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12:25 AM ET, March 20, 2007


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Ian Murdock / Ian Murdock's Weblog:
Joining Sun  —  I saw my first Sun workstation about 15 years ago, in 1992.  I was a business student at Purdue University, and a childhood love for computers had just been reawakened.  I was spending countless hours in the basement of the Math building, basking in the green phosphorescent glow …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple TV said to be worthy of overtaking both TiVo and Netflix  —  Although AppleTV has ceded the limelight to iPhone and similarly been overshadowed by the buzz preceding the launch of Leopard, it could prove to be as disruptive to legacy video purchase-and-consumption behavior as the iPod …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Researchers Track Down a Plague of Fake Web Pages  —  Tens of thousands of junk Web pages, created only to lure search-engine users to advertisements, are proliferating like billboards strung along freeways.  Now Microsoft researchers say they have traced the companies and techniques behind them.
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?
Associated Press:
And the YouTube award goes to...  NEW YORK (AP) — Lonelygirl15, OK Go and other YouTube sensations will get an opportunity to walk down a virtual red carpet.  —  The video-sharing Web site announced Monday that it will hold the first YouTube Video Awards to recognize the best-user created videos of 2006.
Jeffrey L. Wilson / LAPTOP Magazine:
Fujitsu LifeBook B6210 and P1610 Go Flash  —  Two Tablet PCs adopt solid-state drives for enhanced performance.  —  Today Fujitsu announced that it has prepped two LifeBook Tablet PCs for the future with the announcement that customers can tailor the B6210 and the P1610 with solid-state disks for faster, more reliable performance.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and The Tech Report
Michael Kanellos / CNET
Fujitsu adopts flash memory for new tablets
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Web 3.0: When Web Sites Become Web Services  —  Today's Web has terabytes of information available to humans, but hidden from computers.  It is a paradox that information is stuck inside HTML pages, formatted in esoteric ways that are difficult for machines to process.
Discussion: digg
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: digg
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
Report: U.S. most prolific source of online attacks  —  U.S. networks pumped out the highest percentage of attacks during the second half of last year, with China running a distant second, according to a report released Monday by security firm Symantec.  —  The U.S. accounted for 31 percent …
Discussion: TechSpot News and Today @ PC World
Tariq Krim / Blog:
Coriander launch: second step  —  Here it is, the long awaited Netvibes coriander release.  —  Firstly, thanks for the incredible feedback for the new features we introduced during the first step of the Coriander launch, when we discussed the release of the universal widget API.
Discussion: CyberNet Technology News and digg
Kevin J. O'Brien / International Herald Tribune:
Magazine publishers see future, but no profit, in shift to Internet  —  HANNOVER: In 1980, the aspiring global media baron Rupert Murdoch turned to the president of his U.S. newspaper operations, Donald Kummerfeld, and, as he was wont to do, made a bold prediction.
Blake Robinson / TechCrunch:
SXSW Showdown: Dodgeball Vs. Twitter  —  Now that South by Southwest 2007 has come to a close I finally have some minutes to write about the two most flaunted services of the show: Twitter and Dodgeball.  —  With both services, users establish a friends list to whom messages are broadcast.
Software News:
Microsoft partner: Vista less secure than XP  —  Security company Kaspersky claimed that Vista's User Account Control (UAC), the system of user privileges that can be used to restrict users' administrative rights, will be so annoying that users will disable it.
Discussion: Channel 9, The Tech Report and digg
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's Windows 'Fiji' on track to debut before Windows Seven  —  IN FOCUS » See more posts on: Microsoft code names  —  With Microsoft constantly switches up codenames, it's tough to keep track of what's on and what's off.  But "Fiji" is on.  —  As I reported a while back …
Discussion: One Microsoft Way and
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Wal-Mart to Rate Electronics Suppliers on Environmental Sustainability  —  Wal-Mart to start new initiative aimed at conserving natural resources and protecting the environment  —  It seems as though cities, countries and companies alike are looking to do their part when it comes …
Discussion: and Fast Company Now
Roger Ehrenberg / Information Arbitrage:
Nintendo vs. Sony: It's Like Atari vs. Betamax  —  Overview  —  I was trolling around YouTube and came upon three gaming commercials - one vintage ad for the Atari VCS 2600 (circa 1977 - check out the Wikipedia entry here), one current ad for the Wii and one new-ish ad for the PS3.
Discussion: Game | Life
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David Carr / New York Times:
All the World's a Story  —  Journalism has always been a product of networks.
Faces Of The RIAA  —  We've received a lot of requests to …
Discussion: Gizmodo and digg
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
High-speed academic networks kiss, make up, then merge
Discussion: Slashdot
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Baidu's click-fraud problem, and more on Fraudwall
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Toshiba not so impressed by Blu-ray's victory cries
Khoi Vinh / Subtraction:
Oh Yeeaahh!  —  It's been about a year now since …
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Robert Levine / New York Times:
A Fee Per Song Can Ruin Us, Internet Radio Companies Say
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Tony Mobily / Free Software Magazine:
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Calculate Your Optimal BitTorrent Settings
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Google announces partnership with Rwandan Government and Kenya …
Mike Blumenthal / Search Engine Land:
Tell Me: Is Microsoft Shadow Boxing in Mobile Directory Assistance?
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