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3:39 AM ET, March 15, 2007


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Google Talkabout:
Google Talk Gadget  —  We're thrilled to be launching a new way to use Google Talk today.  The Google Talk Gadget is a web-based module that you can add to your Google Personalized Homepage, letting you see your friends and chat with them — all on your homepage.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Talk Gadget  —  There's a new (and official) personalized homepage gadget in town: Google Talk.  It's quite nice, and after a quick trial I have to say I prefer this to both desktop Google Talk, as well as Gmail's Google Chat alternative.  You can chat with people from your contact list …
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
GoogleTalk Gadget Added to Personal Pages  —  Google just announced integration of their instant messaging service, Google Talk, with Google IG, their personalized home page.  The flash-based widget plugs into your Google Personal Home Page as an integrated buddy list and IM window.
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:   Google Talk gadget coming very soon
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Taking steps to further improve our privacy practices  —  Posted by Peter Fleischer, Privacy Counsel-Europe, and Nicole Wong, Deputy General Counsel  —  When you search on Google, we collect information about your search, such as the query itself, IP addresses and cookie details.
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:   Google Logs New Data Privacy Policy
Elinor Mills / CNET   Google adding search privacy protections
Microsoft to Acquire Tellme Networks  —  Combined expertise will bring the power of voice technology to everyday life.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced it will acquire Tellme Networks, Inc., a leading provider of voice services for everyday life, including nationwide directory assistance …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
5 Things about Microsoft TellMe deal  —  Microsoft just sent out a press advisory confirming that it is buying TellMe Networks.  More details to follow after the press conference which begins in a few minutes.  But here are some nuggets which our sources have sent our way:
Discussion: Profy.Com, Valleywag and VC Ratings
EFF: Breaking News:
DMCA Abuser Apologizes for Takedown Campaign  —  Michael Crook Agrees to Stop Attacks on Free Speech  —  San Francisco - Michael Crook, the man behind a string of meritless online copyright complaints, has agreed to withdraw those complaints, take a copyright law course …
Lou Cabron / 10 Zen Monkeys:
"Dear Internet, I'm Sorry"
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   How To Destroy Your Enemy: Demand a Video Apology
David Pogue / New York Times:
One Number That Will Ring All Your Phones  —  If you have only one telephone with one phone number, this column won't be of any interest to you.  Skip to another article, you eccentric you.  —  But first, count your blessings.  Millions of people have more than one phone number these days …
Dave Winer /
The future of Twitter?  —  I was introduced to Twitter last summer at a dinner at Henrietta's Table in Cambridge by Ross Mayfield.  I posted two or three notes using my Blackberry that evening and never did it again.  I still receive SMS's from Ross on a regular basis, but …
Jay Rosen / Wired News:
Citizen Journalism Wants You!  —  Welcome to Assignment Zero.  It's pro-am journalism in the open style made possible by the web.  This is a collaboration among NewAssignment.Net, Wired and those who choose to participate.  —  I hope you will.  Because we're trying to figure something out here.
Wired News:
Wired Meets Assignment Zero
Discussion: mydigimedia and digg
Microsoft Unites Xbox and PC Gamers With Debut of Games for Windows — LIVE  —  Xbox LIVE extends to Windows Vista to create single online gaming service starting with "Halo 2" on May 8.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced the extension of the Xbox LIVE® games and entertainment network …
Michel Marriott / New York Times:
Microsoft to Open Its Online Gaming Service to Windows Users
Discussion: PaidContent and GigaGamez
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Salim Ismail To Head Yahoo Brickhouse  —  Yahoo Brickhouse, a new semi-autonomous business unit to foster new product development, is yet to be formally launched.  They've been busy, though.  Yahoo Pipes, which launched on February 7, is a Brickhouse project.
Jon / Hello, My Name Is:   Confabb Welcomes David Dell as CEO
TIVO LAUNCHES REMOTE SCHEDULING WITH VERIZON WIRELESS  —  Verizon Wireless and TiVo Allow Subscribers to Schedule TV Recordings through Verizon Wireless Phones  —  Alviso , Calif. and Basking Ridge , N.J. — TiVo (NASDAQ: TIVO), the creator of and a leader in television services for digital video recorders …
Discussion: TiVo Lovers and Engadget
LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
Buzznet and iMeem: Fast Growing Social Networks  —  Today's press release from Hitwise lists the top 20 social networking sites for February 2007, and discusses growing sites.  Here are some key points:  — The market share of visits to the custom category of the top 20 social networking sites increased …
Discussion: Mashable! and UMBC eBiquity
Steve Hamm / Business Week:
Red Hat Launches Open-Source Exchange  —  The software company is unveiling an online marketplace for open-source developers—where Red Hat can sell support, and links to its own products  —  Ever since its launch in 1993, Red Hat (RHAT) has kept a laser-like focus on one thing …
Microsoft hits 'cybersquatters'  —  Microsoft is pursuing five alleged UK-based cybersquatters in its battle against firms and individuals who have registered variations or misspellings of its key brands, such as Xbox.  —  It is already pursuing hundreds of lawsuits in the US and is now keen to extend its reach in Europe.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Optimus Maximus: the god of keyboards unveiled  —  We have some good news and some bad news Optimus fanboys, which do you want first?  The bad news?  Ok, here goes: the Optimus isn't being shown at CeBIT after all.  Yeah, we know, we just caught a huge whiff of rather depressing vapor, but what can you do?
Discussion: Gadget Lab and digg
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Louis Gray / The Apple Blog:
Apple Adds "My Alerts" to iTunes Store
Discussion: Infinite Loop and MacUser
Sramana Mitra / Read/WriteWeb:
Yahoo! Personal Finance: A for Content, B for Personalization
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
SharePoint: The next big 'operating system' from Microsoft?
Discussion: Open Sources and AccMan
Digital Prosperity  —  Understanding the Economic Benefits …
Discussion: Between the Lines
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Start-Up Fervor Shifts to Energy in Silicon Valley
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google: Guess Who Might Be Building A Phone
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung Q1 Ultra UMPC, how nice to meet you
Discussion: PC World and The Tech Report
 Earlier Items: 
Dean Pullen / Inquirer:
European Playstation 3 not so backwards compatible
Jeremy Dunham / IGN:
WarHawk Confirmed for Blu-ray
Darryl K. Taft /
Microsoft Puts FoxPro Out to Pasture
Discussion: Thinking Tech
NBC Universal and MobiTV Announce First-Ever Wireless Deal …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
BBC May Be Stifling Startups, Suspends BBC Jam Following Complaints
Ben / Nuclear Sledgehammer:
Ask puts its foot in it
EU consumer chief eschews another bite at Apple