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11:55 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
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Chris Sherman / Search Engine Watch:
Microsoft Launches Windows Live Search Beta
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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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
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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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 …
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.
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.
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
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
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
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?
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!
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 …
 
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Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Boxxet: Wants to be the About.com of Web 2.0
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Obopay: Will let you pay for almost anything with your cell phone.
Erick Schonfeld / B2Day:
Hallway Scoop: The Long Tail of Events
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The Ask.com Blog:
Ask.com France: A Fresh Alternative
Christopher Grant / Xbox 360 Fanboy:
Original Xbox Live headset hack
Discussion: Joystiq and InsideMicrosoft
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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Mark Halper / variety.com:
I want my mobile TV  —  MTV likes the ring of Euro cellular deal
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
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
MapQuest offers open-source API
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
Start-up to offer CD-swap network
Scohen / PubSub Sandbox:
A Note From the CEO...  PubSub would like to thank you for your support …
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