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4:55 PM ET, March 10, 2008

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
The GigaOM Interview: Ray Ozzie, Chief Software Architect, Microsoft Corp.  —  Fresh from his Mix'08 keynote, Microsoft's Chief Software Architect and industry luminary, Ray Ozzie, spent some time on the phone with me, discussing everything from the company's services strategy …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
TSA can't believe MacBook Air is a real laptop, causes owner to miss flight  —  The TSA has been known to take issue with products designed in Cupertino before, but for one particular traveler, it was Apple's thinnest laptop ever that caused the latest holdup.
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John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Please, mysterious traveler, tell us of your strange new technology  —  Turns out Apple's super-sleek MacBook Air has an undocumented interference issue of particular concern to the business traveler — at airports, under certain conditions, it can suddenly interfere with your ability to catch your flight.
Discussion: Valleywag and CrunchGear
Valeria Maltoni / Conversation Agent:
14 Year Olds May Think You Are Cool  —  I was watching and listening to the keynote conversation (just click on the links that say 750, 300 or 100 on the side) by Guy Kawasaki with Steve Ballmer of Microsoft at MIX'08 last night, and something jumped at me.  —  At one point Kawasaki …
Discussion: Jon Udell and Mike Stopforth
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Ex-Googler Launches Search Engine Community, Topicle  —  Former Google Product Manger, Steffen Mueller, has launched Topicle, a new search engine community.  The service, which went live today, uses a model similar to that of Wikipedia, allowing anyone to contribute to the creation and enhancement of their own vertical search engines.
Discussion: CNET News.com and Mashable!
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BBC:
Microsoft cuts Europe Xbox price
Discussion: TechSpot
Associated Press:
Sprint phone first to use fast network  —  NEW YORK - Sprint Nextel Corp. is upgrading one of its cell phone models so that it can connect to a faster data network, doubling its download speeds and boosting upload speeds by about eight times.  —  Both Sprint and Verizon Wireless operate …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Zuckerberg interview: What went wrong  —  I want to get video of the uncomfortable keynote with Mark Zuckerberg and Business Week's Sarah Lacy at SXSW today so I can use it as an object lesson in my journalism classes about how not do conduct an interview.  My lecture:
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Zoho People Launches for Free.  Does Salesforce.com Have Anything to Worry About?  —  If you've heard of Zoho, you probably think of Zoho Office, its suite of Web-based productivity software (word processor, spreadsheet, presentation).  But Zoho Office is primarily as a marketing exercise.
Discussion: Zoli's Blog and Zoho Blogs
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Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Bigger Computer Monitors = More Productivity  —  Working late?  Blame your computer screen.  A new study finds that bigger monitors make people more productive.  —  Researchers at the University of Utah tested how quickly people performed tasks like editing a document …
Alana Semuels / Los Angeles Times:
Wikipedia's tin-cup approach wears thin  —  The nonprofit website needs to raise funds, but it resists selling ads.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The new headquarters of one of the world's most popular websites is 3,000 square feet of rented space furnished with desks and chairs bought on the cheap from EBay and Craigslist.
InfoWorld:
Ericsson predicts demise of hotspots  —  As mobile broadband takes off, Wi-Fi hotspots will become as irrelevant as telephone booths, Ericsson Chief Marketing Officer Johan Bergendahl said Monday.  —  Mobile broadband is growing faster than mobile or fixed telephony ever did, Bergendahl said.
Douglas Merrill / Official Google Blog:
How Google keeps your information secure  —  As many of you know, we spend a lot of time around here thinking about new products to help you run your life more efficiently, whether that's organizing email in a better way, sharing pictures with friends, or collaborating in real time on documents.
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Cable Firms Join Forces to Attract Focused Ads  —  In an effort to slow Google's siphoning of advertising dollars away from television, the nation's six largest cable companies are making plans for a jointly owned company that would allow national advertisers to buy customized ads and interactive ads across the companies' systems.
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Windows 7 Eyed For Antitrust Violations  —  The so-called Technical Committee recently received a build of Windows 7 from Microsoft and is checking it for any features that might violate the federal antitrust agreement.  —  The court-mandated committee overseeing Microsoft's compliance …
Discussion: The Tech Report and Slashdot
Ssjmichael / DAPreview.net:
Exclusive: Introducing the Sansa Fuze  —  Well look what I just found!  While browsing through Amazon I found the recently leaked Sansa Fuze from Sandisk.  As we previously predicted, it looks a lot like the love child of the Sansa Clip and the Sansa View.  It definitely appears to be designed as a 3G iPod Nano competitor.
 
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Wolfgang Gruener / TGDaily.com:
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