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11:25 AM ET, March 29, 2006


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Telis Demos / CNN:
The sleeping giant goes on the offensive  —  Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft is ready to take the offensive.  —  (FORTUNE Magazine) - When Microsoft (Research) went public in 1986, there was no 3-D videogaming, no enterprise software, and no Google (Research).
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Facebook on the block for $2 billion?  —  Business Week is reporting that Facebook, the Palo Alto-based social networking site for college students, and lately high school students, wants to sell for $2 billion.  —  Let us first point out that the sources of the rumor aren't mentioned by name …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook is doing the Skype dance  —  Business Week is reporting that Facebook has turned down a $750 million acquisition offer and is looking for $2 billion.  The blogosphere is buzzing about the news.  —  The source of the information is an executive(s) at Facebook …
Joel Santo Domingo / Gearlog:
Mac Os X 10.5 Likely To Have Virtualization, Windows Support  —  In a stunning move, BAPCo, the industry-standard Windows benchmarking consortium, announced that Apple Computer has joined up as a member.  BAPCo is responsible for the SYSmark 2004SE and MobileMark benchmark suites we use at PC Magazine Labs for testing PCs.
Discussion: Infinite Loop, Engadget and Ubergizmo
Ker Than / MSNBC:
Brain cells fused with computer chips  —  Tests with neurons could lead to better computers, brain treatments  —  P. Fromherz / NACHIP / Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry  —  A neuron from a rat brain sprawls over a linear array of transistors.  The cell's ionic current interacts with the electronic current in the silicon.
US group wants China 'spy' probe  —  A US agency is calling for an official probe into Chinese computer firm Lenovo's contract to supply 15,000 computers to the US State Department.  —  The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) said it feared the PCs could be fitted with bugging devices to spy on the US government.
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Q & A thread: March 27, 2006  —  Okay, let's try tackling a few questions from the Grab bag thread.  Just a hint for next time: if your question takes three paragraphs to ask, your odds of getting an answer go down.  —  Q: "Is Bigdaddy fully deployed?"  —  A: Yes, I believe every data center …
Ryan Naraine /
Déjà Vu as Third Parties Ship IE Patches  —  Two well-respected Internet security companies have shipped unofficial patches for a critical flaw in Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser a full two weeks before the software maker's scheduled release of a comprehensive update.
PANASONIC ANNOUNCES ITS FIRST HIGH DEFINITION BLU-RAY DISC PLAYER'S AVAILABILITY, PRICING  —  NEW YORK CITY, NY (March 28, 2006) - Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company today announced the upcoming availability of the company's first Blu-ray Disc player, the DMP-BD10, available this September.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and
MSN Search's WebLog:
Build Your Own Search Engine  —  Ever wanted to create your own search engine?  Or use a search engine that's tailored to the specific topic you're interested in?  Last Friday we released a new Live Search feature called Search Macros that enables you to do this!  —  What are Search Macros?
BLUETOOTH SIG SELECTS WIMEDIA ALLIANCE ULTRA-WIDEBAND TECHNOLOGY FOR HIGH SPEED BLUETOOTH® APPLICATIONS  —  Bluetooth technology and UWB solution enables wireless high speed and ad-hoc applications while maintaining low power  —  Bellevue, WA - March 28, 2006 - The Bluetooth SIG today announced …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET
'Second Life' scores $11 million in funding  —  Linden Lab, the publisher of the popular virtual world "Second Life," announced Tuesday an $11 million round of funding led by Globespan Capital Partners.  —  The new funding, which comes on the heels of an $8 million round in October 2004 …
Discussion: A VC and VTOR
Internet Identity Workshop (IIW)  —  Computer History Museum  —  Mountainview CA  —  Workshop Wiki  —  The Internet Identity Workshop focuses on user-centric identity and identity in the large.  Providing identity services between people, websites, and organizations that don't necessarily …
Modculture / Tech Digest:
Hitachi launches the theft-proof projector  —  You'll not lose this one in a hurry.  Or rather, that's what Hitachi hopes with their ED-X10 projector, designed for schools, colleges and universities in a distinctively bright orange colour and with a host of security features onboard.
Discussion: Engadget and Ubergizmo
Rick Aristotle Munarriz / Motley Fool:
Follow the Money, Honey  —  If you want to make lots of money in Internet stocks, the trick is pretty easy to master.  First, you need to find a growing niche.  Don't rack your brain over that.  I'll nudge you in the right direction by pointing out a few, like online advertising, blogging, social networking, and video streaming.
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