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11:00 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: Upgrade - New Pages and Gadgets, plus Integrated Windows Live Search  —, Microsoft's personalized start page, has just been upgraded with some impressive new features. program manager Sanaz Ahari sent me details of the release this evening.
Discussion: Scobleizer and Signal vs. Noise
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 …
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Watch:
Microsoft Launches Windows Live Search Beta
Elinor Mills / CNET
Microsoft upgrades search
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
Nick / Rough Type:
iTunes tests subscription pricing
Discussion: The Silent Penguin
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 …
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.
Mark Halper /
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
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
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: Gearlog, Engadget and OhGizmo!
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 …
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
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
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google Stock Drops in Premarket Trading  —  NEW YORK - Google Inc. stock is down 2.6 percent in premarket trading today after the company advised investors to disregard an internal financial forecast mistakenly posted on its Web site — a mix up that included a reference to management's concerns …
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?
Max Kiesler /
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.
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Christopher Grant / Xbox 360 Fanboy:
Original Xbox Live headset hack
Discussion: Joystiq and InsideMicrosoft
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Microsoft debuts Web-to-PC clipboard
Is Bill Gross broke again?
Discussion: Marc's Voice
China and the break-up of the net
Discussion: Michael Geist and broadband
Om Malik / GigaOM:
In Storage, Apple is Shining
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Wireless USB devices arriving by September
Leah Hoffmann / Forbes:
Google's Schmidt Said To Leak Online Storage Details
Discussion: Traffick
Jeffrey Goldfarb / Reuters:
Amazon under fire on books as Google debate rages
 Earlier Items: 
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
MapQuest offers open-source API
Sean / seanbonner:
AIM BOTS, OR NOT  —  Jason Calacanis just wrote about AOL opening AIM …
John Brinsley / Bloomberg:
EU May Start a New Antitrust Probe of Microsoft, Kroes Says
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
Start-up to offer CD-swap network
Discussion: SiliconBeat
Scohen / PubSub Sandbox:
A Note From the CEO...  PubSub would like to thank you for your support …
Blizzard / I Like Monkeys:
apply pinky to corner of mouth
Anne Broache / CNET
Yahoo to offer new mashup tools