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1:45 AM ET, March 15, 2006


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Associated Press:
Judge to force Google's hand  —  SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) — A federal judge said Tuesday he intends to require Google Inc. to turn over some information to the Department of Justice in its quest to revive a law making it harder for children to see online pornography.
Declan McCullagh / CNET
Judge to help feds against Google  —  update SAN JOSE, Calif.—A federal judge hearing arguments in the Department of Justice's records fight with Google said Tuesday that he would grant federal prosecutors at least part of their request for excerpts from the search giant's massive database.
Associated Press:
Federal Judge to Order Google to Release Data to Justice Dept.
Discussion: The Kelsey Group Blog
Patrick Klepek /
Sony Delays PlayStation 3  —  Blu-ray forcing the machine into hiding until November.  —  Sony has been anything but talkative these past few months regarding their plans for PlayStation 3.  No one except Sony seemed to anticipate they'd continue to meet their projected spring release date in any territory, even Japan.
Asustek reported to kick off mass shipments for Sony's PS3 and PSP game consoles
Discussion: TechSpot
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.
Philip Zimmermann /
Secure Voice over IP: Zfone  —  14 Mar 2006 - I've just released Zfone, a new product that takes a new approach to make a secure telephone for the Internet.  —  I think it's better than the other approaches to secure VoIP, because it achieves security without reliance on a PKI, key certification …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Fox to Acquire Startup NewRoo  —  Fox Interactive is in the closing stages of acquiring unlaunched startup NewRoo for "less than $10 million," according to very reliable sources.  —  This follows Fox Interactive President Ross Levinsohn's dramatic announcement at a recent UTR conference that …
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
The company that Fox Interactive acquired: Newroo
Mike / Techdirt:
Amazon Offers Up The Platform That Google And Yahoo Should Have Built  —  from the took-them-long-enough dept  —  For years and years we've been talking about the idea that the trick to "owning" the internet is to become the platform of the internet.  It seemed like Google was moving …
Stowe Boyd / Message:
The Blog Commons: What is Uncommon?  —  Seth Godin has stirred up a tempest in a teapot with his recent The noisy tragedy of the blog commons, the newest go-round in the metaphor wars around blogging: … This is yet another riff on the 'scarce attention' meme: there is too much 'content' being produced …
John Blossom / Shore Communications Inc.:
Picking and Choosing Winners in the McClatchy-Knight Ridder Deal  —  The newspaper industry is reacting to the fallout of the McClatchy deal to purchase Knight Ridder, specifically the intent of McClatchy to spin off as soon as possible at least 12 of the 32 Knight Ridder papers (LA Times) …
Brad Cook /
Microsoft Confirms it Originated iPod Box Parody Video  —  Microsoft spokesman Tom Pilla on Tuesday confirmed with iPod Observer that his company initiated the creation of the iPod packaging parody video that was first reported last month.  "It was an internal-only video clip commissioned by our packaging …
Nick Wilson / Performancing Site:
Performancing Metrics is Here!  —  After much tweaking, finalizing and no small amount of hair pulling and shouting, Im really happy to say that Performancing Metrics is here.  Available to all, for FREE, in public beta.  — Register or login and create an account.  — Add a blog.
Volkswagen and Google develop revolutionary navigation system  —  Volkswagen and Google are working together to develop a revolutionary new navigation system.  —  Prototype with Google Earth generates photorealistic 3-dimensional images - online links provide more real-time data for the navigation system …
Business Week:
Electronic Arts: A Radical New Game Plan  —  The gaming giant is ditching tired tie-ins for more daring, interactive video game ideas  —  Video game giant Electronic Arts Inc. (ERTS ) had a very simple formula for success: base a product on a popular sports or movie franchise …
Discussion: Kotaku
Tony Smith / The Register:
Ex-Gizmondo team form ads-for-airtime phone firm  —  Three ex-Gizmondo Europe executives have have emerged as the minds behind US-based virtual network operator Xero Mobile.  The start-up's pitch: offer mobile phone users free airtime if they'll put up with adverts being pushed to their handsets.
The SEO Blog:
Google News Credibility Foiled By 15-Year Old  —  Sometimes the most well thought out practical jokes trigger an uneven brand of justice that falls under the laws of unintended consequences.  While not formally codified and ill defined, the law of unintended consequences is very real …
Traci Hailpern /
FeedBurner Expands Operations with San Francisco Office  —  Chicago-based feed management leader continues steady growth by establishing West Coast presence and staff dedicated to developing strategic partnerships  —  Chicago, IL — March 14, 2006 — FeedBurner, the market-leading feed management provider …
NewsGator Extends RSS Leadership with New Mobile Applications  —  New Java and Windows Mobile Aggregators Harness Power of RSS Anytime, Anywhere  —  Denver, CO - March 14, 2006 - NewsGator Technologies, Inc., the leading RSS platform company, today announced that it has expanded …
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Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
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Discussion: Engadget and Gearlog
Darren Rowse / Make Money Online …:
How Often Should a Blogger Post?
SXSW: Craig gets a makeover
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Do Bloggers Break News?
The Doc Searls Weblog:
Making the Way for Intention  —  [Note: I also wrote this post …
News & Events  —  VeriSign Enters Broadband Content Services Market …
Rich Brown / Alpha Blog:
Unconfirmed: Dell buys Alienware
 Earlier Items: 
Tony Smith / The Register:
D-Link shows off 'first' clamshell Wi-Fi VoIP phone
Discussion: Engadget
Business Week:
Battling For The Eyes Of Texas
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Overwhelmed with pitches, Dave, say it isn't so!
The Official Microsoft Connections Blog:
Microsoft Windows Vista
Astrid Wendlandt / Reuters:
French plan would open iTunes to other devices
Ryan Singel / Wired News:
Man vs. Machine in Newsreader War