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4:15 PM ET, March 27, 2007

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BBC:
Blog death threats spark debate  —  Prominent blogger Kathy Sierra has called on the blogosphere to combat the culture of abuse online.  —  It follows a series of death threats which have forced her to cancel a public appearance and suspend her blog.  —  Ms Sierra described on her blog …
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Chorus of cowardice  —  Chris Locke explains the "Mean Kids" site that's getting so much attention on TechMeme.  —  I don't know Kathy Sierra, but I do know and have been abused by Chris Locke, Frank Paynter and Jeanne Sessum (and quite a few other people).
Discussion: Global Nerdy, Dan G and BlogHer
Valleywag:
TAKE TWO: In defense of Chris Locke
Kat Herding / all noise all the time:
re Kathy Sierra's allegations
Speakeasy:
Best Buy Acquires Speakeasy  —  Addition of VoIP Communications Provider Gives Small Businesses  —  a Single Source for All of Their Technology Needs  —  Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY) has agreed to acquire Speakeasy, Inc., one of the largest independent broadband voice, data and IT service providers in the United States.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Can Best Buy become your IT shop?
Discussion: Epicenter and Howard Lindzon
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
John McCain's MySpace Page Hacked  —  Someone on Presidential hopeful John McCain's staff is going to be in trouble today.  They used a well known template to create his Myspace page.  The template was designed by NewsVine Founder and CEO Mike Davidson (original template is here).
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Newsvine:
Hacking John McCain  —  politics, humor, myspace, gay-marriage, mccain, john-mccain, hacks  —  If you visit John McCain's MySpace page (as of 9am PST Tuesday morning), you will notice an interesting announcement from him.  He's apparently reversed his position on gay marriage as well as revealed a bias towards attractive lesbians.
Discussion: Lost Remote
Steve Poland / TechCrunch:
Web Services Coming To Twitter  —  Earlier this year we talked about the usefulness of a simple command line to query multiple web services via a set syntax.  Yubnub, one of the web services we discussed, does just that.  Enter "Weather 90210″ into Yubnub and get the weather from Weather.com.
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Nik Cubrilovic / New Web Order:   Twitter as a Communications Platform
Mike / Techdirt:
The Patent Thicket That May Destroy VoIP  —  from the helping-spur-innovation,-huh?  dept  —  You have to wonder how many times fans of the patent system have to repeat the mantra that "patents encourage innovation" before they can actually believe it.  There continues to be new evidence …
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Carol Wilson / TELEPHONY Magazine:   More VoIP patent suits likely
Molly Graham / Official Google Blog:
Walking, Talking, Searching, Finding.  —  Posted by Yael Shacham, Product Manager, Mobile Team  —  For the last few weeks, some of our users have been test-driving our new mobile search and providing us with feedback so we can make it better.  Now, we've actually been using your feedback to improve our mobile search since 2001.
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Launches Yahoo! Mobile Publisher Services  —  New Services Designed to Enable Publishers Across 19 Countries to Increase Discovery, Distribution and Monetization of their Content on Mobile  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) today announced the launch of Yahoo! …
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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.
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bizjournals:
Netflix CEO joins Microsoft board  —  Netflix Inc. Chief Executive Reed Hastings joined the finance committee of Microsoft Corp.'s board of directors, the company said Monday.  —  The addition of Los Gatos-based Netflix's (NASDAQ:NFLX) CEO expands to 10 members the size of Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) board.
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and Engadget
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo click fraud settlement gets final OK  —  A federal judge in San Jose, Calif., has given final approval to a settlement in a class action lawsuit over click fraud that requires Yahoo to pay nearly $5 million in attorney fees and give full credits to advertisers dating back to 2004.
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Intel modifies Wi-Fi to add mileage  —  BERKELEY, Calif.—Intel has come up with a form of Wi-Fi that would let a laptop in San Francisco connect to the Internet from a base station in San Jose, Calif.  —  And there would still be about 10 miles of wiggle room to spare.
Discussion: Engadget and Macsimum News
Samsung:
SAMSUNG Introduces 1.8" - Type 64GB Flash-based Solid State Drive  —  Taipei, Taiwan - March 27, 2007: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the leader in advanced semiconductor technology, announced at its annual Mobile Solution Forum in Taipei that it has developed a 1.8"-type 64 Gigabyte (GB) flash-solid state drive (SSD).
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.
Apple TV Hacks:
Apple TV running on a Macbook  —  Apple TV OS can now run on a Macbook!  AppleTVHacks.net was able to patch to the Apple TV Finder.app, and now has an operating Apple TV:  —  You can use your remote as normal, it shows up in iTunes on other computers:  —  The method
Discussion: Engadget and eHomeUpgrade
MediaShift:
FUTURAMA How the Online Newspaper Can Become a Community Hub  —  I was talking with someone the other day about the future of newspapers.  That seems like the topic du jour with anyone in the news business, or anyone who follows the media.  I brought up the recent imbroglio over people …
Discussion: The Media Age
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Bertelsmann Reaches Deal With EMI Over Napster  —  Bertelsmann, the German media giant that provided financial backing to Napster when it was an unauthorized file-sharing service, has agreed to settle with the last of the major record companies that had sued it for copyright infringement.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and HipMojo.com
 
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