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John Markoff / New York Times:
Is Microsoft Dropping Cryptic Hints About a New Gadget?  —  SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 26 — A cryptic Web site that was set up by Microsoft but does not bear its name appears to hint that the company will reveal information about a new consumer product on Thursday.
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Origamisms  —  I can't visit a memetracker like Memeorandum or TailRank without seeing something about the Origami project.  There's pictures, on Engadget, and there are videos and other speculations elsewhere.  —  My own Origamisms started back last Spring when I visited Otto Berkes …
Russ / Russell Beattie Notebook:
WTF 2.0  —  The worst thing about all the Web 2.0 hype is the complete loss of business perspective.  There's a few companies out there that seem to get it but just about every other new website I've seen lately is nothing but features parading as businesses.
THINKING IN WEB 2.0: SIXTEEN WAYS  —  With apologies to Bruce Eckel, I sat down this afternoon and put together a draft list of the first-order elements of Web 2.0 thinking.  It's not that I have the hubris to consider this list official in any way but it should be a serviceable starting point for debate, discourse, and reference.
Discussion: Jeremy Zawodny's blog
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Edgeio Launches, Finally  —  So much has been written about Edgeio, that it is hard to add anything new to the conversation.  The big news is that, it has finally gone live.  Go try it out for yourself.  —  Edgeio is a company co-founded byMike Arrington, who writes the influential Web 2.0 blog …
Jason Fry / Wall Street Journal:
Blog Epitaphs?  Get Me Rewrite!  —  Rumors of Blogs' Demise Are Exaggerated,  —  But a Lot Less Obsession Would Be Healthy  —  Maybe you've heard: Blogs are a vanishing fad — this year's digital Pet Rock.  Or a business bubble about to pop. Or a sucker's bet for new-media fame seekers.
Discussion: Bloggers Blog
Fred / A VC:
PersonalDNA - A Cool New Web Service  —  Have you ever taken a "Myers-Briggs" personality study?  It's enlightening for sure, but takes a long time to complete and isn't very interactive.  I'd love to have the ability to look at someone's personality profile before hiring them …
A very fruity sauvignon blog  —  Robert Watts explains how clever use of the internet has fired sales of a South African winery  —  Deep in the South African fynbos or bush lies the Doolhof valley, a remote place that takes its name from the Afrikaans for labyrinth.
Paul Stone:
Google Links, and calendar!!  —  I was bored and so nosed around the source of Gmail and I found some code refering to bookmarks/links - the resulting page says: … Nothing too fancy here, I thought.  Just links to other Google Services: Blogger, orkut, Groups, Image search, etc.
The Blog:
Another Brand Retirement of Note: Teoma  —  With all of the focus on our flagship brand changing, we wanted to point out another brand shift we'll be making soon: we are rolling the Teoma brand in to Ask, pointing the domain to
James Gross / The Story of Feedster:
Full Text Feeds  —  There has been a lot of conversation in the blog world about full text feeds vs. partial text feeds.  The main issue seems to be the overall ability of a publisher to monetize people reading their content, and some publishers feel that full text feed syndication is not the best solution for generating ad revenue.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and ben barren
Germany's Magix considers IPO in first-half 2006  —  FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German software firm Magix is considering an initial public offering of shares in the first half of the year to fund expansion, it said, which could be one of the first larger market debuts in Germany this year.
David Chappell:
Making Loose Coupling Real: The Need for Interoperable Queued Messaging  —  Assertions that web services are loosely coupled have always rung hollow to me.  Everyone seems to have a unique view of what loose coupling means, although rigorous definitions are scarce.
Dan Pourhadi / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPod video "spy shot" a fake  —  Well, well, looky here: Turns out that widely-distributed image of thesupposed 6G "true video" iPod was a total and utter f-a-k-e fake.  MacRumors points to this video(YouTube) that documents the creation of the original image, and this blogpost right here shows why the second pic is also afake.
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Is your company seeing a bozo explosion?  —  Guy Kawasaki gives some great advice to those of us who work in companies "how to prevent a bozo explosion."  —  #9 got a little close to home.  Anyway, one thing that I will always appreciate about Bill Gates is that he lets me walk around Microsoft …
William C. Taylor / New York Times:
Your Call Should Be Important to Us, but It's Not  —  PAUL M. ENGLISH never imagined that a pet peeve would become such a cause célèbre.  For more than four years, Mr. English, a veteran technologist and serial entrepreneur, has maintained a blog on which he shares everything …
Discussion: Techdirt
J. Botter / The Blog 50:
The Blog 50 — 2006.02.25  —  Here it is — the reason behind the creation.  The source of the force.  This is the debut of The Blog 50, a weekly chart listing the most influential/best bloggers in the blogosphere.  If you need more information about the secret formula that goes into The Blog 50 …

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