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12:25 PM ET, March 6, 2006


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Om Malik / CNN:
Ma Bell — reborn  —  The gigantic AT&T-BellSouth deal could signal a new era of telecom consolidation, and reverse what the government broke up over two decades ago.  —  (SAN FRANCISCO) BUSINESS 2. Magazine - The mega-billion dollar merger of AT&T and BellSouth is the latest and certainly …
Discussion: GigaOM and VoIP Watch
Arshad Mohammed / Washington Post:   AT& T in $67 Billion Deal to Buy BellSouth
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, …
Discussion: J. LeRoy and inside analytics
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
Mike Langberg /
Langberg: Holdouts resist Internet's lure  —  Brace yourself for a shock: There are people in the United States who don't see any reason to use the Internet.  —  I know this is hard to accept if you live or work in Silicon Valley, where instant messaging has replaced old-fashioned voice conversations …
Discussion: Techdirt and Tech_Space
Richard Siklos / New York Times:   How Much Profit Is Lurking in That Cellphone?
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.
HP: Phones not a viable platform for video streaming  —  Hewlett-Packard (HP) won't be bringing 3G support to any of its smart phones until at least 2007.  It cites the costs associated with the service, coupled with the fact that 3G's killer app — TV and video streaming …
Jill Goldsmith /
Traveling man  —  Turning Sony around puts Stringer through the ringer  —  When Howard Stringer took over as chairman-CEO of Sony a year ago, he anticipated static from Japan.  He didn't think he'd also catch fire from Germany.  Nor did he expect that the first Japanese tentpole …
Discussion: Joystiq and GamersReports
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
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 and Slashdot
Chris Kohler / Wired News:
Women Gamers Duke It Out  —  For all the camaraderie fostered by the Women in Games International conference held recently in San Francisco, it was apparent a furious divide exists over how to get women to play video games.  —  In one corner are proponents of casual games …
Discussion: Scobleizer and Clickable Culture
Jeff / The Jeff Pulver Blog:
Baby Bells Grow up with Dr. Seuss:  —  (Seeing as March 2nd marked Dr. Seuss' 102nd Birthday, I thought it would be appropriate to try to apply the wisdom of that seminal, influential figure in the life of so many American children with today's announcement signaling a new phase in the growth of the Baby Bells.
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.
Joanna Glasner / Wired News:
Are Spam Blockers Too Strict?  —  America Online's controversial plan to charge mass e-mailers a fee to bypass their anti-spam system highlights the other, lesser-known, horn of the junk-e-mail problem: Filters that allegedly work too well.  —  At issue is the problem of "false positives …
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
The Ads Discriminate, but Does the Web?
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Get Ready for PodServe (and more)  —  Brian Oberkirch …
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The John Dvorakification of the blogosphere (I'm signing off of Memeorandum)

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Tyler Pager / Washington Post:
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Anthony Crupi / Sportico:
Diamond Sports files its bankruptcy reorg plan, which includes ending its Bally naming rights deal for RSNs, and says cord-cutting led to 22M fewer subscribers

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An analysis of Hollywood's grim status in 2024, recovering from a year of downsizing and strikes; supply lines will take at least a year to flow at capacity

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