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9:20 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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Noam Cohen / New York Times:
A Contributor to Wikipedia Has His Fictional Side
Discussion: Rational rants and Andrew Lih
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
I may not know prior art, but I know what I like
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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Simeon Simeonov / HighContrast:
The Real Google Phone  —  Andy Rubin has a team of about 100 people at Google working on the Google Phone.  So people have been paying attention.  Andy was the founder of Danger and later Android, which he sold to Google in August of 2005.  Andy is a systems guy and so it's a good bet …
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
More Google Phone talk
Discussion: Gizmodo
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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Mark Potts / Recovering Journalist:
USAToday.com 2.0  —  USAToday.com's new look is getting a lot of attention.
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 …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Another Stanford University Startup coming September 2007  —  You know it as the birthplace of HP, Yahoo, Google, Sun, and Cisco, among others.  —  But coming in September 2007 another kind of startup is coming to Stanford University: a new Scoble!  Yeah, Maryam and I are expecting a new child.
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
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.
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. …
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
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
Ross Miller / Joystiq:
Shadowrun cross-play requires Games for Windows Live Gold account  —  When we spoke with PR Manager Michael Wolf about Games for Windows Live, he was sparse in details regarding a Games for Windows Live Gold account.  "All I can say now is that we're working to make a Gold membership worthwhile …
Mya Frazier / AdAge:
Costly Red Campaign Reaps Meager $18 Million  —  Bono & Co. Spend up to $100 Million on Marketing, Incur Watchdogs' Wrath  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio (AdAge.com) — It's been a year since the first Red T-shirts hit Gap shelves in London, and a parade of celebrity-splashed events has followed …
Fortune:
Top 20 Most Admired Companies  —  To create the top 20 for our 25th annual rankings, Fortune and its survey partners at Hay Group asked 3,322 executives, directors, and securities analysts to select the 10 companies they admire most.  Having fresh ideas and being green are among the qualities that distinguish this year's winners.
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
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 …
 
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Diebold may leave e-voting business
Discussion: Engadget, Associated Press and digg
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Apple plugs eight QuickTime holes
Discussion: TechSpot News and Neowin.net
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
LegalForce, a marketplace for patents
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Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
CrunchGear How-To: Fix an iPod that Won't Boot
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Charles / Channel 9:
UAC - What.  How.  Why.  —  There has been a large amount …
Adam Gaffin / Network World:
Don't trust your network to open source
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Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Lego MMO Revealed
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FeedBlendr - Feed Remix Service
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Gizmodo:
NVIDIA Ships 128-Core Graphics Cards for High-End Film Editors …
Josh / Bokardo:
Five Principles to Design By
Discussion: Global Nerdy
Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces 512MB Memory Unit for Xbox 360 and Increased …
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Patent Fights Are a Legacy of MP3's Tangled Origins
 

 
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