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10:45 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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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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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   Google Anonymizing Search Records To Protect Privacy
Ryan Singel / 27B Stroke 6:
Google To Anonymize Data — Updated
Discussion: Techdirt
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:   Google adding search privacy protections
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:   Google Logs New Data Privacy Policy
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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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 …
Discussion: Hello, My Name Is
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
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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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 …
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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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
Steve Petersen / The Bivings Report:
16 Ways The News Media Can Use Blogs  —  This is not a complete list of how the news media can use blogs, but it provides several ideas for journalists who are scratching their heads about how to launch blogs that serve a purpose other than as another distribution channel for content.
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.
Discussion: Internet Outsider
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
 
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Safa Rashtchy Leaving Piper Jaffray
Phone Scoop:
Sprint Revamps Streaming Music and TV
Discussion: CrunchGear and MobileCrunch
PC World:
Cebit: Samsung Revamps Ultra-Mobile PC
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
Google Is Reviving Hopes for Ex-Furniture Makers
Eric Dash / New York Times:
Wal-Mart Is Said to Have Big Banking Plans
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Freetards at MIT destroying perfectly good iPods
Discussion: CrunchGear
John Biggs / MobileCrunch:
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Discussion: VoIP Now
NewsGator:
NewsGator Continues Mobile Expansion with RSS Reader for BlackBerry …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and GigaOM
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Louis Gray / The Apple Blog:
Apple Adds "My Alerts" to iTunes Store
Discussion: Infinite Loop and MacUser
Steve Hamm / Business Week:
Red Hat Launches Open-Source Exchange
Sramana Mitra / Read/WriteWeb:
Yahoo! Personal Finance: A for Content, B for Personalization
itif.org:
Digital Prosperity  —  Understanding the Economic Benefits …
Discussion: Between the Lines and Slashdot
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Start-Up Fervor Shifts to Energy in Silicon Valley
LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
Buzznet and iMeem: Fast Growing Social Networks
BBC:
Microsoft hits 'cybersquatters'
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Optimus Maximus: the god of keyboards unveiled
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