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12:40 PM ET, March 8, 2006

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive Screenshots: Google Calendar  —  I've gotten possession of screenshots from Google's long delayed new Ajax calendar application, which will be called "CL2″.  It was only a matter of time before someone broke down and leaked these - as far as I know these screen shots are the first on the public web.
Read/WriteWeb:
Live.com Upgrade - New Pages and Gadgets, plus Integrated Windows Live Search  —  Live.com, Microsoft's personalized start page, has just been upgraded with some impressive new features.  Live.com program manager Sanaz Ahari sent me details of the release this evening.
Discussion: Scobleizer
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Chris Sherman / Search Engine Watch:
Microsoft Launches Windows Live Search Beta  —  Microsoft has added search to its suite of online services dubbed Windows Live, introducing a number of new features and enhancements including an updated version of Live.com and a Windows Live Toolbar.  —  Windows Live Search complements MSN search …
microsoft.com:
Microsoft Enhances Windows Live Toolbar Capabilities With Acquisition of Onfolio  —  Toolbar customers now have additional resources for collecting, organizing and sharing information online.  —  SAN DIEGO — March 7, 2006 — Today at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Microsoft upgrades search
Derrick / Absolute Value:
Analyst Day Slide Comments  —  Putting the powerpoint slides in their raw form on the web was clearly a huge mistake since the company effectively "published" the comments to the world.  Ah, the power and danger of the web!  —  I personally hate Adobe Acrobat as memory hogging bloatware …
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Robert Kaye / O'Reilly Network:
ETech Day 1: From Coder to Co-Founder  —  It's Emerging Technology time again!  This conference is still my favorite conference that spoils me for all other conferences.  In so many ways ETech is a reunion for me, when I get to see cool people that I haven't seen in months.
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Marc / O'Reilly Radar:
Entrepreneurial Proverbs  —  I gave a talk at ETech on Monday called …
Discussion: Signal vs. Noise
Dave Caolo / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Colbert Report, Daily Show in iTunes  —  As of earlier thismorning (8:00 AM EST), there is a page for both The Colbert Report [iTunes link] and theDaily Show [iTunesLink] in the iTunes Music Store, though they still do not contain any available episodes.  —  The sale ofthese shows is being handled a bit differently.
Discussion: Tunevision
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Nick / Rough Type:
iTunes tests subscription pricing
Discussion: The Silent Penguin
Macworld:
Cebit: Samsung shows its first Origami device  —  Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is showing the first device designed around Microsoft Corp.'s Origami project at the Cebit electronics show in Germany.  It is a handheld computer that falls somewhere between a tablet PC and a PDA and runs a special edition of Windows XP.
gizmag.co.uk:
Hot-swappable micro Fuel Cell System can run laptop for two days  —  March 8, 2006 UltraCell demonstrated its UltraCell XX25 micro fuel cell system at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco today.  Powered by a reformed methanol fuel cell technology, the UltraCell XX25 is a pre-production unit designed for the military.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Ubergizmo and Engadget
Ryan Singel / Wired News:
Build Your Own PVR, Then Trash It  —  First, the good news.  Plummeting storage costs and the availability of special hardware have finally made it cheap and easy to shrug off the shackles of TiVo and build your own personal video recorder out of an old PC.
Discussion: PVR Wire
highrankings.com:
Get Hands-on Search Marketing Training and Advice in our SEO/SEM Workshops  —  On day two of the event you will learn to apply the information you learned on day one to actual Web sites.  Our speakers will be conducting hands on workshops in small groups so that you can get the personal SEO/SEM training that you've been looking for.
Dan Choi / Joystiq:
Next Call of Duty leaked: Modern Warfare tackles terrorists  —  We've heard from a reliable source whatthe next two Call of Duty titles will be about: one will focus on the Normandy Breakoutcampaign in WWII, while the other moves into the modern age, taking the fight to Middle Eastern terrorists.
Discussion: Xbox 360 Fanboy and Blue's News
Ray Ozzie:
Wiring the Web  —  For years, many companies including Microsoft have invested significantly in the open, interoperable use of XML and Web Services toward enabling programmatic interconnection between processes, services and sites across the internet.  And that investment is bearing fruit …
Kim Tae-gyu / KoreaTimes:
LG.Philips Develops 100-Inch LCD  —  LG.Philips LCD Wednesday took the wraps off a 100-inch thin film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panel, which the company claims is the largest in the world.  —  The model developed by the world's runner-up LCD producer is about 1.5 times bigger …
Discussion: Engadget
UltraMobilize / Main News:
New UMPC Videos at Intel.com  —  New videos featuring Intel's UMPC platform are available through a page at intel.com detailing features and benefits of the platform.  One video feature a woman using a UMPC device with a sliding hideaway keyboard that functions in portrait or lanscape mode by rotating …
Discussion: Gizmodo and jkOnTheRun
Max Kiesler / maxkiesler.com:
Downloadable AJAX Galleries, Slideshows and Effects  —  Until recently many of the most visually stunning and functional image galleries, slideshows, and effects were done through Flash.  With the advent of AJAX many developers are taking another look at javascript and are producing some very amazing functionality in these areas.
Mail&Guardian:
Brain-controlled device could help the disabled  —  Researchers in Berlin have come a step closer to developing a device that will enable people to write and manipulate objects by reading their mind.  —  The so-called mental typewriter that translates thoughts into cursor movements …
Discussion: Popgadget, Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
 
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Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google Stock Drops in Premarket Trading
Valleywag:
Is Bill Gross broke again?
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BBC:
China and the break-up of the net
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
In Storage, Apple is Shining
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Wireless USB devices arriving by September
Leah Hoffmann / Forbes:
Google's Schmidt Said To Leak Online Storage Details
Discussion: Traffick
John Brinsley / Bloomberg:
EU May Start a New Antitrust Probe of Microsoft, Kroes Says
Blizzard / I Like Monkeys:
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Lance Ulanoff / PC Magazine:
WowWee Unveils First Robot Media Hub
Discussion: Gearlog, Engadget and OhGizmo!
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