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11:15 PM ET, February 24, 2008

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BBC:
Pakistan ‘sparks YouTube outage’  —  Pakistan's attempts to block access to YouTube has been blamed for an almost global blackout of the video website for more than an hour on Sunday.  —  BBC News has learned that the outage was almost certainly connected to Pakistan Telecom and Asian internet service provider PCCW.
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David Ulevitch / OpenDNS System:
Youtube down, not OpenDNS  —  Youtube.com is down right now because Pakistan Telecom has decided to (accidentally probably) hijack their IP address space which means that nobody in the world can reach Youtube.  This isn't an OpenDNS issue.  Just letting you all know. :-)  —  This is now fixed.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Pakistan censors may be behind 2-hour YouTube outage  —  Updated, 7:03 p.m. to add Keynote System's analysis and skepticism that Pakistan was cause of outage.  —  YouTube suffered a system-wide outage on Sunday that lasted two hours, according to Keynote Systems, which measures Web site performance.
Richard Stiennon / Threat Chaos:   Pakistan declares war on YouTube
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Blogged.com launches blog directory and reviews  —  Blogged.com, a new blog rating service, officially launches Monday.  The service has a decent catalog of blogs in its archive, and could be a useful tool if you're looking for blogs on a particular topic, or looking for yet more blogs to read.
Discussion: Mashable! and bub.blicio.us
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Blogged Hopes to Become the Yelp of Blog Directories  —  Today, yet another blog directory launches.  Blogged has blog ratings and reviews in many categories, including technology, entertainment, business, sports, culture, and politics.  Its own staff rates and reviews the top blogs …
Discussion: Patricia, Inc.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Blogged Creates Human Edited Curated Blog Directory  —  Editor's note: This news was embargo'ed until Monday morning but apparently the embargo was broken so we will post now.  —  Blogged is taking a cue from Jason Calacanis and his Mahalo project to create a human-edited blog catalog.
Russell Beattie / Russell Beattie's Weblog:
Nearly a million users, and no spam or trolls  —  I was going to write some thoughts about Twitter last night, but got sidetracked by a Halo 3 session at Diego's house, only to wake up this morning and see that Howard just happened to put his thoughts about it out there today as well.
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ir.take2games.com:
TAKE-TWO INTERACTIVE SOFTWARE'S BOARD REJECTS ELECTRONIC ARTS' UNSOLICITED PROPOSAL AS INADEQUATE  —  The Board of Directors of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO) today confirmed that it has received an unsolicited proposal from Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) to acquire Take-Two for $26.00 per share in cash.
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
EA tries to buy Take-Two to keep its top spot
Discussion: Reuters
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Ad spending moving from portals to search, entertainment sites  —  For online advertising, the word is that portals are out, but search, entertainment, and social network sites are in.  —  That's according to a report released on Sunday by Avenue A/Razorfish, the ad agency part …
Wired News:
Free!  Why $0.00 Is the Future of Business  —  At the age of 40, King Gillette was a frustrated inventor, a bitter anticapitalist, and a salesman of cork-lined bottle caps.  It was 1895, and despite ideas, energy, and wealthy parents, he had little to show for his work.  He blamed the evils of market competition.
USA Today:
Online auction listings down 13% in boycott of eBay  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The biggest boycott by eBay (EBAY) sellers concludes Monday, capping a week of acrimony after the online-auction site raised fees and changed its feedback policy.  —  Auction listings on eBay.com dropped some 13% since …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration  —  Posted by jeremyliew in game design, game mechanics, product management.  —  add a comment  —  Thomas Edison is credited with the saying that “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”.  —  Many of the most successful web 2. companies understand …
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Microsoft launches private beta of Internet Explorer 8  —  Microsoft has sent out a letter to a select group of beta testers offering a chance to participate in a technical preview of Internet Explorer 8 beta 1.  —  There's not a whole heck of a lot of information about what IE8 will look like, what features it has, or anything else.
Discussion: Mark Evans and Bb's RealTech
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John Quigley / ActiveWin.com:
Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Private IE 8 beta 1 test build coming soon
Discussion: Mashable!
Associated Press:
Microsoft Pulls Plug on HD DVD Players  —  SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft Corp. said it will stop making HD DVD players for its Xbox 360 video game system after Toshiba Corp. ceded the high-definition video format battle to Sony Corp.'s Blu-ray.  —  Microsoft said Saturday it would continue …
Discussion: CNET News.com and Slashdot
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Jason Mick / DailyTech:
After HD DVD Drop, Toshiba Spends $835M to Back PS3
Discussion: DSLreports, CrunchGear and Slashdot
 
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