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2:25 PM ET, February 24, 2007

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Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
Study: Consumers not willing to pay $500 for iPhone  —  San Francisco (IDGNS) - Consumers aren't willing to pay what Apple may ask for the iPhone, but if the price drops they'll switch their mobile service to AT&T in order to get it, according to results of a survey released Thursday.
Tim Bajarin / PC Magazine:
Apple TV: Why It Matters  —  The real battle for the digital living room is about to begin.  —  At CES in early 2005, I hosted a Super Session panel entitled "The Battle for Control of the Digital Living Room" in which executives from Best Buy, Charter Communications (Paul Allen's cable company) …
Discussion: Macsimum News and digg
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
A Software Maker Goes Up Against Microsoft  —  VMware, a young Silicon Valley company, is the early leader in a fast-growing market for what is called virtual-machine software.  And that puts it on a collision course with Microsoft, the industry's Goliath.  —  A virtual machine essentially mimics …
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Social Media Monitoring Firm Cymfony Being Bought By Taylor Nelson Sofres  —  You're reading it here first: Cymfony, the social media market intelligence and research firm based out of Watertown, MA, is being bought by UK-based research giant Taylor Nelson Sofres, paidContent.org has learned.
Associated Press:
Computing award goes to female for first time … (AP) — One of the most prestigious prizes in computing, the $100,000 Turing Award, went to a woman Wednesday for the first time in the award's 40-year history.  —  Frances E. Allen, 74, was honored for her work at IBM Corp. on techniques …
Discussion: Download Squad
Anil Dash:
The Essentials of Web 2.0 Your Event Doesn't Cover  —  Do you want to learn about the future of web applications?  If so, when choosing an event, you might want to make sure it's one that cares about including speakers based on merit, instead of based on arbitrary gender qualifications.
Discussion: A Whole Lotta Nothing
Caterina.net:
MyBlogLog Snafu, Identity and Resurrection  —  MyBlogLog, Flickr's sister company at Yahoo, has gotten dinged for banning a community member who exploited a security hole, and then posted instructions of how to use the exploit to impersonate other MyBlogLog members, providing names of several members to use.
Suw Charman / Strange Attractor:
Six Apart spins like a Whirling Dervish  —  I've refrained from blogging about Six Apart lately, because I have nothing positive to say about them or their products right now, but I'm afraid I can't let their latest marketing email pass without calling bulls**t.
Discussion: Paul Mooney
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Nintendo's Wii a hit with the geriatric set?  —  No, we don't expect the vast majority of elderly folks kickin' it in a retirement home to honestly show any interest in video games (right?), but apparently, the Wii's at least making some minor strides in getting the geriatric set up and active with virtual sports.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg Upgrades Spam Armor, Unblocks Sites  —  Digg has started to unblock many sites that were previously banned for "bad behavior," which usually consisted of a suspiciously high number of stories making it to the home page.  If too many stories were buried by people voting it down …
USA Today:
Police, school get failing grade in sad case of Julie Amaro  —  Imagine you know next to nothing about computers.  You're a substitute teacher for a seventh grade class.  There's a computer in the classroom and, knowing you're going to be sitting there for a while, you ask a fulltime teacher if you can use it.
Discussion: Download Squad
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Regina Lynn / Wired News:
Protect the Children From Porn
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Gizmodo:
Putting Our Money Where Our Mouths Are: Boycott the RIAA in March  —  Alright, we've been following the RIAA's increasingly frequent affronts to privacy and free speech lately, and it's about time we stopped merely bitching and moaning and did something about it.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Microsoft and free software movement tag-team the Supreme Court  —  On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Microsoft v. AT&T concerning liability for patent infringement for the distribution of software outside of the United States.  Although the case is officially …
Warren Ellis / Reuters/Second Life:
Second Life Sketches: Please stop doing that to the cat  —  The following is an independent opinion column, and is not connected with Reuters News.  The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not endorsed by Reuters.  —  It's not often you come home to find people having sex in your house.
Discussion: Valleywag
Jim Courtney / Skype Journal:
Talk-Now: A Pragmatic Introduction to New Presence  —  In a previous post I presented an Interruptions 2.0 Manifesto, outlining issues that need to be considered in the course of real time communications activity in an AlwaysOn world which, in turn, exposes us as users to being Always Available.
Discussion: VoIP Watch
 
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Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Think Your Social Security Number Is Secure? Think Again
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Dave Winer / stories.scripting.com:
MP3 of yesterday's talk
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Carlo / Techdirt:
Call For 'Wireless Net Neutrality' Just A Little Off-Base
Eric / The MyBlogLog Blog:
Everybody hurts... sometimes
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Windows Vista - 19 months of usage and counting
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Texas company files suit over music player patents
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identity is a mashup
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The Old Boys Club is for Losers
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A magazine I would love to read
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