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8:20 PM ET, March 16, 2006

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Seán Byrne / cdfreaks.com:
Tests find DRM shortens player battery life by up to ~25%  —  When users take the specifications of an MP3 player into consideration, one very important factor most take into account is the rated battery life.  However, as many are aware, the battery life stated is generally the runtime …
Leslie Walker / Washington Post:
In Game of Click and Mouse, Advertisers Come Up Empty  —  Radiator.com got a jolt this month from the firm it hired to audit the nearly $40,000 worth of sponsored links it buys every month from Google and Yahoo.  —  It appears that many of the clicks on the Web site's search-engine ads …
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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Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
The new A list  —  Damn, I wish I hadn't read blogs today.  I took yesterday off.  I might take the rest of the week off.  Blogging for me is at an inflection point.  Blogging for me had the opportunity to become something magical: where the reader gets smarter and more informed.
Jeanne Lim / CNET News.com:
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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Warner Crocker / Life On the Wicked Stage:
Origami A Paper Tiger?  —  Engadget is running with the boo-birds with their latest piece on the Ultra-Mobile PCs, thinking that the prospects for the new devices look paper-thin.  Clever and overworn analogies aside, its intriguing to attend a wake before there has even been a birth.
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Wozniak shuts down Wheels of Zeus  —  Not everything turns out to be Apple.  —  Wheels of Zeus, the start-up formed by Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak a few years ago, has been closed.  —  The Ravix Group, a consulting firm that provides financial and human resources advice …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
AlphaGrip AG-5 handheld keyboard and mouse  —  Introduction  —  AlphaGrip AG-5  —  System requirements: Linux, Mac OS X, or Windows PC with USB port  —  In 1874 a company called Sholes and Glidden developed the QWERTY keyboard layout for their typewriters in order to decrease the frequency of mechanical failure.
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
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
Matt Haughey / Lifehacker:
How to set up reBlog - killer server side feed reader  —  Server side feed reader and publisher reBlog makes keeping up with a ton of feeds a snap.  I was using Bloglines to track a couple hundred feeds, but when I saw a demo of reBlog 2.0 at ETech I knew this was the RSS reader for me.
Discussion: A Whole Lotta Nothing
USB:
Kington Self-Destruct Privacy Flash Drives  —  Trying to force your way into the new Kingston Data Traveler Elite Privacy Edition for a competitor's data?  Think again.  The Kingston can reportedly melt the data, in a digital way, after just 25 consecutive failed passwords.
Mike / Techdirt:
Security Through Begging  —  Last summer, the surprising news came out that Japanese nuclear secrets leaked out, after a contractor was allowed to connect his personal virus-infested computer to the network at a nuclear power plant.  The contractor had a file sharing app on his laptop as well …
chronicle.ubi.com:
Become a Hero... for Free!!!  —  Many members of the Shadowbane Community have already noticed that a change has occured to the Billing System today; one that allows players to play for free!  —  There will be a more in-depth announcement coming soon but, in the meanwhile, I wanted to let our community know that this is not an error.
Discussion: Joystiq
 
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IEBlog:
Security tweaks in IE7
Discussion: Channel 9
Jeff / Venture Chronicles:
America the inferior  —  I don't find myself disagreeing …
Alicia Cypress / Washington Post:
iTunes Offers First Feature-Length Movie
Discussion: Gadget Review
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Scoop: Wyse says in talks with Google and Yahoo on thin computing
Evan Blass / Engadget:
XP on MacTel is official: narf gets paid
Zonk / Slashdot:
Windows XP on Intel Mac Confirmed
Discussion: Metafilter
Steve Hamm / Business Week:
Content Is King at Corbis
Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
Motorola's Colorful PEBL Garden
Discussion: Popgadget and Shiny Shiny
 Earlier Items: 
Thomas Heath / Washington Post:
Companies Fear Spread of March Madness
Discussion: PaidContent.org
Jamie Ernst / memorex.com:
Memorex First to Introduce Flash-based USB Storage Media Affordable Enough to Share
Discussion: Gizmodo, Ubergizmo and TechEBlog
Yahoo! Search blog:
A Chat with Andrei Broder (Part III)
Discussion: SearchViews
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
CozmoTV: Welcome to Television 2., Time to Supercharge the TiVo Part …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Roomba takes Frogger to the asphalt jungle
Adam Green / Darwinian Web:
Grazr OPML viewer begins public alpha test
P.J. Fusco / ClickZ:
SEO Mailbag: Search Engine Spam and SEM Salaries
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Blog supplier Six Apart receives $12 mln in funding