertisers dating back to 2004.
Molly Graham / Official Google Blog:
Walking, Talking, Searching, Finding.  —  Posted by Yael Shacham, Product Manager, Mobile Team  —  For the last few weeks, some of our users have been test-driving our new mobile search and providing us with feedback so we can make it better.  Now, we've actually been using your feedback to improve our mobile search since 2001.
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
YouTube to launch mobile website soon  —  CTIA 2007 — YouTube will launch its mobile website in June 2007 for U.S. users, according to a spokesperson.  The mobile YouTube site will go live once the exclusivity clause on the company's mobile video deal with Verizon Wireless expires.
Discussion: Google Watch and NewTeeVee
Newlaunches.com:
Top 10 Apple products which flopped  —  Apart from phenomenal products like the iPod, iMac and Macbooks, Apple in its 30 year old history has churned out super flop products too.  Here is a list of 10 products in reversing order from Apple which fizzled in the market.  —  No 10 - Apple Cyberdog
Business Wire:
InfoSpace Announces Availability of InfoSpace Find It! for BlackBerry  —  Easy-to-Use GPS-Enabled Local Search Application is Now Free for BlackBerry Smartphones  —  BELLEVUE, Wash.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—InfoSpace, Inc. (Nasdaq: INSP) announced the launch of InfoSpace Find It! for BlackBerry® smartphones in North America.
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Numenta - Has Artificial Intelligence Arrived?  —  Jeff Hawkins made a name for himself in the tech industry as the founder of Palm Computing and inventor of the Palm Pilot.  He later founded Handspring, where he invented the Treo.  If you were a fan of his work then, you are going to love what Jeff is up to now.
Discussion: Tech~Surf~Blog and digg
 
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Jason Dobson / Gamasutra:
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Google Pack cures the PC blues
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Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
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