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1:50 PM ET, March 26, 2006


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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
You can view the 60-percent-Vista-rewrite story as something of a software development IQ test.  Anyone who believes that it's conceivable is someone who hasn't got the most basic clue about how software development works.  It's akin to believing that all the US troops in Iraq could come home …
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Can this week ever end?  —  I'm on my way up to San Francisco to meet Ernie the Attorney.  I think I'll have a good stiff drink.  After this week...  I see that someone in Acer is being quoted about Vista having "major problems."  Oh, I love this game.  A marketer, down in Australia …
Edward Tenner / New York Times:
Searching for Dummies  —  Plainsboro, N.J.  —  TALK of decline was old news in academia even in 1898, when traditionalists blasted Harvard for ending its Greek entrance requirement.  But today there's a new twist in the story: Are search engines making today's students dumber?
Barbara Jepson / New York Times:
Classical, Now Without the 300-Year Delay  —  REMEMBER that Mozart concert you wanted to get to last month?  No, not that one.  (Or that one.  Or those other 10 or 12.)  The one with Lorin Maazel conducting the New York Philharmonic in the last three symphonies at Avery Fisher Hall.
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Jobs dumps Apple stock  —  Vested?  Sell!  —  In brief Apple Computer founder and CEO Steve Jobs sold 45 per cent of his Apple stock this week.  Jobs sold 4.57m shares at a price of $64.66, netting him a cool $295m.  —  Jobs was granted the 10m shares in 2003, but they didn't vest until now.
J. Angelo Racoma / Forever Geek:   Steve Jobs divests 45% of personal Apple shares
Hubert B. Herring / New York Times:
With Broadband, the PC's Siren Call Is Tough to Resist  —  If you had any lingering doubts that the Internet was rapidly elbowing its way into becoming an outsize presence in the American household, check out new numbers from Nielsen/NetRatings.  —  Just three short years ago …
Better Living Through Software:
Microformats @ MIX  —  At PDC last year, I got to sit with Tantek a few times and debate the microformats approach to semantics.  We discussed microformats in a few sessions at PDC (and bittorrent even came up, for those bloggers who speculate without attending the conference).
Mary Jo Foley /
Microsoft Ends Week of Delays With a New Vista Test Build  —  It's not the next Community Technology Preview build, slated to go to two million testers.  But Microsoft is releasing Friday to selected testers a brand-new build of Vista on which testers are counting for more stability.
Computer Guru / Ramblings of a Computer Guru:
Vista Build 5342 Today!
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Guy Kawasaki / Bona tempora volvantur:
Nine Questions to Ask a Startup  —  Most of the information that you can find about recruiting is for the employer, not the employee.  (I'm as guilty as this as anyone: for example, The Art of Recruiting, I and II.)  Let's turn the tables, switch modes, and balance the scales by discussing …
Discussion: ben barren
Andrew / Web Publishing Blog:
Exclusive Interview with creator and owner, Markus Frind  —  As I reported a few days ago, Markus Frind, the owner of the free dating site has been pulling in $10,000 a day from Adsense.  What is even more remarkable is that he is single handedly …
Ouriel Ohayon / TechCrunch:
Sky-Click: your web call-center with Skype  —  The success of a service can sometimes be measured according to the business activity it is generating around it (think of accessories for Ipod or recently SkyLook).  Skype's success is giving many ideas to imaginative entrepreneurs (the Skype-conomy).
Carl Franklin / Intellectual Hedonism:
Pwopcatcher Alpha  —  I know I teased you last year with the PwopCatcher UI in this blog post, and since then everyone has been asking me for it.  —  I am hereby announcing an alpha version at  Here are the features in a nutshell:  — Subscribe to RSS feeds that contain enclosures (of any kind).
Chris Morris / CNN:
Gaming's biggest least-known company  —  Players and developers know Epic Games.  It's time you did as well.  —  Game Over is a weekly column by Chris Morris  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. ( - Mention Epic Games to a hardcore gamer and their eyes glaze slightly as they begin rhapsodizing …
Discussion: Kotaku
David / Signal vs. Noise:
It's a great time to start a business  —  David Mar 25  —  Caterina Fake has a peculiar list of reasons why starting a company today is a bad idea.  I say it's never been a better time to start a business.  You know, the kind that develops a product or service and asks money for it.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Talking Netvibes  —  Web 2.0 which I define as ability to do a lot more with a lot less inside of a web browser - and the ensuing funding madness has finally started to go global - albeit very slowly.  Netvibes, a Paris-based start-up last week raised a million dollars in angel funding …
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