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3:30 PM ET, March 13, 2006


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Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google lands on Mars  —  Tonight I noticed that now has a CNAME record that points to  This usually means that something is about to happen with that subdomain — with the exception of of course.  So I started digging and you will never guess …
Blogger / Googlist:
Google Galaxy Starts with Mars  —  Google is one step closer to announcing a Google Galaxy (Universe/Solar System) product.  Today Google introduced Google Mars, its Maps-like exploration of the surface of Mars.  (This is likely an extension of Keyhole's Mars exploration that was quietly forgotten once Google acquired the company.)
Ryan Tomayko /
Gosling Didn't Get The Memo  —  I've been blissfully neglecting this site for months with the assumption that a large part of our goal was completed.  After watching good people like Martin LaMonica and Jon Udell balance out the mainstream tech press with coverage of lessish tools and languages …
Discussion: tecosystems
Jeff Sandquist:
Microsoft 10 is now on the air  —  My team and I have been working night and day for some time to launch an all new community called 10.  Our dream is to create a place for those people who want to use technology to change the world.  —  Every weekday at 10:00 am (PST) …
Discussion: Microsoft Monitor and MSTechToday
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:   More hype than an Origami? Yeah, that's
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Partnering With Publishers To Sell Online Books  —  Google gave me the heads-up late Friday that a new feature allowing publishers to sell online versions of their books through Google Book Search was about to go live.  Nothing was yet online when we talked, but that's since changed.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Discussion: Somewhat Frank
Jeff / The Jeff Pulver Blog:
Pulver/Evslin Petition to the FCC on Post-Disaster Communications:  —  Today, Tom Evslin and I filed a Petition with the US Federal Communications Commission in an effort to mitigate the effects of long-term telephone outages in the event of natural disasters or other public crises.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
MySpace Messenger on the Way  —  The cool kids are all talking about the impending release of MySpace Messenger (screenshots below).  The story appeared on Digg yesterday, and the commenters are impatiently trying to make it to work.  No official launch has been mentioned yet.  —  So is this a good idea?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Tagworld Hits 1 million members, announces $7.5 million from Draper Fisher Jurvetson  —  Tagworld, the next generation Myspace competitor, is showing that there is plenty of room for growth in the crowded teen/young adult home page market (previous TechCrunch posts on Tagworld are here).
Discussion: Bloggers Blog and SiliconBeat
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Hungry Media Companies Find a Meager Menu of Web Sites to Buy  —  Media companies are still hungry.  Is there much left for them to consume that they'll find satisfying?  —  NBC Universal's $600 million acquisition of iVillage, an early Internet company catering to women …
McAfee 4715 DAT False Positive Deletion Reports Follow-up  —  Last Updated: 2006-03-13 03:52:21 UTC by Patrick Nolan (Version: 3(click to highlight changes))  —  Friday we started receiving reports of file deletion problems from admins using McAfee AV, scans that were using the 4715 DAT's issued Friday …
Microsoft pauses work on Adobe rival  —  Microsoft has temporarily halted development work on some aspects of its upcoming professional graphics application as it tries to bring companion tools and its next-generation Windows Vista operating system to market.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Federal government supports "Buy It Now" patent  —  In the world of patent disputes, the recently settled tiff between patent holding company NTP and Research In Motion, makers of the popular BlackBerry has dominated the scene for the past year or so.  At the same time that battle was being played out …
Michael Kanellos / CNET
Compaq founder pushes for academic library online  —  CARLSBAD, Calif.—Ever wonder where Compaq founder Rod Canion is?  He's with Questia Media, which wants to bring a university-class library to a high school near you.  —  The Houston-based company is gathering academic and textbook publishers …
Discussion: MobileRead Networks
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
Online Auteurs Hardly Need to Be Famous  —  On his computer screen, Jake R. Sanowski scrutinizes a short video of a baby eating its first pickle.  Next is a skit of a woman getting drunker over the course of a meal at which, it turns out, her dining companion is a dog.
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Media's Idea that Origami is Just a Small Tablet PC Misses Intel Role
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