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11:30 PM ET, March 6, 2006

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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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Sam Mcloughln / PalmAddicts:
GETTING THE FORM FACTOR JUST RIGHT....  With the recent viral marketing by Microsoft of their new Origami platform I was again reminded of a critical aspect in the design of a good hand-held device.  Be it PDA, smart phone or MP3 player, form factor is king.  —  I remember getting my first Palm PDA, a Palm IIIc, many years ago.
Discussion: Gadget Review
Marc Perton / Engadget:
Possible Origami pic surfaces on the web
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
Jeremy Pelofsky / Reuters:
Consumer groups vow to fight AT&T-BellSouth deal  —  WASHINGTON, March 5 (Reuters) - Two top consumer groups on Sunday said they will urge U.S. antitrust authorities to block telecommunications giant AT&T Inc.'s (T.N: Quote, Profile, Research) acquisition of BellSouth Corp. (BLS.N: Quote …
Discussion: Techdirt and Newsome.Org
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Om Malik / CNN:
Ma Bell — reborn
Discussion: Nyquist Capital, GigaOM and VoIP Watch
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Firefox (Mozilla Corporation/Mozilla Foundation) made $72M last year?!  —  UPDATE: I know a lot of folks are coming here from DIGG and other memetrackers.  The $72M someone told me at BarCampLA and I have no idea if that is true or not.  If you reblog this (or report it) please make sure you make that clear.
Discussion: InsideGoogle
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Citibank "live richly" ads remixed for security alert  —  AdWeek's "AdFreak" blog just whipped up this spoof of Citibank's "Live richly" ads: "Who needs a working ATM card?  It's not about the money, remember?"  —  Link  —  (Thanks, Tim Nudd from AdFreak.com!)
Discussion: The Consumerist
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The Consumerist:
Massive Citibank Alert: UPDATE
Discussion: adfreak, Boing Boing and Techdirt
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.
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 …
microsoft.com:
Cisco and Microsoft Collaborate to Enhance Real-Time Business Communications  —  Open standards, SIP-based enterprise solutions enable effective communications.  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — March 6, 2006 — Today, at the VoiceCon 2006 conference, Cisco Systems and Microsoft Corp. announced …
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, inside analytics and A VC
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 …
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.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
New Fund for Prominent Investor  —  Alan Patricof, the co-founder of the private equity firm Apax Partners and an original investor in Apple Computer and America Online, plans to announce today that he will leave Apax to start a venture capital fund for emerging wireless, media and entertainment companies.
Google Blogoscoped:
GDrive?  —  Greg Linden last Thursday found the following in a Google presentation which has since been removed - we can see Google pondering an online storage solution:  —  "Store 100% of User Data  —  With infinite storage, we can house all user files, including: emails, web history …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
VCs Dialing VoIP Startups  —  Venture dollars continue to flow into the Voice-over-IP start-ups.  The latest company to raise big dollars is Blue Note Networks of Tewksbury, Massachussets.  The VoIP software company snagged $15 million in series B funding from Commonwealth Capital …
Discussion: Skype Journal and VoIP Watch
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
MSN adCenter: Firefox Users Need Not Apply; Customers With Firefox Might Not Get Tracked  —  It annoyed me a few weeks ago when I signed up for the MSN adCenter pilot that Firefox wasn't supported.  That was still the case with the open adCenter sign-up today and annoyed one of my readers Paul Holstein, as well.
Ian / Yahoo! 360°:
Media 2.0 Physics, My BarCamp LA Presentation  —  Sadly yet triumphantly, BarCamp LA has come to a close.  Check out the Flickr stream for endless proof of its existence.  —  I promised I'd post my presentation, so here it is in both PowerPoint and text form, minus the profanities I added to the live presentation:
 
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