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5:25 PM ET, March 26, 2007

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Microsoft:
Windows Vista Debuts with Strong Global Sales  —  More than 20 million licenses were sold in the opening month of general availability for the new operating system, as new tools and programs ease the transition for consumers.  —  Initial sales figures from Microsoft show …
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft sells 20 million Vista licenses  —  Microsoft claims Windows Vista is off to a fast start, having sold more than 20 million copies since its January 30 consumer release.  —  By comparison, in its first two months, Windows XP sold 17 million copies, Microsoft said.
Discussion: TechSpot News and ZDNet News
The Independent:
So, how many podcasts did you download today?  —  Simon Kelner of 'The Independent' caused a stir last week when he said he didn't know anyone who'd used a podcast.  What a dinosaur!  But, discovers Tim Luckhurst, he can't be alone.  Most days, responses to newspaper blogs barely …
Discussion: Telegraph Blogs and Greenslade
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Mary Brandel / Computerworld:
Web anonymity can sink your job search  —  Your Web presence can make or break a job application  —  If someone searches for you on the Web and comes up empty-handed, do you exist?  —  Considering that a growing number of recruiters and hiring managers are using search engines …
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Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Looking for a Job? Make Sure You Have a Web Identity!
Discussion: Global Nerdy
Ryan Block / Engadget:
HTC Shift — the cellphone company finally goes UMPC  —  It's been a long time in coming, but after HTC's long, gradual feature buildup all the way from the very first Pocket PC phone in 2002, they're finally putting the "computer" in High Tech Computer by making the jump to ultraportable PC-maker.
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James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Introducing the HTC Advantage and Shift
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com and PalmAddicts
PhysOrg.com:
'Juiced-up' Sugar-Fueled Battery Could Power Portable Electronics  —  Juicing up your cell phone or iPod may take on a whole new meaning in the future.  Researchers at Saint Louis University in Missouri have developed a fuel cell battery that runs on virtually any sugar source …
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Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:   Sugar fueled batteries could power portable electronics
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
Death threats against bloggers are NOT "protected speech" (why I cancelled my ETech presentations)  —  As I type this, I am supposed to be in San Diego, delivering a workshop at the ETech conference.  But I'm not.  I'm at home, with the doors locked, terrified.
BBC:
Many net users 'not safety-aware'  —  Fewer than half of the UK's 29m adult internet users believe they are responsible for protecting personal information online, a survey suggests.  —  One in six of the 2,441 people surveyed felt responsibility rested with banks.
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
Financial Times:
Mini-blog is the talk of Silicon Valley  —  Silicon Valley is abuzz over a new mini-blogging service for mobile phones that some predict will be a mass-market hit with the reach of a YouTube or MySpace.  —  Over the past two weeks, Twitter has attracted the sort of hyperbole the Valley reserves …
Discussion: Vecosys and Bloggers Blog
Bob Garfield / AdAge:
Bob Garfield's Chaos Scenario 2.0  —  The Post Advertising Age  —  Maybe you'd better lean forward.  Presently you will be given five reasons to consider something barely imaginable: a post-apocalyptic media world substantially devoid of brand advertising as we have long known it.
Helio:
MEET THE NEW HELIO OCEAN  —  One of a Kind Dual-Slide Device Serves Up Definitive Mobile Experience in Uncompromising Form Factor  —  Introducing Ocean™, the world's first dual-slider combining a traditional numeric keypad and a separate full QWERTY keyboard in a single device.
Discussion: Phone Scoop and Gadget Lab
Jim Puzzanghera / Los Angeles Times:
Google canvasses for political ads  —  Going after a niche that could go mainstream, the Web giant teaches candidates of all stripes how to campaign online.  —  WASHINGTON — As the 2008 presidential campaign gets rolling, Google Inc. wants to be every candidate's running mate.
Jim Benson / Broadcasting & Cable:
The CW Gets Into the Web Game  —  YouTube may soon get a taste of its own medicine if The CW greenlights a reality pilot that would put the Web's best user-generated content on weekly TV.  —  Ghen Maynard, CBS Paramount Network Television Entertainment Group's alternative programming guru …
Read/WriteWeb:
Is Google a Semantic Search Engine?  —  Written by Phill Midwinter, a search engineer from the UK.  This is a great follow-up to our article last Friday, Hakia Takes On Google With Semantic Technologies.  —  What is a Semantic Engine?  —  Semantics are said to be 'the next big thing' in search engine technology.
Discussion: Profy.Com
Valleywag:
AOL: Powerpoint paralysis  —  Ever wonder precisely why big companies such as AOL are so painfully sluggish?  Here's an insight.  AOL recently launched an enhanced search service which, alongside search results from Google, showed capsule reviews, videos and other content from AOL itself.
PR Newswire:
Vonage Comments on Recent Court Proceedings, Outlook for Appeal and Market Overreaction  —  Company Confident in Appeal  —  HOLMDEL, N.J., March 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Vonage reaffirmed its confidence in prevailing on appeal and in continuing to meet the needs and expectations …
 
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft assembles its All Star team to tackle its Cloud OS
Discussion: LiveSide
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Everything you ever wanted to know about Microsoft Office Communicator 2007
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
AdMob raises $15M, in race for mobile ad crown
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
For fast-food help, call in the robots
Neil Patel / Pronet Advertising:
Calacanis - SEO's Next Evangelist?
Ross Rader / The Tucows Blog:
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Discussion: Global Nerdy and Joho the Blog
Orbitcast:
XM's Touchscreen Patent Application
Discussion: Gizmodo and GottaBeMobile.com
Ars Technica:
IBM doubles CPU cooling capabilities with simple manufacturing change
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
 Earlier Items: 
James Niccolai / InfoWorld:
Iona adds repository for SOAs
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Intel to produce chips in China
Discussion: Macsimum News
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Yankee Group: Novell gaining (with Microsoft's help) at Red Hat's expense
Discussion: Open Sources
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Build Your Own Justin.tv With Ustream
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
Maker of Mobile Games Brings Line to BlackBerry
Discussion: Gearlog and MoCoNews
Virginiah / infoworlditexecconnect …:
InfoWorld Brand Moves Online
John Markoff / New York Times:
Hot Spectrum Draws Cash, and Ideals
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Amazon leaks Adobe CS3 pricing, availability dates, code split [u]
 

 
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