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12:50 PM ET, March 13, 2006

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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Why I will stop blogging  —  I can do it, folks, I have already, in some sense, stopped one of my rivers, and soon, probably before the end of 2006, I will put this site in mothballs, in archive mode, and go on to other things, Murphy-willing of course.  —  It's been a long time coming.
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Blogger / Googlist:
Google Galaxy Starts with Mars  —  Google is one step closer to announcing a Google Galaxy (Universe/Solar System) product.  Today Google introduced Google Mars, its Maps-like exploration of the surface of Mars.  (This is likely an extension of Keyhole's Mars exploration that was quietly forgotten once Google acquired the company.)
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
MySpace Messenger on the Way  —  The cool kids are all talking about the impending release of MySpace Messenger (screenshots below).  The story appeared on Digg yesterday, and the commenters are impatiently trying to make it to work.  No official launch has been mentioned yet.  —  So is this a good idea?
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
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Ryan Tomayko / @lesscode.org:
Gosling Didn't Get The Memo  —  I've been blissfully neglecting this site for months with the assumption that a large part of our goal was completed.  After watching good people like Martin LaMonica and Jon Udell balance out the mainstream tech press with coverage of lessish tools and languages …
Discussion: tecosystems
Stephen Bryant / publish.com:
Blogging for Dollars Brings Unexpected Responsibilities  —  Reporter's Notebook: Professional bloggers Jason Kottke and Heather Armstrong took the stage at SXSW to discuss what happens when you start making a living from your hobby.  —  The story of blogging has largely been written.
Discussion: InterMedia and connecting*the*dots
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Rex Hammock's Weblog:
"Getting to meet Jason Kottke is like getting to meet Brad Pitt's cousin": Don't know why I took notes during this afternoon's conversation between blogging luminaries Jason Kottke and Heather Armstrong, but what the heck, I did, so here they are: … Kottke: (on the subscription model …
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Hungry Media Companies Find a Meager Menu of Web Sites to Buy  —  Media companies are still hungry.  Is there much left for them to consume that they'll find satisfying?  —  NBC Universal's $600 million acquisition of iVillage, an early Internet company catering to women …
Jeff Sandquist:
Microsoft 10 is now on the air  —  My team and I have been working night and day for some time to launch an all new community called 10.  Our dream is to create a place for those people who want to use technology to change the world.  —  Every weekday at 10:00 am (PST) …
Discussion: Microsoft Monitor and MSTechToday
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Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
More hype than an Origami?  Yeah, that's On10.net  —  On10.net is on Digg already.  Hot diggity.  —  I'd hype up this sucker, but it's not gonna need my help.  Can you name why?  I have at least five reasons.  —  1) Talent.  Onscreen you'll see some TechTV types.  On, no, Molly, that's no objectification.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Partnering With Publishers To Sell Online Books  —  Google gave me the heads-up late Friday that a new feature allowing publishers to sell online versions of their books through Google Book Search was about to go live.  Nothing was yet online when we talked, but that's since changed.
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
GOOGLE IS SELLING BOOKS
Discussion: Somewhat Frank
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
Online Auteurs Hardly Need to Be Famous  —  On his computer screen, Jake R. Sanowski scrutinizes a short video of a baby eating its first pickle.  Next is a skit of a woman getting drunker over the course of a meal at which, it turns out, her dining companion is a dog.
ZDNet:
Microsoft pauses work on Adobe rival  —  Microsoft has temporarily halted development work on some aspects of its upcoming professional graphics application as it tries to bring companion tools and its next-generation Windows Vista operating system to market.
Fractals of Change:
Never Again!  —  This post is about a petition Pulver.com (Jeff Pulver) and Evslin Consulting (Mary and I) filed with the FCC this morning hoping to mitigate some of the effects of communications system failures in catastrophes as soon as possible but certainly before next summer's hurricane season.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Tagworld Hits 1 million members, announces $7.5 million from Draper Fisher Jurvetson  —  Tagworld, the next generation Myspace competitor, is showing that there is plenty of room for growth in the crowded teen/young adult home page market (previous TechCrunch posts on Tagworld are here).
Discussion: Bloggers Blog and SiliconBeat
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Compaq founder pushes for academic library online  —  CARLSBAD, Calif.—Ever wonder where Compaq founder Rod Canion is?  He's with Questia Media, which wants to bring a university-class library to a high school near you.  —  The Houston-based company is gathering academic and textbook publishers …
Discussion: MobileRead Networks
LPH / UMPC Buzz:
Media's Idea that Origami is Just a Small Tablet PC Misses Intel Role  —  Mr. Thurrott is almost right when he says the four-year secret origami project was small Tablet PCs discussed at WinHEC.  However, Origami was an interim product of the Haiku project, expected post 2007.
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Rob Bushway / GottaBeMobile.com:   Where are the other players?
Joi / Joi Ito's Web:
Leadership in World of Warcraft  —  This ended up becoming a longer and more rambling post than I expected, but I'm going to post it anyway since I don't write enough these days...  The other day, I was doing an interview for a management and strategy magazine and one of the questions that came …
Discussion: Werblog
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
The business lessons of World of Warcraft
Discussion: WOW Insider
Rick Segal / The Post Money Value:
The Larry and Shelley Story  —  In few minutes or so, MusicIP, a company that we've invested in, takes the wraps of a ton of work at the SXSW show in Austin.  I'm pleased that all the team's hard work will be paying off.  I'll let the company do all launch stuff first and point you to some interesting things as they go public.
 
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