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4:45 AM ET, March 9, 2006

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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Hands-on with the Samsung Q1 / Origami  —  So we managed to get our hands on a Samsung Q1 / Origami device set to roll tomorrow here at CeBIT.  Don't ask how,but it'll be awhile before we recover from the brutal caning we just received.  From the five minutes we spent with itwe can tell you …
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Jennifer Guevin / CNET News.com:
Bloggers' Origami dreams crumpled  —  For weeks, gadget lovers have been dreaming of Origami—and they've been dreaming big.  CNET News.com got the chance to tinker with a few prototypes of the highly anticipated series of devices expected from Intel and Microsoft today at the Intel Developer Forum.
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Rumors: Origami Just a Glorified Media Player with Nasty DRM?  —  In the comments for yesterday's Origami revealed post, strangeweather said: … So yeah, minitablet, minischmablet—Origami sounds like a glorified media player to us.  So it's got Microsoft's imprimatur on it; big whoop, right?
Discussion: Scobleizer
Nicole Wong / Official Google Blog:
Update: Lane's Gifts v. Google  —  You may remember that last February, Google was sued in Arkansas over what is commonly called click fraud.  We're very near a resolution in that case, so we thought we'd offer an update.  —  We've been discussing the case with the plaintiffs …
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Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
Google Click-Fraud Settlement VERY Material  —  Okay, this is getting ridiculous.  Six days ago, Google CEO Eric Schmidt dismissed the click-fraud issue with a single sentence, saying it was "not material."  Now, six days later—six days later—Google has agreed to a settlement in ONE click-fraud lawsuit that could reach $90 million.
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google to Pay $90M in 'Click Fraud' Case  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc. has agreed to pay up to $90 million to settle a lawsuit alleging the online search engine leader overcharged thousands of advertisers who paid for bogus sales referrals generated through a ruse known as "click fraud."
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Agrees To $90 Million Settlement In Class Action Lawsuit Over Click Fraud  —  Search Engine Watch has learned that Google has agreed to a $90 million settlement fund in the class action lawsuit that by Lane's Gifts & Collectibles that came to light last April (see also this for background).
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Windows Live Search updates  —  Microsoft introduced a new front-end for MSN Search data last night on Live.com, the new default homepage for Internet Explorer users.  The new features improve the search experience for novice users with a more familiar interaction and customization.
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Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
MICROSOFT LAUNCHING WINDOWS LIVE SEARCH  —  Okay, so this has been about two days coming, but a project of this magnitude takes time, so I'm going to post on it before it is complete.  —  What am I talking about?  Windows Live Search.  Today, Microsoft is launching the next version of its search engine …
Ben Charny / PC Magazine:
Microsoft Revs Up New Search Engine
Discussion: Cameron's Brain
Quinn Norton / Wired News:
Porn Billing Leak Exposes Buyers  —  Seventeen million customers of the online payment service iBill have had their personal information released onto the internet, where it's been bought and sold in a black market made up of fraud artists and spammers, security experts say.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google, Writely In Talks?  —  So you all know that Google's got designs for a G:Drive and doing an end run around Microsoft?  Now what if you can simply store and save data on that drive, but that's not clearly as much fun.  What if you could write a document in a browser …
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Following the path from intention to attention  —  I've been sitting in ETech for the past few days being bombarded with ideas about attention.  These have ranged from the profane to the profound.  Dan Farber described the whole thing as amorphous.  While I was busy chronicling what people were saying …
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 …
Phil Sim / Squash:
Poor Web 2.0 fools  —  Is it starting to become obvious to people yet, that 99.9 per cent of these Web 2.0 consumer plays WILL die?  —  TechCrunch reviews the upcoming Google Calendar.  If you valued one of the squillion of Web Calendering apps on the market at $10 yesterday, write them down to a cent today.
Andrew / Traffick:
Google Launches Demographic Site Targeting for Adwords  —  Was the timing of this move affected by all the noise made by MSN AdCenter at the recent SES Conference?  (These chicks would probably say yes.)  —  A box inside your AdWords account announces: "Want to reach 18-24 year-olds, or women with children?
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
TiVo to Offer Subscription Only Pricing Model, HDTV Series Three TiVo Due Out "After Mid Year" and Lifetime Service Option to be Eliminated  —  TiVo CEO Tom Rogers, along with CFO David Courtney (who is leaving the company in April) and VP of Finance Stuart West, briefed financial analysts on TiVo's latest quarter this afternoon.
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny, TiVoBlog and PVRblog
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
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 …
 
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
TiVo's lifetime service plan dies
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Paul R. La Monica / CNN:
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Marc / O'Reilly Radar:
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