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8:35 AM ET, March 16, 2006


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Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Podtech raises $5.5 million to create the "NPR" of podcasting  —  Gee, this we weren't expecting...venture capital flowing to podcast creation.  —  John Furrier is a bit of a hyperactive guy you will see at technology conferences around Silicon Valley.  He bounds around with a microphone …
Jfurrier /
PodTech Receives $5.5 Million in Series A Funding from US Venture Partners and Venrock Associates … MENLO PARK, CA.  (March 16, 2006) PodTech.Network, Inc., a media company dedicated to podcasting and delivering Fresh Voices™ for the iPod generation, announced today …
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.
Next Generation:
Analyst: Halo 3 Back in the Frame  —  A leading analyst says PlayStation 3's delay could prompt Microsoft to seek to sabotage the launch with the timely release of its key Xbox 360 title Halo 3.  —  » read more  —  Comment: Gloom Greets Sony Delay  —  Sony has at last admitted …
TMO at SxSW - User Interface Designers Talk OS X, XP/Vista  —  This year's South by Southwest (SxSW) Interactive festival, which concluded Tuesday on the eve of the famed music festival, served up a number of interesting panel discussions, but none of greater interest to Mac users than Tuesday's …
Discussion: down the avenue and TechSpot
Joris Evers / CNET
Newsmaker: Tribble on Apple's security troubles  —  Apple Computer has been notoriously tight-lipped about security.  But lately there have been some breaks in the company's traditional silence.  —  On Monday, the Cupertino, Calif.-based company released the second set of Mac OS X security fixes in two weeks.
Discussion: Silicon Valley Sleuth
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) …
Joel Rothstein / Reuters:
Bill Gates mocks MIT's $100 laptop project  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:MSFT - news) Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates on Wednesday mocked a $100 laptop computer for developing countries being developed with the backing of rival Google Inc. (Nasdaq:GOOG …
Dave Winer / Dave's Wordpress Blog:
About  —  This is a response to a post by Rogers Cadenhead on his blog today.  —  1. I wanted to get running again, and had had a good experience with Rogers on work he did for me on  I outlined a plan and sent Rogers a draft of a written agreement.
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Blog supplier Six Apart receives $12 mln in funding  —  SAN FRANCISCO, March 15 (Reuters) - Six Apart Ltd., a provider of blogging software, on Wednesday said it had received around $12 million in a third round of funding for use in new products, international expansion and network growth.
FaceTime Identifies New Botnets Utilizing Instant Messaging to Steal Personal Information from Online Shoppers and PayPal Customers  —  FOSTER CITY, CALIF — March 15, 2006 — Research experts at FaceTime Security Labs™ identified and reported a new threat today affecting instant messaging (IM) applications.
ReveNews - Wayne Porter:   E-Commerce's Worst Nightmare- Dual BotNets- Stolen Bank Accounts
Russell Beattie Notebook:
EQO: Wonky but it works  —  So I downloaded EQO - the app that lets you chat and make calls and chat over Skype from your mobile phone.  Which sounds cool, but I was confused on how exactly it worked so I just grabbed it.  Well it turns out that it installs a little agent that runs …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Switched On: Origami is a paper tiger for now  —  Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a weekly column about the future of technology, multimedia, anddigital entertainment:  —  Here we go again.  In its unending capitalisticquest, Microsoft is determined to figure out how to sell people their nth computer.
Discussion: UMPC Buzz
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Announcing TalkCrunch: A New Weekly Podcast  —  I am happy to announce the launch of a new podcast blog - TalkCrunch.  Each week we'll be posting a new episode, featuring founders of companies we've written about the previous week.  —  For our inagural episode, we invite Ethan Stock …
The 2006 Independent Games Festival Finalists  —  Download and play these awesome indie games, as Fargo and FilePlanet take you on a tour of the best entries in this year's IGF.  —  [Readers: Day 2's coverage is now live! skip ahead to part 2 if you want to get to the new stuff.]
Jamais Cascio / WorldChanging:
HOW MUCH IS THAT IN OIL?  —  The Means of Expression - Media, Creativity and Experience  —  Jamais Cascio  —  This is brilliant.  —  Oil Standard is a Greasemonkey plug-in for Firefox that translates prices from dollars to barrels of oil equivalent, based on current spot prices …
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
iTunes Movies are for Suckers  —  Mac Rumors: iTunes Movies to be sold for $9.99?  Although an Apple movie service is not confirmed yet, is reporting that iTunes has their first online movie up for sale.  For $9.99 you can get a crappy DRM infested low res version …
Sue Zeidler / Reuters:
LG to deliver dual-format HD DVD/Blu-ray  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Korea's LG Electronics Inc. (066570.K: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Tuesday it planned to launch a next-generation DVD player that will bridge the yawning gap between two competing formats by playing both HD DVD and Blu-ray.
Discussion: Gizmodo
ECONOMISTS FIND MAJOR FLAWS IN FCC MEDIA BUREAU'S FURTHER REPORT ON A LA CARTE PROGRAMMING  —  NCTA and Disney Release Independent Economist Reports  —  That Dispute Recent FCC Study … WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and The Walt Disney …
Discussion: IP Democracy and
P.J. Fusco / ClickZ:
SEO Mailbag: Search Engine Spam and SEM Salaries  —  › › › Search Engine Marketing  —  Reader requests to address innumerable SEO (define) issues come in many shapes and forms.  Some questions are site specific, search-engine specific, campaign specific, or even search-result specific.
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Damien Barrett / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
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