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4:25 PM ET, March 24, 2006

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David Richards / smarthouse.com.au:
60% Of Windows Vista Code To Be Rewritten  —  Up to 60% of the code in the new consumer version of Microsoft new Vista operating system is set to be rewritten as the Company "scrambles" to fix internal problems a Microsoft insider has confirmed to SHN.  —  In an effort to meet a dealine …
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft: Office 2007 to be late, too  —  update Fresh on the heels of a delay in broad availability of Windows Vista, Microsoft confirmed late Thursday that it is also pushing the mainstream launch of Office 2007 to next year.  —  As with Vista, Microsoft hopes to finish the code for Office 2007 this year.
Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
More than half of Microsoft Vista needs re-writing  —  Panic at the Volehill  —  MICROSOFT appears to be in a state of panic, ordering 60 per cent of its new operating system to be re-written amidst a major shake-up of its troubled Windows division.  —  The news follows another delay …
Kevin Newcomb / ClickZ:
Google Seeks Patent for Targeting Ads on Wi-Fi Hotspots  —  Google engineers have applied for a patent on a way to target ads based on the location of the wireless access point to which a user connects, among other factors.  —  The patent application, filed by Google employees Wesley Chan …
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Shimon Sandler:
Google GeoAds beta  —  Google GeoAds beta has been out for less than 2 weeks.  CPC's are super cheap.  —  Wanna see it?  Go to Google Local and type in the search box, "booksellers nyc".  You should see a little coffee cup in addition to the little red ballons.
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John Siracusa / Ars Technica:
Five years of Mac OS X  —  The road behind  —  Mac OS X 10.0 was released five years ago today, on March 24th, 2001.  To me, it felt like the end of a long road rather than a beginning.  At that point, I'd already written over 100,000 words about Apple's new OS for Ars Technica …
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Keith Teare / edgeio corporation:
New edgeio features to be launched tonight  —  Later tonight we will be releasing a new version of the edgeio web site.  It has a number of new features that we are really excited about.  The new site should go live sometime after midnight Pacific time.  —  1. The ability to post an item for sale directly onto the edgeio web site.
Steven Johnson / Wired News:
When Virtual Worlds Collide … Sometimes futurists get the future right.  Millions of us now commute to mass­ively multiplayer online games in worlds much like the metaverse predicted by William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, and the Wachowski brothers.  We live vicariously through …
Discussion: Terra Nova and Slashdot
Hugo 'poogie' Ortega / Uber Tablet:
While you slept I hunted down Toshiba's UMPC - your turn now!  —  While you were sleeping, Australia was still awake.  Knowing that I was nearing Toshiba Utopia (UMPC), infamous bloggers like James Kendrick and Rob Bushway did some investigating of their own.
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Rob Bushway / GottaBeMobile.com:
A Toshiba UMPC on the way? Its coming
Discussion: Kevin 2.0
Ben Elgin / Business Week:
Google's Print Auction Fizzles  —  The search giant's auction of magazine ad space didn't generate much enthusiasm — or business, in the case of one successful bidder  —  Google's effort to roll its advertising juggernaut beyond digital and into the world of print publications is struggling.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Telecom Gear Mergers Ahead  —  With the telecom service providers contracting faster than a bride's waist in weeks leading up to a wedding, it should come as no surprise to anyone that Lucent and Alcatel are entertaining thoughts of a $33 billion merger, that would combine two of the biggest equipment suppliers to the "phone companies."
CNN:
Coming soon: Download-to-own films  —  LONDON, England — Universal Pictures and the online rental firm Lovefilm are launching what they say is the world's first download-to-own movie service in Britain next month.  —  Starting with "King Kong" on April 10, the companies say the new service …
Lora / What Is New:
One 12-year old's opinion of TabletKiosk's Ultra-Mobile PC  —  Mix06 has ended and I've returned home to Prescott.  My 12-year old niece latched on to the black and white Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC or Origami) by TabletKiosk.  I followed her around while she was playing with it …
Annalee Newitz / Wired News:
Map Mashups Get Personal  —  A women named "Paiges" recalls hearing the band Portishead for the first time at a spot in New York's Upper West Side, while she was meeting a man with whom she was having a torrid affair.  "I was in NYC, your wife was out of town," she writes.
Discussion: michael parekh on IT
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Intel Inside for cell phones—sort of  —  A branding effort similar to "Intel Inside," the ad and marketing campaign that helped make the chipmaker a household word, is coming to cell phones.  —  Some cell phone makers in Asia will soon put an Intel badge on their phones …
Discussion: TechBeat
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Now Playing On Your Cell Phone  —  Advertisers are jumping on the mobile marketing bandwagon.  Will subscribers join them?  —  Discovery Channel's I Shouldn't Be Alive profiles people who have survived some pretty unusual (and life-threatening) ordeals, from shipwrecks to snowstorms.
 
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Paul Miller / Engadget Mobile:
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Ellen McCarthy / Washington Post:
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PS3 Dev-Kit Running on XP?
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Jonathan Miller / IGN:
GDC 06: The Xbox 360 Camera
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Advertisers think commercials are less effective
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Game Developers Conference 2006 - Day 3 Report
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