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11:45 AM ET, March 14, 2006


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon: Grid Storage Web Service Launches  —  Amazon Web Service is launching a new web service tonight called S3 - which stands for "Simple Storage Service".  It is a storage service backend for developers that offers "a highly scalable, reliable, and low-latency data storage infrastructure at very low costs".
Rob Hof / Business Week:
Amazon's Newest Product: Storage  —  Huh?  That's right, the online store with "Earth's biggest selection" of everything from books to zithers will announce Tuesday morning that it's adding a new and different kind of service: an unlimited data storage service aimed at software developers who are creating new Web sites and services.
Owen Gibson / Guardian:
Internet means end for media barons, says Murdoch  —  · Magnate hails second great age of discovery  —  · Power 'moving from the old elite to bloggers'  —  Rupert Murdoch last night sounded the death knell for the era of the media baron, comparing today's internet pioneers …
Agence France Presse:
'Adapt to new technology or die,' Murdoch tells newspapers
Discussion: Techdirt
Microsoft Announces Plans for New Windows Live Family Safety Settings  —  Free, Web-based Family Safety Settings moves beyond traditional parental controls, helps provide guidance to parents from experts such as American Academy of Pediatrics.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — March 13, 2006 …
Microsoft to offer free parental Web monitoring
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
25 Things I Hate About Google  —  Google's purchase of Writely sort of drove me over the edge last week.  When I saw the news confirmed, I exclaimed out loud to myself, "Oh, give me a break."  A break from what, freakishly talking to myself?  No, a break from Google going in yet another direction …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
25 Things I Love About Google
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Michael Kanellos / CNET
Upstart aims to ease Web crawling for classifieds  —  If you're in the market for a slightly used Toyota Corolla or want to have dinner with an ex-felon, Vast just might be the search tool for you.  —  Vast, which launches Tuesday, is a search engine and Web crawler designed …
Umair / Bubblegeneration Strategy Lab:
Usefulness and The Banality of Business  —  Seth says that bloggers blog too much; that they're littering an "attention commons".  —  This is a deeply interesting statement, which gets to the heart of all the problems with American business (and culture) - doubly interesting because it comes from Seth.
Discussion: Werblog
Ann Harrison / Wired News:
The Pirate Bay: Here to Stay?  —  Last month, the Motion Picture Association of America announced one of its boldest sorties yet against online piracy: a barrage of seven federal lawsuits against some of the highest-profile BitTorrent sites, Usenet hosts and peer-to-peer services.
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Kevin C. Tofel / Kevin 2.0:
Vista looks Glassy on my M205 Tablet PC  —  What can I say?  I've been seduced by the "clear" side and I spent a few hours trying to get the new Vista build to run Glass on my Toshiba Portege M205 Tablet PC.  Did it work?  You betcha!  Will it work in the long term?  No way!
Rob Bushway /
Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet PC commercial
Ryan Singel / Wired News:
Man vs. Machine in Newsreader War  —  Man vs. machine stories are an old standby in journalism.  —  Think back to John Henry racing a steam drill and forward to Garry Kasparov trying to outmaneuver IBM's Deep Blue in 1997 to the Onion tweaking the genre with its accountant battles Excel story.
Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:
WinXP on Mac... for rizzle this time?  —  Most of us by now are painfully aware of the Windows XP on Mac challenge that has been going on since, well, Intel Macs were finally announced at this year's MacWorld Expo in San Francisco.  We are constantly reminded that the prize money keeps reaching new heights …
Joris Evers / CNET
Apple corrects patch trouble  —  Apple Computer on Monday released the second set of Mac OS X security fixes in two weeks.  —  Security Update 2006-002 corrects problems caused by the company's previous patch and fixes newly discovered security flaws, some of which could let an attacker run code …
Louisa Hearn / Sydney Morning Herald:
The enemy within the firewall  —  Employees are now regarded as a greater danger to workplace cyber security than the gangs of hackers and virus writers launching targeted attacks from outside the firewall.  —  That is the perception of 75 per cent of Australian information technology managers …
Dave Winer will quit blogging  —  Rejoice or cry.  Dave Winer, inventor of RSS (disregarding the other inventors) and A-lister's A-lister in the Valley blog world, is gonna give up blogging at  "Soon, probably before the end of 2006, I will put this site in mothballs, in archive mode, and go on to other things."
David Hayes /
The bottom line on blogging  —  Honesty is the best policy  —  Robert Scoble should be a boss's worst nightmare.  —  He's been known to openly criticize the company he works for, with thousands of opinion-leaders listening in.  In the process, he's become one of his company's most publicly recognizable employees.
Amanda Cantrell / CNN:
Microsoft's labor troubles  —  On top of a stagnant stock and a host of new competition, the software giant is said to be struggling to attract the best young talent.  —  NEW YORK ( - Microsoft's all grown up.  —  Now, along with the middle-age woes of a stagnant stock …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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Rural Areas Find Internet Answer in the Air
Discussion: IP Democracy
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Everybody is in Everybody's Business
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Howard Mintz / Mercury News:
Google, U.S. to face off in federal court