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4:42 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
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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 …
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Aaron / Box.net 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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Shankar Gupta / MediaPost Publications:
AIM Code Opens To Developers
Tom Sanders / vnunet.com:
Questionable OS X hacking report prompts genuine challenge  —  Hack a Mac for fame  —  The University of Wisconsin has launched a competition in which hackers are challenged to hack into an OS X system connected to the internet.  —  "Mac OS X is not invulnerable.
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 …
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.
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.
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
Ben McConnell / Church of the Customer Blog:
10 reasons why YouTube is better than Google Video  —  Here's 10 reasons why YouTube is better than the much-anticipated Google Video.  —  1. YouTube was constructed with a community in mind.  —  Its interface tools, such as tagging, a rating system, comments, friends, favorites …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Boob tube meets online maps as TV fans get creative  —  Ever wonder where the Soup Nazi is located in Seinfeld's New York City?  How about the back road where Tony Soprano nearly whacks his drugged-out second cousin Christopher?  —  To feed the growing hunger for more information …
Jeffrey Goldfarb / Reuters:
Hearst buys NetDoctor as spark for online efforts  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Media conglomerate Hearst Corp. said on Monday it has bought NetDoctor, Britain's top consumer health Web site, as it tries to keep up with rivals by boosting its presence on the Internet.
Discussion: PaidContent.org
Clint Ecker / Ars Technica:
Apple Mac mini (Core Solo)  —  Up until Apple's "fun" announcement on the last day of February, there was really no indication of how Apple's low-end Intel offerings would be presented.  Now that Apple has disclosed the specification and price points for their entry-level machines …
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The Head Lemur / raving lunacy:
Robert Scoble needs an Intervention  —  Robert Scoble aka the scoblelizer needs an Intervention.  —  An Intervention is where a group of concerned friends, family, co-workers, and fellow travelers sit down with the afflicted in an attempt to get them to see the error of their ways …
Discussion: Scobleizer and One Degree
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:
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.
Shel / a shel of my former self:
Marketing via Wikipedia  —  I'm sitting in an airline lounge at Dulles, having just finished a talk on new media to the annual gathering of US Army Public Affairs officers.  During the talk, I showed the Wikipedia entry for the US Army and for the Army's 101st Airborne Division …
Tom Zeller Jr / New York Times:
Popular Web Site Falls Victim to a Content Filter  —  THERE are lots of ways to describe Boing Boing, the Web's obliquely subtitled "Directory of Wonderful Things," which draws millions of eyeballs to its relentless, stylistically minimalist scroll of high-weirdness each month.
Discussion: Boing Boing
 
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Derek Caney / Reuters:
NBC Universal to buy iVillage for $600 million
Andrew F. Hamm / MSNBC:
Ricochet making a comeback, targets a wireless niche
Lia Miller / New York Times:
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Pitching Bloggers: Send Something of Interest to Somebody You Know
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Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Citibank "live richly" ads remixed for security alert
Edo / Pink Tentacle:
SIZE MATTERS FOR CITIZEN'S ECO-BE!
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Jeremy Pelofsky / Reuters:
Consumer groups vow to fight AT&T-BellSouth deal
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Ian / isnoop.net blog:
Package Tracking With Google Maps
Discussion: Lifehacker and InsideGoogle
Om Malik / GigaOM:
VCs Dialing VoIP Startups
Discussion: Skype Journal and VoIP Watch
Michael Bazeley / SiliconBeat:
Wetpaint: wikis for regular people
Jim Coates / Mercury News:
Searching for an answer to Google Desktop problem
Dennis McCauley / Wichita Eagle:
tech.life@play | Time-savers or spoilsports?
Discussion: Cathode Tan
Om Malik / CNN:
Ma Bell — reborn
Chris Kohler / Wired News:
Women Gamers Duke It Out