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1:25 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
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.
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 …
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.
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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
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".
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.
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
Mike / Techdirt:
Security Through Begging  —  from the even-better-than-security-by- obscurity dept  —  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.
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.
Martyn Williams / Macworld:
Sony plans GPS, VOIP, other updates for PSP  —  Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Wednesday outlined new software and hardware features that it plans to add to its PlayStation Portable (PSP) during 2005.  —  The company is planning three software updates during the year, said Ken Kutaragi …
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!'
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.
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.
Discussion: Incremental Blogger and UMPC Buzz
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
 
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Dhiramshah / New Launches:
Korean Robotic Dog all set to replace Aibo
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IEBlog:
Security tweaks in IE7
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Alicia Cypress / Washington Post:
iTunes Offers First Feature-Length Movie
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Scoop: Wyse says in talks with Google and Yahoo on thin computing
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Content Is King at Corbis
Thomas Heath / Washington Post:
Companies Fear Spread of March Madness
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MSNBC:
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Pete Blackshaw / cgm:
iCGM - Incented Consumer Generated Media
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Earthling / EarthLink blog:
EarthLink Line-Powered Voice Coming To 8 More Cities
Discussion: GigaOM and VoIP Watch
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)
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Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Roomba takes Frogger to the asphalt jungle
CNET News.com:
Will your PC keep pace with Vista?
Rafat / PaidContent.org:
Netscape.com To Be Relaunched As a Digg-Like Site; Calacanis Heading …