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Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
30 Million Blogs And Counting . . .  There's been some recent chatter about whether we're entering the twilight of the blogs, even though it feels like we're only in the late morning.  Noon, at the latest.  —  Writing in Slate, Daniel Gross wonders if the blogosphere may be teetering on its own 1999 …
Ken Belson / New York Times:
In Sony's Stumble, the Ghost of Betamax  —  AT first glance, Amir Majidimehr does not look like a game-changer in the battle to develop the next generation of DVD players and discs.  As the vice president for Windows digital media at Microsoft, he neither steers a Hollywood studio nor controls …
Matt / Burning Questions:
2 Years Older, and 208,474 Feeds Wiser  —  Happy Birthday to us!  Though the company was founded back in October of 2003, today is the official two-year anniversary of our pre-alpha launch.  (Did you know "grappa" comes before "alpha?"  Cheers.)  —  FeedBurner was born from [jets] …
Discussion: Somewhat Frank
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Ruling May Undercut Google in Fight Over Its Book Scans  —  A recent federal court decision in California might undermine a pillar of defense for Google in its dispute with publishers and authors who are challenging the company's right to scan books that are still under copyright.
Peter Pollack / Ars Technica:
Malware moves up, goes commercial  —  Let's face facts.  We knew this was coming for years, we just didn't want to admit it to ourselves.  Virus programmers—the real kind, not the script kiddies—are far too competent at what they do to have remained noncommercialized forever.
Discussion: THE RAW FEED
Kevin C. Tofel / Kevin 2.0:
Origami video: the real deal?  —  Much like everyone else, I've been wondering what Microsoft's Origami Project is.  The speculation runs rampant but it appears that you might not have to wait a few weeks to find out what Origami truly is.  Marketing firm DigitalKitchen must have the ad campaign …
Ryan Block /
Microsoft's Origami project  —  So today Microsoft officially flippedthe switch on the buzz machine for their Origami Project — an atypical viral marketing manuveur for a company whoseproducts are usually known about years ahead of time.  Scoble says its a device, theInternet's lighting up with rumors — is it the Xboxportable?
I4U News:
Loremo: The Ultra Efficient Car - 157MPG!  —  German Loremo AG will introduce their ultra Efficient Car at the Motor Show 2006 (site) in Geneva next week.  —  The car start-up developed a light-weight passenger car with outstanding aerodynamics.  The Loremo LS is powered …
John Borland / CNET
Google puts National Archives video online  —  A marching band begins to play.  The United Newsreel logo, an eagle in a martial pose, flickers onto the black-and-white screen.  Bold letters proclaim: "Nazi War Plants Blasted by R.A.F. in Night Raids."  —  This is a World War II era newsreel …
Discussion: Ramesh Jain's Blog
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Peter Rojas has a blog (and not Engadget!)  —  Whoa... four years later Peter starts a personal blog!  —  Recent Posts  — Peter Rojas has a blog (and not Engadget!)  — New iPod Video?  — All good with PodShow and WIN/AOL.  — A-List is nonsense (2/23/2006)
Discussion: The Blog 50
Duncan Riley / The Blog Herald:
The meaning of the Blogosphere is 42: So long and thanks for all the fish  —  Duncan Riley> For those of you who have never read Hitchhickers Guide to the Galaxy before, it is truly the pinancle of absursidisty, or some would say comedic science fiction, and yet Adams had a knack for inserting moments …
Discussion: Bloggers Blog
Rob Fahey /
Rebel Faction -'s Jeff Strain  —  First it was a wildly successful MMOG with no levelling up and no subscription fee, now it's episodic content, digital distribution and an ambitious six-monthly release cycle.  Is no challenge too much for Guild Wars creators
Discussion: Blue's News
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Audiences Are NOT Created Equal  —  Media is about conversation and participation.  Consumers can create their own media.  Value is being created at the edge.  You've heard all the New Media maxims.  —  The problem, as many people have stated many times, is that the more everyone participates …

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