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6:15 AM ET, March 31, 2007


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Business 2.0:
Death of the cell phone charger  —  A Pennsylvania entrepreneur has developed technology that gives you all the battery juice you need directly from the air.  Business 2.0 reports.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) — How much money could you make from a technology that replaces electrical wires?
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Powercast looking to bring wireless power to reality  —  We know, energy without wires has always seemed like one of those novel concepts that sounds terrific in theory, but remains a tad difficult to imagine hitting the commercial scene for some time to come.
Ben Charny / MarketWatch:
For now, no red light district for the Internet  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — An Internet governing body on Friday rejected a proposal to create a unique set of Web addresses for adult entertainment Web sites.  —  The decision sends the broader message that the governing body …
Matt Moore / Associated Press:
ICANN rejects creation of '.xxx' domain  —  LISBON, Portugal — The agency that sets the Internet addressing guidelines influencing how people navigate the Web defeated a proposal Friday to give adult websites their own ".xxx" domain.  —  Many in the adult-entertainment industry …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
ICANN rejects .xxx domain registry  —  The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has rejected a controversial proposal to create a new .xxx domain suffix for adult Web sites.  —  ICANN on Friday voted 9-5 to deny an application from ICM Registry, which for the past several years …
David Flynn / APC:
Office 2008 for Mac hits beta: lush 'Escher' graphics engine revealed  —  Hello Diggers, MacSurfers, TUAWers and readers of many other Mac sites who are kindly linking to us!  We've temporarily disabled comments to help the server cope with the rather immense traffic coming in right now.
Candace Lombardi / CNET
Spam experts at MIT lift curtain on search  —  CAMBRIDGE, MASS.—If there is a solution to search engine spam, no one's going to reveal it, according to experts at the MIT Spam Conference 2007 on Friday.  —  Nothing is going to change while there is money to be made off things like AdSense …
Discussion: ResourceShelf
USA Today:
Daylight saving again?  Older devices may spring forward  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The tech industry largely avoided a daylight-saving time disaster this month, but a few new glitches might pop up this weekend.  —  Daylight-saving time began three weeks early this year, causing a problem …
Wall Street Journal:
QQ: China's New Coin of the Realm?  —  Officials Try to Crack Down  —  As Fake Online Currency  —  Is Traded for Real Money  —  HONG KONG — China's fastest-rising currency isn't the yuan.  It's the QQ coin — online play money created by marketers to sell such things as virtual flowers …
Discussion: Slashdot
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Look at Facebook  —  Recent traffic statistics at social networking site Facebook are impressive and we're wondering if there's a wider story here.  —  Facebook tells us the site is seeing about 1.5 billion page views a day, up from about 1 billion daily views last month — statistics that haven't been released until now.
K.C. Jones / InformationWeek:
Lie-Detection Software Could Scan E-Mail, Text Messages  —  Software could be trained to detect patterns of lies in text for law enforcement, dates, and spouses.  —  Researchers at Cornell University want to create lie-detection software for e-mail and text messages.
Discussion: Techdirt
Darren Murph / Engadget:   Cornell researchers developing lie-detection software
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon's War on Statsaholic  —  Statsaholic (formerly Alexaholic) launched a year ago and provided much easier access to Alexa traffic data than the Alexa site itself.  Statsaholic also had other features Alexa didn't offer, like embeddable graphs and data smoothing.
Ross Rubin / Engadget:
Switched On: Hollywood's remote control turns revenue off  —  Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about technology, multimedia, and digital entertainment:  —  Last week's Switched On compared two devices that only peripherally compete with each other today …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Desktop On Demand - New WebOS Launches  —  Desktop On Demand (DOD) is the latest WebOS to come onto the market.  It is a free "online desktop service" that lets you access your desktop remotely.  DOD comes with 1GB of free disk space, with extra space available for a fee.
Rex Hammock /
When everyone blogs, all sides of a story can be aired  —  A couple of days ago, Patrick McGovern, the legendary media entrepreneur who founded IDG, was interviewed by Mark Glaser (MediaShift/  (I have some disclosures, below.)  —  In addition to exploring topics related to the role …
INDUSTRY STANDARD: Too much revenue can be bad for you
Discussion: PE HUB
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Startup Entrepreneur?  —  If you've applied for a job before, you've probably fretted over how to answer questions like "are you inclined to rely more on improvisation than on careful planning?" or "do you like to create challenges for yourself when you take on a new project?".
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