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4:50 AM ET, March 16, 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
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) …
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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.
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.
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Dave Winer / Dave's Wordpress Blog:
About feeds.scripting.com  —  This is a response to a post by Rogers Cadenhead on his blog today.  —  1. I wanted to get feeds.scripting.com running again, and had had a good experience with Rogers on work he did for me on weblogs.com.  I outlined a plan and sent Rogers a draft of a written agreement.
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 …
Discussion: Podcasting
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Jfurrier / PodTech.net:
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 …
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 …
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Reuters:
Sony delays PlayStation 3 launch
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
Sony Delays Launch of PlayStation 3 Until November
David Rudden / Alpha Blog:
PS3 launch details revealed, New PSP features and price announced
Discussion: PaidContent.org
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
macobserver.com:
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
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Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Newsmaker: Tribble on Apple's security troubles
Discussion: Silicon Valley Sleuth
facetime.com:
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.
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ReveNews - Wayne Porter:   E-Commerce's Worst Nightmare- Dual BotNets- Stolen Bank Accounts
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
down the avenue:
Armstrong & Kottke Chat  —  A casual fireside chat with Jason Kottke and Heather Armstrong on Day 2 of SXSW allows us to see more character and personality than I've experienced with either of them one-on-one.  They both brought out an interesting playful side of each other.
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
 
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Faceplates Festival on Xbox 360: Change the Look of your System …
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Forbes:
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Leslie Fiering / gartner.com:
UMPC Has Promise but Is Far From Mature
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