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3:20 AM ET, February 26, 2008

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Google:
Global Consortium to Construct New Cable System Linking US and Japan to Meet Increasing Bandwidth Demands  —  Construction underway to build 10,000 km linear cable system with a capacity of up to 7.68 Tbps to enhance Trans-Pacific connectivity  —  A consortium of six international companies announced …
Discussion: TechCrunch, dailywireless.org and Bits
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   Google Buys A Piece Of TransPacific Cable
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:   Google's Submarine Cable Plans Get Official
Francois Sterin / Official Google Blog:
About the Unity bandwidth consortium
Discussion: Gearlog
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Digg's inaugural town hall: Too much navel-gazing  —  On Monday night, social news site Digg took a new approach to its famously clamorous users: CEO Jay Adelson and founder Kevin Rose sat down in front of a Ustream-connected camera with their MacBook Pros and a couple of beers and answered questions that had been submitted by Diggers.
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Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Digg's Jay Adelson: No Damn Comment on Acquisition Rumors
Discussion: CNET News.com and Mashable!
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
6 Adobe AIR Apps to Check Out  —  Adobe's AIR platform allows developers to create web applications that run on your desktop without the need of a web browser.  Now that AIR has dropped the beta tag (see our previous coverage), it's time to look at some of the AIR apps you can use today.
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Yi-Wyn Yen / Techland:
Yang breaks silence on Microsoft takeover  —  PHOENIX — Yahoo chief executive Jerry Yang knew exactly what was on everyone's minds at the Interactive Advertising Bureau conference on Monday.  —  In their first public appearance since Microsoft's hostile $44.6 billion bid for Yahoo …
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo mum on Microsoft, but hints at Digg rival
Discussion: Yahoo! Finance
Saul Hansell / Bits:   Yang: Microsoft Bid Was a “Galvanizing Event” for Yahoo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Buzz Launches: Popular Stories To Go On Yahoo Homepage  —  Yahoo launches the much anticipated Yahoo Buzz tonight - a Digg-like site that takes stories from pre-approved news publishers (100 to start) and let's users vote on stories and push them up to the top of the page.
Discussion: paidContent.org and Mashable!
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Announces Open Search Platform  —  Yahoo will soon be allowing third parties to enhance the Yahoo Search experience.  The new platform, codenamed “SearchMonkey” and officially called Open Search Platform, will consist of a set of APIs that allow third parties to modify search results …
Lessig Blog:
On why I am not running  —  With lots of mixed feelings, I have decided a run for Congress would not help the Change Congress movement.  I explain the thinking in this 5 minute video (a new record for me!).  First question: What happens to the contributions to Lessig08?
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Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Long odds lead Lessig to decide against run for Congress
Discussion: CNET News.com and Threat Level
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Friendfeed, the best software for conversations, raises round and launches publicly  —  FriendFeed is like Facebook's news feed.  But it's more of a dynamic conversation among close friends about what they're up to all over the web — and not so much a social network.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Dear ABC, You Don't Compete With TiVo By Making A Product Worse  —  About a year and a half ago, an executive at Disney-owned ABC-TV talked about how the network was experimenting with ways to block people from fast forwarding through commercials.  The exec in question even claimed …
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
ABC Announces “Must Flee TV”
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Brainstorming over bagels: Silicon Valley entrepreneurs seek camaraderie and capital at brunch  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The Internet bubble of the late 1990s ended with a painful pop. When today's young entrepreneurs get together, the only bubbles they see are in their mimosas.
CNET News.com:
How Pakistan knocked YouTube offline (and how to make sure it never happens again)  —  (Declan McCullagh wrote this article.  It was reported by Greg Sandoval and Declan McCullagh.)  —  A high-profile incident this weekend in which Pakistan's state-owned telecommunications company managed …
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PR Newswire:
Network Solutions Sued For Defrauding Millions  —  Network Solutions has forced millions of people to buy Internet domain names from them instead of cheaper competitors through a scheme that's netted the firm millions of dollars, a federal class action lawsuit filed today by Kabateck Brown Kellner, LLP states.
Discussion: Internet Pro Radio and TechCrunch
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Megan Johnston / FinancialWeek.com:
Apple's cash: It's one sour cider  —  Whopping $18.4 billion now idles on balance sheet, fermenting grumbles that Steve Jobs can do better  —  Talk about your apple juice: The computer company's current cash position is $18.4 billion, up an astounding 20% in a single quarter.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
How To Manage Your Online Reputation  —  You've spent a lot of time building up your reputation and image both online and off, so it's important to make sure that someone isn't out there dragging it through the mud.  The latest tool for reputation management is Trackur …
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Manoj Jasra / Web Analytics World:
Online Reputation Management Tool by Andy Beal
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
AppleInsider:
New MacBook Pro part numbers surface in inventory systems  —  The seemingly endless wait for a new line of professional notebooks from Mac maker Apple Inc. appears to be nearing an end, with part numbers and pricing for new MacBook Pro models cropping up in inventory systems worldwide over the weekend.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Amie Street's pricing, social features attract indie artists  —  As the major record labels finally come to terms with DRM-free music, indie labels continue to blaze new paths in the realm of digital distribution.  Amie Street, one of the first online music stores that offered DRM-free downloads …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces New Reporting Standard for Digital Campaign Performance: Engagement Mapping  —  New approach allows advertisers to map and assign value to various touch points, gaining a more complete picture of a campaign.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced Engagement Mapping …
Google Talkabout:
Google Talk chatback  —  Do you have a blog, online profile, or some other personal web page?  Would you like to communicate more with your visitors?  Today we're launching a new Google Talk feature that lets visitors to your web site chat with you.  We call it “chatback” …
 
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