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4:20 AM ET, March 11, 2006

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TDavid / Things That:
Google Writelys a check  —  Writely an online wordprocessor with some collaboration features, which we reviewed back in September 2005 has become Google's newest acquisition.  —  Jen Mazzon from the Google Writely Team explains: … Originally Writely was in closed beta …
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Phil Sim / Squash:
Google 'Lighthouse?' centre of the online universe  —  One of things that came out of the Google Analyst briefing presentation was a project Google is working on called Lighthouse.  —  This is what we were able to glean: … And: … Richard McManus speculated that it might be a " …
Michele / Kevin Kelly:
Consensus Web Filters  —  What's new?  —  Like a lot of people, I find that the web is becoming my main source of news.  Some of the sites I read are published by individuals, but I find the most informative sites are those published by groups of writers/editors/correspondents, including those put out by Main Steam Media (MSM).
Jessi Hempel / Business Week:
eBay's Affinity for Meetup.com  —  The online auctioneer has a lot in common with the virtual community site, so it took a nibble  —  The online auction colossus has caught a dose of community activism.  On Mar. 9, eBay (EBAY) joined five other investors to purchase a minority share in community Web site Meetup.com.
jkOnTheRun:
jkOnTheRun exclusive- ALLTP lists the TabletKiosk M-700  —  I have received word from Allegiance Technology Partners (ALLTP) that they are taking orders for the new TabletKiosk M-700 UMPC.  The base price is $899 with 256 MB of RAM and a 40 GB hard drive.  If you want to add more memory …
Discussion: Engadget and GottaBeMobile.com
Damien Barrett / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Another Roadblock in Dual-Booting Mac OS X & Vista  —  Thosehoping to be able to dual-boot the Intel Macs once Microsoft ships Vista (late this year?) may have to wait a bitlonger.  Today, Dan Warne of APC Magazinereported that Microsoft has announced that the first version of Vista …
slingmedia.com:
Sling Media Announces Support for new Ultra-Mobile PC  —  Hannover, Germany - March 9, 2006 —Sling Media, Inc., a digital lifestyle products company, today announced a customized version of its SlingPlayer software, designed specifically for products based on the Ultra-Mobile PC.
Forbes:
#27 Larry Page  —  Residence: San Francisco, California, United States, North America  —  University of Michigan, Bachelor of Arts / Science  —  Stanford University, Master of Science  —  With partner Sergey Brin, billionaire founders inspiration behind quirky, smarty-pants culture of Google.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
SkypeMe Your eBay Bids  —  When eBay bought Skype last year for a whopping $4.1 billion ($2.6 billion in stock/cash and rest as an earn out) my theory is that the first step in integration of the two companies would be adding a Skype Me feature for all sellers on the eBay system.  Well, time to say, told you so.
Burt Helm / Business Week:
Gauging Google's Gaffes  —  The settlement of a class action underscores concerns over how the search king is communicating about click fraud — and other pressing issues  —  Google (GOOG) boasts some of the Internet's hottest technology and biggest brains.  Even after a recent stock drop, it's still got an enviable market cap.
Tom Burton / Sydney Morning Herald:
Online buying frenzy as big business swoops on sites  —  CHRIS SHARKEY is 23.  He has just got a cool $6 million plus, his share from the sale of a holiday house booking website, Stayz.  —  Four years ago, having just graduated from high school in Newcastle, his teacher parents were keen for Chris to attend university.
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
As Local Paid Search Grows, Local Media to Battle Big Search Engines  —  Paid search advertising by local advertisers is poised to more than double this year to $987 million, and nearly double again in '07.  That's according to the "2006 Local Search Advertising" report from research firm Borrell Associates …
Bruce Stewart / O'Reilly Emerging Telephony:
AT&T Gouging U.S. Soldiers in Iraq  —  Tom Evslin's Fractals of Change has posted an explosive piece about the way AT&T is handling their exclusive contract to install payphones in Iraq and how much they're charging American soldiers to call home.  Would you believe twenty one cents per minute??
Discussion: Fractals of Change
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Dave White / mobilemag.com:
Pretec expands i-Disk offerings  —  CeBIT is off and running with fascinating and scintillating new product announcements, and Pretec is no exception.  The makers of i-Disk Tiny and i-Disk Diamond are taking the wraps off two exciting flash drives, one with a mobile phone bridge …
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Engadget Mobile
Rob Sabin / soundandvisionmag.com:
Blu-ray to Debut May 23  —  Simultaneous release of first Sony titles and Samsung player  —  March 6 - Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) now says it will release its first Blu-ray high-definition discs on May 23 — the same day the first Blu-ray player goes on sale.
Discussion: HDBlog.net and HD Beat
Enid Burns / ClickZ:
Paid Search Spawns 'Drafting' and 'Hijacking' Strategies  —  Competitiveness in the emerging paid search landscape spawns controversial tactics such as the two practices loosely termed "hijacking" and "drafting" by some industry insiders.  While some search engine marketing (SEM) …
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's Weblog:
Friday: NBC's flawed unbundled strategy  —  As it did with "Lazy Sunday," NBC demanded that youTube.com pull a Natalie Portman rap skit from its site this week.  The network is offering these items via its own Website, thank you very much, and doesn't need or want anybody else to do it for them.
Discussion: Adrants and PaidContent.org
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Didn't Get That Wedding Gift?  Blame The Search Engines!  —  Search engines are appearing to be indexing gift registries and ranking them well enough to be found by unsuspecting online consumers.  This causes the registry to show that people have ordered an item or two that the bride and groom have never received.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Thumbstacks - Ajax/Flash Web PowerPoint  —  New York-based Thumbstacks is a bare bones but functional application that allows users to build presentations online and present them via a permanent URL.  It uses both Flash and Ajax - it uses Flash if its installed, and defaults to Ajax if not.
 
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Carnival of the Mobilists - 18  —  I feel greatly honored …
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A word or two on love  —  Some time back David Weinberger wrote …
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