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3:45 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.
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 …
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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.
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
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.
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Marc / O'Reilly Radar:
Entrepreneurial Proverbs  —  I gave a talk at ETech on Monday called "Entrepreneuring for Geeks."  I've given this general talk a few times now — how can the more technically minded among us move into making companies of our own?  I really enjoy the talks because I really enjoy entrepreneurs …
Discussion: Signal vs. Noise
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Robert Kaye / O'Reilly Network:   ETech Day 1: From Coder to Co-Founder
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
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: Gizmodo
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
Tim Oren / Due Diligence:
Cui Bono?  A Case in Point: Yahoo!  —  Earlier I concluded that the beneficiaries of the 'Web 2.0' movement would be Yahoo!, Google, and other large services platforms.  I had not anticipated how well some of today's events at the eTech '06 conference would make the point for me.
IGN:
Top 10 Tuesday: Most Memorable Villains  —  Meet the faces of evil.  —  March 7, 2006 - Welcome to IGN's weekly countdown of the exceptional, fascinating, and absurd: something we like to call Top 10 Tuesday.  Every week we'll feature the top ten games, characters, fashion statements …
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
Jennifer Slegg / Search Engine Watch Blog:
TeraGoogle, Google's Social Search Aspirations & More From Accidentally Released Analyst Day Notes  —  Imagine Google "as ubiquitous as brushing your teeth."  That's how Google would like you to think of them, at least according to notations accidentally released in their Analyst Day PowerPoint slides.
Paul R. La Monica / CNN:
Google's latest goof  —  Shares slip after search engine discloses that certain slides presented on the Web during its analyst meeting shouldn't have been there.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Search engine Google disclosed in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission late Tuesday …
benqmobile.com:
BenQ Mobile further expands product portfolio at CeBIT  —  Emphasis on ultra slim design, real materials and an enhanced consumer experience  —  BenQ Mobile, the new business division of the BenQ Corporation, today announced six new handsets under its BenQ-Siemens brand, including the flagship EL71 …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
 
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Melanie Tan / mobilemag.com:
Seagate launches new hard drives at IDF
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MapQuest OpenAPI Blog:
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Jennifer DeLeo / Gearlog:
Unotron's Washable Keyboards and Computer Mice
Discussion: OhGizmo! and Ubergizmo
Tomi T Ahonen / Communities Dominate Brands:
If you thought Idol was big on TV, mobile Idol ie Network Karaoke!
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Obopay: Will let you pay for almost anything with your cell phone.
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Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google Stock Drops in Premarket Trading
Kim Tae-gyu / KoreaTimes:
LG.Philips Develops 100-Inch LCD
Discussion: Engadget
Valleywag:
Is Bill Gross broke again?
BBC:
China and the break-up of the net
Discussion: Michael Geist and broadband
Om Malik / GigaOM:
In Storage, Apple is Shining
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Wireless USB devices arriving by September
Max Kiesler / maxkiesler.com:
Downloadable AJAX Galleries, Slideshows and Effects