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6:00 PM ET, February 27, 2007

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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Creating Engaging User Experiences  —  Adobe's holding a special product preview summit today called Engage, focused on Adobe's new tools for creating engaging user experiences.  I love Adobe's framing of "engaging user experiences" as a touchstone for the web going forward.
Discussion: The Universal Desktop
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Ryan Stewart:
Apollo Reaction from Engage  —  I'm sitting in the Engage keynote by Kevin Lynch and when he started talking about Apollo, the questions from the audience really started ramping up.  It's very interesting to see people like Ben Galbraith from Ajaxian ask about being able to access native code …
David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:   Adobe starts opening the kimono on its Apollo platform
Ryan Stewart / TechCrunch:
Talking Apollo with Kevin Lynch at Adobe Engage
Discussion: Scobleizer
Jason Busch / SpendMatters:
Vista, Office and Outlook 2007 are a Nightmare  —  Hey, category managers in charge of IT spend.  Want to make yourself a friend of the business for life?  I've got a secret for you: don't rubberstamp your CIO's decision to upgrade to Vista or Office 2007.  In fact, tack on a big "reject" to the request or the requisition.
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Chris Pirillo:
Windows Vista: I'm Breaking up with You  —  No, seriously.  When I have the time, I'm "upgrading" from Windows Vista to Windows XP.  My keyboard is completely ambiguous.  —  I stand by my original assertion that the shipping version of this OS is late beta, at best.
Business Wire:
Carl Icahn Invests $50 Million in Motricity  —  Funding Fuels Motricity's Continued Growth and Expansion  —  DURHAM, N.C.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Motricity, a leading provider of mobile content services and solutions, today announced the completion of $50 million in equity funding from Carl Icahn …
Discussion: The Browser and StartupSquad.com
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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Can Icahn Help Motricity?
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Integrated voice coming to 'Second Life'  —  Second Life users who want to chat up those cute avatars across the virtual room can soon try to lure them over with voice rather than text.  —  Next week, Second Life publisher Linden Lab plans to unveil a small beta trial in which, for the first time …
Discussion: Ministry of Tech
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Alex Veiga / Associated Press:   Virtual Designers Busy in Online Worlds
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Ning: let '000 Social Nets Bloom  —  Ning, thanks to the pedigree of its co-founder, Marc Andreessen, has been under close scrutiny by the Silicon Valley cognoscenti.  The Palo Alto-based start-up has played its cards close to its chest, a move that has left many scratching their heads and wondering what is Ning.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ning In Full
Sony:
SONY UNVEILS SEVEN HOME THEATER SYSTEMS  —  Sony Electronics today unveiled seven home theater systems.  —  Three of the new systems are being called BRAVIA™ Theater to complement select models of Sony's market leading line of flat-panel BRAVIA LCD televisions.
Discussion: Engadget HD and Gizmodo
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Sony:
SONY'S CHARMING CYBER-SHOT DIGITAL CAMERAS BECOME THE LIFE OF THE PARTY  —  Sony is introducing a line of slim and stylish Cyber-shot T-series cameras that are destined to be the fashionista crowd's favorite party companion.  —  The 8-megapixel DSC-T100 camera is a showstopper …
hosting.mansellgroup.net:
Random Ramblings: Sequoia v. ComVen, PCG & Quiz Time  —  Random Ramblings: Sequoia v. ComVen, PCG & Quiz Time  —  The VSP Capital Memorial trophy is awarded each year to theventure capitalfirm that most effectively turns itself into a punching bag.  The 2007 frontrunner is ComVentures.
Discussion: PE HUB, Valleywag and VC Confidential
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Sequoia Capital vs. ComVentures
Discussion: VC Ratings
Kelly Hill / RCR Wireless News:
Verizon Wireless to launch Vcast Mobile TV March 1  —  Verizon Wireless will begin offering mobile television on March 1, according to coverage maps on the carrier's Web site.  —  No further details were offered, and the maps offered the caveat that mobile TV would be available only in "select markets" on March 1.
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Search Engines Defeat "Must-Carry" Lawsuit—Langdon v. Google  —  Langdon v. Google, Inc., 2007 WL 530156 (D. Del. Feb. 20, 2007).  My write-up on Langdon's complaint from last summer.  —  Langdon is a griper.  He sought to buy ads on the major search engines to advance his gripes …
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
CLIPMARKS: TINY NIBBLES OF WEB CONTENT  —  Clipmarks, a Web bookmarking service, launches its 2.0 version today.  Previously, the service made it possible to snip paragraphs and pictures from Web pages and save them.  Today, the service launches its new, supergranular version …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Gizmo 3.0, Voice for all IMs  —  JUST RELEASED: How do you make Gizmo Project better?  Add free calling to other IM clients to the service.  And that's exactly what SIPphone, the company behind Gizmo Project, has done with the just-out-of-oven Gizmo Project 3.0 soft client.
Sony:
SONY INTRODUCES ENERGY LINK USB PORTABLE POWER SUPPLY AND ADAPTOR  —  Today's growing mobile market can now power up most portable, USB-compatible electronics devices virtually anytime, anywhere thanks to Sony's new USB portable power supply, which, when fully charged, can give hours of play time.
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
BBC:
Burgers paid for by mobile phone  —  Visitors to fast food outlets in Japan will soon be able to pay for their burgers with their mobile phones.  —  Japanese mobile phone operator NTT DoCoMo is teaming up with McDonalds to offer electronic payments and special promotions for mobile users.
useit.com:
Life-Long Computer Skills … I recently saw a textbook used to teach computers in the third grade.  One of the chapters ("The Big Calculator") featured detailed instructions on how to format tables of numbers in Excel.  All very good, except that the new Excel version features …
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Why Can't Programmers.. Program?  —  I was incredulous when I read this observation from Reginald Braithwaite: … The author he's referring to is Imran, who is evidently turning away lots of programmers who can't write a simple program: … Dan Kegel had a similar experience hiring entry-level programmers:
 
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Tech Policy Summit: Patent Office head lays out reform strategy
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Reading the Ray Ozzie tea leaves
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise UK:
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Discussion: prblogger.com and nma.co.uk
Erik Kennedy / Infinite Loop:
iPhone: next iPod, or next Newton?
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Excerpts: Microsoft's Ozzie talks strategy, competition
Matt Slagle / Associated Press:
Match.com to announce overseas expansion
Business Wire:
Dolby Signs Agreement to Acquire BrightSide
Discussion: alarm:clock and Engadget HD
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Electronic Arts names former exec CEO
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Iljitsch van Beijnum / Infinite Loop:
Final version of Parallels Desktop released as free update (updated)
PR Newswire:
Marvell Technology Group Ltd. Reports Preliminary Revenue …
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Startling New News Technology
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
How Ultimate Is This? … I was poking around Microsoft's …
Paul Sloan / Business 2.0:
The quest for the perfect online ad
Paul F. Roberts / InfoWorld:
Battle brewing over RFID chip-hacking demo
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Lockheed's F-22 Raptor Gets Zapped by International Date Line
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