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12:00 AM ET, March 2, 2006


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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 …
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, Rough Type and ben barren
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.
The Doc Searls Weblog:
Ever since I invested a pile in Sonos' remarkable audio system, I've been a little worried that Apple would knock it off.  (So has Sonos, I would suspect.)  —  The iPod Hi-Fi doesn't do that.  Instead of knocking off Sonos, Apple knocked off Logitech, JBL, Bose, Cambridge Soundworks …
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
Mathew /
Revenge of the M-listers?  Sign me up  —  My blogging friend Adam Green of Darwinian Web and I share a mutual fascination with the way in which the "A-list" of blogosphere opinion setters operates, and in particular how the "meme-trackers" such as help to perpetuate the A-list.
Adam Green / Darwinian Web:
Revenge of the M-list  —  I chose this site's title and tagline …
Discussion: Zoli's Blog
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
Nick / Rough Type:
A requiem (beta) for Edgeio  —  Edgeio, the much-hyped Web 2.0 tag-sale site, has only been live for a few hours, but it's already wearing a corpselike look.  —  Cofounded by Michael Arrington, the madam of the great Web 2. brothel TechCrunch, Edgeio gathers specially tagged classified ads …
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.
Discussion: Patent Baristas and Patently-O
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?" …
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 …
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.
Crazy Apple Rumors Site:
New Apple Product Doomed To Failure.
Russell Buckley / MobHappy:
Generation M  —  I noticed a quote on Susan Mernit's blog from a short essay that appeared over at Epeus' Epigone about what the web means to various generations of users … I'm not sure I agree with the point about the older generation wanting to stuff the internet back in the pipe though …
Mike / Techdirt:
AMD Wants To Know Why Skype Is In Bed With Intel  —  It had seemed a bit strange last month when Skype and Intel announced that the VoIP/chat program would have special features when used on a machine with Intel's Core Duo and Pentium D processors.  It wasn't exactly clear why a program …
Inside AdSense Team / Inside AdSense:
AdSense gets a facelift  —  As your website grows, it's important to take a step back occasionally and make sure your users' needs are still being addressed.  We do the same thing here on the AdSense team.  Over the past year, we've added lots of features and we're pleased to unveil a new account interface so it's easier to use them.
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."
Indiana State adds ThinkPad to list of essential school supplies  —  Indiana State University has selected the Lenovo ThinkPad as its preferred computer for students and faculty as the university moves toward becoming a notebook institution.  —  Developed by IBM, the ThinkPad is now manufactured …
Discussion: Incremental Blogger
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
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Big Announcement From TiVo Coming Tomorrow  —  Just got a media advisory on a press conference that Tom Rogers CEO of TiVo will be holding tomorrow at the Museum of Television and Radio in New York.  They will be announcing a new initiative.  —  Not sure on what this could be but many things come to mind …
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.
Discussion: and
Kevin Dugan / Strategic Public Relations:
Tom Foremski is Wrong  —  The news release is we go again.  —  The latest swing of the hammer comes from Silicon Valley Watcher's Tom Foremski in his article Die!  Press release!  Die!  Die!  Die!.  It has elicited more discussion on the tired topic and more Google Juice than an A-Lister's link blog.
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