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Fred Vogelstein / Wired News:
Gimme a B!  Gimme an L!  Gimme an...  Lenn Pryor knew his little project was going to upset some of his colleagues at Microsoft.  And sure enough, when the junior exec unveiled a Web site called Channel 9 in April 2004, the organization reacted like a dog whose tail had been stepped on.
Fvogelstein / Epicenter:
Microsoft Sends Secret Dossier on Reporter, to Reporter  —  Imagine being asked one day, "Would you like to see your FBI file?"  You'd say "Yes," right?  But then ask yourself a different question: "How will it make you feel to know all that information?"  —  I recently got about as close as one can get to this experience.
Discussion: WebProNews
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Accidentally Sends Secret File On Journalist, To That Journalist.
Frank Shaw / Glass House:
Radically Transparent Briefing
Discussion: Teblog
Microsoft:
Microsoft Unveils Xbox 360 Elite  —  Premium black console includes 120GB hard drive and line of new accessories.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced the upcoming availability of Xbox 360™ Elite, a new model of the video game and entertainment system that will include a 120GB hard drive …
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Tina Wood / Channel 10:
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO!  First look at the Xbox 360 Elite  —  While everyone else is talking about it and showing grainy camera phone pictures from undisclosed bunkers, we figured we'd go right to the source and get you an exclusive video.  You think you need it, you know you want it, and we have it - the Xbox 360 Elite.
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
Upgraded Version of Xbox 360 to Be Introduced by Microsoft  —  Raising the ante in the video game wars, Microsoft is bringing out a new version of the Xbox 360 game machine that has a bigger hard drive, better high-definition video support and a stylish black finish, not an insignificant feature in a world where looking cool ranks high.
Gizmodo:
Xbox 360 Elite: Interview with Microsoft's Albert Penello
LG Electronics Worldwide:
LG Electronics and Google Team Up to Enhance the Mobile Experience  —  LG Electronics (LG), a leading worldwide provider of advanced wireless handsets and accessories, and Google today announced a global collaboration to pre-install Google's services on millions of LG mobile phones.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Partners With LG & Mobile Handset Maker Deal Chart  —  Google has gained another mobile phone handset partnership, this time with LG.  As of the second quarter of this year, selected LG handsets shipped throughout the world will be preloaded with mobile versions of Google software, including Google Maps, Gmail and Blogger.
Discussion: Screenwerk
John Kremer / Yodel Anecdotal:
Yahoo! Mail goes to infinity and beyond  —  As Yahoo! Mail approaches its 10-year anniversary, I'm the lucky one who gets to announce that we will begin offering everyone unlimited email storage starting in May 2007.  To mark the occasion, I checked in with David Nakayama …
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo Mail to offer unlimited storage
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Adobe:
Verizon Wireless To Offer Rich Data Services Powered by Adobe FlashCast  —  For immediate release  —  Verizon Wireless Customers To Have Access To Engaging Always-on Channels  —  ORLANDO, Fla., BASKING RIDGE, N.J. and SAN JOSE, Calif. — March 28, 2007 — From the CTIA Wireless show in Orlando …
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Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
StreetAdvisor Brings Power to the Neighborhood People  —  StreetAdvisor will launch publicly today after a period of private testing.  StreetAdvisor aims to provide a highly detailed view at the local level of any neighborhood, or even street.  Incorporating first hand information …
Associated Press:
FCC Testing Web-Over-Airwaves Device  —  FCC to Issue Findings in July on Whether Unused TV Airwaves Can Be Used for Web Service  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission is expected to release findings this summer on whether a new device can deliver high-speed Internet service …
Consumerist:
Why Are Text Messages Marked Up 7314%?  —  Verizon and other cellphone companies mark up the cost of text messages by at least 7314% when compared to their rates for data transfer services.  —  Verizon's max text message size is 160 characters.  At 7 bits per character, that's 1120 bits or 140 bytes.
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
The EFF-YouTube Celebrity Death Match  —  The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) held its 16th annual Pioneer Awards Ceremony yesterday in San Diego, with a special treat for all those tired attendees of the Emerging Technology Conference who had been listening to keynotes and presentations all day …
Valleywag:
GOTCHA: Viacom blogs still using Youtube  —  Could Sumner Redstone's Viacom, the media giant that's suing Google for facilitating piracy of shows such as the Colbert Report, please get its act together?  It's bad enough that the 83-year-old billionaire's other company, CBS, is still flirting with the Mountain View search engine.
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Brett Smith / FSF:
FSF releases third draft of GPLv3 for discussion  —  The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today released the third discussion draft for version 3 of the most widely used free software license, the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL).  —  Today's draft incorporates the feedback received …
 
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Laurie Petersen / MediaPost Publications:
Video Gets Star Billing As Time Inc. Shows Off Digital Assets
Jon Brodkin / Digit:
Google looks to conquer TV next
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Moving from offline only to online only — is there any reason not to?
Discussion: AdAge and Dumpster Bust
Sony:
SONY'S NEW FRONT PROJECTORS BRING MOVIE THEATER EXPERIENCE HOME
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget HD
Daniel Gross / Slate:
The CD Is Dead!  —  LONG LIVE THE CD!  —  Are CDs really dead?
Discussion: Techdirt and Listening Post
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Whispers About Stealth Startup Vutool
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Reuters:
AT&T says received 1 mln inquiries on iPhone
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Why Microsoft should buy DoubleClick
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
MySpace sues Spamford Wallace
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Point/Counterpoint: Which is better, an offline Web App or an online Desktop App?
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Home Base for Laughs? Comedy Central Thinks So
Discussion: MoCoNews
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
And Now, Something A Little More Frivolous From Zoho
Robin Lloyd / LiveScience:
Cell Phones of the Future Could Survive Being Dropped
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gadget Lab
Andrew Farrell / Forbes:
Update — Time Warner May Spin Off Publishing Business
Discussion: Publishing 2.0 and David Card
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
MySpace Making $30 Million/Month
 

 
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