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9:05 PM ET, March 24, 2006

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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.
Jeff Chester / The Nation:
Google's Wi-Fi Privacy Ploy  —  The digital gold rush is on across America, as cities scramble to develop free or low-cost Wi-Fi zones.  These public on-ramps to the Internet are designed to provide every citizen with a form of always-on, high-speed Internet access—at the playground, in the office or at home—at low or no cost.
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Where the heck is Scoble?  —  The Vista Office blog asks "what is going on here?"  I was traveling from Las Vegas yesterday.  I was just burned out and tired.  So I took a day off from looking at my computer.  —  Whenever you see a story that says 60% of any OS is gonna be rewritten …
Discussion: Bink.nu and Message
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
Microsoft:
Microsoft Confirms Timeline for 2007 Microsoft Office System  —  Product on track for October RTM.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — March 24, 2006 — Yesterday, Microsoft Corp. confirmed the timeline for release and availability of its 2007 Microsoft® Office system.
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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 …
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.
Katie Kafner / New York Times:
Wary of a New Web Idea That Rings Old  —  LAST September, when Di-Ann Eisnor, a 33-year-old entrepreneur, traveled to Silicon Valley to pitch her start-up business to venture capitalists, she stayed calm by reminding herself that it would be like mingling with strangers at a party.
Discussion: Message and All Points Blog
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Annalee Newitz / Wired News:
Map Mashups Get Personal
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Shel / a shel of my former self:
This time, they've gone too far  —  Interactivity, two-way communication, community building...it's all good stuff.  But sometimes, you have to wonder if the ability to do something means you should.  —  My first impression of the new blog tool Mobber was favorable, mainly because the fact that it does what it does is cool.
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
Associated Press:
N.Y. Sues FreeiPods.com  —  New York's attorney general sued an internet company Thursday over the selling of e-mail addresses in what authorities say may be the biggest deliberate breach of internet privacy ever.  —  Attorney General Eliot Spitzer accused Gratis Internet …
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 …
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
worldblogcenter.com: lying turdmongers  —  BoingBoing reader Darren Rowse just pointed us to a shady site called World Blog Center, which touts itself as "prestigious virtual real estate location in which blogs from a variety of industry sectors are housed."
Discussion: Make Money Online …
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
Mark Evans:
Is Alcatel-Lucent Just the Beginning?  —  So, Alcatel and Lucent are thinking about doing a $34-billion merger?  While they will only admit to be "discussions", a deal could have huge ramifications on the telecom equipment landscape.  Nortel, for example, would find itself with a formidable competitor in …
 
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Daniel Lyons / Forbes:
Microsoft Vista: Not 'People Ready'
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Sausage, traffic, and clueless users
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Embedded Micro Browsers Offer Enhanced Navigation Within Web Pages
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Paul Miller / Engadget Mobile:
Sprint Nextel outlines plans for dual-mode iDEN/CDMA and WiFi/CDMA phones
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Ellen McCarthy / Washington Post:
Purchase by Israeli Firm Called Off
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Dorrian Porter / Silicon Valley Himalayan Expedition:
Carnival of the Mobilists No. 20  —  Great to host …
Discussion: MobHappy
Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
'60 Minutes' Goes to Yahoo!; Buick Sponsors
Martin LaMonica / builderau.com.au:
Q&A: Microsoft chairman Bill Gates
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Now Playing On Your Cell Phone
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One 12-year old's opinion of TabletKiosk's Ultra-Mobile PC
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Google's Print Auction Fizzles
 

 
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