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9:50 AM ET, March 20, 2007

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Peter Rip / EarlyStageVC:
Web 2.0 - Over and Out  —  Many of us in the VC community have been quietly wondering about the state of Web 2.0 innovation.  We aren't seeing much.  Startup activity remains strong, but the consumer web landscape seems to be populated with the same bodies with different skins.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Does everything have to be Web 2.0?  —  Web 2.0 might have jumped the shark - that is not exactly what Peter Rip says, but that is the essence of his argument: Web 2.0 has gone mainstream, and the innovation around it is scuffling.  The personal anecdote Rip retells is pretty amusing.
Jeff Clavier / Jeff Clavier's Software Only:
Looking back at three years of Web 2.0 investing  —  Almost three years ago, I left the fund I was a general partner of and decided to switch my investment focus from mid-stage enterprise software to (very) early stage consumer Internet.  Dotcoms as they were, since the Web 2.0 meme had not been cornered yet.
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Web 3.0: When Web Sites Become Web Services
Brad Stone / New York Times:
MySpace Restrictions Upset Some Users  —  Some users of MySpace feel as if their space is being invaded.  —  MySpace, the Web's largest social network, has gradually been imposing limits on the software tools that users can embed in their pages, like music and video players that also deliver advertising or enable transactions.
Discussion: Mashable!, Screenwerk and Snipperoo
Julio / iinnovate:
Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google  —  Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google, talks about Google's industry and competitors, about leading innovation, and career advice.  —  MP3 File |  Subscribe via iTunes |  Digg it!  Add to del.icio.us  —  We caught up with Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google last week …
Symantec Corp.:
Symantec Reports Rise in Data Theft, Data Leakage, and Targeted Attacks Leading to Hackers' Financial Gain  —  New Internet Security Threat Activity Research Reveals a Shift towards Collaborative, Global Online Communities Operated by Cyber Criminals  —  The latest Internet Security Threat …
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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple's next-generation iMacs to add a touch of grace  —  AppleInsider has learned that Apple's popular line of iMac personal computers are about to undergo a substantial facelift that will showcase striking new industrial designs aimed at leaving both competitors and onlookers smitten.
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo, CrunchGear and digg
George Ou:
Should Apple be making fun of Vista UAC?  —  Windows Vista UAC (User Account Control) has an additional security feature called Secure Desktop that hardens the UAC privilege escalation prompt, but some people seem to be upset with this feature because they say it's annoying.
Discussion: MacUser and Cult of Mac
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Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
How Google Blog Search Ranks Results  —  Unlike most blog search engines, Google Blog Search ranks the results by relevancy.  You can change that by clicking on "sort by date", but the default option is useful if you want to find the most significant blog posts about a topic.  But how does Google rank blog posts?
BBC:
YouTube to present video awards  —  Video-sharing website YouTube is to present awards for the best user-generated videos of 2006.  —  YouTube users will be able to vote for their favourite clips in seven categories, including most creative, and "most adorable" video ever.
Discussion: Profy.Com
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
AT&T/Cingular blocks cellular customers from free conference call services  —  AT&T/Cingular has begun blocking access to a free conference calling service last week, claiming that such services are costing the wireless giant millions in rerouting and "termination fees."
Discussion: Berlind's Testbed and digg
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Exclusive: Yahoo oneSearch Launches on US Mobile Web  —  On Tuesday Yahoo will significantly expand the reach of their new mobile search product, Yahoo! oneSearch, by making it the default mobile Yahoo homepage at http://m.yahoo.com for US users.  In effect this brings oneSearch …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Userplane Releases Userlist - IM for Websites a Trend to Watch  —  Disclosure: Userplane is a sponsor of Read/WriteWeb  —  Userplane, the provider of community web apps that was acquired by AOL in August last year, is today releasing Userplane Userlist - a Flash-based instant messaging app that you can integrate into web sites.
Harry McCracken / PC World: Techlog:
Google Personal Homepage Gets Skinnable  —  When I think of Google, I think of a site with a relentlessly consistent—and ultimately mundane—look and feel.  Which is why a fairly minor new Google feature—dynamic themes (aka skins) for the Google Personalized Homepage—is worthy of comment here.
LC Angell / iLounge:
Philips intros iPod-ready LCD-TV kitchen system  —  Philips has introduced a new iPod-compatible, under-cabinet multimedia player.  The Philips DCD778 Docking Entertainment System sports an 8.5-inch widescreen LCD display and can play audio and video from an iPod, DVD, (S)VCD, MP3-CD, CD(RW) and Picture CD.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Ubergizmo
 
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Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Opens Doors by Running Windows
Wayne Rash / eWEEK.com:
Wireless in the Sky: Hearst Builds Tower of the Future
Sylvia Carr / silicon.com:
Q&A: James Gosling, 'father of Java'
Discussion: Slashdot
Microsoft:
Microsoft Unveils Small-Business Phone System Software Designed for Ease of Use
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
DuPont's internet-video ads on blogs
Consumerist:
RIAA Wins Worst Company In America 2007
Discussion: digg
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Sirius, XM Sued on Patent
Discussion: Engadget and Orbitcast
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ridiculous: One Digg Clone Takes Legal Action Against Another Digg Clone
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Benchmark Capital hires Lasky, of Jamdat fame
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David Carr / New York Times:
All the World's a Story  —  Journalism has always been a product of networks.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's Windows 'Fiji' on track to debut before Windows Seven
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Baidu's click-fraud problem, and more on Fraudwall
Tariq Krim / Netvibes.com Blog:
Coriander launch: second step
Kevin J. O'Brien / International Herald Tribune:
Magazine publishers see future, but no profit, in shift to Internet
 

 
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