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6:10 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.
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Garett Rogers / Googling Google:   Google Talk gadget coming very soon
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Talk on your Personalized Homepage
Discussion: Googlified, Widgets Lab and Webware.com
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
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:   Google adding search privacy protections
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
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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   How To Destroy Your Enemy: Demand a Video Apology
Lou Cabron / 10 Zen Monkeys:
"Dear Internet, I'm Sorry"
Microsoft:
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 …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
5 Things about Microsoft TellMe deal
Discussion: Profy.Com, Valleywag and VC Ratings
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.
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Dave Winer / stories.scripting.com:
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 …
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.
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Jon / Hello, My Name Is:   Confabb Welcomes David Dell as CEO
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'.
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
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Michel Marriott / New York Times:
Microsoft to Open Its Online Gaming Service to Windows Users
Discussion: PaidContent and GigaGamez
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
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 …
BBC:
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.
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 …
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John Biggs / MobileCrunch:
Welcome Russell Shaw...
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NewsGator:
NewsGator Continues Mobile Expansion with RSS Reader for BlackBerry …
Discussion: GigaOM
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?
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Digital Prosperity  —  Understanding the Economic Benefits …
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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Start-Up Fervor Shifts to Energy in Silicon Valley
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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
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WarHawk Confirmed for Blu-ray
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