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7:25 PM ET, March 16, 2007


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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 …
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!"
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: and Howard Lindzon
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.
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
Elinor Mills / CNET
Europe exec confirms Google Phone  —  The head of Google in Spain and Portugal has confirmed that Google is working on a mobile phone.  "Some of the time the engineers are dedicated to developing a mobile phone," Isabel Aguilera is quoted as saying on the Spanish news Web site
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
Flickr targets Hong Kong market  —  Popular photo-sharing site Flickr has announced plans to launch a version in the Chinese language.  —  The move from Yahoo-owned Flickr is part of its attempts to localise and increase the accessibility of its websites, especially in Asia.
Discussion: Download Squad
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Flickr China Coming
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
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 …
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
Mathew /
Twitter to live, but don't live to Twitter  —  Is all the fuss about Twitter much ado about nothing, as Shakespeare put it?  Is Twitter the crack of the Internet, as my friend Mark puts it?  Is it a useful way of staying connected to friends, and keeping track of your thoughts — as Tara "Miss Rogue" Hunt has said?
Mark Evans:
Twitter: The Crack of the Web?
Ian Smith / Download Squad:
Top 11 Yahoo Mail Tips and Tricks  —  Yahoo's new version of web mail is, without a doubt, one of the coolest and most fluid Ajax applications we've seen to date.  For the average user it offers every major feature that you can find in Outlook or Thunderbird, and it does it with style.
Discussion: Lifehacker and digg
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Why a Strong Brand Is a Search Marketer's Best Asset  —  Travelocity: Nonbranded Keywords Only Convert 4% of Searchers  —  CHICAGO ( — For brand marketers using search, a brand name may be their best asset.  That's the finding of a recent Travelocity study …
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
DOUBLE STANDARDS: Viacom's own video pirates  —  Let me get this straight.  Sumner Redstone's Viacom, outraged at video grabs of programs such as the Daily Show, orders Google to remove more than 100,000 clips from its Youtube video sharing site.  And then the 83-year-old media tycoon authorizes …
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