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6:05 AM ET, March 7, 2007


 Top Items:
OpenID  —  You can now use your blog as an OpenID.  —  Are you fed up with having to remember dozens of usernames and password?  Does the idea of creating yet another account on yet another site leave you cold?  —  OpenID is a new standard that hopes to alleviate some of the pain …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:   Wordpress, 37Signals Join OpenID Bandwagon
Tom Krazit / CNET
New iTunes version still not fully Vista-ready  —  A new version of Apple's iTunes software released Monday addresses a number of compatibility issues with Microsoft's Windows Vista, but a few problems remain.  —  The updated version supports the upcoming Apple TV product and includes …
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iTunes 7.1
Discussion: CrunchGear
Inside Google Desktop:
The New Sidebar and Gadgets  —  With the dramatically increasing amount of content out there, you need better ways to find relevant information, whether searching your computer or reading the latest headlines in sidebar.  How could we improve the way you stay up-to-date with sidebar and gadgets?
Karen / Official Google Blog:
New and improved Desktop  —  For the past several months …
Discussion: Ministry of Tech
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Forrester Report Claims R&D Studies Are Biased  —  Despite U.S. spending of almost $300 billion on knowledge, the analyst firm found common flaws: bias, flawed analysis, and shortsightedness.  —  National investments in innovation are largely wasted and technology studies confirm the political …
Mike / Techdirt:   Government Attempts To Foster Innovation Are Wasted, According To Study
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
GDC07: EA Signs Harmonix  —  Maxim's Big Buck Hunter Girlies  —  Arcade game Big Buck Hunter Pro makes its way into America's favorite jubblie-glossy Maxim Magazine this month.  Turn to page 34, and the cabinet's in the "Good" section of "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" column.  Those plastic shotguns?
Discussion: Game | Life and Go Nintendo
Microsoft attacks Google on books  —  Microsoft is to launch an attack on Google, saying the search giant's rival book-scanning service "systematically violates copyright".  —  Since December, Microsoft's project - Live Search Books - has allowed users to access certain publications which were no longer under copyright.
Declan McCullagh / CNET
Microsoft chastises Google on copyrights
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar and Medialoper
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Exclusive: Microsoft and the Associated Press Teaming with Thousands of Newspapers and Broadcasters in New Online Video Network  —  The Associated Press, the world's largest news organization, and Microsoft have developed an online video platform for thousands of U.S. newspapers …
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Go for Mobile 2.0 Goes Windows Mobile  —  Yahoo! and HTC Announce Partnership to Distribute Yahoo! Go 2.0 on Millions of Windows Mobile-Based Devices  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Continuing to redefine the mobile Internet experience for millions of consumers around the world …
Discussion: GigaOM and Pocket PC Thoughts
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Commodore set to introduce high-end gaming PCs  —  Commodore's big beige glory days may be long past, but the familiar name is still out there kicking (such as it is), lending its considerable cachet to an array of otherwise unremarkable devices.  Now the company appears to have decided …
Discussion: digg
Peter Sayer / InfoWorld:
France bans citizen journalists from reporting violence  —  Law could lead to imprisonment of amateur videographers and Web site operators who publish their images  —  The French Constitutional Council has approved a law that criminalizes the filming or broadcasting of acts of violence by people other than professional journalists.
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Does Presence really matter?  —  Is the idea of "presence" really one of the next steps in communications applications, or is it just a fancy way of not having to answer your phone?  —  Alec Saunders, one of the founders of VoIP presence software startup iotum, definitely hopes it's the former …
Live Search's WebLog:
Breaking Out of the Browser  —  Got Vista?  Then check out these two Live Search gadgets for your Vista Sidebar and stop waiting for that browser to load!  Today we're announcing the launch of two new gadgets that bring some of the most popular Live Search services directly to your desktop:
Discussion: LiveSide and WebProNews
Om Malik / GigaOM:
BT to Invest in FON?  —  FON, the Spanish share-your-Wi-Fi services company, is close to announcing a new round of funding that could total to as much as 10 million Euros (shade over $13 million.)  —  While some of its existing investors - Index Ventures, Skype and Google …
Discussion: VoIP Watch and Roam4free
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Scribd "YouTube for Documents" Gets $300K  —  Scribd, a site for sharing documents, is coming out of private beta this morning with a fresh Angel investment of $300K on top of their original Y Combinator nest egg of $12,000.  Scribd is most easily described as a text version of YouTube.
Discussion: and digg
why twitter matters  —  I'm completely fascinated by Twitter right now—in much the same way I was by blogging four years ago, and by ICQ years before that.  —  If you haven't tried it yet, Twitter is a site that allows you to post one-line messages about what you're currently doing—via the web interface, IM, or SMS.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
AT&T turns cell phones into TV remotes  —  AT&T Homezone subscribers are now able to program their digital video recorders from their cell phones.  —  AT&T said that starting Tuesday, it will allow customers of its Homezone product, a service that offers video-on-demand and other content …
Discussion: Gizmodo and TiVo Lovers
Is this Creative's ZenPhone?  —  Many of us are hoping to see a new player from Creative as this years CeBIT convention or at the IT Show in Singapore.  Aside from CES these would be the best places for Creative to unveil something new.  I was browsing through Creative's flyer for the IT show …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
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Peak Performance Solutions, Inc. Announces the Acquisition of Mojungle, Inc.
Discussion: SMS Text News and GigaOM
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Broadcasters Agree to Fine Over Payoffs
Discussion: Broadcast Law Blog
David Kaplan / PaidContent:
Online Auctioneer Right Media Hopes To Reinvent Advertising …
Discussion: Screenwerk and Clickety Clack
Geodesic to buy Chandamama for 100 mln rupees
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Peers vs. Pros: Who's Faster on News?
Danny O'Brien / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Senate Committee: Broadcasting Treaty Must Be Limited
Discussion: Boing Boing and Techdirt
J Mark Lytle / Digital World Tokyo:
What's that you say? Phone for seniors slows down voices, eh?
Discussion: and Gizmodo
Microsoft Research Unveils More Than 100 Innovations for Future of Computing
 Earlier Items: 
Cyndy Aleo-Carreira / Profy.Com:
Web 2.0 Content - Can You Trust It?
Discussion: BBC
Josh Lowensohn /
Yahoo CEO says business repairs done
Q&A: Visual Studio 2005 Refresh Helps Developers Take Full Advantage …
Google Blogoscoped:
Ex-Google Answers Researchers Launch Q&A Site
Discussion: TechCrunch and VC Ratings
Alltel Reportedly Looking For A Buyer
PAY PER POST: How marketers buy gadget editorial
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Rory / Channel 9:
Microsoft Research TechFest - Intro, DynaVis, and FastDash

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Josh Kosman / New York Post:
Sources: Media General drops plans to buy Meredith for $2.4B

Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
New York Times memo outlines plans to double digital revenue to $800M in 2020, says 12% of readers currently deliver 90%

Lisa Campbell / Bookseller News:
Waterstones, the UK's largest book retailer, removes Kindles as sales continue to decline

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