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3:50 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 …
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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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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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
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
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. …
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.
Valleywag:
CISCO: Tribe disbands  —  Cisco's acquisition of the technology assets of Tribe, one of the pioneers of social networks, is a perfectly sensible deal.  It was a firesale; the communications equipment giant paid under $3m, we hear; and that price could be justified by the company's assumption of Tribe's small engineering team.
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
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
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
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 …
Mark Raby / TG Daily:
Analysis: AMD mainstream CPU prices hit record lows in U.S. retail  —  Columbus (OH) - Following a later than expected launch of the Athlon 64 X2 5600+ and 6000+ processors, prices of AMD's mainstream CPUs have dropped to levels lower than we've seen over the past 21 weeks.
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
Samc / dailywireless.org:
Meraki Rocks  —  Meraki, the inexpensive mesh networking client/repeater, is teaming up with people in the San Francisco area to deliver free internet access.  —  Meraki is working with Bay Area wireless groups and will use this first network in San Francisco to showcase new features.
 
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Scott Wasson / The Tech Report:
Five desktop quad-core solutions compared
Discussion: ChipLand and digg
Peter / The Local Onliner:
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
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Discussion: A Feed Is Born
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Programming Language Wars, Part One
Discussion: Global Nerdy
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.
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Octopart: Search Engine For Gadget Parts
Discussion: Techscape and CrunchGear
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
IBM Many Eyes After One Month
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Personalized Search, Google Bookmarks & Link Building
CNET News.com:
Newsmaker: Adobe sees future on the Web
Discussion: JD on EP
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Three solid Gmail productivity tips
Discussion: Googling Google
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
A Contributor to Wikipedia Has His Fictional Side
Discussion: Andrew Lih
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AddThis Widget Gathering Lots Of Interesting Data
Discussion: Data Mining
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It's official: Pirates crack Vista at last
 

 
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