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5:50 PM ET, March 16, 2007


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Ryan Blitstein /
Microsoft CEO meets with Stanford students  —  Microsoft, according to Stanford business school Dean Robert Joss, has reached a plateau.  In January, it released new versions of its Windows Vista computer operating system and Office productivity software, and faces threats …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Microsoft tells MVPs "we're in it to win" — Really?  —  Look at my last post.  Now read this one over on LiveSide.  It's a short report that Microsoft executives are bragging to MVPs that "we're in it to win."  —  I don't think Microsoft is.  The words are empty.  Microsoft's Internet execution sucks (on whole).
Discussion: WebProNews, Zoli's Blog and Channel 9
Matthew / LiveSide:
Microsoft: "We're in it to win!"
Google Watch:
Exec Confirms Google Phone
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
How to run Vista legally without activation ... for at least a year  —  Microsoft calls it a 'hack,' researcher, a 'documented feature'  —  Windows Vista can be run for at least a year without being activated, a serious end run around one of Microsoft Corp.'s key antipiracy measures, Windows expert Brian Livingston said today.
Discussion:, CrunchGear and Slashdot
Nick / Rough Type:
Google should buy Intuit  —  Google has begun to nibble at the business market, introducing its $50-per-employee-per-month package of personal productivity applications, Google Apps, and buying up some little companies like JotSpot, a purveyor of corporate wikis.
Discussion: Howard Lindzon and
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
QuickBooks Enterprise: The forgotten mid-market ERP player  —  What happens when the mom and pop businesses grow up to become mid-market companies?  Conventional wisdom dictates that they graduate to an enterprise resource planning (ERP) application like Microsoft Dynamics GP, Sage MAS90 or an on-demand service from NetSuite.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Socializr, for planning events online  —  Socializr, a new San Francisco-based company that wants to help you plan events online, opens to the public today.  —  It is owned by Jonathan Abrams, the founder of the early social networking site, Friendster.  When Friendster emerged four years ago …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Socializr Launches - Still a Mess  —  You could forgive the ugly interface of Socializr during its Gamma test - us bloggers had crashed the party unannounced, and there was surely some tweaking to be done.  —  But today we were told the San Francisco-based company from the Friendster founder has launched …
Discussion: Epicenter
Karen / Official Google Blog:
A world in motion  —  Posted by Marissa Mayer, VP Search Products & User Experience  —  Mark Twain said, "Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable."  We're pretty sure Twain's definition of pliable is different from ours.  Building flexibility into search, email …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Flickr China Coming  —  It may be renowned for censoring all kinds of content on the Internet, but the Chinese market is too huge for Yahoo to ignore.  That's why Yahoo is planning to launch a version of the popular photo sharing site Flickr in China this year.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Flickr targets Hong Kong market
Discussion: Download Squad
EMERGING TECH TOOLKIT  —  Microsoft: OneCare should not have been rolled out  —  Microsoft has said that its OneCare security suite has "a problem" with the underlying antivirus code, and admitted that security is just "a little part of Microsoft".  —  Speaking to ZDNet UK exclusively …
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.
Switchtoamac / Switch To A Mac:
Mac OS X Leopard 10.5 - a May 2007 release?  —  As a followup to yesterday's post about the Mac OS X 10.4.9 update, we indicated that we would put forth our prediction of when Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard would likely be released by Apple.  This post provides a prediction  —  Key Facts and Items
Discussion: MacUser, Apple Gazette and digg
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Summize: Enhancing Search With Heatmaps  —  We wrote about Abdur Chowdhury in our recent coverage of the Open Data 2007 Workshop.  Until recently he was running AOL Search, but left to start a new venture.  Abdur is an impressive thinker and articulate speaker, with a great track record in the industry.
Mat Lu / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
DockArt: Change your iTunes icon to Album Art  —  DockArt is a nice little iTunes plugin that does something simple, and does it well.  When installed it will change the iTunes icon in your dock to the album art of the currently playing track (assuming of course that it has album art).
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Apple Gazette
Johnporcaro / Gamerscore Blog:
Castlevania: Symphony of Night on Xbox Live Arcade  —  Next Wednesday, you can play Castlevania: Symphony of Night on Xbox Live Arcade for Xbox 360 (Wednesday, March 21 at 0900 GMT, 2 a.m. PDT).  —  In "Castlevania: Symphony of Night," the 12th iteration of the series, you take on the role of Alucard …
Discussion: Joystiq and Kotaku
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Discussion: and Slashdot
Douglass C. Perry / IGN:
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
ASUS' PG221 gaming monitor rocks the dorm
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Mike / Techdirt:
Is It Illegal To Help Someone Watch TV Over Their Computer?
Luke O'Brien / Wired News:
'Yahoo Betrayed My Husband'
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and digg
David Lenehan / Read/WriteWeb:
Adobe Remix on Photobucket
Fred / A VC:
Superdistribution  —  I remember the first time I heard this term …
Discussion: Werblog