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9:40 AM ET, March 6, 2006

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Ken Belson / New York Times:
Huge Phone Deal Seeks to Thwart Smaller Rivals  —  The AT&T Corporation, in announcing plans yesterday to buy BellSouth Corporation for $67 billion after months of speculation, took the offensive against low-cost rivals in the free-for-all for phone, wireless and television customers.
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Arshad Mohammed / Washington Post:
AT& T in $67 Billion Deal to Buy BellSouth  —  Purchase Involves Local Lines, Cingular  —  AT&T Inc. announced plans yesterday to buy BellSouth Corp. for about $67 billion in stock in a deal that would reassemble large swaths of the old "Ma Bell" local-telephone monopoly but is likely …
att.sbc.com:
AT&T, BellSouth to Merge  —  Combination Will Speed Innovation, Competition and Convergence  — Natural combination of two leading wireline providers and joint owners of Cingular speeds progress in integrated wireless/wireline services  — Substantial financial benefits for stockholders …
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Your Personal Shopper With the Initials R.S.S.  —  DON'T want to risk the indignity of being the last person to know when the new Kate Spade bag hits the market?  Merchants stand ready to help.  —  Looking for new ways to reach consumers, retailers like eBags, ICE.com …
phx.corporate-ir.net:
NBC Universal to Acquire iVillage Inc.; Top Women's Online Community to Be Centerpiece of NBCU's Digital Strategy  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—March 6, 2006—NBC Universal and iVillage Inc. (NASDAQ:IVIL) have signed a definitive agreement for NBC to acquire iVillage, one of the nation's most successful online destinations for women.
Discussion: IP Democracy and David Card
Dave Winer / Dave's Wordpress Blog:
What is an unconference?  —  The idea for an unconference came while sitting in the audience of a panel discussion at a conference, waiting for someone to say something intelligent, or not self-serving, or not mind-numbingly boring.  The idea came while listening to someone drone endlessly …
Discussion: Mark Evans
Gretchen Cuda / Wired News:
Working Toward Computer Roll-ups  —  One day you may roll up your computer and toss it in your bag — no more rugged titanium cases.  Today's visionaries are planning a world of flexible electronics that will make even your svelte new laptop look clunky.  —  The secret is in the silicon: the stuff electronic components are made of.
Discussion: Smart Mobs
studenttabletpc.com:
THE STUDENT REVIEW OF THE GATEWAY M280/CX200X  —  This Tablet PC you've likely seen on TV in a Gateway or Best Buy commercial.  It's the Gateway M280, or CX200X.  For the past two days I've had one in my possession to play with so I'm taking a chance to share my thoughts about this popular computer.
ZDNet:
Mac OS X hacked under 30 minutes  —  update Gaining root access to a Mac is "easy pickings," according to an individual who won an OS X hacking challenge last month by gaining root control of a machine using an unpublished security vulnerability.  —  On February 22, a Sweden-based Mac enthusiast set …
Discussion: Silicon Valley Sleuth
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Energizer Bunny Going Mobile  —  Traditional battery manufacturing giants such as Gillette and Energizer Holdings, while dominating the world of electronics, have had minor impact in the fast growing mobile business.  That might very well change ... soon.  —  I recently chanced …
Discussion: MobileCrunch and Engadget Mobile
Reuters:
AOL to let others customise its messaging software  —Text+NEW YORK, March 6 (Reuters) - AOL said on Monday it planned to let software and service developers create their own versions of its AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), which analysts said was a significant move for a company that has traditionally cordoned off its services.
Discussion: aimInfo and Neowin.net
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
How Much Profit Is Lurking in That Cellphone?  —  IN some ways, wireless is the new China.  Both are huge, largely untapped markets for news and entertainment media companies.  And media executives have made a lot of dreamy statements about both of these markets and funneled a lot of effort into them.
VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
Cisco Unified Communications Changes Everything?  —  Cisco at 12am March 6th will launch their new Unified Communications System (www.cisco.com/go/unified) aimed at streamlining business processes, and helping to drive productivity.  Unified Communications (UC) will feature new presence …
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
The John Dvorakification of the blogosphere (I'm signing off of Memeorandum)  —  I'm unsubscribing from Memeorandum.  —  Reading Dave Winer this morning made me realize I'm just falling down a dark hole.  It's the same hole I was in in the 1990s when I posted about 100,000 items on various newsgroups …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
The Ads Discriminate, but Does the Web?  —  THE Internet is, in many ways and by design, a lawless place.  —  If this newspaper were to publish a classified advertisement for an apartment rental that said, say, "African Americans and Arabians tend to clash with me so that won't work out," …
Discussion: Techdirt
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Is the Pen as Mighty as the Joystick?  —  WHEN the package showed up last November at his house outside of Portland, Ore., David Hodgson initially felt a wave of great excitement.  But that promptly gave way to foreboding.  —  As soon as he opened the bundle, he realized that a clock …
Discussion: Bleeding Edge, Joystiq and GameSetWatch
 
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