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12:40 AM ET, March 6, 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 …
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
I may not know prior art, but I know what I like
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
A Contributor to Wikipedia Has His Fictional Side
Discussion: Rational rants and Andrew Lih
Richard K / Silicon Valley Watcher:   3.5.07 Patent Office 2.0?  —  By Richard Koman for Silicon Valley Watcher
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 …
Elinor Mills / CNET
More Google Phone talk  —  A venture capitalist says he has details on the rumored Google Phone.  Simeon Simeonov of Polaris Venture Partners writes in his High Contrast blog that an inside source has told him that it will be a Blackberry-like device running C++ at the core …
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) …
Mark Potts / Recovering Journalist: 2.0  —'s new look is getting a lot of attention.
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).
Joris Evers / CNET
Microsoft patches Xbox 360  —  Microsoft has quietly released a fix for a security vulnerability that could let Xbox 360 owners run their own applications or operating systems on the console.  —  The update corrects a problem with a tamper protection mechanism on the Xbox 360.
Discussion: CrunchGear and TechSpot News
Mya Frazier / AdAge:
Costly Red Campaign Reaps Meager $18 Million  —  Bono & Co. Spend up to $100 Million on Marketing, Incur Watchdogs' Wrath  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio ( — 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 …
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.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Technorati's Opportunities and Exit Options  —  Written by Emre Sokullu and edited by Richard MacManus  —  About 2 months ago, HitWise published a report stating that Technorati, the leading blog search company, had for the first time fallen behind Google BlogSearch in traffic.
Discussion: Zoli's Blog
Joris Evers / CNET
Apple plugs eight QuickTime holes  —  Apple on Monday released updates to its QuickTime media player software to repair eight serious security vulnerabilities.  —  The vulnerabilities expose both Macs and Windows PCs to cyberattack, Apple said in a security alert.
Discussion: JD on EP, TechSpot News and
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
LegalForce, a marketplace for patents  —  LegalForce, an online marketplace where patents can be bought, sold or licensed, has launched.  —  It is significant because it is a way for investors, entrepreneurs and investors to find ideas in an open, friendly way.
Discussion: PaidContent
Dharmesh Shah / Small Business Hub:
12 Quick Tips To Search Google Like An Expert  —  If you're like me, you probably use Google many times a day.  But, chances are, unless you are a technology geek, you probably still use Google in its simplest form.  If your current use of Google is limited to typing a few words in …
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 …
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
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Yahoo Mixd Closes - Peanut Butter Manifesto in Action?  —  After a two-month pilot, Yahoo's Mixd mobile service has closed down.  Mixd first came to light in November last year.  It was a group mobile messaging tool for the youth market and had an experimental, trendy design.
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