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2:05 PM ET, March 12, 2007

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USA Today:
Eisner to take on the Internet  —  NEW YORK — Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner built his career trying to identify and shape hit movies and TV shows.  Now he's at it again, this time on the Internet.  —  His investment firm, The Tornante Co., will announce Monday the formation of a studio …
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Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
New Eisner Internet Video Venture: Web Studio Vuguru
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Rumor: Google about to sign ad deal with Dish Networks  —  Google is about to sign a deal with Dish Network, the nation's second largest satellite TV company, to deliver ads for Dish's network, VentureBeat is hearing.  —  We haven't been able to confirm the rumor (Google has not yet responded to a request for comment).
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Testing TV Ads in California
Discussion: PaidContent and Gadgetell
Heather Chaplin / New York Times:
Is That Just Some Game?  No, It's a Cultural Artifact  —  When Henry Lowood, curator of the History of Science and Technology Collections at Stanford University, started preserving video games and video-game artifacts in 1998 he thought it was closer to professional oblivion than a bold new move into the future.
Discussion: Kotaku and Gadgetopia
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Ze Frank's Show, Business Model Live On  —  Ze Frank has indeed moved to Blip.tv, as we told you yesterday.  Blip has secured scotch-maker Dewar's as a sponsor for the last week of Frank's show as well as two months of hosting the lifetime of its archives (see press release).
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Eric Sylvers / New York Times:
As Mobile Phones Grow More Complex, Carriers Insist on Fewer Operating Systems  —  Two operating systems run more than 95 percent of the world's computers, but dozens of systems are behind the 2.5 billion mobile phones in circulation, a situation that has hampered the growth of new services …
Discussion: CrunchGear, MoCoNews and Slashdot
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Boston Globe:
Not so fast, broadband providers tell big users  —  Firms impose limits even as demand rises  —  Amanda Lee of Cambridge received a call from Comcast Corp. in December ordering her to curtail her Web use or lose her high-speed Internet connection for a year.
Newlaunches.com:
MacBook Inferno!  An Apple MacBook battery catches fire.  —  Matty from Melbourne Australia surfed the net using Safari for 30 minutes yesterday night on his Macbook, after which he close the lid put it on sleep mode and left it on the bookshelf for charging.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gadget Lab and UNEASYsilence
gizmag Emerging Technology Magazine:
The first universal mobile phone charger  —  March 12, 2007 The world's first universal mobile phone charger is being introduced at CEBIT this week.  Designed by Professor Luigi Colani, a nearly 80-year-old legend in the field of industrial design, the Anyfix can recharge more than 80% …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Warning Against Letting Your Search Results Get Indexed  —  The days of doing a Google search that brings up results leading to search results from other sites are heading for a close.  Matt Cutts, in his Search Results In Search Results post today, points out a change to Google's guidelines …
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
Media's focus narrowing, report warns  —  Splintering audiences in the online age are driving risky trends like 'hyper-local ism,' the Project for Excellence in Journalism says.  —  News organizations confronted with declining revenue and increased competition are entering an era …
Discussion: Dumpster Bust and IP Democracy
Mike / Techdirt:
Who Will Protect Teens From This New Obsession With Book Reading?  —  from the whatever-shall-we-do?  dept  —  If you look at a lot of the fear-mongering stories about children and video games, one of the big ones is the idea that kids are just sitting around getting fat playing video games …
Imran Haque / ExtremeTech:
GCensus: Using Google Earth for Census Analysis  —  I started the gCensus project for two reasons: First, the Census Department's interface for mapping its data was clunky and looked like something out of the mid-90's—hardly appropriate for a modern web service.
Discussion: Screenwerk and Slashdot
Robert Levine / New York Times:
Who Owns the Live Music of Days Gone By?  —  When it began in 1973, the "King Biscuit Flower Hour" was very much of its time.  Bob Meyrowitz, who ran the show during its heyday, had the idea to start a weekly rock concert radio program as an alternative to chaotic festival shows after a fan …
BBC:
Beatles download rumour quashed  —  The Beatles' record label has moved to dampen rumours that the band's music is about to become available online.  —  The Fab Four are the last major act to withhold their back catalogue from stores like iTunes and Napster.
Discussion: CrunchGear
Derik DeLong / MacUser:
VirtueDesktops dev calling it quits  —  Until Leopard and Spaces makes it appearance (sometime this Spring), fans of virtual desktops had a couple third party options.  My personal favorite for both functionality and price reasons, was VirtueDesktops (site might still be down right now).
Google Blogoscoped:
Netvibes' Universal Widget API  —  Netvibes released the "Universal Widget API" (UWA) with the claim "Write once, run everywhere" (ouch, I'm reminded of an old unfulfilled Sun/ Java promise!).  The idea is that you create gadget code only once, and then have it run on the Google Personalized Homepage …
Eric Rice:
Lack of updates?  It's cuz Twitter sorta pwned! bloggers  —  I have barely even seen Scoble blog, but I've seen 42384728 Twitter messages from him.  Most communication about the conference is going on with Twitter (which seems STUPID for things NOT conference/social/spatial/RL- ish).
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David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Venture Capitalists and Angels invest $40 Billion per year …
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GotZapp - Mobile Social Network Launching
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Zoodango Lets Businesses Create Their Own Social Networks
Discussion: Techscape
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Apple aiming for TV breakthrough
Henry Jenkins / Confessions of an Aca/Fan:
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Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Log in Your Measurements, and the Clothes May Fit
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Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Blast from the Past: Apple acquires NeXT
Discussion: Technovia
Sebastiaan / Cocoia Blog:
Howto: A more secure OS X before Leopard.
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Consumerist:
Dell: Absolutely Free Vista Upgrade 70% Off
Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog:
Moving A Petabyte of Data
Reuters:
European consumer chief takes aim at iTunes
Rex Dixon / VentureBeat:
Useful local search sites, Boorah and SuggestLocal
Jason Pontin / New York Times:
A New Battery Takes Off in a Race to Electric Cars
Discussion: Engadget and digg
Jonathan Thaw / Bloomberg:
Wikia plans editable Web search engine
Discussion: AppScout, Infothought, BGSL and Slashdot
 

 
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