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7:05 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.
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Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
NYT: Yahoo!'s LLoyd Braun Now "Gets" the Internet  —  One of the lingering risks about Yahoo, given Terry Semel's Tinseltown roots, is that the company will lean too far toward becoming a "content company"—and thus wreck a business model that is more powerful than that of any content company on the planet.
Fred / A VC:
Not Surprising  —  Saul Hansell has a story in today's …
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft whispers Origami details  —  Microsoft updated the Web site for its secretive Origami Project on Thursday, offering a more elaborate tease, but also confirming key details about the Windows-based mini tablet.  —  "I am everywhere you are, but never in the way," …
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Ken Belson / New York Times:
Senate Bill to Address Fears of Blocked Access to Net  —  Senator Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon, will introduce new legislation today that would prohibit Internet network operators from charging companies for faster delivery of their content to consumers or favoring some content providers over others.
Discussion: Networking Pipeline
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Opening up the Intel Mac mini  —  Our first Intel-based Mac minis have arrived, straight from the Apple Store, and what was the first thing the cold, cruel alien intellects at Macworld did with one of these innocents?  That's right.  We got out our putty knife, popped it open, and spilled its guts out faster than you could say "CSI!"
Discussion: MacSlash
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Brent / Frozen Vomit Sculpture:
Mac Mini inside a NES!
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.
Mike / Techdirt:
Google's Moves Chinese Search Records So They Can Be Subpoenaed By The US  —  from the out-of-the-frying-pan... dept.  —  If you were Google, where would you store your Chinese search data these days?  As just about everyone knows, Google made the move into China recently with a somewhat scaled down …
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Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:   Google moving search records out of China
Bloomberg:
Google Is Reportedly Switching to AMD  —  Google Inc. is switching its servers to run on Advanced Micro Devices Inc. chips instead of those made by Intel Corp., according to a Morgan Stanley report.  —  Google, which has more than 200,000 servers, has started to buy Advanced Micro's Opteron processors …
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.
Lester Haines / The Register:
MS in geek sex hard sell shocker  —  There was a time when Microsoft ads were a bit more entertaining than the current "dinosaur head" offerings which have of late been baffling adults and scaring small children worldwide.  —  The proof comes in this hitherto-unseen-in-the-civilised- world shocker …
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Joris Evers / silicon.com:
Apple plugs 20 OS X holes  —  Security update deals with Leap.A threat and more...  Apple on Wednesday released a security update for Mac OS X that fixes 20 vulnerabilities, including a high-profile web browser and Mail flaw disclosed last week.  —  The set of patches addresses a variety …
Discussion: The Apple Core
Richard MacManus / Web 2.0 Explorer:
Mashups: who's really in control?  —  In the mashup ecosystem, let's get one thing straight.  The data owner is ultimately in control, because a mashup developer is reliant on data owners to keep the supply of data flowing.  —  Sometimes data services that were open to begin with, then have restrictions imposed on them.
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: Gizmodo, PVR Wire and Engadget
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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
TiVo to Offer Tighter Rein on Children's Viewing
Rajen Sheth / Official Google Enterprise Blog:
Google Mini for a mini price  —  Why do I look so smug?  No, it's not because I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance.  In fact, I just figured out a way to save you a bunch of money on a Google Mini.  —  OK, in all seriousness (if you can take me seriously now) …
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
Seán Captain / New York Times:
From Blogger to Published Author, for $30 and Up  —  Though not all blogs may aspire to literary permanence, they can achieve it through the new Book-Smart software from Blurb, a publish-your-own-book service.  The software, which is expected to be available free later this month at www.blurb.com …
Mike Barton / InfoWorld TechWatch:
Open letter to AOL on its email tax  —  More than 50 groups have formed a coalition to fight AOL's plan for fee-based email and have written an online open letter to the internet giant with their concerns.  —  The coalition is comprised of a number of diverse groups, ranging …
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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Paul Stamatiou / PaulStamatiou.com:
Box.net, Next Gen Storage for the Masses?
buygoogle.com:
Launching the Video Marketplace -
Discussion: InsideGoogle
jkOnTheRun:
Opera for Windows Mobile beta 2 available
Neville / NevilleHobson.com:
At the New Communications Forum in Palo Alto
Darren Rowse / Make Money Online …:
New AdSense Reporting Features Added
Sandeep Chandur / MobileWhack.com:
Nokia E61 Phone FCC Approved
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
insidehighered.com:
Open to Open Source  —  Open source software has found …
Discussion: Open Source
Lifehacker:
Microsoft prototypes footpad computer interface
Discussion: MAKE: Blog and Engadget
 Earlier Items: 
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
Anthony / Ph3rny's Blog:
Vulnerability in Gmail  —  I was recently attempting to mail …
Howard Parnell / Washington Post:
Downloading Empathy to Your iPod
Brian 'ColdForged' Dupuis / Gamers With Jobs Press Pass:
Interview with "Geometry Wars" Creator, Stephen Cakebread
Discussion: Joystiq
wikimediafoundation.org:
English Wikipedia Publishes Millionth Article
David Lawsky / Reuters:
Microsoft says better than Google soon