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5:21 AM ET, March 12, 2007

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Twitter THIS!  —  After a week in a very mellow groove where I only read friends' feeds, I'm catching up.  It really doesn't take much to catch up on the geek feeds because the only topic I see over and over and over again is Twitter.  Marshall Kirkpatrick has a "Twitter Top Ten" …
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Chris Heuer / Social Media Club:
Is SxSW going to be the death of Twitter?  —  Just about 6 weeks ago, I wrote a post about Twitter being a great evolution of IM, moving to EM, which I called "everywhere messaging".  Well, in the weeks since, I have come to realize it is really about EP, "everywhere publishing" …
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Twitter crowd goes bananas at SXSW  —  I've been resolutely ignoring Robert Scoble's frequent mentions of Twitter in the hope that it might go away.  No such luck.  Twitter has apparently infected the crowd at the SXSW conference in Austin to the point where it how has a Twitter screen of scrolling messages.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / splashcastmedia.com:
A Twitter Top Ten  —  Few applications demonstrate the meaning of the world "viral" as well as Twitter has in the past week - for better or for worse.  Twitter is an SMS, IM and web messaging service for groups of friends.  It was created by Blogger and Odeo co-founder Evan Williams.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
The Evolution of Blogging, Cat Version  —  Update: Mashable's shiny new Twitter account is here.  If you subscribe, I promise to post regular updates about my cat.  —  So blogging has evolved once more, and the talk of the town - or at least the talk of Austin, Texas during the SXSW Conference …
Susan Wu:
SXSW Panel: Virtual Worlds and Avatars  —  Today I was on a panel about avatars with some very fascinating folks, each of whom has followed a very nonlinear path through life.  For example, I learned that Mark Stephen Meadows hitchhiked from Kuwait to Baghdad a few years ago …
Discussion: Clickable Culture, GigaGamez and Net
Rex Dixon / VentureBeat:
Useful local search sites, Boorah and SuggestLocal  —  Boorah and SuggestLocal are two new useful local search sites worth a look.  —  Boorah provides a clean, elegant search for restaurants by city, ranking them by the quality of reviews and other mentions they get from around the web.
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).
Jason Pontin / New York Times:
A New Battery Takes Off in a Race to Electric Cars  —  VROOOOM!  Or, rather, much more softly: brmmm.  —  A123Systems, a start-up in Watertown, Mass., says it has created a powerful, safe, long-lived battery.  If the cell fulfills the ambitions of its maker, that softer sound will be the future of automobiles.
Discussion: Engadget and digg
Jonathan Thaw / Bloomberg:
Wikia plans editable Web search engine  —  Wikia Inc., the San Mateo company co-founded by Wikipedia creator Jimmy Wales, plans to challenge Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. with a search engine that lets users edit and fine-tune its results.  —  The goal for the project is to get 5 percent of the search market …
Discussion: Slashdot
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 …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and PaidContent
Reuters:
European consumer chief takes aim at iTunes  —  EU official complains that Apple locks users into using iPod player.  —  BERLIN (Reuters) — European Union consumer chief Meglena Kuneva has hit out at Apple Inc.'s bundling of its popular iPod music players and its iTunes online music store, according to German weekly magazine Focus.
Dan Fost / San Francisco Chronicle:
Where neo-nomads' ideas percolate  —  New 'bedouins' transform a laptop, cell phone and coffeehouse into their office  —  A new breed of worker, fueled by caffeine and using the tools of modern technology, is flourishing in the coffeehouses of San Francisco.
Business Week:
The Trouble With India  —  Crumbling roads, jammed airports, and power blackouts could hobble growth  —  When foreigners say Bangalore is India's version of Silicon Valley, the high-tech office park called Electronics City is what they're often thinking of.
Discussion: GigaOM
Bren / Slacker Manager:
The Several Habits of Wildly Successful Twitter Users  —  Twitter is a deceptively simple utility.  That said, Twitter isn't for everyone.  In fact it's probably not even for half of everyone.  But for those that have the patience to find their personal sweet spot, Twitter can be quite good indeed.
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Interview: aXXo, The Most Popular DVD Ripper on BitTorrent  —  For those of you who never heard of aXXo, he is responsible for hundreds of DVDrips that find their way to millions of PCs around the world.  Most of the rips are 700MB, made to fit on a single CD.
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