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6:00 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.
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
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
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 …
Discussion: Joseph Scott's Blog and Rough Type
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Patrick Klepek / 1up.com:
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.
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digitimes.com:
Asustek reported to kick off mass shipments for Sony's PS3 and PSP game consoles
Discussion: TechSpot
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 …
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CmdrTaco / Slashdot:
PGP Creator's Zfone Encrypts VoIP
Discussion: robhyndman.com
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
The company that Fox Interactive acquired: Newroo  —  So the secret is out.  —  Silicon Valley was abuzz a few days ago about which company News Corp, via its Fox Interactive subsidiary, acquired around the time of the Under the Radar conference.  —  Turns out it is NewRoo …
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Nick Wilson / Performancing Site:
Now Tracking 500+ Blogs!  —  Just a few short hours after launching, Performancing Metrics, is now tracking OVER 500 BLOGS!  Woohoo!  In way of celebration, I'd like to share a few of my favorite quotes from this site and others....  I've only been using this package for an hour …
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 …
automotoportal.com:
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 …
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 …
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) …
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Engadget and Gearlog
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.
Brad Cook / ipodobserver.com:
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 …
newsgator.com:
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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Tom Neumayr / apple.com:
CBS Sports & Apple Offer 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament …
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Louisa Hearn / The Age:
The enemy within the firewall
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FeedBurner Expands Operations with San Francisco Office