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9:20 AM ET, March 1, 2006

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apple.com:
Apple Unveils Mac mini with Intel Core Duo  —  New Mac mini Delivers Performance Up to Four Times Faster  —  CUPERTINO, California—February 28, 2006—Apple® today unveiled the new Mac® mini with the Intel Core Duo processor, delivering performance up to four times faster …
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Tom Neumayr / apple.com:
Apple Announces iPod Hi-Fi  —  High-Fidelity Speaker System for iPod Redefines the Home Stereo System  —  CUPERTINO, California—February 28, 2006—Apple® today announced iPod® Hi-Fi, an all-new high-fidelity speaker system that works seamlessly with the iPod to redefine …
Owen Thomas / CNN:
Apple's big news: Lights, camera, Mac-tion!  —  Apple's mysterious summons to Cupertino this afternoon has the rumor mill watching the maker of Macs and iPods closely.  The smart money is on movies.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2.0) - Apple has issued a vaguely worded invitation to reporters and analysts …
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Mike Kobrin / PC Magazine:
Apple Debuts iPod BoomBox
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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Windows Expertise:
Instant Windows Vista upgrades are on the way  —  Today at Ed Bott's Microsoft Report on ZDNet, I listed some of the upgrade scenarios that will be possible when Windows Vista ships.  All three consumer versions - Home Basic, Home Premium, and Ultimate - will be included on the same CD or DVD.
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Jason Cross / extremetech.com:
Why Windows Vista Won't Suck  —  There's a lot of confusion about Windows Vista these days.  Many online discussion forums have a great number of users who express no desire to upgrade to Vista.  Sure, we've all seen the screenshots and maybe a video or two of Vista in action, but for many it only seems like new tricks for an old dog.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Super-Stealth Ether to Launch Tonight  —  Tonight at midnight the doors open (to beta testers) at Ether, the new super-stealth startup that is wholly-owned by the pay-per-call folks at Ingenio.  —  The concept of Ether is straightforward, but it has a massive back end infrastructure (thankfully Ingenio already had it built).
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MSN Search's WebLog:
Virtual Earth Team Launches Street-Side Drive-by  —  The Virtual Earth team is pleased to launch a preview of a new feature we have been working on - interactive Street-side browsing.  You can try it out at http://preview.local.live.com Street-side imagery allows you to drive around …
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Dick / Burning Questions:
And There Was Much Rejoicing: New FeedBurner Statistics  —  Our crack design team has emerged from their cave with a sweeping set of enhancements to our core statistics offering.  There are some new concepts, more detailed visibilty into specific item statistics, and a simpler means …
Martyn Williams / Techworld.com:
Vodafone shows face recognition phone  —  Vodafone has announced a new handset from Sharp that includes a face-recognition security system.  —  The 904SH handset will go on sale in Japan on April.  Its VGA screen with 480 pixels by 640 pixels has four times the resolution of screens found on most high-end handsets currently on sale.
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USA Today:
Flickr of idea on a gaming project led to photo website  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Caterina Fake knew she was onto something when one of the engineers at her Vancouver, British Columbia-based online game start-up created a cool tool to share photos and save them to a Web page while playing.
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Senators back new broadband taxes  —  WASHINGTON—New broadband taxes may be on the horizon, if an influential senator and his like-minded colleagues get their way.  —  At a Tuesday hearing convened by the Senate Commerce Committee, several senators from largely rural states called for expansion …
Discussion: Paul Kapustka's Blog
MediaPost Publications:
Productivity: Meet, Greet, Then Market  —  THE INTERNET HAS MATURED INTO the most important medium since television.  But the Internet is still evolving, and the latest "killer application" is social engagement, a development paralleled by the rising interest in connection throughout society at large.
Adam Pasick / Reuters:
Napster plays blame game  —  NAPSTER'S chief executive has blamed technical glitches from Microsoft and music player makers for hampering his company's ability to compete with Apple's iTunes music service.  —  "There is no question that their execution has been less than brilliant over the last 12 months …
Alexander Muse / Texas Venture Capital Web 2.0 Blog:
Lists?  How about one more?  43 Best Blogs in the Universe!  —  A friend of ours is starting a new blog network and he launched a new 'Top Blogs' list (I won't mention who is doing it or what it is called) and it reminded me of a post Josh Hallett wrote last August titled, "List of Blogs Nobody Reads by Should and Other Lists."
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
AMD's lawyers call on Skype  —  As part of its ongoing antitrust case against Intel, Advanced Micro Devices on Tuesday served Skype with a subpoena demanding documents related to its deal to make one feature in Skype 2.0 available exclusively to Intel users.
Associated Press:
Yahoo sues former workers, alleging trade secrets were stolen  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. - Yahoo Inc. sued seven former employees Monday, alleging that the workers stole trade secrets as they defected to MForma Group Inc., which provides entertainment and information tailored for wireless phones.
 
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Sony sets date for rollout of next-generation DVDs
lik-sang.com:
Nintendo DS Lite Update: Lik Sang takes the Nintendo DS Lite …
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Lifehacker:
Put Wikipedia on your iPod
Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Pundits On Search  —  Danny Sullivan is the moderator on this panel …
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Doom!  Doom I say!  —  Classic Nicholas Carr post yesterday.
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Big Brother Is Reading Your Blog
Bloomberg:
Google Shares Slide; Finance Chief Sees Slower Growth (Update5)
sonyericsson.com:
Sony Ericsson introduce new lifestyle of imaging communication …
gizmag.co.uk:
Functional redesign of the wall electrical outlet
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Windows Live ID to Replace Passport
 

 
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