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1:50 PM ET, March 4, 2006


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Rob Kelley / CNN:
BlackBerry maker, NTP ink $612 million settlement  —  Research in Motion averts shutdown of wireless e-mail service, announces fourth-quarter warning.  —  NEW YORK ( - BlackBerry maker Research in Motion said Friday it agreed to pay $612.5 million to patent holding company NTP …
BlackBerry saved  —  update The long-running BlackBerry saga appears to be over.  —  Research In Motion and NTP have agreed to settle the patent dispute over the BlackBerry device for $612.5 million, the companies announced in a press release on Friday.  Under the agreement …
Research In Motion and NTP Sign Definitive Settlement Agreement to End Litigation  —  Waterloo, ON - Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM; TSX: RIM) and NTP, Inc. (NTP) today announced that they have signed a definitive licensing and settlement agreement.
Discussion: MobileTracker
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Better mail than jail  —  Drew Bell unsubscribes.  —  Roy Schestowitz unsubscribes and goes even further: "[Scoble's] reputation is overrated.  When it comes to technology, I found that Scoble cannot tell his ass from his face."  —  My reply?  First I want to reply to a couple others he made.
System Integrity Team Blog:
Back-door nonsense  —  Two weeks ago BBC News published an article speculating about a possible "back door" in BitLocker ( politics/4713018.stm).  The suggestion is that we are working with governments to create a back door so that they can always access BitLocker-encrypted data.
Discussion: Windows Vista Weblog
Joris Evers / CNET
Microsoft: Vista won't get a backdoor  —  Windows Vista won't have a backdoor that could be used by police forces to get into encrypted files, Microsoft has stressed.  —  In February, a BBC News story suggested that the British government was in discussions with Microsoft over backdoor access to the operating system.
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
ASP.Net on a Roll  —  With all of the buzz about Ruby on Rails and AJAX, not a lot of people have noticed that Microsoft is making another really good run at the web development space.  Based on book sales data, it looks like ASP.Net 2. is on fire, with ASP-related book sales up 53% since …
Reuters and Media Nirvana  —  Some interesting reactions to Reuters CEO Tom Glocer's speech at the Online Publishers Association.  I thought it was encouraging news and in my previous post I (somewhat breathlessly) compared it to Associated Press CEO Tom Curley's similar speech a year ago.
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Dogster or Newsvine in the Fox Interactive house?  —  Still speculating on who Fox Interactive has acquired, but won't reveal for a few weeks, Jeff Nolan is betting on Dogster, but also thinks that Tagged, Skobee or Meetro could be the target.  Newsvine has also been mentioned.
Dennis Rice /
Origami expectations .., and "What's already out there?"  —  I'm not gonna do any speculation in this post about Origami.  I do feel the need to warn you though - don't get confused until you know the facts.  If people are convinced that Origmai is an "UltraMobile PC" (UMPC) …
Discussion: Kevin 2.0
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Mobile Industry Doesn't Get Consumers  —  Imagine a conversation between a person who only knows Norwegian and other who is fluent only in Swahili.  Well, that precisely the relationship between mobile industry and its executives and the consumers.  RBC Capital Markets at its Mobility Evolution Conference …
Discussion: Labnotes
Patricia Huang / Forbes:
Take My Music, Please  —  Just like its competitors, Tower Records is having a hard time selling music at its stores.  Unlike its competitors, Tower has a novel response: It's going to give its music away on the Internet.  —  The 90-store chain plans to open a new online service this summer …
Discussion: and Techdirt
Agence France Presse:
Text messaging remains top service for mobile phone users: IDC  —  SINGAPORE (AFP) - Text messaging remains the most popular service for mobile phone users in the Asia Pacific despite offers for fancier applications such as email and gaming, an industry research group said.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Ars Technica:
New radio Broadcast Flag legislation seeks to control innovation, eliminate fair use  —  The radio broadcast flag is gaining momentum.  House Representative Mike Ferguson (R-N.J.) is introducing legislation that would establish a broadcast flag for audio and also change the way in which the music industry licenses radio itself.
Discussion: Engadget
Testing cell phone radiation on human skin  —  Finland's radiation watchdog is to study the effects of mobile phones on human proteins by direct tests on people's skin, to see if handset transmissions affect their health.  —  A pilot study, to be conducted next week, will expose a small area …
Yahoo! Search blog:
Searching out the video buzz on Hollywood's biggest night  —  Here at Yahoo!, we work on bringing you lots of ways to tap the web for whatever interests you - movies, music, games, etc - both on Yahoo and from across the web.  —  This weekend, we're featuring news, images …
Discussion: Gearlog and Adotas
Ryan Block / Engadget:
PhillyFi details beamed into the ether  —  Remember the PhillyFi project that EarthLink was workingon?  The one in progress for a while now, intended to blanket the City ofBrotherly Love in 802.11?  Well, Philly's officially disclosing some details of the deal, if you're so interested …
Discussion: PalmAddicts and Clickety Clack
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
My interview with AMD's lead attorney on the Skype-Intel case  —  Late yesterday, I interviewed Chuck Diamond, partner at O'Melveny & Myers LLP in Los Angeles.  —  Diamond is also semi-conductor manufacturer Advanced Micro Device's (AMD) lead attorney in an antitrust suit filed last June against rival chipmaker Intel.
Discussion: Skype Journal and The Test Bed
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Hacked Street Fighter joystick for the Xbox 360
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 Earlier Items: 
Om Malik / GigaOM:
MVNOs Not Making Money? Surprised?
Discussion: MobHappy and Gizmodo
Shel / a shel of my former self:
Scoble and Israel wrap up the New Communications Forum
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
The Center of Gravity is Shifting