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1:20 PM ET, March 12, 2007

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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
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: Lost Remote
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: Gadgetopia
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% …
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
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
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 …
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
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
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Venture Capitalists and Angels invest $40 Billion per year but see only $18B in exits  —  Venture Capitalists invested $25.5 Billion in 3,416 companies in 2006.  Angel investors invested about $26B in 50,000 companies.  With $52 Billion invested in start-ups in 2006, there were only about $22B in "exits".
Discussion: Now What?
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 …
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).
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: AppScout, Infothought, BGSL and Slashdot
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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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
GotZapp - Mobile Social Network Launching
Imran Haque / ExtremeTech:
GCensus: Using Google Earth for Census Analysis
Discussion: Slashdot
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Zoodango Lets Businesses Create Their Own Social Networks
Discussion: Techscape
The Jeff Pulver Blog:
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Ryan Block:
CompUSA closing the store where I had my first job
Steven / StevenLevy.com:
Lost  —  So my iPod is gone.  It's been over five weeks since …
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Apple aiming for TV breakthrough
Henry Jenkins / Confessions of an Aca/Fan:
How Second Life Impacts Our First Life...
Discussion: Joho the Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Log in Your Measurements, and the Clothes May Fit
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.
Discussion: MacUser and digg
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