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1:50 PM ET, March 20, 2007

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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.
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:   MySpace Blocks Hoooka, Makes NYTimes
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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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.
Discussion: alarm:clock
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Does everything have to be Web 2.0?
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 …
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Unstrung:
Palm Deal in the Final Stretch  —  A Palm Inc. buyout could be finalized by Thursday this week, demanding $20 or more per share, according to sources close to the situation.  Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK - message board) is seen as the leading vendor bidder; while Palm's management is said to prefer a private equity buyer.
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Reuters:
Palm Takeover Expected This Week — Report
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and Phone Scoop
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.
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.
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Karen / Official Google Blog:
Personality goes a long way
Elinor Mills / Webware.com:   GOOGLE HOME PAGES GET MORE PERSONAL
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
John W. Backus, 82, Fortran Developer, Dies  —  John W. Backus, who assembled and led the I.B.M. team that created Fortran, the first widely used programming language, which helped open the door to modern computing, died on Saturday at his home in Ashland, Ore. He was 82.
CNET News.com:
Who exactly wrote the first blog  —  Someone, somewhere created the very first Web log.  It's just not quite clear who.  —  It may not be one of the Internet's grandest accomplishments, but with the number of active bloggers hovering somewhere around 100 million, according to one estimate …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and UMBC eBiquity
Geoff Adams-Spink / BBC:
GPS navigation plan to help blind  —  Age & disability correspondent, BBC News website  —  An Italian technology company is pioneering a GPS satellite system that will give blind people greater independence and mobility.  —  The Easy Walk service has been developed by Il Village, a firm in Turin in northern Italy.
Discussion: Gadget Lab and CrunchGear
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.
Dom Ramsey:
MyBlogLog and AdSense  —  Here's a question for anyone that uses MyBlogLog and Google AdSense on the same site: Do your stats match up?  —  It's a simple question, but one I've been struggling with ever since one of my sites received a large spike in traffic.
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Cue the 4:53 Silver Bullet to Happy Hour  —  YOU know the old drinker's saying that it is always 5 o'clock somewhere?  Coors is turning back the clock seven minutes in an effort to turn the clock forward when it comes to reaching consumers through new media.
Discussion: Techdirt
MediaShift:
DOOMSAYERS DEBUNKED Serious Journalism Won't Die as Newsprint Fades  —  I was reading my local newspaper today — yes, I still read it in print — and came upon this unfortunate passage in an otherwise nice report on a maverick newspaper publisher in rural California: "With classified advertising usurped …
 
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Mike Hughlett / Chicago Tribune:
Motorola chief cancels keynote speech
Discussion: Between the Lines
Kotaku:
Game Mag Says Black Xbox 360 Is Coming
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Infringing videos on iFilm could cause problems for Viacom
Discussion: Gizmodo, Slashdot and digg
Jeannie Choe / Engadget:
NAB ripping off MasterCard with anti-Sirius/XM merger ad: priceless.
Discussion: Orbitcast and John Carroll
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wink Pulls Half An Odeo, Partially Liquidates
Discussion: Wink Blog
Dick / Ask the Wizard:
Launch Late to Launch Often
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Apple releases WWDC details
Discussion: Neowin.net and digg
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Userplane Releases Userlist - IM for Websites a Trend to Watch
George Ou:
Should Apple be making fun of Vista UAC?
Discussion: CrunchGear, Cult of Mac and MacUser
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
First Look: Yahoo Hopes to Gain #1 Mobile Search Spot With Expansion
BBC:
YouTube to present video awards
Discussion: Profy.Com
Symantec Corp.:
Symantec Reports Rise in Data Theft, Data Leakage, and Targeted …
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
How Google Blog Search Ranks Results