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12:40 PM ET, March 28, 2006


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Jennifer Slegg / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Official Google Blog Deleted, Blogger Registers  —  Back in April 2004, Google launched their blog at  But somehow, in the past few hours, that blog has been completely deleted from the Blogger servers, and users are instead seeing a "Not Found.
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
Facebook's on the Block  —  The owners of the privately held social-networking site hope to fetch as much as $2 billion.  And media giants like Viacom may make a good match  —  Facebook, the Web site where students around the world socialize and swap information, has put itself on the block, BusinessWeek Online has learned.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
5 Years For Nation Wide WiFi  —  In five years, most major metros and suburbs will have ubiquitous Wi-Fi based broadband coverage says Chuck Haas, the co-founder and chief executive officer of MetroFi, a Mountain View, Calif.,-based start-up that is rolling out metro wireless networks.
The Future of Credit Cards - Earning virtual currency for spending in the real world & other world bridging  —  Very soon, credit card companies and game makers will reward their customers who spend money in the real world using private label "rewards" credit cards.
Discussion: WOW Insider and Scobleizer
BESSEMER VENTURE PARTNERS FUNDS JIMMY WALES' STARTUP WIKIA  — Bessemer leads $4 million round with prominent angels  — Company changes name from Wikicities to Wikia  — Wikia supports foundation behind Wikipedia  —  Wikia, Inc., formerly known as Wikicities …
Chris Suellentrop / Wired News:
Global Gaming Crackdown  —  Last fall, a group of World of Warcraft players in China committed mass suicide.  They wanted to draw attention to the latest restriction on their liberty: The same government agency that censors newspapers and bans books had just mandated a system of disincentives …
David /
Rails 1.1: RJS, Active Record++, respond_to, integration tests, and 500 other things!  —  The biggest upgrade in Rails history has finally arrived.  Rails 1.1 boasts more than 500 fixes, tweaks, and features from more than 100 contributors.  Most of the updates just make everyday life a little smoother …
Rick Segal / The Post Money Value:
Robert Scoble should be fired  —  and fired yesterday so I can get em into a start up.  Heh, provocative enough?  —  Okay, there is a larger point I'd like to make in the wake of all the current bad Robert/good Robert blog noise.  —  First, as goofy as it may sound, you need more Scoble, not less.
Stephen Bryant / Online Journalism Review:
Syndicate this!  Linking old media to new  —  A new service called BlogBurst aims to get newspapers republishing syndicated blog content.  Will it work?  Who will benefit?  —  Blogs and newspapers have been getting cozy of late.  The successful journaling experiments at dailies …
Discussion: InterMedia
Alan Saracevic / The Technology Chronicles:
Adios Avie  —  Avadis "Avie" Tevanian, Apple Computer's Chief Technology Officer, is leaving the firm to "pursue other interests," the company confirmed Monday.  Tevanian, who came to Apple in 1997 from his previous post working for Steve Jobs at NeXT, played a key role in developing Mac OS X …
Elinor Mills / CNET
Verizon joins Google AdWords  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—Google and Verizon have signed a deal under which the classified ad provider will help its tens of thousands of marketers get ads onto Google search result pages, the companies said Monday.
Robert / infOpinions?:
The Worst of PR and WOM - All In One Post  —  T he worst aspects of PR and Word-of-mouth (WOM) were laid bare in one pitiful post this weekend.  Filled with stereotypes and void of character (while masquerading as one), Strumpette busts on the scene and is quickly exposed by - a student.
Declan McCullagh / CNET
Net neutrality fans lose on Capitol Hill  —  In a modest victory for broadband providers, a highly anticipated bill in the U.S. Congress does not include specific rules saying that some Internet sites must not be favored over others.  —  Rep. Joe Barton, a Texas Republican who heads …
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
SEARCH SHARE  —  From a Bear Stearns report on comScore data, Google continues to gain ground in search share in the US.  Given all that's going on in search and related media, that's impressive.  From the report, which was emailed to me:
Rob Bushway /
Being honest about Tablet PCs  —  I've noticed a growing trend in forum and blog posts since the UMPC / Origami was announced - the number of people who have said: I'd get one because I just don't take my Tablet PC with me to the places I really need it - which really means " …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google v. Microsoft: New Search Interfaces
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@ DH: Google Music Council? [by rafat] : Picked up this bit …
Discussion: Googling Google
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Avoid WiFi Hell: Worst Hotels for WiFi Service
Phone Scoop:
Cool.Prepaid in Hot Water
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Researcher: DRM Has Deep Flaws
Discussion: Techdirt
Arshad Mohammed / Washington Post:
Phone, Cable Trade Fire Over Ads
Nick Bradbury:
FeedDemon 2.0 Now Available
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Justices Will Hear Patent Case Against eBay
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i-Phono, PSP Bluetooth Transmitter
Discussion: Tech Digest and Ubergizmo
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How to Pick a Good Point and Shoot
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
MP3 of the week and other stuff from my aggregator
Discussion: Zoli's Blog
Microsoft Significantly Enhances Business Process Management …
Christopher / ATRACLife:
New NW-A (002, 003, 005) Series to Debut Soon
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Pssst! You Can Get It Cheaper Over There
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Cablevision to test network DVR
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