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2:20 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 …
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 …
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Money Money Money  —  Apparently, it is raining cash in Silicon Valley.  —  John Battelle and the FM crew raised more cash from JP Morgan Partners, now knows as Pandora Capital.  They are also investors in Vyatta, an open source router company I wrote about a few days ago …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Valleywag and J. LeRoy
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
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 …
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 / 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
Discussion: B2Day and Valleywag
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
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.
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.
Daniel Terdiman / CNET
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
Jeanne Lim / CNET
IBM: The 'next big thing' no longer exists  —  SINGAPORE—An era of inventions ended with the passing of the 20th century, says a prominent thought leader from IBM.  —  Nicholas Donofrio, Big Blue's executive vice president of innovation and technology, made the declaration on Tuesday in an interview with ZDNet Asia.
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.
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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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Get me rewrite  —  In the post below about the Knight Ridder sale …
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Sue Zeidler / Reuters:
LG to deliver dual-format HD DVD/Blu-ray
Discussion: Gizmodo
Faceplates Festival on Xbox 360: Change the Look of your System …
Discussion: Kotaku and Xbox 360 Fanboy
Ryan Block / Engadget:
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