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4:45 AM ET, March 17, 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 …
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Marc Perton / Engadget:
Is DRM sucking the life out of your MP3 player?
Discussion: Techdirt and Boing Boing
Chris / RojoBlog:
New at Rojo: Mojo, Relevance, Today Cats  —  Rojo now has extra mojo: voting, relevance, and categories.  —  Rojo Mojo - Voting Meets RSS  —  Vote for the top stories and blog posts of the day with one easy click.  Each story now has a snazzy tile where you can add some mojo—and see how many other votes it's received.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Rojo Gets Relevant
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 …
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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 …
Paul Stamatiou / PaulStamatiou.com:
XP on Mac Contest Over, Solution Released  —  It's finally been done.  With the recent news and video of narf2006 running Windows XP on his Intel iMac, everyone was wondering when his solutions would be verified.  Well today, Colin from OnMac.net, where the contest is held …
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Zonk / Slashdot:
Windows XP on Intel Mac Confirmed
Discussion: Metafilter
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.
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
Xbox Live 'Artist of the Month'  —  You can now download Natasha Bedingfield's 'Unwritten' music video from the Xbox Live Marketplace in 480p and 720p.  —  This is the first in a series of "Artists of the Month' series on Xbox Live.  —  Complete press release on the new program below:
Discussion: The Silent Penguin
David M Johnson / Blogging Roller:
Experimenting with the MS Feeds API  —  The Windows RSS platform includes a Feeds API that parses all forms of RSS and Atom to a simplified object model.  —  For example, an Item object has an Author property and not an author name, author e-mail and author URI which are all possible in Atom.
Discussion: Scripting News
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
PLEASE, GIVE ME LIVESOFT (OR...PLEASE SPLIT UP MICROSOFT!)  —  I've been thinking about Microsoft lately, maybe because I've been in an email dialog with Gary Flake, or because I just interviewed Ray Ozzie for my column, or because, perhaps, of silly speeches given by Gates like this one …
Jeff Clavier / Jeff Clavier's Software Only:
Speaker update for the The Search for Attention - March 16th 6:30pm @ AOL - Featuring Memeorandum, Root Markets & Technorati  —  Dick Costolo is unfortunately grounded in Chicago by a snow storm, and he will be replaced my TechCrunch's Mike Arrington in tonight's session on "The Search for Attention".
Jeff / Venture Chronicles:
America the inferior  —  I don't find myself disagreeing with Umair very often, but this whopper of a post is so skewed with generalizations and stereotypes that I am left speechless.  But then again, I am just a dumb American lacking in culture, style, and a charming foreign accent.
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Hacking Made Easy  —  Automated Tools Gather Victims' Keystrokes, Upload Passwords to Illicit Database  —  When Graeme Frost received an e-mail notice that an expensive digital camera had been charged to his credit card account, he immediately clicked on the Internet link included in the message …
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.
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's Weblog:
Don't miss Pandora  —  I've developed a new habit over the past few months that I want to share.  It's called Pandora, and I think it may be the most significant new concept to come down the pike in years.  You may have heard of it — you may even be an experienced user …
Discussion: Squash
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.
Hugo 'poogie' Ortega / Uber Tablet:
Via Virtual UMPC  —  Knowing that UMPC deliveries are only weeks away, Hugo Ortega of the UberTablet blog couldn't help but get a little creative this evening.  With talk of Tablet MVP's trying out UMPC devices his excitement levels were as high as ever.  All he could think of was, 'I just want to demo my own UMPC!'
 
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Stephen Brook / Guardian:
Go on My Sun, says News Corp
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Mike / Techdirt:
Security Through Begging
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