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4:30 PM 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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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
Jeff / The Jeff Pulver Blog:   Baby Bells Grow up with Dr. Seuss:
Jeremy Pelofsky / Reuters:
Consumer groups vow to fight AT&T-BellSouth deal
Discussion: Techdirt and Newsome.Org
Arshad Mohammed / Washington Post:
AT& T in $67 Billion Deal to Buy BellSouth
Discussion: Blake Ross on Firefox
Roy:
Origami Pics Leaked!  —  OrigamiPortal received this leaked photo from an online source today and we decided to share it with our visitors.  —  If this is the actual final product, it's pretty slick.  And if it's not, it's a very nice mockup.  The pic we have received shows a device …
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Marc Perton / Engadget:
Possible Origami pic surfaces on the web
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.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 …
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 …
Discussion: J. LeRoy and inside analytics
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.
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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 …
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.
Discussion: VoIP & Gadgets Blog
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Firefox (Mozilla Corporation/Mozilla Foundation) made $72M last year?!  —  The best piece of information I got out of BarCampLA was that Firefox, which is produced by the for-profit Mozilla Corporation, made $72M last year and is on target to have 120 employees this year.
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 …
Jim Coates / Mercury News:
Searching for an answer to Google Desktop problem  —  Q Google is making me gaga when I try to use the Google Desktop search service to find files on my hard drive.  —  I know what's wrong but I can't figure out how to fix it.  When I had Google index all of the files on my C: drive …
Tyler Hamilton / Toronto Star:
T.O. to become wireless hotspot  —  Toronto Hydro Corp. will announce Tuesday that it plans to turn Canada's largest city into one giant wireless hotspot, directly challenging the country's major mobile phone carriers for a chunk of the $8 billion a year wireless market.
Discussion: Mark Evans and robhyndman.com
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
What Jobs Didn't Say  —  When I covered Apple's first iPod announcement in 2001, it was unlike anything I had seen in my three years of covering MP3 players — and the iPod wasn't too shabby, either.  —  Steve Jobs plays the tech press like his pal Yo Yo plays the cello.
Discussion: Tech_Space
CNET News.com:
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 / variety.com:
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, GamersReports and Engadget
Mike Langberg / siliconvalley.com:
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: Newsome.Org, Techdirt and Tech_Space
 
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Ian / isnoop.net blog:
Package Tracking With Google Maps
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
VCs Dialing VoIP Startups
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The Consumerist:
Massive Citibank Alert: UPDATE
Discussion: adfreak, Boing Boing and Techdirt
Bill Palmer / ipodgarage.com:
Is Apple trying to take over the iPod accessory industry?
Discussion: Gizmodo
Kevin C. Tofel / HD Beat:
Blu-Ray, HD-DVD? Nah, how about EVD instead
Discussion: Engadget and Gadget Review
Michael Bazeley / SiliconBeat:
Wetpaint: wikis for regular people
Dennis McCauley / Wichita Eagle:
tech.life@play | Time-savers or spoilsports?
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Watch Blog:
GDrive; Google's Virtual Hard Drive
 Earlier Items: 
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
MICROHAPPINESS  —  Yesterday I posted how I was having trouble with my wifi.
Joanna Glasner / Wired News:
Are Spam Blockers Too Strict?
cebit.de:
Industry News  —  Employees turn to court to push through SAP works council
Discussion: Gearlog
Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
XM's Satellite Video Player
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Jenstar / JenSense:
Safeguarding yourself when purchasing a site for AdSense
studenttabletpc.com:
THE STUDENT REVIEW OF THE GATEWAY M280/CX200X
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Energizer Bunny Going Mobile
Gretchen Cuda / Wired News:
Working Toward Computer Roll-ups
Discussion: Smart Mobs