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1:10 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 …
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.
Discussion: Hacking NetFlix
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
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
Adam Pasick / Reuters:
Napster rues Microsoft, player glitches  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Technical glitches by Microsoft and the digital music device makers have hampered Napster Inc.'s (NAPS.O: Quote, Profile, Research) ability to close the gap with Apple's iTunes, the dominant online music service, Napster's chief executive said on Tuesday.
TDavid / Things That:
Out of the Ether  —  Read about Ether this morning on Techcrunch: … The TechCrunch review also indicates that it handles digital content (like software delivery): … I'm definitely interested in actually using this service (not only reviewing it for Hmm) and tried to sign up for the beta.
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
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
Steve Newson / Steve Newson DOT net:
Who watches the watchers?  —  Boing Boing has gone to war with censorware in general and SmartFilter in particular.  At the bottom of it all is the decision to classify Boing Boing as a "nudity" site, and when the team at Boing Boing made the case for re-classification SmartFilter, unwisely in my opinion, stuck to their guns.
Discussion: Newsome.Org and
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 …
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