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7:25 AM ET, March 17, 2006


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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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Rojo Gets Relevant
Seán Byrne /
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 …
Marc Perton / Engadget:
Is DRM sucking the life out of your MP3 player?
Michael Kanellos / CNET
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 …
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 …
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
Paul Stamatiou /
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, where the contest is held …
Leslie Walker / Washington Post:
In Game of Click and Mouse, Advertisers Come Up Empty  — 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 …
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.
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Microsoft goes public with Blue Hat hacker conference  —  Microsoft promises to publish details on secretive, invitation-only security event  —  Microsoft is going public with some of the hacking information discussed at its Blue Hat Security Briefings event.
Discussion: Slashdot
Stephen Brook / Guardian:
Go on My Sun, says News Corp  —  The Sun is planning to give its website a massive boost by tying it to the recently acquired and hugely popular community and networking site to create a "MySun" online readers' network.  —  The plan, in its early stages, would allow readers …
Jackie Huba / Church of the Customer Blog:
Chevy Tahoe campaign: Not CGM  —  Chevy is running a campaign, launched from the previous night's Apprentice, inviting website visitors to create their own commercial for the 2007 Chevy Tahoe.  —  The site features pre-recorded video clips that can be annotated with a user's own words.
Discussion: cgm and Jaffe Juice
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".
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
What's Lurking in That RFID Tag?  —  Gear used to track everything from pickle jars to medicines may be vulnerable to viruses and hackers, say some.  The impact of a successful attack would go far beyond your corner store  —  Computer hackers may have found their next frontier.
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!'
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
Microsoft Announces "People-Ready" Business Vision  —  Company previews innovative software solutions enabled by new product pipeline.  —  NEW YORK — March 16, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer today outlined the company's vision for how people, armed with the right software, are the key to driving business success.
Discussion: and Microsoft News Tracker
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