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9:30 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.
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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.
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Google Talk Gadget
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.
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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 …
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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
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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
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.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How To Destroy Your Enemy: Demand a Video Apology  —  Click To Play  —  I think I'd rather fight the MPAA and RIAA than piss off the Electronic Frontier Foundation.  They've absolutely destroyed Michael Crook, the man who placed a fake Craigslist sex ad and then published as many personal details …
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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'.
Yanko Design:
Bracelet Phone - March 8 2007  —  The bracelet vibrates slightly when it receives messages, then you can easily take it off from your wrist and press the keystroke which looks like a diamond.  To pick up or make a telephone call is just that easy.  The whole process makes your own personality outstanding …
TiVo:
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
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
Reuters:
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.
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NewsGator:
NewsGator Continues Mobile Expansion with RSS Reader for BlackBerry …
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Apple Adds "My Alerts" to iTunes Store
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Microsoft hits 'cybersquatters'
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