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10:40 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 …
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 …
Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
Gates Sketches Out Vision for the Future  —  McLEAN, Va. - Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates sketched out a vision for the future Wednesday in which a cell phone will become a "digital wallet," able to receive e-mail and even scan business cards, while computers and TVs will merge.
Discussion: Engadget
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 …
Sony delays PlayStation 3 launch
Keith Stuart / Guardian Unlimited:
Can Sony manage a global PS3 roll-out? Let's 'do the math'
Discussion: Kotaku
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.
Shelleyp / Burningbird:
Past Time to Retire  —  Dave Winer has been talking about retirement.
Discussion: The Obvious?
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.
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
Discussion: Silicon Valley Sleuth
Rafat / To Be Relaunched As a Digg-Like Site; Calacanis Heading It : The storied will be revived again by AOL, and will relaunch soon as a Digg-like user-driven news/aggregation site with Jason Calacanis at the helm, sources have told
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
Will your PC keep pace with Vista?  —  How does Windows Vista love thy computer?  Let it count the ways.  —  Microsoft is building into the new operating system a tool that will rate a PC based on how well it is running and on how much it can take advantage of Vista's capabilities.
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 …
Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
Interesting Incoming Comments  —  Some really interesting comments coming in as of late.  —  Next week I'm going to take a moment to read-read them all and call-out some of the ones I find interesting (460+ to read through at the moment, so that's gonna take a while...).
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.]
Infosthetics / information aesthetics:
oil barrels price translation  —  a web browser plug-in that converts all prices from U.S. dollars into the equivalent value in barrels of crude oil. when a user loads a webpage, the script inserts converted prices into the page. as the cost of oil fluctuates on the commodities exchange, prices rise & fall in real-time.
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
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
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) …
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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Adam Green / Darwinian Web:
Grazr OPML viewer begins public alpha test
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Rob Bushway /
Gartner publishes their analysis on the UMPC
Lora / What Is New:
Blogging from a UMPC (Origami) - Day 1
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"Viva Piñata" Universe Revealed — Entertainment Property …
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Motorola PEBL in 4 new colours
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Damien Barrett / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
WinXP on a Mac Contest is Over; Dual-Booting Success
Discussion: Engadget and Infinite Loop
Faceplates Festival on Xbox 360: Change the Look of your System …
Discussion: Kotaku and Xbox 360 Fanboy
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