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2:35 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 …
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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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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Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
USA Today adds social networking features
Discussion: Techdirt
Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces 512MB Memory Unit for Xbox 360 and Increased Xbox LIVE Arcade Game Size Limit  —  512MB Memory Unit enhances storage capabilities and choice for Xbox 360 gamers; increased Xbox LIVE Arcade size limit provides additional flexibility for game developers.
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Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
Microsoft Prize of $10,000 to Promote Xbox Games
Discussion: Techdirt and You NEWB
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. …
Corey Boles / Wall Street Journal:
Ashcroft Offered His Services to XM Before Being Hired by NAB, XM Says  —  WASHINGTON — Former Attorney General John Ashcroft, who sent a letter this week to his successor Alberto Gonzales blasting the proposed merger of Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. …
Discussion: Listening Post
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Evan Blass / Engadget:   John Ashcroft lobbying for NAB after being rebuffed by XM
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
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.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Time Change a 'Mini-Y2K' in Tech Terms  —  Two years ago, when Congress passed a law to extend daylight saving time by a month, the move seemed a harmless step that would let the nation burn a little less fossil fuel and enjoy a bit more sunshine.  —  Representative Fred Upton …
Discussion: Global Nerdy and Feld Thoughts
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: IP Democracy and PaidContent
Shira Jacobson / SeekingAlpha CE Stocks:
This is the Dawning of the Age of Apple  —  Carl Howe (Blackfriars Communications) submits: We have all heard about the "iPod halo effect" where iPod owners increasingly are buying Apple (AAPL) computers.  Well, it appears that the iPhone has kicked that effect into high gear.
Gizmodo:
NVIDIA Ships 128-Core Graphics Cards for High-End Film Editors, Graphics Pros: Apple 'Excited'  —  NVIDIA just cranked up its highest-end Quadro graphics cards a notch or two, rolling out three products, the NVIDIA Quadro FX 4600, Quadro FX 5600 (pictured above), and NVIDIA Quadro Plex VCS Model IV …
Discussion: Gadget Lab and digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AddThis Widget Gathering Lots Of Interesting Data  —  You may have seen the AddThis buttons on blog at some point while surfing the web.  It's a simple, free widget blog owners can add to their site that shows a number of bookmarking options at the end of a blog post (there's also a feed reader widget for easy RSS subscriptions).
Discussion: Data Mining
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Octopart: Search Engine For Gadget Parts  —  Today, Y Combinator backed Octopart has launched a vertical search engine for electronics parts, ideal for electrical engineers and hobbyists alike.  The engine helps electronics buyers find the best deals by aggregating and normalizing product data …
Discussion: Techscape and CrunchGear
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: NewTeeVee and PaidContent
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Three solid Gmail productivity tips  —  If you're a techie person, email is essential but it's hard to stay on top of all of it.  If you use Gmail and Firefox, here's a few tips to get email under control.  —  The first tip is remedial: keep most mailing list emails out of your inbox.
Discussion: Googling Google
 
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