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11:05 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.
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.
Discussion: ben barren and Valleywag
Fred / A VC:   Not Surprising  —  Saul Hansell has a story in today's …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:   1996 or 2006?  —  Today when I picked up the New York Times …
Ina Fried / CNET
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," …
Mike Davidson / Mike Davidson:
Newsvine Launches  —  After eight weeks of testing in private beta, Newsvine is now live to the world.  It's been an extremely productive couple of months, with countless enhancements and feature additions making their way onto the site almost every day.  —  The decision when to release to the world was a tough one for us.
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 …
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
Joris Evers /
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
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 …
Discussion: Things That
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
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Reuters gets it  —  Tom Glocer, CEO of Reuters, is giving a keynote at the Online Publishers Association.  It's good enough to live-blog.  —  Glocer said a year ago, the focus of Reuters was on "the consumer as editor," with tools such as RSS to allow consumers to consume differently.
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.
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.
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) …
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 …
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 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 …
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Malware-Speak Spooks Symantec  —  Symantec said Wednesday it plans to tweak the behavior of its Norton Internet Security and Norton Personal Firewall products so that they are no longer vulnerable to an annoying but otherwise harmless prank that "script kiddie" hackers have been using …
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Mike / CrunchNotes:
Is there a point to this that I am missing?
Discussion: Napsterization and Valleywag
Storyofdigid / The Story Of Digital Identity:
Episode #16  —  Kaliya Hamlin and I speak with Marc Canter of Broadband Mechanics.
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Paul Stamatiou /, Next Gen Storage for the Masses?
Launching the Video Marketplace -
Discussion: InsideGoogle
Opera for Windows Mobile beta 2 available
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At the New Communications Forum in Palo Alto
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Seán Captain / New York Times:
From Blogger to Published Author, for $30 and Up
Sandeep Chandur /
Nokia E61 Phone FCC Approved
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Open to Open Source  —  Open source software has found …
Discussion: Open Source
Anthony / Ph3rny's Blog:
Vulnerability in Gmail  —  I was recently attempting to mail …
Asher Moses / ZDNet:
HP: Pen-based PDA market on death bed
Andru Edwards /
TiVo's To Announce "KidZone" Parental Control Service
Discussion: Gizmodo, PVR Wire and Engadget
Howard Parnell / Washington Post:
Downloading Empathy to Your iPod