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2:50 PM ET, March 17, 2006

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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Microsoft Reveals Plan to Take Business From I.B.M.  —  Microsoft began a $500 million marketing campaign yesterday to stir enthusiasm among corporate customers for its new products and grab business from I.B.M., its biggest rival in the business technology market.
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Steve Hamm / Business Week:
Microsoft's Enterprising Endeavor  —  Armed with a series of product upgrades, Redmond plans to go mano-a-mano with IBM in large-business computing  —  Ever since the dawn of the info era more than 50 years ago, IBM (IBM) has been the 500-pound gorilla in large-business computing …
Tom Sanders / Silicon Valley Sleuth:
Digg is used for Sun stock manipulation  —  Something extremely weird is going on over on Digg.com.  Today for the third time in a short period, a story got promoted to the front page where a blogger raises a baseless rumour about Google buying Sun.  And as is explained further down …
Read/WriteWeb:
Rojo Adds Relevance - aims to be a 'personalized digg'  —  Rojo, the web-based RSS Aggregator I've used ever since I gave up hope of Bloglines ever stepping up its functionality, has just come out with some more enhancements.  About a month ago, they re-designed their site …
Discussion: Message, Bokardo and Corante Web Hub
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Chris / RojoBlog:
New at Rojo: Mojo, Relevance, Today Cats
Esther Dyson / New York Times:
You've Got Goodmail  —  A COMPANY called Goodmail Systems thinks it has come up with a potential (and partial) solution to the problem of spam and fraud on the Internet.  According to Goodmail, market forces are the answer, rather than the kinds of ineffective regulations that have so far failed to solve the problems.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Police blotter: Judge orders Gmail disclosure  —  What: In a lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission, a subpoena is sent to Google for the complete contents of a Gmail account, including deleted e-mail messages.  This is unrelated to the Department of Justice's own subpoena to Google …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google wins a court battle  —  update In a legal win for Google, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a writer who claimed the search giant infringed on his copyright by archiving a Usenet posting of his and providing excerpts from his Web site in search results.
Shel Israel / Naked Conversations:
Maybe Your CEO Shouldn't Blog  —  I learn a lot by new questions that come up, then keep coming up.  The most recent of them is "How do I get my CEO to blog?"  —  My short answer is: "Don't."  —  First, it is usually unwise and occasionally career-shortening to try to force your CEO to do anything he does not wish to do.
Clint Ecker / Ars Technica:
Windows XP on Intel iMac: confirmed  —  Over the past few days, Infinite Loop has been following developments which seemed to indicate that a workable solution for installing Windows XP on Apple's Intel-based computers had been developed.  Reactions were, at first, mixed.
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Dual-booting Windows XP and Mac OS X on Intel Macs
Doc Searls / linuxjournal.com:
Imagining the Maximum Net  —  Why the best model for building out infrastructure may be the Interstate Highway System.  —  Here's a question: should the decision to build the Net to maximum capacity—the broadest we can make broadband—be based on whether or not today's carriers can think of a way to pay back the cost of building it?
Discussion: Techdirt and Rough Type
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
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Wiredblogs / The Cult of Mac Blog:
Here's the Censored Pics of Torched MacBook Power Connector  —  The Dutch MacNed website has copies of the controversial pictures of a MagSafe power connector that were removed from Flickr on Thursday at the request of Apple.  —  The magnetic MagSafe power connector allegedly burned up.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Infinite Loop and Switchblog
news.sel.sony.com:
A RADIO FOR EVERY ROOM IN THE HOUSE  —  LAS VEGAS, March 16, 2006 - Rise and shine to rock n'roll.  Sony's 2006 line of clock radios wakes you up and keeps you grooving.  —  Sony's newest under-the-cabinet and tabletop clock radios are designed to fit seamlessly in to the home …
Discussion: Gizmodo, TechEBlog and Engadget
USA Today:
March Madness may be crazier than usual  —  As if the distractions of the March Madness tournament didn't bedevil bosses enough, advances in technology could reduce productivity to a crawl this year.  —  There's CBS SportsLine.com's free webcast of 56 NCAA men's basketball games in the first three rounds.
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 MySpace.com community and networking site to create a "MySun" online readers' network.  —  The plan, in its early stages, would allow readers …
I4U News:
Pre-Order of Sony BDP-S1 Blu-ray Disc Player Starts Today!  —  Sony announced at their Las Vegas '06 Open House event that their first Blu-ray Disc Player BDP-S1 is available for pre-order starting today March 17th.  Besides Sony Style, Amazon.com and other stores are supposed to open pre-order today.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
 
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Modculture / Tech Digest:
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Alex Steffen / WorldChanging:
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iTrip PSP  —  Griffin Technology has been making really excellent …
Nick / Rough Type:
Microsoft's Apple strategy
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
MySpace Is a Ticking Time Bomb
Om Malik / GigaOM:
New Yahoo Messenger with Phone Features Next Week
 Earlier Items: 
Sean Coon / connecting*the*dots:
Goodbye Austin & SXSW2006
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Engadget's birthday cake winners!
Greg Belloni / news.sel.sony.com:
SONY'S NEW 20-INCH LCD OFFERS SIMULTANEOUS PC AND TV VIEWING
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and HD Beat
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Microsoft goes public with Blue Hat hacker conference
Discussion: Slashdot
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Hacking Made Easy  —  Automated Tools Gather Victims' Keystrokes …
professional.venturewire.com:
PodTech Pulls In $5.5M Series A To Launch Podcasting News Service
David M Johnson / Blogging Roller:
Experimenting with the MS Feeds API