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10:20 PM ET, March 26, 2007

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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.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Taking the week off  —  I'm physically ill after reading what happened to Kathy Sierra.  Maryam and several others here at PodTech asked me about it and are concerned since the same sites that are attacking Kathy also mentioned me and Maryam.  Maryam is really freaked out about it.  So am I.
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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
Peter Galli / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Says Vista Sales Strong
Discussion: Neowin.net and The Tech Report
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 …
Discussion: engtech
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Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Looking for a Job?  Make Sure You Have a Web Identity!  —  Computer World takes a look at how a lack of a web presence can hurt a candidate's chance of getting a job interview, let alone the actual job.  While we've probably all tried "Googling" a date or famous celebrity …
Skrentablog:
How to beat Google, part 1  —  Our entire industry is scared witless by Google's dominance in search and advertising.  Microsoft and Yahoo have been unsuccessful at staunching the bleeding of their search market share.  VCs parrot the Google PR FUD machine that you need giant datacenters next to hydroelectric dams to compete.
Discussion: Geeking with Greg
Business Wire:
Sprint Announces WiMAX Ecosystem Initiatives  —  ORLANDO, Fla.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) today announced further progress with the development of its upcoming Mobile WiMAX advanced multimedia network, citing wireless device and chipset initiatives while identifying additional service markets.
Brian Bergstein / Associated Press:
Wikipedia co-founder seeks to start over  —  In just six years, Wikipedia has mushroomed into one of the Web's most astonishing successes, with 1.7 million articles in English alone.  The downside is that the free encyclopedia has its share of errors and juvenile vandalism, and sometimes the writing is incomprehensibly arcane.
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Sony Ericsson:
Meet the W580: the Walkman® phone with street style  —  Sony Ericsson's new W580 WALKMAN® phone announced today is the music phone that's pure street style.  This slim slider phone speaks volumes in urban cool while delivering the full-on Walkman® phone music experience.
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 …
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.
Jonathan M. Gitlin / Opposable Thumbs:
Why a $100 XBox can be better than the Apple TV  —  I was out of town this weekend meeting a friend from back home who happened to be in Columbus, OH, on business.  Originally we'd planned to go karting, but the threat of rain and the lure of beer took us in a different direction.
Discussion: AppleTV Hacker and digg
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, Bloggers Blog and Roam4free
 
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Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Pivot: Sprint's quad-play package
Discussion: MoCoNews
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Newsmaker: At PayPal, fending off phishers—and Google
Discussion: TechSpot News
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Infinite Loop:
Leopard is secretly three-dimensional
Discussion: Apple Gazette and digg
Sony Ericsson:
Highly stylish clamshell is 'sexy on the outside and smart on the inside.'
Seth Sutel / Associated Press:
Life magazine shut down for a third time
Babak / Trader's Narrative:
What Everyone Ought to Know About Agloco
Discussion: digg
Mark Coker / VentureBeat:
Start-up advice for entrepreneurs, from Y Combinator Startup School
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Students largely ignore RIAA instant settlement offers
Discussion: Neowin.net
 Earlier Items: 
alarm:clock:
Khosla Invests In Email Analytics Firm Xobni
Read/WriteWeb:
Is Google a Semantic Search Engine?
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Everything you ever wanted to know about Microsoft Office Communicator 2007
Helio:
MEET THE NEW HELIO OCEAN
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Phone Scoop
Ars Technica:
IBM doubles CPU cooling capabilities with simple manufacturing change
Discussion: TechSpot News, digg and Slashdot
Jim Benson / Broadcasting & Cable:
The CW Gets Into the Web Game
Jim Puzzanghera / Los Angeles Times:
Google canvasses for political ads
Bob Garfield / AdAge:
Bob Garfield's Chaos Scenario 2.0