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6:15 PM ET, March 5, 2007

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Alan Sipress / Washington Post:
Open Call From the Patent Office  —  The government is about to start opening up the process of reviewing patents to the modern font of wisdom: the Internet.  —  The Patent and Trademark Office is starting a pilot project that will not only post patent applications on the Web and invite comments …
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Richard K / Silicon Valley Watcher:   3.5.07 Patent Office 2.0?  —  By Richard Koman for Silicon Valley Watcher
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Who's Right About The Social Media Revolution — The People Or The Revolutionaries?  —  What are we to conclude from stark contrast between the (sometimes breathless) praise of USA Today's "social media" redesign among tech/media bloggers and commentators (with some saying they didn't go far enough) …
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Carlo / Techdirt:
Would You Like Some Social Networking With That Network Switch?
Discussion: Valleywag
Christopher Null / PC World:
The 50 Most Important People on the Web  —  Despite what Time magazine would have you believe, you are not the most powerful or influential person on the Web.  At PC World we love online personals, social networks, and videos of people falling on their keisters as much as the next person …
Mike / Techdirt:
RIAA Pushes Through Internet Radio Royalty Rates Designed To Kill Webcasts  —  from the broadcasters-must-be-a-special-boys- club dept  —  It's been quite some time since we last heard about arguments between internet webcasters and SoundExchange (a group spun off from the RIAA to handle royalty collection).
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
U.S. Copyright Royalty Board Rejects Webcasters, Embraces SoundExchange  —  On Friday, which is generally accepted in public relations circles as the best day of the week to release controversial news, the United States Copyright Royalty Board (image to the right) announced new royalty rates for webcasts, effective from 2006 to 2010.
Grace Wong / CNNMoney.com:
Second Life's looming tax threat  —  Come April 15 profits earned online must be reported to the IRS.  But what about 'money' that's virtual?  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — In case you haven't noticed, Second Life is booming, and its economy has boomed too - putting the virtual reality world …
Discussion: The Blog Herald and digg
Ellen Lee / San Francisco Chronicle:
Google moves YouTube ahead  —  Since the acquisition, more deals struck for video, though copyright issues remain  —  In a clip posted on YouTube shortly after Google said it was acquiring the popular online video site for a whopping $1.65 billion, YouTube co-founders Chad Hurley …
Discussion: Slashdot and digg
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
A Richer Trip to the Mall, Guided by Text Messages  —  SEARCH engines made it easy to find items at online stores.  Now the Internet is poised to solve a more vexing problem: finding items while you are at the mall.  —  Technology companies like NearbyNow of Los Altos, Calif. …
Douglas Heingartner / New York Times:
Patent Fights Are a Legacy of MP3's Tangled Origins  —  Microsoft says it was doing the right thing: paying a German rights holder $16 million to license the MP3 audio format, the foundation of the digital music boom.  Then an American jury ruled that Microsoft had failed to pay another MP3 patent holder …
Discussion: Techdirt, IP Democracy and PaidContent
BBC:
Windows fails second virus test  —  Microsoft's Live OneCare security software has failed tests which check how well it spots and stops malicious programs designed to attack Windows.  —  OneCare was the only failure among 17 anti-virus programs tested by the AV Comparatives organisation.
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
U.S. government's NOAA site hacked by pill pushing spammers  —  The U.S. government's NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Web site has been hijacked by spammers peddling prescription pills.  —  The news section of NOAA's Climate Monitoring & Diagnostics Laboratory …
Stan Beer / ITWire:
ODF threat to Microsoft in US governments grows  —  California has introduced a bill to make open document format (ODF) a mandatory requirement for agencies when acquiring software, turning up the heat on Microsoft.  The bill follows similar legislation in Texas and Minnesota and adds further …
Discussion: The Mac Observer and Slashdot
Josh / Bokardo:
Five Principles to Design By  —  I recently wrote these into my about page: five principles that I design by.  —  Technology Serves Humans.  —  Too often people blame themselves for the shortcomings of technology.  When their computer crashes, they say "I must have done something dumb".
Discussion: Global Nerdy
Dan Ackerman / Crave: The gadget blog:
FlipStart flips into view  —  The Vulcan FlipStart, an ultramobile PC first announced in 2003, is apparently a little closer to store shelves, despite a longstanding reputation as vaporware.  —  The gang over at PCMag.com actually have a full review of the not-yet-released FlipStart E-1001S …
Discussion: Engadget and I4U News
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
A Contributor to Wikipedia Has His Fictional Side  —  In a blink, the wisdom of the crowd became the fury of the crowd.  In the last few days, contributors to Wikipedia, the popular online encyclopedia, have turned against one of their own who was found to have created an elaborate false identity.
Discussion: Rational rants and Andrew Lih
Eric Sylvers / International Herald Tribune:
FastWeb founder turns his attention to Internet television and video-on-demand  —  MILAN: In seven and a half years, Silvio Scaglia transformed FastWeb from a start-up with a plan to bring fiber-optic cables into houses from Milan to Palermo into a company with €1.3 billion in annual sales and 1.1 million clients.
Discussion: HipMojo.com, PaidContent and NewTeeVee
 
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Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Lego MMO Revealed
Discussion: Gizmodo and Game | Life
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The Real Google Phone
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Scott Wasson / The Tech Report:
Five desktop quad-core solutions compared
Discussion: ChipLand and digg
Samc / dailywireless.org:
Meraki Rocks  —  Meraki, the inexpensive mesh networking client …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Line losses & Bells' Race against time
Corey Boles / Wall Street Journal:
Ashcroft Offered His Services to XM Before Being Hired by NAB, XM Says
Discussion: Engadget and Listening Post
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
FeedBlendr - Feed Remix Service
Discussion: A Feed Is Born
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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Programming Language Wars, Part One
Discussion: Global Nerdy
Gizmodo:
NVIDIA Ships 128-Core Graphics Cards for High-End Film Editors …
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Simple hack keeps Netflix Watch Now from tracking your minutes?
Cisco:
Cisco Completes Purchase of Selected Assets of Utah Street Networks, Inc.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces 512MB Memory Unit for Xbox 360 and Increased …
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Three solid Gmail productivity tips
Discussion: Googling Google
Scott Karp / The Blog Herald:
Could Blogging Adopt A Paid Content Business Model?
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Time Change a 'Mini-Y2K' in Tech Terms
Discussion: Global Nerdy and Feld Thoughts
 

 
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