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1:55 AM ET, March 7, 2006


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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
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 …
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Seeing Origami  —  Origami:  —  It's not an iPod killer.  —  It's not a portable Xbox.  —  It's not an OQO killer.  —  It's not a PSP killer.  —  Update: it's not a Nokia N90 killer either (thanks to Marc Canter for asking about that).  —  Update 2: it's not a Treo 700w killer either (thanks to Dave for pointing that out).
Marc Perton / Engadget:
Possible Origami pic surfaces on the web
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!)
Discussion: The Consumerist
The Consumerist:
Massive Citibank Alert: UPDATE
Discussion: adfreak and Boing Boing
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
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 …
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Drive: What we know so far  —  We have all the ingredients for a great story: dramatic predictions of Google taking over the world, secret disclosures of a new stealth product at a Google analyst meeting, outing of the story by bloggers, and subsequent purging of the public data by Google …
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.
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 …
hyku | blog:
Pitching Bloggers: Send Something of Interest to Somebody You Know  —  One of the discussions during a panel at last week's NewComm Forum was standard "How to Pitch Bloggers?".  Here is my answer:  —  Send Something of Interest to Somebody You Know  —  What's the most important part of that statement?
Discussion: Pause and Media Guerrilla
hyku | blog:
Submit Your PR Pitch Button
Discussion: Blog Business Summit
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:
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 …
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
Mark Frauenfelder / Boing Boing:
Is SmartFilter blocking Google's translation service?  —  Earlier today, Xeni linked to a New York Times piece about Secure Computing's censorware that blocks access to Boing Boing.  —  Here's the background: A US-based company, Secure Computing, sells a website censoring product called SmartFilter …
Discussion: Infothought and New York Times
Aaron / Blog:
Beating Google  —  It seems that anyone I've talked to in the valley over the weekend has brought up the Google-endorsed reports of an upcoming "GDrive."  Here is my response to the following comments by Google: … That is pretty exciting.  Imagine being able to offload all of your data to the internet …
Susan Mernit / Susan Mernit's Blog:
AOL releases AIM API; says play with me, but not with others  —  Wonders in the Walled Garden never cease; AOL announced this morning that it was releasing an AOL AIM API that would support open development of AIM plug-ins, AIM user interface applications and the integration of AIM presence information into other sites and applications.
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