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5:35 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 …
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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
Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
USA Today adds social networking features
Discussion: down the avenue
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 …
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.
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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).
Discussion: SearchViews, Ars Technica and Slashdot
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.
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
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 …
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
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
Luke O'Brien / 27B Stroke 6:
Best Buy Pushes Worst Buy  —  Techie mega-store Best Buy has a secret intranet site that employees used to rip off customers, according to a consumer watchdog column in the Hartford Courant.  —  Employees at Best Buy stores repeatedly failed to honor discounted prices listed on BestBuy.com, putting the burden of proof on consumers.
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
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
FeedBlendr - Feed Remix Service  —  Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus  —  FeedBlendr is a web service that lets you remix your feeds.  It has just launched the public beta of its second version.  At first glance FeedBlendr does not appear to have a lot of bells and whistles …
Discussion: A Feed Is Born
 
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Technorati's Opportunities and Exit Options
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Stan Beer / ITWire:
ODF threat to Microsoft in US governments grows
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Mark Raby / TG Daily:
Analysis: AMD mainstream CPU prices hit record lows in U.S. retail
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Meraki Rocks  —  Meraki, the inexpensive mesh networking client …
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Corey Boles / Wall Street Journal:
Ashcroft Offered His Services to XM Before Being Hired by NAB, XM Says
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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 …
Discussion: Gadget Lab, TechSpot News and digg
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 …
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
A Contributor to Wikipedia Has His Fictional Side
Discussion: Andrew Lih
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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