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7:55 PM ET, March 9, 2007

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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Freebase Will Prove Addictive  —  Danny Hillis' latest venture, Metaweb, is about to unveil its first product, the aptly named freebase, tomorrow.  While freebase is still VERY alpha, with much of the basic functionality barely working, the idea is HUGE.  In many ways, freebase is the bridge between …
Nick / Rough Type:
Freebase: the Web 3.0 machine  —  Artificial intelligence guru Danny Hillis has launched an early version of the first major Web 3.0 application.  It's called Freebase, and its grandiose epistemological mission is right up there with those of Google and Wikipedia.
Discussion: Scripting News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
This is cool, unless it achieves consciousness and kills us all
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
MYSPACE NEWS: IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME [UPDATE]  —  MySpace is preparing to launch an integrated news service—with self-aggregating content and social bookmarking—in the coming weeks.  MySpace members will be able to post the stories on their profiles, discuss, promote …
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MySpace goes all out for content  —  News Corp is "in very active negotiations with all the media companies" to bring their content to its MySpace property, the firm's top interactive-media executive said on Wednesday.  —  Currently, only shows from News Corp-owned Fox, such as 24 and Prison Break …
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Yahoo feels the pressure of AT&T alliance  —  By Kevin Allison in San Francisco and Paul Taylor in New York  —  Shares in Yahoo, the internet portal, were marked down more than 5 per cent on Friday morning after it emerged that AT&T is trying to renegotiate a five-year-old agreement under …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Yahoo, AT&T alliance on the rocks?
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I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
The Great Apple Video Encoder Attack of 2007  —  Maybe you have wondered, as I have, why it takes a pretty robust notebook computer to play DVD videos, while Wal-Mart will sell you a perfectly capable progressive-scan DVD player from Philips for $38?  In general, the dedicated DVD player …
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Seth Weintraub / Computerworld:
Why Apple's 'consumer' Macs are enterprise-worthy  —  Not everyone needs a Mac Pro; sometimes a mini might do  —  Not too long ago, ad agencies, design firms and other creative companies were about the only businesses that widely deployed Macintosh computers to their employees.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Palm Responds to the iPhone  —  Palm Inc., the maker of hand-held computers, has hired a top Silicon Valley software designer as it seeks to respond to the challenge posed by Apple's new iPhone.  —  The designer, Paul Mercer, a former Apple computer engineer, began work three weeks ago …
Mad4 Mobile Phones.com:
Patent: Google Phone knows what you want before you search  —  Our patent gurus have discovered an interesting patent filing from Google that could reveal the applications they are planning for the Google phone.  Alternatively this technology could even debut in the iPhone when it is released in June.
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
What the Verizon Verdict Means for Vonage  —  The patent-infringement decision spells financial woe for Vonage and could stymie customer growth.  It may also augur future legal headaches  —  Web-calling outfit Vonage suffered a major setback on Mar. 8 when an eight-person jury found it guilty …
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John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
How do you call 911 on this thing again?
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Carlo / Techdirt:
RIAA Gets Legislators To Threaten To Drop 'The Hammer' On Colleges and Universities  —  from the enough-already dept  —  The RIAA has been on a renewed push to target file-sharing college students lately, trying to push them into "discounted settlements" so the RIAA doesn't have to go to the trouble …
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Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
Music Industry Tightens Squeeze On Students
Wall Street Journal:
Music's New Gatekeeper  —  From their Silicon Valley cubicles, Apple staffers have become music's unlikely power brokers.  Our reporters on the horse-trading that can turn unknowns into stars.  —  Every day, the roughly one million people who visit the iTunes Store home page are presented …
Discussion: Valleywag, PaidContent and digg
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Technorati 100: What's Hot in the Blogosphere  —  Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus  —  Earlier this week Emre wrote about declining traffic on Technorati and considered the exit options for this blog vertical search and portal site.  The challenge from Google Blogsearch is certainly serious.
Newlaunches.com:
SeaGrand Gene Sound adds a digital touch to your Vinyl  —  Seagrand Japan has announced the Gene Sound TAS-100 which can play your good old Vinyl records and Audio / MP3 CD's.  In addition to this it has a SD card slot and a USB connector, so you can put in your favourite Vinyl which is converted …
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and Crave
Gizmodo:
R2D2 Mailbox: Use the Postal Service, Luke  —  No announcement has been made as yet, but these R2D2-themed mailboxes will be in post offices throughout the US later this year to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Star Wars.  They are not, however, being placed on the streets in case …
 
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Virtual worlds set for shake-up
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