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3:25 AM ET, March 4, 2006


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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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Newsvine is Perfect  —  Newsvine took the password protection off of its site yesterday and officially launched (my pre-launch post on Newsvine is here).  —  Newsvine combines the best features of a number of companies and products like Digg and Google News with great features like chat and blogging-style comments.
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
Declan McCullagh / CNET
Congress raises broadcast flag for audio  —  update Digital radio receivers without government-approved copy-prevention technology likely would become illegal to sell in the future, according to new federal legislation announced Thursday.  —  Rep. Mike Ferguson, a New Jersey Republican …
Discussion: Boing Boing and IP Democracy
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: Techdirt and
Sue Zeidler / Reuters:
DOJ opens probe into online music pricing
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Web 2.0 And Media 2.0 Are Still In the 1.1 Phase  —  I've read A LOT about Web 2.0 — I haven't seen so much Koolaid since I was at summer camp.  And I've taken a stand that Web 2.0 is a long way from Media 2.0.  —  Kent Newsome has the latest antidote to Web 2.0 hype …
Steven Levingston / Washington Post:
Blog Buzz Helps Companies Catch Trends in the Making  —  ConAgra Foods Inc. got an early warning from chatter on the Internet that the low-carb craze was fading.  The huge food company seized the chance to promote an alternative menu, its Healthy Choice soups, entrees and lunch meats.
Douglass C. Perry / IGN:
And Now for Something a Little Different  —  Forget Grand Theft Auto for a moment.  Rockstar Games aims to innovate in a different way, in a different genre, without a single gun.  —  March 3, 2006 - Earlier this week I spoke with Rockstar's COO Terry Donovan about Rockstar Games' newest endeavor.
MSN Search's WebLog:
Customer Focused ... Humble ... Under Promise/Over Deliver ...  Customer Focused ... Humble ... Under Promise/Over Deliver ...  These are some of the key cultural traits the Web Search team here at Microsoft tries to live by.  Boy, were we surprised to wake up yesterday to a bunch of press saying things like …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
The Center of Gravity is Shifting  —  If there was a common question that ran through all of today's social media tour interviews it was this - what's next, Steve?  One of the themes I kept hitting over and over is that the blogosphere is not where all the action is going to be in the months ahead.
New Zealand Herald:
Peter Nowak: What Apple co-founder actually said  —  Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has posted a statement online [see link below] in which he denied some of the comments attributed to him in an article I wrote recently.  —  In that statement, he suggests that I pushed him to make some of those comments …
Support the Common Feed Icon  —  A recent Yahoo study reported that four percent of Internet users have jumped on the RSS bandwagon and begun subscribing to syndicated feeds.  —  Considering the number of ways that web publishers show their readers they offer feeds, it's amazing we've gotten that many:
Shel / a shel of my former self:
Scoble and Israel wrap up the New Communications Forum  —  "Naked Conversations co-authors Robert Scoble and Shel Israel (the other Shel; he was born first, which I guess means he's the Shel #1) handled keynote duties at the final luncheon at the New Communications Forum.  Notes follow:  —  Shel
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
Mark Evans:
The New Online Revenue Shake-Down  —  Bill Gross may be focusing on harnessing solar power these days but the Internet could sure use his creativity.  Instead of coming up with new, interesting revenue streams - like Gross' pay-per-click model that jump-started Overture and was later embraced by Google …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Push to create OpenDocument standards  —  With government records, reports and documents increasingly being created and stored in digital form, there is a software threat to electronic access to government information and archives.  —  The problem is that public information can be locked …
Discussion: TechSpot
Neo /
Apple files new patent for wide touchpad for notebooks  —  On March 2, the US Patent & Trademark Office revealed an Apple patent concerning a wide touchpad, originally filed on Aug. 25, 2004.  —  Apple's abstract  —  In one exemplary embodiment, a portable computer having a display assembly coupled …
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Hacked Street Fighter joystick for the Xbox 360
Discussion: Joystiq and GamersReports
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
SES NYC 2006, Day 4  —  It was snowing today in NYC.  Pretty cool.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
MVNOs Not Making Money? Surprised?
Discussion: MobHappy and Gizmodo
Shel / a shel of my former self:
Neville and I are writing a book
George / Under the Radar:
Live from Under the Radar Smooth Surfing
Russ / Russell Beattie Notebook:
Yes, Americans Get Mobile
Discussion: broadband
Rob Fahey /
Downloads will replace traditional media within 10 years, says EA VP
Discussion: Joystiq
Rafat /
YouTube Ties Up Wth MTV; First Formal Media Company Agreement …
Discussion: PSFK
 Earlier Items: 
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
The Business 2.0 Next Net 25 Roundtable
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
In a world with infinite storage, bandwidth, and CPU power
Ted's Take:
Deja Vu All Over Again
Elinor Mills / CNET
Live: Google faces off with analysts
Matt / Signal vs. Noise:
Getting Real book update: new version, sales, feedback, contributors, etc.
Discussion: Changing Way and
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Next Version of Tablet PC's Said to Be Lighter and Smaller
Discussion: Kevin Maney
Jeneane Sessum / ALLIED:
The Subtext of Tagging  —  I finally understand tagging …
Ryan Katz / Think Secret:
Apple thinks big(ger): video iPod to pack 4-inch display