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6:10 AM ET, March 16, 2007

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Andrew Lavallee / Wall Street Journal:
Friends Swap Twitters, and Frustration  —  New Real-Time Messaging Services Overwhelm  —  Some Users With Mundane Updates From Friends  —  Though she already has a blog, a podcast and a character in the virtual world of Second Life, Kera Richard has recently become obsessed with a new online tool for connecting with friends.
Discussion: Cost Per News
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Newbie's guide to Twitter  —  If you're not using Twitter yet, you may feel as if you've missed out.  Twitter has not only tipped the tuna (begun to peak in popularity), but by some estimations, it has already jumped the shark (devolved into inanity).  Don't let massive overuse by SXSW geeks …
Miss Rogue / HorsePigCow:
Twits Twittering for the sake of Tweets: or that's not why I twitter  —  Remember this?  Probably many don't, but I've been a member of Twitter, since last May or June.  Previous to Jabber integration.  Previous to the funky tricked out personal landing page.  Previous to the vowels.
Waxy.org:
Tracking Twitter's Message Growth  —  By now, everyone knows that Twitter exploded at SXSW and everybody's seen the Alexa charts.  But this is mostly a mobile app, so pageview traffic is only part of the story.  How fast is Twitter really growing?  —  I decided to find out by using Twitter's …
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Cisco Buying WebEx  —  Cisco (CSCO - Cramer's Take - Stockpickr) agreed to acquire WebEx (WEBX - Cramer's Take - Stockpickr) for $3.2 billion in cash.  —  WebEx shareholders will get $57 a share, a 23% premium to Wednesday's closing price.  WebEx shares rose 3% in early trading Thursday …
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Cisco Announces Agreement to Acquire WebEx
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
Face-to-Face Trumps Twitter, Blogs, Podcasts, Video...  SXSW Interactive had more attendees than ever before.  A lot more.  But here's the confusing part: the people attending are the same people who create and evangelize the tools that make attending totally unnecessary.
Discussion: David Seah, SMC and Socialtwister 2.0
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Google exec confirms phone in the labs  —  So it seems that the oft-rumored handset from Google has taken that final leap into the "confirmed" column, though it may not be quite the be-all, end-all device we were expecting.  Isabel Aguilera, Google's chief executive in Spain and Portugal …
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Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Cingular, Qwest blocking 'Free' Calls  —  Looks like the empire is finding new ways to fight back — according to FreeConference.com, another rural-ISP free-calling operator, major carriers Cingular, Qwest and Sprint are actively blocking users trying to call FreeConference.com …
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Oliver Starr / Guidewire Group:
AT&T/Cingular, Sprint and Qwest Collude to Kill FreeConference
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Now Reporting Anchor Text Phrases  —  Hurray!  Finally, you can get a report from Google of the top anchor text phrases used when people link to your site.  Google Webmaster Central has just announced the new feature.  But didn't Google already report anchor text data?
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Vanessa Fox / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Get a more complete picture about how other sites link to you
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
The $7 TV Network  —  The architects of TCP/IP, Bob Kahn and Vint Cerf, knew exactly how they'd bring television to the Internet.  They would use multicasting, a particular IP service that allows many hosts to share a multicast address and, through that address, receive the same content …
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
MICROSOFT DEAL FOR LARGE CUSTOMERS: USE LIVE SEARCH, GET FREE MSFT PRODUCTS  —  A loyal reader sent me this tidbit: Microsoft is offering its large enterprise customers free service and product credits if those customers push Live search inside their enterprises.
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Valleywag:
ARMCHAIR GENERAL: The wrong hire for Yahoo  —  Salim Ismail, incoming head of Yahoo's new incubator, is a perfectly charming staple of Manhattan internet parties and, since he moved to the West Coast, the South of Market tech scene.  But here's the brutal truth: the last person …
Discussion: Hello, My Name Is and Burningbird
Matt / WordPress Development Blog:
Plugin Directory  —  One of the greatest things about WordPress has always been the amazing number of high-quality plugins available for the platform.  I believe that there aren't any more "killer features" in software, there are 10,000 killer features and everyone has a different 20.
Discussion: Mashable!
Matthew / LiveSide:
Microsoft: "We're in it to win!"  —  We can't disclose a lot of what we saw [or even if we saw anything at all] at the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Global Summit [isn't that a typical Microsoft name?].  However, consistently we heard that Microsoft at all levels are committed to win.
Discussion: Scobleizer
comScore:
comScore Announces New "Visits" Metric For Measuring User Engagement comScore Media Metrix Releases February Top 50 Web Rankings and Analysis Valentine's Day-Driven Increases Seen at Flowers, Gifts and Greetings Sites;  —  Entertainment News Sites Benefit from Oscars Interest
Fred / A VC:
Superdistribution  —  I remember the first time I heard this term, it was 1997 and someone was explaining a complicated digital rights management scheme to me.  I invested in that complex digital rights management scheme and lost everything and have been dubious of DRM ever since.
 
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John Dempsey / Variety:
Digital executive to Discovery
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John Cook / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Venture Capital: New virtual world revolves around play
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Ina Fried / USA Today:
Microsoft buys speech recognition company Tellme
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Highrise Set to Rock the Contact Management Biz
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Streakr Search Makes Social Networks Bare All
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David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
First Impressions: Mailplane - the desktop Gmail client
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Charlene Li / The Groundswell:
What Twitter is good for
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Modculture / Tech Digest:
CeBIT 2007: Linksys unveils KiSS 1600 wireless media player
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Red Hat releases Enterprise Linux 5
Discussion: Neowin.net and Slashdot
Josh R. Holloway / MacApper:
How To: Clean Your Black MacBook
Mike Pegg / Google Maps Mania:
Twitter + Google Maps = TwitterMap
Discussion: Micro Persuasion and 901am
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Adds a Safeguard on Privacy for Searchers
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Folding@home saves the world (via PlayStation 3) March 23rd
Discussion: The Tech Report and digg
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Microsoft probes possible IE 7 phishing hole
Verizon:
Verizon Wireless Offers First ExpressCard By Novatel Wireless …
DigiTimes:
CeBIT 2007: Intel to launch Bearlake chipsets for desktops (part 1)
 

 
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