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12:55 PM ET, March 9, 2006

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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.
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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.
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.
Otto / Team Blog:
History of Origami by Otto - Part 1
Discussion: Bink.nu
Red Herring:
Intel's Inside Origami PCs
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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San Francisco Chronicle:
Google to settle click-fraud lawsuit  —  Advertisers claim overcharges by search engines  —  Google Inc. has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit that accused it and other Internet companies of improperly charging advertisers for fraudulent clicks on their online ads.
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
The Coming Searching Advertising Crash  —  I'm not sure if I'll be the first to predict it, but search advertising is headed for a cliff.  I can't say with any certainty when-or whether-the crash will come, but the evidence is mounting.  —  Everyone is talking about the $90 million click fraud settlement …
Discussion: Rex Hammock's Weblog
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google to Pay $90M in 'Click Fraud' Case
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:   UPDATED: GOOGLE ABOUT TO SETTLE CLICK FRAUD CLASS ACTION SUIT
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.
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
TiVo's lifetime service plan dies
Discussion: PR Newswire and Techdirt
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny:
TiVo's New Pricing Plans
Discussion: Gizmodo and SCI FI Tech
jkOnTheRun:
Origami/ UMPC- the real dirt  —  There has been no shortage of leaks, half-truths, and buzz around the Origami / UMPC announcements that Microsoft and Intel were promising at CeBIT in Germany.  Now that the dust has settled we can finally discuss the facts around the UMPC.
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Kevin C. Tofel / Kevin 2.0:
Microsoft's UMPC site brings focus
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 …
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.
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Andrew / Traffick:
Google Launches Demographic Site Targeting for Adwords
Discussion: The Kelsey Group Blog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Skobee Just Launched - So Start Using It  —  I've been tracking Skobee, headquartered in San Francisco, since I first saw founder Noam Lovinsky demo it at a recent event at Stanford.  Noam took me through a demo of the product again earlier this week to refresh my memory …
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Eurocom Launches M590K SLI Notebook with 19-Inch 16:9 Screen  —  Eurocom introduced the M590K Emporor, a laptop that it calls the world's first SLI (Scan Line Interleave) notebook.  Gamers will like the combination of two NVIDIA SLI-certified Geforce Go 7800 GTX 256MB graphics cards strapped together for 2x graphics performance.
Doc Searls / linuxjournal.com:
The Intention Economy  —  Is "The Attention Economy" just another way for advertisers to skewer eyeballs?  And why build an economy around Attention, when Intention is where the money comes from?  —  That's the question at the front of my mind as I hear one speaker after another struggle to cast light on …
Fred / A VC:
VC Cliché of the Week  —  I am at eTech in San Diego now and was at a dinner with the usual suspects last night talking about the usual things.  But then we got into a good conversation about bricks and mortar.  In the late 90s, there was this craze in the venture business about bringing …
Jonny Evans / macworld.co.uk:
Needham's: 'Apple could grab 9% marketshare'  —  Needham & Co analyst Charles Wolf believes Apple is in position to achieve a massive growth in its market share - with consumers very ready to make the switch.  —  Apple should make every effort to eliminate every last obstacle that may prevent …
Discussion: Macsimum News and MethodShop
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Garmin intros c510/530, C550 and screenless Mobile 20 with Bluetooth  —  Garmin has unveiledthree new GPS devices at CeBIT, all intended for in-car use, and two of which sport Bluetooth for interacting with yourcellphone.  The c510/530 (Europe/North America) and c550 (pictured) …
Discussion: This is Mobility and Gizmodo
benqmobile.com:
Smart business: The P51 combines navigation and communication for professional users  —  BenQ Mobile, the new business division of the BenQ Corporation, presents the BenQ-Siemens P51, a high-performance smartphone that fulfils all the requirements of a discerning business user.
Discussion: PalmAddicts and Engadget Mobile
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.
Brier Dudley / Seattle Times:
Union trying again to organize Microsoft  —  Hoping to capitalize on Microsoft employees' angst over compensation issues, a Seattle labor group is making another attempt at unionizing the software company.  —  Marcus Courtney, president of the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers …
 
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