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10:10 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 …
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 …
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 and Connecting the Dots
Ken Belson / New York Times:
The High-Speed Money Line  —  Are consumers going to start having to spend a lot more to surf the Web?  —  Phone and cable companies have stoked those fears recently by floating plans that would have Amazon, Yahoo and other Web sites paying new fees to ensure that their content will be delivered to customers faster.
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
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
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.
Jenstar / JenSense:
Safeguarding yourself when purchasing a site for AdSense  —  When you are buying a website from someone for the sole purpose of putting AdSense on, it can be a catch-22 about whether to ask the site owner if he or she has ever used AdSense on the site, and if the site has been banned from AdSense.
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
cebit.de:
Industry News  —  Employees turn to court to push through SAP works council  —  (heise online, 06.03.2006 14:42) After failing with their proposal at a company meeting, three SAP employees have with the backing of the trade union IG Metall filed a petition for the setting …
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
Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
XM's Satellite Video Player  —  So now this gets interesting.  An anonymous reader sent in this photo of an upcoming portable video device by XM Satellite Radio.  I can't attest to the validity of the photo - in a land of fancy Photochop work - who can say for sure.  But I now know the device is real.
Discussion: Engadget and Zatz Not Funny
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
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 …
 
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
The Ads Discriminate, but Does the Web?
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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
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Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
The John Dvorakification of the blogosphere (I'm signing off of Memeorandum)