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1:45 PM 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 …
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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 …
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 …
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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
Reuters:
Sony delays PlayStation 3 launch  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp. said on Wednesday it would delay the release of its new PlayStation 3 video game console until early November because development of some of the technology was behind schedule.  —  The company, which currently dominates …
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Keith Stuart / Guardian Unlimited:
Can Sony manage a global PS3 roll-out? Let's 'do the math'
Discussion: Gamerscore Blog, Cathode Tan and Kotaku
Rafat / PaidContent.org:
Netscape.com To Be Relaunched As a Digg-Like Site; Calacanis Heading It : The storied Netscape.com 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 paidContent.org.
Discussion: B2Day and Valleywag
Nick Bradbury:
Sticking up for my friends  —  I normally try to avoid getting into public battles, but today I need to make an exception.  Yesterday Rogers Cadenhead blogged about a letter sent to him by Dave Winer's attorney, which caused a bit of an uproar in RSS circles.
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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.
CNET News.com:
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.
Earthling / EarthLink blog:
EarthLink Line-Powered Voice Coming To 8 More Cities  —  This morning I woke to the official word that our DSL and Home Phone Service will be coming to eight more cities:  — Atlanta  — Chicago  — Los Angeles  — Miami  — New York City  — Philadelphia  — San Diego
Discussion: GigaOM and VoIP Watch
MSNBC:
Google considers European retail push  —  Google is attempting a significant push into the European retail industry with plans to launch a service aimed at giving traditional bricks-and-mortar retailers a base from which to market and sell their goods online.
Discussion: PaidContent.org
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Roomba takes Frogger to the asphalt jungle  —  reporter's notebook AUSTIN, Texas—It's almost two in the morning and I'm standing in the middle of Austin's Sixth Street, hoping that I'm not going to get hit by a car.  —  On the other hand, I am hoping—as are 15 or so other people standing nearby …
Discussion: Clickable Culture and Kotaku
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
CozmoTV: Welcome to Television 2.0, Time to Supercharge the TiVo Part of Your Digital Lifestyle  —  Tuesday afternoon I had an opportunity to spend a few hours with Alex Rowland, founder and CEO of TV Technology upstart CozmoTV to demo their latest TV technology package for TiVo and talk …
Discussion: IP Democracy and Micro Persuasion
Thomas Heath / Washington Post:
Companies Fear Spread of March Madness  —  Web-Broadcast Games Seen as Threat to Productivity, Computer Systems  —  The NCAA men's basketball tournament begins today, and for the first time, every game of the 19-day ritual known as March Madness will be available live — and free — over the Internet.
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.
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.
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...).
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
pc.gamespy.com:
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.]
Discussion: GameSetWatch
 
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Faceplates Festival on Xbox 360: Change the Look of your System …
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SXSW to MPAA: STFU
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