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2:00 AM ET, March 27, 2007


 Top Items: 
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.
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.
Mathew /
Kathy Sierra: the dark side of anonymity
Discussion: Jim Kukral Online …
Ina Fried / CNET
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 /
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: 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
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.
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 …
David A. Utter / Print Isn't Dead …:
Tasty Chowdah: Google Moving Into Boston
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.
Larry Sanger /
Why the Citizendium Will (Probably) Succeed … 1. So far, so good.  —  The Citizendium pilot project wiki got under way privately at the start of last November.  In the intervening months, we have steadily grown to some 1,100 "CZ Live" articles—that's approximately how many articles we have done significant work on.
Brian Bergstein / Associated Press:
Wikipedia co-founder seeks to start over
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
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GrandCentral A Little Too "Beta" For Some  —  New telephone management startup GrandCentral is off to a solid start.  They showed a preview of the service at the DEMO conference last year, and we gave GrandCentral a solid review, as did Rafe Needleman and others.
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.
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 and Between the Lines
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Rocketboom Seeks Alternate Revenue Steams
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Nick / Rough Type:
Showdown in the trailer park
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Pivot: Sprint's quad-play package
Discussion: MoCoNews
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Shivering Isles (Now Available)
Discussion: Kotaku, Xbox 360 Fanboy and Joystiq
Elinor Mills / CNET
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
Mark Coker / VentureBeat:
Start-up advice for entrepreneurs, from Y Combinator Startup School
 Earlier Items: 
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Students largely ignore RIAA instant settlement offers
Sean P. Murphy / Boston Globe:
Voting device pact at issue
Many net users 'not safety-aware'
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft assembles its All Star team to tackle its Cloud OS
Discussion: LiveSide
AOL: Powerpoint paralysis
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Phone Scoop
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