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12:40 PM 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".
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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.
David Hayes / kansascity.com:
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.
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Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Overwhelmed with pitches, Dave, say it isn't so!  —  Dave Winer says he's gonna give up his blog this year.  That's caused a lot of conversations here at SXSW.  I'm still processing what that will mean for Dave.  For me.  For everyone.  —  Anyway, I totally understand why Dave would want to walk away.
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 …
microsoft.com:
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 …
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Reuters:
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 …
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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.
tnstelecoms.com:
COMBINED AT&T/BELLSOUTH WILL CONTROL 22% CONSUMER TELECOM SPENDING, 34% BUSINESS SPENDING … JENKINTOWN, PA, March 13, 2006 - As regulators now consider the proposed AT&T/BellSouth merger, new study findings from TNS Telecoms indicate that the combined AT&T/BellSouth will control 22% …
Jeff Martin / Official Google Blog:
A new home for @Last Software  —  I was sitting at the breakfast table this morning, drinking a cup of coffee while I looked out at the snow.  It was pretty much like any other winter morning, except — it wasn't.  When I went to sleep last night, I was employed by a small start-up called @Last Software.
barcamp.org:
April 8th & 9th 2006 (Saturday & Sunday) Chennai  —  Quick Navigation Links  —  What is Barcamp?  —  Confirmed Presentations  —  Confirmed Participants  —  Prospective Topics  —  Tips for Presenters  —  Latest Developments  —  Ideas to improve BarCampChennai  —  Who's talking about BarCampChennai
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Windows RSS platform  —  The Windows RSS platform is included in Internet Explorer 7 and Windows Vista, both due out later this year.  The platform exposes feed and list data to all Windows applications via a common API, manages enclosure downloads, and applies common security settings to feed data and downloads.
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Read/WriteWeb:   Feeds as a platform + future of aggregators
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.
Astrid Wendlandt / Reuters:
French plan would open iTunes to other devices  —  PARIS (Reuters) - France is pushing through a law that would force Apple Computer Inc to open its iTunes online music store and enable consumers to download songs onto devices other than the computer maker's popular iPod player.
Bre Pettis / We Are The Media:
Rocketboom Blasts Into A New Era In Advertising  —  Today with Rocketboom's episode 349, the rules of advertising have changed forever.  Rocketboom has created a new, spellbinding advertising format.  —  Rocketboom is an entertaining video-blog with a news-format that hundreds of thousands …
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 …
 
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Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
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Michael Alison Chandler / Washington Post:
Rural Areas Find Internet Answer in the Air
Discussion: IP Democracy
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Everybody is in Everybody's Business
Discussion: Darwinian Web
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Usefulness and The Banality of Business
Amanda Cantrell / CNN:
Microsoft's labor troubles
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Class action lawsuit filed against music industry
Tony Smith / The Register:
Samsung to bring HD Ready CRT TV to Europe
Discussion: Tech Digest and Engadget
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Apple corrects patch trouble
Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:
WinXP on Mac... for rizzle this time?
Ars Technica:
Sony loses another round in DualShock lawsuit
Ben Tanner / dmeurope.com:
Verizon offers $40bn for Vodafone stake in Verizon Wireless
Valleywag:
Dave Winer will quit blogging
Kevin C. Tofel / Kevin 2.0:
Vista looks Glassy on my M205 Tablet PC