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11:25 AM ET, March 14, 2007


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Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
You Go Viacom !  —  Not a stretch where I would come out on this, but it never ceases to amaze and amuse me how liltle understanding of the content business, or the business world in general that many in the blogosphere have.  —  Let me provide a simple scenario for you.  —  HBO.
New York Times:
Viacom Sues Google Over Video Clips on Its Sharing Web Site  —  Since it bought YouTube last October, Google has been chasing deals that would give it the right to put mainstream video programming on the site.  Just a few weeks ago, Google's chief executive, Eric E. Schmidt …
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Viacom, YouTube, and Privacy
Microsoft and Lenovo Connect Customers to Integrated Online Services  —  Lenovo to be first PC manufacturer to provide customers worldwide with a new seamless, customizable Web experience through Microsoft and Live Search.  —  REDMOND, Wash., and RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. …
Discussion: LiveSide and All about Microsoft
Microsoft Toolbar to Go on Lenovo Computers  —  The Microsoft Corporation reached an agreement on Tuesday with the Lenovo Group to pre-load Lenovo computers with a toolbar of Microsoft's Windows Live online services including Web search, the two companies said.
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
Broadband Instruments Slacker Offers Satellite, Wi-Fi Connectivity  —  I met with Broadband Instruments for some exclusive details on their Slacker music ecosystem, consisting of a service online service and a portable device that grabs new content from Wi-Fi networks and a different type of satellites than XM and Sirius use.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!: Needs to Get Off its Ass and Work
Discussion: Orbitcast
Online Journalism Review:
Eyetracking points the way to effective news article design  —  OJR's design experts review usability research and offer suggestions on how you can make your online articles better connect with readers.  —  When one of world's best-known usability experts, Jakob Nielsen …
Discussion: Traffick, IP Democracy and Boing Boing
Brendan / Brendan's Roadmap Updates:
The Open Web and Its Adversaries  —  A small presentation I gave at SXSW asks what it means to be "Open" in the sense of open standards, open source, and a web whose major content formats are not controlled by a single vendor (I credited Nat Friedman's amusing keynote from last year's Free …
Chris Williams / The Register: puts video through the scrobbler  —, the popular music website, is to apply its social recommendation technology to video, as it prepares to do battle with Pandora for the internet radio station market.  — is working on a music video equivalent to its Audioscrobbler software …
Michael Kanellos / CNET
SanDisk drops prices with new flash drive  —  SanDisk has released a new hard drive made of flash memory, and the price won't completely break the bank.  —  The flash memory maker's new flash drive sports 32GB of memory and is delivered in a package the same size and shape as a 2.5-inch diameter hard drive.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Darren Murph / Engadget:
SanDisk intros 2.5-inch 32GB SSD hard drive
Eric Costello / FlickrBlog:
Collections!  —  Today we launched what's probably the most requested feature over the last few years: a way to categorize and organize your photo sets!  In the past this feature has been referred to as "sets of sets" or "subsets".  After today, we'll know it as "collections".  —  What are collections, you ask?
Drew Clark / GigaOM:
Is Google Changing Its Position on Net Neutrality?  —  Is Google, the foremost corporate advocate of net neutrality, doing a big fake?  Have they succeeded in making everyone believe they will stand up to the Bell companies, even as the company cuts deals to become the preferred provider on a carrier's network?
John Ribeiro / InfoWorld:
Google offers priority reporting to Indian police  —  Tool will help flag objectionable material on Orkut, will not affect user data, according to Google  —  Google has offered Indian police a special tool for priority reporting of objectionable material on its social networking site, Orkut.
Report: Computer Games Magazine, Massive Shut Down  —  Independent sources, both via an un-named publisher dealing with the magazines and from industry messageboard QT3, have indicated to Gamasutra that U.S. print publication Computer Games Magazine and its sister MMO-centric Massive magazine …
Discussion: Kotaku and Game | Life
Joris Evers / CNET
Apple megapatch plugs 45 security holes  —  Apple on Tuesday issued a security update for its Mac OS X to plug 45 security holes, including several zero-day vulnerabilities.  —  The megapatch is the seventh Apple security patch release in three months.  It deals with vulnerabilities …
Alice / Wonderland:
SXSW: Will Wright Keynote  —  Will Wright is an incredible speaker.  He's lighting fast, but not so fast you can't follow, even when he tosses words like paradoxical, procedural and philosophical into the mix, and often in the same sentence.  He pulls stories and analogies from all sorts …
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET
For Will Wright, story time is all the time  —  AUSTIN, Texas …
Mike / Techdirt:
Hollywood Decides If It Can't Succeed At Home, It Might As Well …
Randy Dotinga / Wired News:
Open Access Launches Journal Wars
Discussion: Open Access News
Eric Rice:
Twitter will suffer from the Second Life Syndrome after SxSW
Discussion: Medialoper
Shira Jacobson / SeekingAlpha Internet Stocks:
Yahoo Velocity Shows that Criticism May Be Overstated
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Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Sprint's All-You-Can-Talk Offer
Mark Meadows / Reuters:
England join iPod revolution
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Terdiman / CNET
Newsmaker: Blogging's not the enemy, says Dan Rather
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Some Bail on Blogs in Favor of Twitter
Discussion: AgencyNext and Logic+Emotion
Marketers, Web Bigs Rush to Crack Local-Search Code
Discussion: ben barren and Screenwerk
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
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Project Green is Dead—for the Foreseeable Future, at Least
Kim Tae-gyu / KoreaTimes:
Acoustic Wave Prevents Game Addiction
Josh / Redeye VC:
Failing Cheaper  —  Ask most successful entrepreneurs how they came …