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9:35 AM 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 and Signal vs. Noise
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Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Microsoft to release overhauled Internet search engine  —  Microsoft Corp. is releasing an overhauled Internet search engine, under a new name, still looking for traction in a market where rivals Google and Yahoo! have been pulling ahead.  —  The company on Wednesday plans to issue …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Microsoft upgrades search  —  Microsoft is set to launch on Wednesday the beta version of its new Windows Live Search page, which uses the same behind-the-scenes technology as MSN Search but will eventually become the company's sole search offering.  —  "In the future there will be one search experience …
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 …
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Nat / O'Reilly Radar:
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John Boudreau / Mercury News:
Start-up to offer CD-swap network  —  LALA.COM — A CO-OP FOR MUSIC LOVERS  —  A Palo Alto start-up is launching a service that is a mix of social networking, Internet swap meet and music store.  —  It's MySpace.com meets eBay meets iTunes.  —  The company, Lala.com, is open for business now on a limited basis.
Discussion: SiliconBeat
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Dan Gillmor / Center for Citizen Media:
Bloggers and Disclosure … It should go without saying that the bloggers should make this disclosure, right?  No question, the ones who parrot a company line — down to using the company's words — ought to be more forthcoming about the connections.  —  It should also go without saying …
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Mark Halper / variety.com:
I want my mobile TV  —  MTV likes the ring of Euro cellular deal  —  MTV Networks Intl. pumped up its ride into mobile TV Tuesday, teaming with international cellular carrier T-Mobile to offer four channels in the U.K., Germany and Austria, with more channels and countries to follow.
Discussion: mobile content news
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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 …
Blizzard / I Like Monkeys:
apply pinky to corner of mouth  —  ...and say millions.  —  First, a little background.  Hi.  My name is Christopher Blizzard and I sit on the board of the Mozilla Corporation.  This is the wholly owned subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation, which was created a short while ago.
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.
Lance Ulanoff / PC Magazine:
WowWee Unveils First Robot Media Hub  —  WowWee's next major robot innovation doesn't walk, roll, make disgusting noises or dance, but SCOTY (for Smart Companion Operating Technology) will greet you, read your e-mail aloud, watch your home, and even play your music.  All while moving little more than its "head."
Discussion: Engadget and OhGizmo!
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
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
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.
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Online Reputation Monitoring Beginners Guide  —  Every single day, someone, somewhere is discussing something important to your business.  Your brand, your executives, your competitors, your industry.  Are they hyping-up your company, building buzz for your products?
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Om Malik / GigaOM:
In Storage, Apple is Shining  —  Given the stunning growth of iPod phenomenon and general good fiscal health of Apple, it is easy to overlook some of the progress the company is making in the enterprise markets, especially when it comes to storage.  According to some reports …
Scohen / PubSub Sandbox:
A Note From the CEO...  PubSub would like to thank you for your support and guidance over the past few years and we look forward to great things in the next few months.  —  Salim Ismail is no longer with the company and has resigned from the Board of Directors.  We wish him well in his new endeavors and opportunities.
Discussion: Crazy Canuck Chronicles and GigaOM
 
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China and the break-up of the net
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
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Leah Hoffmann / Forbes:
Google's Schmidt Said To Leak Online Storage Details
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Jeffrey Goldfarb / Reuters:
Amazon under fire on books as Google debate rages
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
MapQuest offers open-source API
Sean / seanbonner:
AIM BOTS, OR NOT  —  Jason Calacanis just wrote about AOL opening AIM …
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