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12:00 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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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."
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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.
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Mike / Techdirt:   Is Xero The Second Coming Of Gizmondo?
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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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 and MobileRead Networks
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Evan Blass / Engadget:   Eurotech WWPC for wrist-top computing
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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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 …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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
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.
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
 
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Judge to help feds against Google
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