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12:45 PM ET, March 15, 2006

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microsoft.com:
Microsoft Developing Web's Largest Advertising Network  —  Ad testing begins on Office Live, Windows Live Mail and MSN Spaces.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — March 15, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today announced it has begun testing display advertisements across Microsoft® Office Live, Windows Live™ Mail and MSN® Spaces.
Discussion: LiveSide and Digital Inspiration
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Mike / Techdirt:
Is Xero The Second Coming Of Gizmondo?  —  About a month ago, there was some buzz in the blogworld that there was yet another MVNO (a mobile operator that uses someone else's network) about to hit the scene, called Xero, with $300 million in funding.  This seemed bizarre because the MVNO space …
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linuxdevices.com:
Seven-ounce "wrist PC" runs Linux  —  A European embedded computing specialist has announced a wrist-worn wearable computer that runs embedded Linux or Windows CE.  Eurotech's WWPC ("wrist-worn PC") offers a wealth of standard PC interfaces, along with several innovative wearable-specific features, the company claims.
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Evan Blass / Engadget:   Eurotech WWPC for wrist-top computing
Anders Bylund / Ars Technica:
Amazon.com S3 storage service available today  —  This morning Amazon opened up S3, its new online storage solution for web applications, and now you can store unlimited amounts of data on Amazon servers for US$.15 per gigabyte, paid monthly.  S3 was purportedly built to support …
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Tom Neumayr / apple.com:
CBS Sports & Apple Offer 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on the iTunes Music Store  —  Condensed Versions of All 63 Games from CSTV Available with New iTunes "Season Pass" For Just $19.99  —  NEW YORK and CUPERTINO, California—March 14, 2006—CBS Sports and Apple® today announced …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Tunevision and PaidContent.org
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Dan Choi / Joystiq:
PS3 worldwide in November [UPDATE 21]  —  It looks like the PS3 pressconference is just getting started.  —  IGN reports Ken Kutaragi's opening statement as follows: "It is myaim to clear things up about the PlayStation 3 today.  The PS2, the PS3, the network, and Future Cell Network, this willall be addressed."
macromedia.com:
Security Bulletin  —  APSB06-03 Flash Player Update to Address Security Vulnerabilities  —  CVE Identifier  —  Summary  —  Critical vulnerabilities have been identified in Flash Player that could allow an attacker who successfully exploits these vulnerabilities to take control of the affected system.
Philip Zimmermann / philzimmermann.com:
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 …
Jeremy Pelofsky / Reuters:
Kerry chides Bush administration on broadband  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry accused the Bush administration on Tuesday of falling behind in its goal to make high-speed Internet service, known as broadband, universally available by 2007.
Quinn Norton / Wired News:
Coding Tool Is a Text Adventure  —  You're in a maze of twisty subroutines, all alike.  —  Now, thanks to a new software-collaboration tool, you and your intrepid party of fellow hackers can navigate your labyrinth of code and slay its dastardly bugs, all in a dungeonlike world similar to an old-school text adventure.
AkibaLive:
Thanko's Silent Mouse  —  Is the incessant clicking sound of your mouse getting to you?  Do you think silence is golden?  Look no further, Thanko has the solution for computer users who tire of the "vocalizations" coming from their mouse: The Thanko Silent Mouse.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
PC Forum: Searching the dark matter and users  —  Esther started off the PC Forum panel with search stars, by saying the search is getting boring and has peaked to get some reaction.  They all properly disagreed and the discussion focused the amount of information that isn't indexed or searchable.
Eric Griffith / wi-fiplanet.com:
Free Rio Rancho Wi-Fi  —  It's not 100 percent official yet, but if the city council of Rio Rancho, New Mexico votes as expected tomorrow night, that municipality will soon offer citywide Wi-Fi Internet access to every resident and visitor for free.  —  Azulstar Networks of Grand Haven …
Red Herring:
US Urged to Reserve Spectrum  —  U.S. Senate told AT&T should be banned from wireless spectrum auction to ensure room for new market entrants.  —  To ensure robust competition in the wireless industry, the U.S. Government should ban the major telecommunications carriers …
Discussion: Techdirt
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Cryzip Trojan Encrypts Files, Demands Ransom  —  Virus hunters have discovered a new Trojan that encrypts files on an infected computer and then demands $300 in ransom for a decryption password.  —  The Trojan, identified as Cryzip, uses a commercial zip library to store the victim's documents inside …
Discussion: MobileRead Networks
Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Accepted by Google Base to Sell Through Google Payments  —  I received a notification from Google that I have been accepted to sell items through Google Payments at Google Base.  I decided to document the process of accepting payments at Google Base through Google Payments, for the test Google Base product I listed tonight.
David Flynn / NEWS.com.au:
Vista hype-fest planned  —  WHEN Microsoft launches Windows Vista on an as-yet-unnamed date towards the end of this year, it is likely that the new Office 2007 suite will touch down on the same day.  —  The likelihood of a double-barrelled launch was revealed by Dave Block …
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 …
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Do copy protection firms encourage piracy?
Discussion: Kotaku and Boing Boing
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
VOIP and mobile integration podcast
Discussion: Christine.net and GigaOM
Inside Google Desktop:
Take 'ctrl' of your Desktop  —  In the new version of Google Desktop 3 …
Kotaku, the Gamer's Guide:
PlayStation Conference News Roundup
Asher Moses / CNET News.com:
Dell downplays Alienware acquisition rumor
Discussion: Joystiq, Mark Evans and SuperGeek
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
I gotta take more days off
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Social Network Backlash (Humor)
Warner Crocker / Life On the Wicked Stage:
Podcast: MobileTech Roundup #32 Is Now Live And Talking UMPC
 Earlier Items: 
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Using a Treo as a Bluetooth modem with a MacBook Pro
Thomas K. Arnold / Reuters:
A blurry picture for HD-DVD as launch nears
Reuters:
Movie theaters may ask to jam cell phones
Discussion: textually.org
Louisa Hearn / The Age:
The enemy within the firewall
Discussion: blog.eweek.com
newsgator.com:
NewsGator Extends RSS Leadership with New Mobile Applications
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Judge to help feds against Google