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9:05 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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Michael Gartenberg:
Origami Revealed - First Take Analysis  —  I've had a pre-production Intel unit in my hands for a bit, so if you have any questions, let me know and I'll try to deal with them over time.  For now, let's talk a little about Origami as a platform... and a new platform at that and now that the Origami story is told, here's what it means.
Scobleizer / channel9.msdn.com:
Otto Berkes - Origami's Architect gives first look at Ultramobile PCs  —  Otto Berkes is the architect (now general manager) behind the Ultra-Mobile PC team, code-named Origami.  We have a conversation about Origami and the vision behind it.  More on what was announced today is found here on Microsoft's Presspass site.
OrigamiPortal.com:
Official Microsoft Origami Video Analysis  —  Well, the video Scoble is set to premier on Channel 9 tonight (interview and demo with the Origami Creator, Otto Berkes) is available for download on msdn right now.  —  This is the first official video from Microsoft detailing the actual product.
Discussion: John Tokash's Blog and Scobleizer
Otto / Team Blog:
History of Origami by Otto - Part 1
Discussion: Bink.nu
Red Herring:
Intel's Inside Origami PCs
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Rumors: Origami Just a Glorified Media Player with Nasty DRM?
Discussion: Scobleizer
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 as "not material."  Now, six days later, Google has agreed to a settlement in ONE click-fraud lawsuit that could reach $90 million.
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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 …
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
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
UPDATED: GOOGLE ABOUT TO SETTLE CLICK FRAUD CLASS ACTION SUIT  —  The company has posted on the topic here.  My original posting is here.  This is clearly not just about the Lane's suit, it's about Google rejiggering its policies with regard to click fraud.  —  From Google's post:
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?
Discussion: The Kelsey Group Blog
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Jennifer Slegg / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google AdWords Launches Demographic Site Targeting  —  Via Andrew Goodman, news that Google AdWords has updated their control panel interface today to provide demographic targeting of content ads.  It comes hot on the heels of the praise MSN adCenter has been receiving about the demographic targeting they offer advertisers.
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 …
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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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.
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 …
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.
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
Enough Whining For "Guidance"  —  To read some of the press coverage and analyst quotes, you would think that Google's recent stock plunge is due entirely to the company's refusal to give "guidance" (Translation: to tell analysts what to "estimate").  In fact, the plunge has nothing to do with the lack of guidance.
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.
 
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The amorphous attention economy
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Times of London:
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VC Cliché of the Week  —  I am at eTech in San Diego …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
TiVo's lifetime service plan dies
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Allen Bush / Sharpcast:
Sharpcast Secures $13.5 Million In Series B Funding Led By Sigma Partners
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Wall Street Journal:
A New Way to Avoid the Video Store
Discussion: IPcentral Weblog
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft readying Vista marketing blitz