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9:55 AM ET, March 15, 2006

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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.
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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
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: Digital Inspiration and LiveSide
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Your mail is here, come and get it!:
YOU are building Windows Live Mail... all 1 million of you!
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
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: Gearlog
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Evan Blass / Engadget:   Eurotech WWPC for wrist-top computing
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Amazon Web Services Blog:
Amazon S3  —  Earlier today we rolled out Amazon S3, our reliable, highly scalable, low-latency data storage service.  —  Using SOAP and REST interfaces, developers can easily store any number of blocks of data in S3.  Eack block can be up to 5 GB in length, and is associated with a user-defined key …
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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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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
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 and IP Democracy
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Kelsey Group Blog
Reuters:
Movie theaters may ask to jam cell phones  —  LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Movie theater owners faced with falling attendance are considering asking federal authorities for permission to jam cell phone reception in an attempt to stop annoying conversations during films, the head of the industry's trade group said on Tuesday.
Discussion: textually.org
Thomas K. Arnold / Reuters:
A blurry picture for HD-DVD as launch nears  —  LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The much-ballyhooed launch this month of the next-generation HD-DVD format promises to be more of a whimper than a bang.  —  Warner Home Video, the only studio that in January had set a firm date, March 28 …
 
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