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6:50 AM ET, February 27, 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:
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Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Has Google Peaked?  —  That seems to be the central question on investors' minds today as they digest news from comScore that clicks on Google's paid search ads were down 12% in January from October and flat from a year ago.  Google's stock, already hit in recent weeks from a disappointing …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:   A Highflier Loses Altitude as Google's Clicks Go Flat
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   Does the rapid descent of Google's stock mean anything? Nobody knows.
Bill Tancer / Hitwise Intelligence:
Google: Does Search Data Indicate a Recession?
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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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Will Facebook Profile Tabs Lead to Better Apps?  —  One of the big social news stories this evening was Facebook's announcement that it is actively working on a redesign to user profiles that would break the profile page down into three, main tabbed components.
Discussion: Rev2.org
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Facebook's getting a face-lift soon
Discussion: VentureBeat
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: More On New Macs, Higher Margins, Weak iPods and iPhones; Where Has Steve Jobs Been Flying?  —  The Street is feeling chatty today about Apple (AAPL) today, and there's lots to talk about.  The analysts are musing on the announcement today of a refresh of the MacBook and MacBook Pro line …
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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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Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
Comcast hits the snooze button
Henry Work / TechCrunch:
Yelp Raises $15 Million Fourth Round, Rumored Valuation $200 Million  —  Yelp, the popular local review site, will soon announce a new $15 million dollar round of financing led by DAG Ventures.  The valuation is rumored to be in the $200 million range.  Yelp says that they will be using …
Discussion: The Drama 2.0 Show and Joe Duck
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
When will iTunes replace Wal-Mart as No. 1 music retailer?  —  Apple's iTunes will likely whip past Wal-Mart Stores to become the largest U.S. music retailer sometime this year.  —  The NPD Group issued a report Tuesday that said Apple had outpaced Best Buy and Target to become the No. 2 U.S. music retailer.
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Tom Neumayr / Apple:
iTunes Now Number Two Music Retailer in the US
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
Life Encyclopedia: Too Popular to Live  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The concept of a comprehensive encyclopedia of life on the Internet proved too popular.  Its computers were overwhelmed and couldn't keep it alive when it debuted Tuesday.  —  The encyclopedia, which eventually …
Discussion: Slashdot and Wikinomics
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Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
The Encyclopedia of Life, No Bookshelf Required
Discussion: bytes|genes, TECH.BLORGE.com and BBC
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).
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!
Peter Galli / eWeek:
Hyper-V Delay May Slow Windows Server 2008 Adoption  —  The final version of Microsoft's hypervisor product will be made available as an add-on later in 2008.  —  LOS ANGELES—Enterprises are likely to hold off deploying Windows Server 2008 until the final hypervisor product, known as Hyper-V …
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Not Ready to Pay for TV Time, a Mexican Beer Goes Online  —  DECADES ago, brewers determined that television commercials were just about the best way to sell beer, as anyone can attest who has listened to consumers still able to sing jingles like “This Bud's for you,” “Tonight …
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
REDEARTH88 Takes on Lonelygirl15  —  As with most pop culture sensations, Lonelygirl15 spawned a spin-off, and some competition.  Falling somewhere between direct offspring and competitor is REDEARTH88, a series that's starting to build a serious fan base at a time when Lonelygirl's audience is falling off from previous highs.
Discussion: Mashable!
 
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Leslie Katz / Crave: The gadget blog:
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Electronic Frontier Foundation:
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 Earlier Items: 
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Democratic bill could force Apple, AT&T to unlock iPhone
Discussion: mocoNews.net
IT Week:
Microsoft to push IE 8 public beta
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's Mundie: Lots of Yahoo, Microsoft redundancies
Discussion: Redmond
Heather Havenstein / Computerworld:
Life after page views: Web analytics 2.0
Discussion: GigaOM and Web Strategy
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Tracking Microsoft's Windows Live outage (Updated)
Alex Iskold / ReadWriteWeb:
Beware of Freeconomics  —  A few weeks ago we published …