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5:55 PM ET, March 23, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Dear Clown Co.: Name This Thing Fast Before It's Too Late  —  For the last twenty-four hours we've been reporting a nearly non-stop stream of facts (and some speculation) about the new, unamed News Corp./NBC Universal joint venture to launch later this year.
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Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Picking Hits, and the Trouble with NewTube
Discussion: Digital Markets
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
NBCU-News Corp.: Who's In, Who's Not, Who's Coming
Discussion: Lost Remote
Ruby Huang / DigiTimes:
Apple reportedly to postpone Leopard to support Windows Vista  —  Apple is expected to launch its next generation Leopard operating system (OS) in April, but according to industry sources, the release of the new OS will be postponed to October to allow Apple to make Leopard support Windows Vista through …
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AppleInsider:
DigiTimes: Apple may delay Leopard release till October
Discussion: MacRumors and MacSlash
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:   A Vista driver case study
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Is Microsoft's Vista behind Apple's alleged 'Leopard' delay?
Discussion: Windows-Now.com
BBC:
Microsoft crashes Sony PS3 launch  —  The European launch of the PlayStation 3 has been met by both cheers and indifference across the continent.  —  London saw the biggest turnout and all those that turned up for the midnight event also got a free HD TV to go with their new console.
Discussion: Joystiq
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Here Comes Competition, Apollo  —  The official developer release of Apollo, a platform that lets developers run their web applications outside of the browser, offline and on the desktop, is less than a week old, and they already have competition.  —  Firefox 3 will allow sites to work offline by accessing local datastores.
Discussion: Ajaxian, Cost Per News and JD on EP
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David Young / Joyeur:
Joyent Slingshot [22]  —  Joyent Slingshot allows developers …
Discussion: Message and StartupSquad.com
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Apple TV rocks  —  I bought an Apple TV tonight.  —  I've watched Ask a Ninja, Rocketboom, my show, and Ze Frank on it so far.  —  Works as advertised.  Easy to setup.  It rocks.  —  It makes me want to put out a high res version of my show.  But, it's pretty watchable, even at the low resolution it is.
San Francisco Chronicle:
So who will get the story?  —  I wasn't surprised that my recent column on the need for newspapers to charge for online content drew heated reaction from cyberreaders and bloggers.  —  What did surprise me was the sense of entitlement many of these people exhibited when it came to benefiting …
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Belgian company loses lawsuit against Google  —  ServersCheck contends that Google's Suggest points to pirated versions of its software  —  A Belgian court dismissed a lawsuit filed by a company that said a feature for Google Inc.'s search engine offers up password-cracking tools and serial numbers to unlock their software.
Discussion: Google Watch
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Microsoft temporarily closes video site  —  Microsoft is closing its video-sharing site, Soapbox, to new users for up to two months so it can create better safeguards against pirated content.  —  The software giant, which agreed earlier Thursday to distribute movies and TV shows for big media companies …
Business Week:
Where Is Microsoft Search?  —  Its stumbles on the Web could open the door for rivals to come after its core business  —  Time has always seemed to be Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT ) ally.  In the company lore, the software giant takes three cracks at a market before establishing supremacy.
Reuters:
Vonage tumbles on Verizon patent injunction  —  A federal judge delays signing a permanent injunction barring the broadband company from using Verizon's VoIP technologies.  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va (Reuters) — A federal judge said Friday he would issue an injunction barring Vonage Holdings Corp …
Discussion: GigaOM and The Browser
Jon Udell:
Semantic web as social enjoyment … (Note: I don't yet seem to have invitations that I can dispense.)  —  If you scan those articles and the blogospheric halo surrounding them, you'll soon glean the essentials.  Freebase is like Wikipedia in the sense that it's an open data project.
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
Chief Says F.C.C. Is Against Cellphone Use on Airliners  —  The Federal Communications Commission will give up on the idea of allowing cellphone use on airplanes, the chairman said on Thursday, because it is not clear whether the network on the ground can handle the calls.
Lifehacker:
LH Top 10: Must-have Firefox extensions  —  If ever a software application was built to be more than itself, it's Mozilla Firefox.  Over the past 2 years we've tried, loved and posted dozens of feature-adding extensions for our favorite web browser.  But today we have the master, grand daddy list of 10 must-haves.
Discussion: digg
Amy Gahran / E-Media Tidbits:
Separate = Better for Washingtonpost.com, Says CEO  —  I'm attending (and, today, speaking) at the BlogHer Business Summit in New York.  Yesterday, Caroline Little, CEO and publisher of Washingtonpost Newsweek Interactive, spoke to the audience about how her organization perceives the role …
Discussion: AMY GAHRAN
 
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Gizmodo:
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Sean Rad / VentureBeat:
Voicethread launches group audio blogging
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Intel Classmate PC ships in volume to select test markets
Discussion: Engadget
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Tests a New Design for the Homepage
Evan Blass / Engadget:
It's on: HD radio gets FCC blessing
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Sean Cooper / Engadget Mobile:
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Compulsory music licenses to get Congressional overhaul courtesy of "Mr. Hollywood"
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Feature: Top Five Most Overrated Industry People
Paul / Rogue Amoeba:
AppleTV Surprises And Impressions
BBC:
TV networks plan rival to YouTube
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Intel touts ultramobile chip for UMPCs
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