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2:10 PM ET, March 15, 2006

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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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Martin Fackler / New York Times:
Sony Delays Launch of PlayStation 3 Until November  —  TOKYO, March 15 — Sony said today it would postpone release of its next-generation PlayStation video game console until November, a potentially costly move that the company portrayed as a marketing decision but that analysts …
David Rudden / Alpha Blog:
PS3 launch details revealed, New PSP features and price announced  —  In the wake of fervent rumors of the PS3's demise, Sony came clean with launch information about the PS3, while presenting a host of new features for a price-dropped PSP.  Here are the main bullet points, separated by console.
Discussion: PaidContent.org
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.
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Arn / Mac Rumors:
iTunes Movies to be sold for $9.99?  —  Early this morning the first full length movie of was spotted on Apple's iTunes Music Store.  —  The iTunes link to High School Musical was accessible and offered a 1 hour 39 minute Disney Channel original TV movie.  This 487MB file represents …
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Study Says Chips in ID Tags Are Vulnerable to Viruses  —  A group of European computer researchers have demonstrated that it is possible to insert a software virus into radio frequency identification tags, part of a microchip-based tracking technology in growing use in commercial and security applications.
Discussion: Freedom to Tinker
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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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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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