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10:15 PM ET, March 15, 2006

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Joe / Techdirt:
Woz Raises $150 Million For, Well, Nobody Knows  —  Looking to capitalize on the Apple halo effect, three former company executives, including co-founder Steve Wozniak, took their new company, Acquicor Technology, public yesterday in an IPO raising $150 million.
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Matt Marshall / siliconvalley.com:
Ex-Apple executives seek tech properties to acquire  —  NEW PUBLIC COMPANY RAISES $150 MILLION TO INVEST  —  A trio of former Apple Computer executives, riding on the reputation of the famous company's brand, has created a new public company that will shop to acquire technology properties.
Discussion: SiliconBeat, Infinite Loop and J. LeRoy
Workbench:
Letter from Dave Winer's Attorney  —  I received this letter Friday from Christopher C. Cooke, Dave Winer's attorney: … Last spring, in a work-for-hire agreement with Winer, I ported Weblogs.Com from a Frontier application running in Windows to an Apache/MySQL/PHP application running on Linux.
Computerworld:
RFID tags vulnerable to viruses, study says  —  Attacks could soon come in the form of a SQL injection or a buffer overflow attack  —  MARCH 15, 2006 (IDG NEWS SERVICE) - Three computer science researchers are warning that viruses embedded in radio tags used to identify and track goods …
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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
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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Sam Kennedy / 1up.com:
PS3 Conference Report - Date and More!  —  Full details on the PS3 from Sony's briefing in Japan.  —  Sony held its PlayStation Business conference in Tokyo today and 1UP's correspondents were on hand to report back all of the details.  —  Ken Kutaragi, president of Sony Computer Entertainment …
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
Discussion: PaidContent.org
John Battelle / Federated Media Publishing Inc.:
FM Financing Release  —  Contact: Jennifer Charette, Federated Media Publishing  —  Federated Media Publishing Closes Series A Financing  —  Sausalito, CA, March 15, 2006 - Federated Media Publishing Inc., a Sausalito, CA-based Internet publishing business, announced today the completion of its Series A financing.
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John Battelle / Federated Media Publishing Inc.:
Financing News: FM Gains a New Partner  —  I'm very pleased to announce that Federated Media has closed its Series A financing, with JP Morgan Partners (JPMP) as the lead investor.  All of FM's seed investors - the Omidyar Network, The New York Times, and several angels (my post on the first round is here) …
Brian Benzinger / Solution Watch:
Blog Statistics with Performancing Metrics  —  Performancing has been on a roll lately.  First, a blogging tool for Firefox and now, Performancing Metrics has been launched, a service for tracking blog statistics.  We now have Measure Map (Review), BlogBeat (Review), and Performancing Metrics offering easy solutions to blog analytics.
Forbes:
Stockholm shares close slightly higher, led by Ericsson, H&M, banks - UPDATE  —  STOCKHOLM (AFX) - Shares closed slightly higher, led by Ericsson amid speculation that the telecoms giant may be interested in making a bid for Juniper Networks, by Hennes & Mauritz following a upgrade by ABG …
Discussion: GigaOM and Mark Evans
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Adobe Issues Critical Macromedia Flash Update  —  Adobe has released updated versions of its ubiquitous Macromedia Flash and Shockwave online media players, which the company said fix several critical security vulnerabilities in previous versions.  —  Adobe said that if a user loaded …
Discussion: JD on EP and Donna's SecurityFlash
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Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
CBS Teams Up with iTunes for March Madness  —  CBS is jumping all over the NCAA hoops tourney, where first it's streaming the whole college basketball tournament for free from its own website, and now it's teamed up with Apple to bring edited versions of the games the day after they're aired for $1.99 each.
Discussion: SearchViews, Tunevision and apple.com
Leslie Fiering / gartner.com:
UMPC Has Promise but Is Far From Mature  —  The Ultra-Mobile Personal Computer (UMPC) concept has merit but is unlikely to succeed without key changes, including a lower price and longer battery life.  —  Browse Topics  —  Advanced Search  —  Ask an Analyst  —  Downloads:
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 …
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
Jenstar / JenSense:
Everybody's got a story... what's your AdSense story?  —  Once again, AdSense is looking for feedback from their publishers, this time they want to know how AdSense has impacted your life.  —  They are asking publishers to submit the following: … I am a little disappointed to see there is no …
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Inside AdSense Team / Inside AdSense:
We want to hear your AdSense story!
Discussion: SearchViews and InsideGoogle
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Social Network Backlash (Humor)
Red Herring:
US Urged to Reserve Spectrum
Discussion: Daily Wireless and Techdirt
Jeremy Pelofsky / Reuters:
Kerry chides Bush administration on broadband
David Flynn / NEWS.com.au:
Vista hype-fest planned
Thomas K. Arnold / Reuters:
A blurry picture for HD-DVD as launch nears
microsoft.com:
Microsoft Developing Web's Largest Advertising Network