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12:05 PM ET, March 2, 2006

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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Yahoo Says It Is Backing Away From TV-Style Web Shows  —  After proclaiming grand plans to bring elaborately produced sitcoms, talk shows and other television-style programs to the Internet, the head of Yahoo's Media Group said yesterday that he was sharply scaling back those efforts.
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
TiVo to Offer Tighter Rein on Children's Viewing  —  In a new twist on helping parents control what children watch on television, TiVo will announce today a service that lets its video recorders limit children to watching shows approved by one of two groups promoting family programming.
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Andru Edwards / gearlive.com:
TiVo's To Announce "KidZone" Parental Control Service  —  It seems people are wondering what is up with TiVo booking the Museum of Television and Radio for a big announcement tomorrow.  Luckily, we have some peeps on the inside who have given us the good stuff.
Discussion: Engadget, PVR Wire and Gizmodo
The Doc Searls Weblog:
So I've been asked, since posting my unflattering take on the iPod Hi-Fi yesterday, what, if anything, I think it's good for.  —  The answer is two things.  —  First, as the Wall Street Journal pointed out yesterday (warning: that link may go behind a paywall), conventional component stereo listening is down:
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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple researching iTunes feature film movie service?  —  Exclusive: Apple Computer may be in the intermediate stages of developing an iTunes movie download service that would serve up full length feature films to iTunes customers with a broadband Internet connection, AppleInsider has learned.
Reuters:
Viacom to enter social networking market in '06  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - MTV owner Viacom Inc. plans to enter the business of connecting youth viewers on the Internet this year, a top Viacom executive said on Wednesday, amid threats of losing its cool cachet to News Corp.
Discussion: PaidContent.org
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Howard Parnell / Washington Post:
Downloading Empathy to Your iPod  —  Online Playlist Creators Search for Catharsis, Discover a Marketplace  —  Justine Saylors is an accidental DJ on a mission.  —  Six months ago, she was a grieving mom spending hour after hour on Apple's iTunes online music service, downloading songs to match her sorrow.
wikimediafoundation.org:
English Wikipedia Publishes Millionth Article  —  The Wikimedia Foundation announced today the creation of the 1,000,000th article in the English language edition of Wikipedia.  The article is about the Jordanhill railway station in Scotland, and it was started by Wikipedia contributor Ewan Macdonald.
Asher Moses / ZDNet:
HP: Pen-based PDA market on death bed  —  The traditional pen-based PDA market will evaporate within the next four years without significant product innovation, according to Hewlett-Packard (HP).  The company will therefore continue to focus the majority of its handheld efforts …
Discussion: Incremental Blogger and jkOnTheRun
Brent / Frozen Vomit Sculpture:
Mac Mini inside a NES!  —  There have been many pc's placed inside Nintendo's but this is the first time I've seen a Mac Mini done.  I can't take credit for this though, it was actualy a friend of mine who did it.  Read on to see more photos and learn a little more about his project.
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
Some Vonage users are frustrated about Comcast connection quality  —  Over the last couple of years, when I've wanted to take the temperature of the Vonage user community, I've often stopped at the Vonage Forum.  This is a privately run enterprise, totally independent of Vonage.
David Lawsky / Reuters:
Microsoft says better than Google soon  —  PARIS (Reuters) - Microsoft (Nasdaq:MSFT - news) will introduce a search engine better than Google (Nasdaq:GOOG - news) in six months in the United States and Britain followed by Europe, its European president said on Wednesday.
David Shabelman / CNET News.com:
The driving force behind Yahoo Research  —  Q&A Prabhakar Raghavan is modest for a man changing the world.  —  As head of technology research at Yahoo, the 45-year-old is a key figure in leading the development of the Internet, arguably the most important technology of our time.
DMN Newswire:
TEN Technology Unveils naviPlay Bluetooth Stereo Headset  —  Plays Stereo Quality Music and Takes Calls  —  TEN Technology today announced its naviPlay(TM) Bluetooth(R) Stereo Headset, capable of streaming high-fidelity stereo music from Bluetooth stereo enabled MP3 players or mobile phones …
Discussion: Gizmodo, I4U News and Engadget
Lifehacker:
Microsoft prototypes footpad computer interface  —  Microsoft researchers show off an internal prototype of a Dance Dance Revolution-style footpad that lets you navigate through your email messages, files and photo library. … Call me a total DDR dork, but the idea of using my feet to control my PC is kind of intriguing.
Discussion: MAKE: Blog and Engadget
Paul McIntyre / Sydney Morning Herald:
Telstra to launch the BigBlog  —  TELSTRA is about to unveil its latest foray as a content developer with the launch next week of a public blogging initiative, Telstra BigBlog, which allows mobile phone users to update their blogs with text, movies and pictures from their mobile phones.
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Google moving search records out of China  —  The company is seeking prevent China's government accessing the data without Google's consent  —  In an effort to protect users of its Google (Profile, Products, Articles).cn Web site, Google is moving search records out of China and into the U.S., a company executive said this week.
Discussion: Techdirt and InsideGoogle
 
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insidehighered.com:
Open to Open Source  —  Open source software has found …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Origami and UMPC one and the same?
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
Market Is Hot For High-Skilled In Silicon Valley
Discussion: SiliconBeat
Lance James / Mal-Aware.org:
Fedex Kinko's Smart Cards Hacked
Yahoo! News:
India is top target for spam
Discussion: Slashdot
Brian 'ColdForged' Dupuis / Gamers With Jobs Press Pass:
Interview with "Geometry Wars" Creator, Stephen Cakebread
Discussion: Joystiq
Rob Bushway / GottaBeMobile.com:
Intel running their own "OrigamiProject.com" site?
Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
SEM Via Communities, Wikipedia & Tagging
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David Weinberger / Joho the Blog:
Blogging in Germany  —  I'm writing this on the early morning plane …
Discussion: raving lunacy and PR Thoughts
Heather Green / Blogspotting:
Podcast Riches?  —  Try this on for size: According …
Adam Pasick / Reuters:
Napster rues Microsoft, player glitches
Nick / Rough Type:
A requiem (beta) for Edgeio
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
Dignity is Deadly, Part Two
Discussion: Scobleizer
Inside AdSense Team / Inside AdSense:
AdSense gets a facelift
Inside Google Sitemaps:
More new features  —  We've just released a few new features.
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Publicis Acts to Surf the Marketing Waves of the Future