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10:15 PM ET, March 30, 2006

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Werner Vogels / All Things Distributed:
NAKED ANSWERS  —  Today Shel Israel and Robert Scoble stopped by at Amazon to present their book Naked Conversations in our Fishbowl series.  As you can read in Shel's observations and Robert's they appear shocked that we used a critical voice to address their work.
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Shel Israel / Naked Conversations:
Three Seattle Talks  —  Just back to the Bay Area from Seattle where the weather was slightly better.  Robert and I spoke together at Microsoft, Amazon and the Seattle Chamber of Commerce.  Robert has already filed an excellent and observant post.  He had a fourth talk, which I managed to keep out of.
Discussion: Incremental Blogger and Scobleizer
Rick Segal / The Post Money Value:
Amazon Bad Boy - Werner Vogel  —  You've probably noticed that a bunch of big companies are getting this or that smart person to come by and chat with the troops on particular topics.  Seth Godin was recently at Google, for example, and gave a great talk which is on Google Videos when you search for Seth Godin.
Reto / The Radioactive Yak:
Google-Vision: Is Google TV on its way?  —  I've speculated on this in the past, but a review of recent Google job openings may show a move into the interactive TV market is on the cards.  —  Google are advertising for an Interactive TV Product Manager in Mountain View …
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Walter S. Mossberg / WSJ Personal Technology:
Ask.Com's New Look Scores Big Points Against Search Rivals  —  In college basketball this month, we've all been reminded that the superiority of champions can't be taken for granted.  During the NCAA tournament, George Mason University, an obscure team from the suburbs of Washington, D.C. …
Thomas K. Arnold / Hollywood Reporter:
UMD losing H'wood game  —  Exactly a year after it was launched in the U.S., the Sony PlayStation Portable's days as a hand-held movie-viewing device might be numbered.  —  Disappointing sales have slowed the flow of movies on the proprietary Universal Media Disc to a mere trickle.
www2.sprint.com:
Sprint Extends Mobility Leadership with Aggressive Broadband Network Expansion  —  Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced aggressive plans for the expansion and evolution of the Sprint Power Vision(SM) network which now covers over half of the U.S. population with mobile broadband data services.
Paul R. La Monica / CNN:
V is for Vonage...T is for Takeover  —  The Internet phone leader filed for an IPO nearly two months ago...but some on Wall Street think the VoIP company is shopping itself to telecoms.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Woo hoo!  Woo hoo hoo!  —  Turn on the TV these days and it's hard …
Discussion: GigaOM
Don Marshall / online-publishers.org:
OPA Press Release  —  ONLINE VIDEO ACHIEVING MASS APPEAL WITH NEWS LEADING THE WAY, ACCORDING TO ONLINE PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION STUDY  —  NEW YORK, NY — March 29, 2006 — According to a study released today by the Online Publishers Association (OPA), video viewing online has reached the point …
Stuart Miles / pocket-lint.co.uk:
Navman launch three new GPS units including the the iCN720 and iCN750 and iCN530  —  30 March 2006 - Navman has announced three new GPS units; the iCN720 and iCN750 and iCN530 and a new web application called NavPix today.  —  Differing from other GPS units on the market, the new flagship models …
Todd Malicoat / Stuntdubl:
Time for New Adventures in Stuntdubl Land  —  It is with anticipation and a bit of sadness that I will be leaving We Build Pages to pursue a new career.  Unfortunately, the direction of the business is not inline with my personal and professional goals at this time, and therefore I feel I must move on.
Ouriel Ohayon / TechCrunch:
Typepad is launching blog widgets  —  SixApart's Typepad is about to announce Widgets for bloggers.  And this is about to simplify the life of million of bloggers who until now had more or less to deal with placing html code in their template to customize and enrich their blogs with third party features.
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Michael Sippey / Six Apart:
Introducing TypePad Widgets: Bling for your Blog
Discussion: Connecting the Dots
Cervezas / Software Everywhere:
It's confirmed: Palm is building their own OS  —  Things are getting interesting at Palm Inc., the makers of the Treo smartphones but not (to date) of the operating systems they run on.  First, back in November of 2004, there was a source that reported Palm was "exploring partnerships …
David Beisel / Genuine VC:
"There's Something Going On" in Boston  —  Last night I attended the Geek Dinner organized by Pito Salas, Bela Labovitch, and Adam Green.  It was an opportunity for "geeky-but-not-exclusively-geeks" people to "hang out, casually munch on cheap food and compare notes on stuff that people are working on."
Discussion: Darwinian Web and Pito's Blog
Ryan Katz / Think Secret:
Apple iPhone soon?  Not likely.  —  March 30, 2006 - Contrary to published reports, two independent sources speaking on condition of anonymity recently disclosed to Think Secret that Apple's cell phone ambitions have been put on hold as the company has encountered "significant technological hurdles" in developing the product.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Brandon Hill / dailytech.com:
Gateway Jumps The Gun on Intel, Accidentally Announces New CPU … Gateway shows off its ULV Core Solo based notebook ahead of Intel's official announcement  —  Gateway has jumped the gun a bit by offering its NX100 notebook which is powered by Intel's Ultra Low Voltage Core Solo processors.
Discussion: Mac Rumors and Valleywag
Valleywag:
Does Jeff Bezos have a sexy avatar?  —  Virtual world Second Life has hosted a few tech luminaries before, including sci-fi author Cory Doctorow and progressive IP lawyer Larry Lessig.  MAKE Magazine blogger Phil Torrone and vlogger Amanda Congdon have tooled around in it too.
Ben Elgin / Business Week:
Google's Surprising Stock Sale  —  Why would an outfit with so much cash in hand sell stock worth another $2 billion?  In part, to dampen recent price fluctuations  —  Google's mastery of the Internet search market has turned it into a veritable cash machine — but the company is hankering for more.
 
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Apple offers volume limit setting for iPods
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Microsoft Delays IE's ActiveX D-Day
MarketWatch:
BBC plans ads for U.S. Web visitors
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Google's Wi-Fi Patent May Face Wayport Challenges
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