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4:25 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 …
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
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.
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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.
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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: Kotaku, Gamerscore Blog and Cathode Tan
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.
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 …
Discussion: Engadget and MobileRead Networks
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.
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
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: Gizmodo, Joystiq and Clickable Culture
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
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 …
Discussion: Internet Outsider
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
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
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 …
Adam Green / Darwinian Web:
Grazr OPML viewer begins public alpha test  —  I've been hinting about Grazr for a while now, but I didn't post anything explicit because it wasn't open for public testing.  Mike Kowalchik, Grazr's author, has now opened up his website to allow anyone to try an Alpha version of the product …
 
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Thomas Heath / Washington Post:
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Nick Bradbury:
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Viva Piñata / microsoft.com:
"Viva Piñata" Universe Revealed — Entertainment Property …
pc.gamespy.com:
The 2006 Independent Games Festival Finalists
Discussion: GameSetWatch
Sue Zeidler / Reuters:
LG to deliver dual-format HD DVD/Blu-ray
Discussion: Gizmodo