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7:15 PM ET, March 1, 2006


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Mark Belko / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Study: In-flight cell calls pose risk to planes  —  CMU group finds danger increasing  —  You might want to think twice the next time you're tempted to make a call from your cell phone during an airplane flight.  Or flip on your portable game player.  Or work a spreadsheet on your laptop.
Discussion: Techdirt
Associated Press:
Study: Cellphones can impact cockpit devices  —  PITTSBURGH (AP) — Talking on cellphones or using laptops on an airplane could disrupt cockpit operations, especially global positioning devices that are increasingly being used to help land planes safely, according to a new study.
The Next Net 25  —  A new Web revolution is picking up steam, and the next Google or Microsoft could emerge from the companies that are in the vanguard.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2.0 Magazine) - Things are really crackling in Silicon Valley these days.  There's the frenzied startup action …
Dave Winer / Dave's Wordpress Blog:
OPML 2.0 Announcement  —  Late last year I wrote a series of RFCs and guidelines on the main OPML website, ideas for improvement of the format and the documentation for OPML.  They were extensively discussed and refined.  In February all this work was rolled into a new format and spec, called OPML 2.0.
Ina Fried / ZDNet:
Microsoft sees Dance Dance Revolution in e-mail … Microsoft is looking to make scrolling through e-mail less work for your hands, and more work for your feet.  —  The software maker's research unit has developed a prototype e-mail program in which cubicle dwellers can wade through e-mail and delete messages using their feet.
Discussion: Kotaku and Joystiq
Associated Press:
Microsoft Works on Computer Foot Pad
Bleeding Edge:
Apple ... from hype to ho-hum  —  Apple's had a dream run since Steve Jobs returned from exile.  It's established its pre-eminence in design with a string of wildly radical Macs, and display screens, and practically every other product, with the possible - make that the definite- exception of the mouse.
Owen Thomas / CNN:
Apple's big news: Lights, camera, Mac-tion!
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Crazy Apple Rumors Site:
New Apple Product Doomed To Failure.
Lee Gomes / Wall Street Journal:
Web 'Original Content' But Is in for a Surprise  —  There is a new and insidious threat to the World Wide Web: a slowly rising tide of "original content" on Internet sites that is at best worthless, and at worst possibly even dangerously inaccurate.  —  I should know; I've been writing some of the stuff myself.
Discussion: InsideGoogle and Rough Type
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Super-Stealth Ether to Launch Tonight  —  Tonight at midnight the doors open (to beta testers) at Ether, the new super-stealth startup that is wholly-owned by the pay-per-call folks at Ingenio.  —  The concept of Ether is straightforward, but it has a massive back end infrastructure (thankfully Ingenio already had it built).
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Ether to open up services
Discussion: Techdirt
Tux-shaped computer runs Linux  —  Acme Systems is shipping a Penguin-shaped case for a tiny SBC (single-board computer) powered by an innovative MCM (multi-chip module) that runs Linux.  The 6.7-inch tall, 30-Euro "Tux Case" houses the company's "Acme Fox," a 2.6 x 2.8-inch, 100-Euro …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and JD on EP
Adam Green / Darwinian Web:
Revenge of the M-list  —  I chose this site's title and tagline, because I am fascinated by the social and technical forces causing change on the Internet.  One aspect of that fascination is the role of the blogosphere's A-list.  At first there was a single list covering all bloggers …
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Memeorandum, my favorite memetracker, sports new design
Lockergnome / Chris Pirillo:
WILL YOU SIGN THE AOL PETITION, TOO?  —  Subject: An Open Letter To America Online  —  We wish to express our serious concern with AOL's adoption of Goodmail's CertifiedEmail, which is a threat to the free and open Internet.  —  This system would create a two-tiered Internet …
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Publicis Acts to Surf the Marketing Waves of the Future  —  AS Google ventures deeper into the mainstream areas of media and advertising, many of the reigning powers there are watching with a mixture of fascination and fear.  —  "Is Madison Avenue about to get Googled?" …
J Matthew Buchanan / Promote the Progress®:
Wall Street Journal on the state of patent law: "Blame the Lawyers"  —  oday's edition of the Wall Street Journal includes an op-ed piece on the current state of patent law, entitled "Patently Absurd."  —  You can view the article here (subscription required).  —  The article is an attack on all things patent.
Blake Snow / Joystiq:
Mac Mini inside a NES  —  We've seen a lot of NES mods, but thisNES with Mac Mini guts is a first for us.  From the article: "Inside you will find simply, a Mac Mini, a DVDwriter, and the IDE to USB 2.0 circuitry... The power button does just what it says, as well as putting the Mac intosleep mode."
Nate Mook /
Interview: A Look Inside Paint.NET  —  In the two years since it began as a senior project, Paint.NET has surged in popularity around the world and its developers continue the open source work from their new jobs at Microsoft.  BetaNews sat down with project lead Rick Brewster to gain insight into Paint.NET …
Joris Evers / CNET
Microsoft updates IE after patent spat  —  Microsoft on Tuesday made broadly available an Internet Explorer update related to a high-profile patent spat with a start-up backed by the University of California.  —  The update changes how the browser handles Web programs known as ActiveX controls.
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Chairman's Email to Mark Hurd  —  Scott's Message  —  HP and Sun share a common history of innovation.  We've both deliveredterrific products over the years.  But HP has alsomade strategic decisions that compel its customers, developers andpartners to change: ending development …
Discussion: Between the Lines and Valleywag
T.O. Whenham /
MBridge details and photo revealed  —  Unicon Systems boldly calls their MBridge the key to a computer free life.  With all the WiFi wireless features this multimedia bridge has to offer, it will sure make other manufacturers think twice about their next feature sets.
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
News Corp. exploring high-def film rentals  —  NEW YORK — News Corp. is betting that people will pay $25-$30 to watch Fox films at home in high-definition quality via cable and satellite TV 60 days after their theatrical release.  —  Speaking during the second day of the annual Bear Stearns Media Conference …
Discussion: Techdirt and
John Blossom / Shore Communications Inc.:
Email in the Content World - Growing but Dying?  —  I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Anne Holland for MarketingSherpa today, focusing on what needs to happen for enterprise and media business content producers in the near term to build successful strategies.
SPANISH VERSION OF WORLD OF WARCRAFT® IN DEVELOPMENT  —  Customer base reaches 6 million players worldwide as Blizzard Entertainment® prepares its award-winning MMORPG for continued growth in Europe  —  PARIS, France - 28 February, 2006 - Blizzard Entertainment …
Discussion: Joystiq and Clickable Culture
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