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5:20 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.
Mike / Techdirt:   Amazon Offers Up The Platform That Google And Yahoo Should Have Built
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Reuters:
UPDATE 1-Sony opens up software meeting, PS3 details sought  —  TOKYO, March 14 (Reuters) - Sony Corp. (6758.T: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Tuesday it will allow the media and analysts to attend an annual meeting for third-party software developers of its PlayStation video game …
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digitimes.com:
Asustek reported to kick off mass shipments for Sony's PS3 and PSP game consoles
Discussion: TechSpot
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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
25 Things I Love About Google  —  Love, hate.  Love, hate.  When it comes to Google, I did the "hate" side of my love/hate relationship over in my 25 Things I Hate About Google article.  In this article, I'm all about the love.  How do I love Google?  Let me count the 25 ways into my heart:
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
25 Things I Hate About Google
Discussion: Mark Evans
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.
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
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
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 …
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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% …
Traci Hailpern / feedburner.com:
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 …
Rich Brown / Alpha Blog:
Unconfirmed: Dell buys Alienware  —  While no word has been officially released from either Dell or Alienware, we heard from a reliable source this morning that the purchase has indeed gone down.  Speculation began on March 5 after a blog post by Voodoo PC CEO Rahul Sood.
The Official Microsoft Connections Blog:
Microsoft Windows Vista  —  Posted By: Greg Randall(grandall@microsoft.com)  —  This is the year... the year that Microsoft releases the newest version of Windows.  Yes, Vista will be released in November of this year.  So what is so compelling that our customers would want to spend money upgrading to the Vista operating system?
Tony Smith / The Register:
D-Link shows off 'first' clamshell Wi-Fi VoIP phone  —  D-Link said today it will ship this Summer what it claims is the first clamshell Wi-Fi VoIP phone.  Lest enterprising Reg Hardware readers come up with such a device already on the market, the networking gear company qualified its claim …
Discussion: Engadget
 
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