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9:35 AM ET, March 27, 2007

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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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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.
Frank Paynter / Listics:
Mere anarchy … MeanKids was purposeful anarchy.  I thought the people at MeanKids would create art and criticism, pointed and insulting satire, but not foster a climate of fear.  Misogynistic postings at MeanKids.org led me to try to moderate, but indeed the group there was of the …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Blogger cancels conference appearance after death threats  —  Kathy Sierra, a well-known blogger and author of books on Web design and programming, has abruptly canceled a speaking engagement after a rash of death threats began appearing on her blog as well as others.
Discussion: Webware.com
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Kathy Sierra: the dark side of anonymity  —  Kathy Sierra's disturbing and heart-wrenching take on cyber-stalking, which is here, is yet another example of how the anonymity of the Web allows — and even encourages — certain individuals to toss aside what we see as normal human behaviour and indulge the worst elements of their nature.
Discussion: blackrimglasses.com
Shelley / Burningbird:
Disappointed  —  Kathy Sierra just just posted a note …
Discussion: rc3.org
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Way Way Over the Edge  —  Please, stop reading this and go …
Discussion: One By One Media
Don Park / Don Park's Daily Habit:   Simply Awful  —  As Tim Bray wrote, something is badly …
Mike / CrunchNotes:   This Is Unacceptable  —  Blogging culture, which is often …
Seth Godin / Seth's Blog:   Misogyny and anonymity  —  Three years ago, I posted about anonymity.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo to Offer a Network for Web Ads on Cellphones  —  Yahoo is moving to secure a position on the next Internet battleground: Web search and advertising on cellphones.  —  The company plans to announce on Tuesday that it is creating a mobile advertising network that will allow marketers …
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Business Wire:
Yahoo! Opens Up oneSearch to Mobile Publishers
Discussion: Mashable!
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.
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Read/WriteWeb:
Is Google a Semantic Search Engine?
Discussion: Profy.Com and Between the Lines
Ars Technica:
Apple TV  —  System requirements: Television with component or HDMI support  —  At Macworld in January of this year, Apple formally announced the Apple TV (previously known as the "iTV"), an iTunes-compatible streaming media device meant to revolutionize the way we watch television.
Scott Van Voorhis / Boston Herald:
Google on search of a Hub: Tech co. fetching multiple results in bid for office space  —  Google, one of the tech world's hottest companies, is scouting for a major location in Boston or Cambridge.  —  The multibillion-dollar Internet giant has been hunting for anywhere from 100,000 …
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David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Tasty Chowdah: Google Moving Into Boston
Peter Galli / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Says Vista Sales Strong  —  Updated: More than 20 million copies of Windows Vista were sold globally in February 2007, the first month of sales since its widespread consumer release.  —  More than 20 million copies of Windows Vista were sold globally in February 2007 …
Discussion: Neowin.net and The Tech Report
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
MarketWatch Adds Community Stock Predictor  —  Financial news site MarketWatch added a number of new features to their site recently, including a single search box (you no longer need to look up stock symbols separately) and a new user-generated stock price predictor called MarketPerception.
Discussion: ben barren
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Spins Off ZenZui, Mobile Browsing Via Widgets  —  Microsoft-backed ZenZui launched this morning.  It's a new mobile browser that aims to make surfing the web on your mobile device easier through widgets.  The application that lets you surf over a 6×6 grid of website widgets by panning and zooming around the grid.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Board of Directors Adds New Member and Declares Quarterly Dividend  —  Reed Hastings of Netflix to Join Board; Dividend of $0.10 per share payable in June.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced that its board of directors has increased the size of the board from nine to 10 members …
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
The Efficient Crank Call Tool  —  We heard about a new "startup" yesterday.  You type in a phone number and tell it how many times you would like the service to call it.  The service will then call the phone that number of times.  —  We're not going to say the name of it, or link to it …
Robert Young / NewTeeVee:
Did Murdoch just KO Google?  —  When one is asked about Google's incredible success to date, and what they did so right, the obvious answer will likely involve an explanation of the brilliant technologies that make up PageRank and Adwords.  —  But if one looks under the hood …
Probono / AwkwardTV:
Apple TV boots from USB (without opening case)  —  Ozy from the AwkwardTV project has found a way to boot the Apple TV from an external USB drive attached to it, without opening the Apple TV case or removing the internal hard disk.  —  As his video shows, Apple TV is booting a modified system off the external drive.
Babak / Trader's Narrative:
What Everyone Ought to Know About Agloco  —  Agloco is a pay to surf MLM scheme that exploded onto the interwebs late last year.  It is backed by the same team as AllAdvantage which crashed and burned in the bubble years.  Check out this article from Business 2.0 on AllAdvantage (pdf).
Discussion: John Chow dot Com and digg
 
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Karen / Official Google Blog:
The wisdom of orkut  —  Wish you could use the wisdom of crowds …
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More evidence of U.S. as malware capital
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Why a $100 XBox can be better than the Apple TV
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Wikipedia co-founder seeks to start over
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Leopard is secretly three-dimensional
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