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8:00 AM ET, March 15, 2007


 Top Items: 
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
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.
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Talk on your Personalized Homepage  —  We created the Personalized Homepage to help you gather all the things you care about on Google and across the web in one place.  And since one of the things we all care about is communicating with friends, today we're excited to unveil a new version of Google Talk for your Personalized Homepage.
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Talk Gadget
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:   Google Talk gadget coming very soon
Elinor Mills / CNET   Google adding search privacy protections
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   Google Anonymizing Search Records To Protect Privacy
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:   Google Logs New Data Privacy Policy
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 …
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
David Pogue Profiles GrandCentral In the New York Times
Discussion: Gizmodo
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.
Discussion: Keith Teare's Weblog and Elatable
Salim / You've Got Ismail!:
I join Yahoo....  Well, after a long hiatus from blogging, I have news.  I have officially joined Yahoo!.  We've been in talks for a while and it all came together recently.  —  Mike has the story over here.  —  At Yahoo, I'll be running the Brickhouse, the program spearheaded and created …
Jon / Hello, My Name Is:   Confabb Welcomes David Dell as CEO
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   How To Destroy Your Enemy: Demand a Video Apology
Lou Cabron / 10 Zen Monkeys:
"Dear Internet, I'm Sorry"
Wired News:
Wired Meets Assignment Zero  —  "We are the media."  —  The phrase is seemingly everywhere these days, debated in business offices by the media elite and emblazoned on T-shirts at popular events like the South by Southwest culture klatch.  —  Starting today, Wired is putting that claim — that challenge — to the test.
Discussion: Crowdsourcing and digg
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
SharePoint: The next big 'operating system' from Microsoft?  —  Many industry pundits have speculated as to whether Windows Vista is the last big-bang release of Windows.  (The answer, as Microsoft officials have repeatedly stated, is no.)  —  I think they're asking the wrong question.
Discussion: Open Sources and AccMan
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: Engadget Mobile and TiVo Lovers
Falafelkid / Wii:
BREAKING: No unified gamer tags or codes for Wii online  —  There will not be unified gamer tags or codes for Wii online games.  Users will have to register with each title separately, as is already the case with the DS and the Wii's first online title, 'Pokemon Battle Revolution'.
Time Warner's AOL withdraws TradeDoubler bid  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - AOL on Wednesday withdrew an estimated $900 million cash offer for Swedish online marketer TradeDoubler AB after failing to gain the approval of 90 percent of shareholders.  —  The acceptance deadline, extended once, expired on March 14.
Discussion: PaidContent and 901am
Business Wire:
Skype Goes Beyond Voice and Introduces SkypeFind and Beta Version of Skype Prime  —  LUXEMBOURG—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Skype today announced Skype(TM) 3.1 for Windows, introducing SkypeFind(TM) and Skype Prime(TM) (Beta), giving people new ways to share knowledge with one another.
Discussion: Internet Outsider
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NewsGator Continues Mobile Expansion with RSS Reader for BlackBerry …
Discussion: GigaOM
Louis Gray / The Apple Blog:
Apple Adds "My Alerts" to iTunes Store
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Optimus Maximus: the god of keyboards unveiled
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung Q1 Ultra UMPC, how nice to meet you
Discussion: PC World and The Tech Report
Dean Pullen / Inquirer:
European Playstation 3 not so backwards compatible
Jeremy Dunham / IGN:
WarHawk Confirmed for Blu-ray