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4:30 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″ (the CL2 login screen is here).  It was only a matter of time before someone broke down and leaked these …
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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Ben Charny / PC Magazine:
Microsoft Revs Up New Search Engine  —  Microsoft said it will soon offer a search engine that is better, faster and more curious than previous versions.  —  The beta version debuts at Microsoft's www.Live.com on March 8.  The beta, and a revision expected in a few months …
Discussion: Cameron's Brain
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.
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Live.com Upgrades in progress
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.
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Nick / Rough Type:
iTunes tests subscription pricing
Discussion: The Silent Penguin
Wall Street Journal:
A New Way to Avoid the Video Store  —  We Review Digital Gadget  —  Prestocked With 100 Films;  —  Selection Is a Drawback  —  After a long day at work, there's something calming about filling a bowl with popcorn and watching a movie at home.  But the experience can be diminished …
Discussion: IPcentral Weblog
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
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft readying Vista marketing blitz  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Aiming to re-create the excitement that accompanied the launch of Windows 95, Microsoft is gearing up for a massive campaign to launch Windows Vista.  —  Chairman Bill Gates has tasked the Windows marketing team with repeating …
Discussion: Neowin.net and Bink.nu
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
ETech 2006 Trip Report: Simple Bridge-building  —  These are my notes from the Simple Bridge-building session by Ray Ozzie.  —  Ray started of by talking about how he sees RSS as having the potential to be the connective tissue between web sites.  The increased usage of RSS and mashups …
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.
 
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benqmobile.com:
BenQ Mobile further expands product portfolio at CeBIT
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
Paul R. La Monica / CNN:
Google's latest goof
Melanie Tan / mobilemag.com:
Seagate launches new hard drives at IDF
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Fractals of Change:
John Battelle's The Search and Google Book Search
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.
 Earlier Items: 
Erick Schonfeld / B2Day:
Hallway Scoop: The Long Tail of Events
Discussion: GigaOM
The Ask.com Blog:
Ask.com France: A Fresh Alternative
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
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
Start-up to offer CD-swap network