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2:30 AM ET, March 11, 2006


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TDavid / Things That:
Google Writelys a check  —  Writely an online wordprocessor with some collaboration features, which we reviewed back in September 2005 has become Google's newest acquisition.  —  Jen Mazzon from the Google Writely Team explains: … Originally Writely was in closed beta …
Phil Sim / Squash:
Google 'Lighthouse?' centre of the online universe  —  One of things that came out of the Google Analyst briefing presentation was a project Google is working on called Lighthouse.  —  This is what we were able to glean: … And: … Richard McManus speculated that it might be a " …
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
The Writely Raspberry  —  Check out Memeorandum on Google's Writely acquisition.  If you expand the discussion area, pretty much the entire first page becomes Google-bought-Writely nattering.  To my subjective way of looking at things, Writely is officially the most buzzed-about story in recent blog-o-sphere history.
Sling Media Announces Support for new Ultra-Mobile PC  —  Hannover, Germany - March 9, 2006 —Sling Media, Inc., a digital lifestyle products company, today announced a customized version of its SlingPlayer software, designed specifically for products based on the Ultra-Mobile PC.
Linda A. Epstein /
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and TeleRead
Dennis Rice /
Ultra-Mobile PC Accessories are coming out....
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
#1 William Gates III  —  Residence: Medina, Washington, United States, North America  —  Microsoft's chief visionary moving further away from day-to-day corporate work.  For the first time did not offer a strategy outlook at last year's financial analyst meeting.
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
Jessi Hempel / Business Week:
eBay's Affinity for  —  The online auctioneer has a lot in common with the virtual community site, so it took a nibble  —  The online auction colossus has caught a dose of community activism.  On Mar. 9, eBay (EBAY) joined five other investors to purchase a minority share in community Web site
jkOnTheRun exclusive- ALLTP lists the TabletKiosk M-700  —  I have received word from Allegiance Technology Partners (ALLTP) that they are taking orders for the new TabletKiosk M-700 UMPC.  The base price is $899 with 256 MB of RAM and a 40 GB hard drive.  If you want to add more memory …
Discussion: Engadget and
Damien Barrett / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Another Roadblock in Dual-Booting Mac OS X & Vista  —  Thosehoping to be able to dual-boot the Intel Macs once Microsoft ships Vista (late this year?) may have to wait a bitlonger.  Today, Dan Warne of APC Magazinereported that Microsoft has announced that the first version of Vista …
Michele / Kevin Kelly:
Consensus Web Filters  —  What's new?  —  Like a lot of people, I find that the web is becoming my main source of news.  Some of the sites I read are published by individuals, but I find the most informative sites are those published by groups of writers/editors/correspondents, including those put out by Main Steam Media (MSM).
Bruce Stewart / O'Reilly Emerging Telephony:
AT&T Gouging U.S. Soldiers in Iraq  —  Tom Evslin's Fractals of Change has posted an explosive piece about the way AT&T is handling their exclusive contract to install payphones in Iraq and how much they're charging American soldiers to call home.  Would you believe twenty one cents per minute??
Discussion: Fractals of Change
Fractals of Change:
AT&T is Ripping Off American Soldiers  —  It's bad enough that they overcharge domestic customers but we have alternatives.  The soldiers don't because, according to The Prepaid Press, AT&T has an EXCLUSIVE contract to put payphones in PXes in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Discussion: broadband
Om Malik / GigaOM:
SkypeMe Your eBay Bids  —  When eBay bought Skype last year for a whopping $4.1 billion ($2.6 billion in stock/cash and rest as an earn out) my theory is that the first step in integration of the two companies would be adding a Skype Me feature for all sellers on the eBay system.  Well, time to say, told you so.
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's Weblog:
Friday: NBC's flawed unbundled strategy  —  As it did with "Lazy Sunday," NBC demanded that pull a Natalie Portman rap skit from its site this week.  The network is offering these items via its own Website, thank you very much, and doesn't need or want anybody else to do it for them.
Discussion: Adrants and
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Didn't Get That Wedding Gift?  Blame The Search Engines!  —  Search engines are appearing to be indexing gift registries and ranking them well enough to be found by unsuspecting online consumers.  This causes the registry to show that people have ordered an item or two that the bride and groom have never received.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Thumbstacks - Ajax/Flash Web PowerPoint  —  New York-based Thumbstacks is a bare bones but functional application that allows users to build presentations online and present them via a permanent URL.  It uses both Flash and Ajax - it uses Flash if its installed, and defaults to Ajax if not.
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Ridge Racer 6 XBL demo here and gone and here again  —  Major Nelsonannounced that the demo for Ridge Racer 6 is available for download in the XBLM.  —  Wait, now it'sgone.  He's gonna let us know when it's available again.  —  What's that?  Check again?  Alright... wow!  It's backagain!
Derrick Oien / User Generated Content:
Six Apart Acquires SplashBlog?  —  I got an email earlier today via Plaxo telling me that John Chaffe from SplashData makers of Splash Blog was the new director of mobile at Six Apart.  I thought, hmm, that's curious, I don't recall any news about Splash Blog recently.
Discussion: The Blog Herald
LinuxWorld football grudge match: Funambol vs. Alfresco/Juventus vs. Arsenal  —  For those who find LinuxWorld to be a bit dull, let's liven it up a bit.  On Wednesday, April 5 (mid-week of LinuxWorld), my club, Arsenal, will play Juventus, Fabrizio's club, in the second leg of their Champions League Semi-Finals "tie."
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
EXCLUSIVE: Seven ways that Skype is fumbling their Skype for Business launch  —  Early Thursday morning I received a press release from Skype's p.r. agency in which Skype mentioned its new Skype for Business solution.  —  On the face of it, Skype for Business sounds like a neat idea.
Jennifer DeLeo / Gearlog:
These Dada Sneakers Were Made For...Music  —  Move over Oakley Thump MP3 sunglasses.  There's a new wearable MP3 system to stomp the competition.  —  Dada Footwear is launching a wireless footwear system dubbed, "Code M."  The Code M System delivers both audio and data—through your sneakers!
Discussion: SCI FI Tech and PSFK
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