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10:30 PM ET, February 26, 2008

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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Disaster: Comscore Reports Awful January*  —  Comscore reported shockingly bad US paid click performance for Google in January: flat growth year-over-year versus a 25% increase in Q4.  Even if Comscore is only half right, this is a disaster.  —  Flash note from analyst Bob Peck at Bear Stearns:
Bill Tancer / Hitwise Intelligence:
Google: Does Search Data Indicate a Recession?  —  The news is buzzing this morning, starting with a report from UBS that alleges that Google's paid clicks are down in January.  Analysts from a number of firms have been speculating that this may be a sign that a slowing economy is affecting search.
Discussion: WebProNews and Screenwerk
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
The Web Economy Rejoices: Google IS Overrated and Due For BIGGER Fall!
Discussion: CNET News.com
Portfolio.com:
Comcast Astroturfs the Old-Fashioned Way  —  How big are the stakes in the so-called network neutrality debate now raging before Congress and federal regulators?  —  Consider this: One side in the debate actually went to the trouble of hiring people off the street to pack …
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DSLreports:
Did Comcast Hire Public Stand-ins For Neutrality Hearing?
Discussion: Digital Trends
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:   Comcast hits the snooze button
Apple:
Apple Introduces New MacBook and MacBook Pro Models  —  Multi-Touch Trackpad Comes to MacBook Pro  —  Apple® today updated its popular MacBook® and MacBook Pro notebook lines with the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors, larger hard drives and 2GB of memory standard in most models.
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Iljitsch van Beijnum / Infinite Loop:
The new MacBook's battery life and power adapter (Updated)
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Tracking Microsoft's Windows Live outage (Updated)  —  Readers have been e-mailing this morning about problems accessing Microsoft's Windows Live Hotmail and Messenger services.  Microsoft is acknowledging the problem, but as of late morning Pacific time, there doesn't appear to be a resolution.
Discussion: InfoWorld
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Gets More Orderly: Multi-Tab For Profiles  —  Facebook has always had much cleaner, less chaotic profile pages than “anything goes” competitor MySpace (MySpace continues to experiment with less chaotic default themes).  Facebook just seems to like things to stay orderly and structured on their site.
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Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Facebook's getting a face-lift soon
Discussion: VentureBeat
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Lance Ulanoff's death spiral has begun  —  I hate to pick on someone — unless they deserve it, of course — but I'm willing to make an exception in Lance Ulanoff's case.  He's the PCMag editor whose piece on Facebook got picked up by Fox News, primarily (I'm assuming) because of the headline …
Discussion: Fox News and Favorite {fvrit} Blog
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Mike / CrunchNotes:
Nice Job, Mainstream Media
Discussion: All Facebook
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPod/iPhone firmware update 1.1.4 released  —  Just connected my iPhone to iTunes.  More details as they come in.  —  1:30: I'm downloading the software now... To download directly, the direct links are iPhone and iPod.  (Do let me know if I messed either of those up.)
Constantinos Michael / Google LatLong:
Refine by user ratings and neighborhoods  —  Ever since I moved to the New York City Google office I've had an agenda: exploring the best the city has to offer like so many other New Yorkers do.  Sometimes this can be an overwhelming experience, since the city has more than 18,000 food vendors according to nycvisit.com!
ACU News:
ACU first university in nation to provide iPhone or iPod Touch to all incoming freshmen  —  An Apple iPhone or iPod Touch will become a central part of Abilene Christian University's innovative learning experience this fall when all freshmen are provided one of these converged media devices …
Royal Pingdom:
Social network downtime in 2008  —  This is a list of 14 of the largest social networks in the world, and how much downtime they have had so far in 2008. … As we mentioned in a recent report, Bebo's downtime has increased significantly lately and has had by far the most downtime …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Serious Drama, And Lots Of Stupidity, Behind Stage6 Shutdown  —  Yesterday San Diego based DivX announced the shutdown of popular video site Stage6, to the surprise and dismay of the site's 17.4 million happy monthly visitors (the post on the shutdown has over 5,000 comments).
Tom Neumayr / Apple:
iTunes Now Number Two Music Retailer in the US  —  iTunes Customers Top 50 Million  —  Apple® today announced that iTunes® (www.itunes.com) is now the number two music retailer in the US, behind only Wal-Mart, based on the latest data from the NPD Group*.
Heather Havenstein / Computerworld:
Life after page views: Web analytics 2.0  —  Many agree that the page view is dead, but not about the next Web measurement metric  —  Computerworld) In a move that many said signaled the official death of the page view, Nielsen/NetRatings last July announced that it would no longer use page views …
Discussion: GigaOM and Web Strategy
 
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Apple: More On New Macs, Higher Margins, Weak iPods and iPhones …
Andrew Park / Wired News:
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Sun completes MySQL purchase; Eyes more open source acquisitions