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7:25 PM ET, March 17, 2006

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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 …
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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.
Nick / Rough Type:
Microsoft's Apple strategy
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
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 …
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.
Tom Sanders / Silicon Valley Sleuth:
Could Digg be 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 …
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?
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Push for Net neutrality mandate grows  —  The American Association of Retired Persons, better known as the AARP, may be more famous for its lobbying muscle on pension plans and Medicare, but now it's taking up a new platform: keeping the Internet free and open for the age 50-plus set.
Discussion: Techdirt
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.
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
France Weighs Forcing iPods to Play Other Than iTunes  —  PARIS, March 16 — In the digital music market, France is singing a different tune.  —  A bill under debate in the French Parliament may require iPods to be able to play music purchased from competing Internet services …
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.
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 …
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Chris / RojoBlog:
New at Rojo: Mojo, Relevance, Today Cats
Michael J. Miller / PC Magazine:
Google's Schmidt Clears The Air  —  Stung by recent criticism of the company's actions in recent months, Google CEO Eric Schmidt held a roundtable lunch Thursday with a number of journalists in which he talked a lot about the company, how it is perceived, and where it is headed.
Discussion: BASEMENT.ORG
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, Engadget and TechEBlog
Jenstar / JenSense:
Google hiring AdWords Seminar Leaders  —  If you are a Google Advertising Professional for AdWords based in the US, you may have received an invitation to apply to be an AdWords Seminar Leader.  This program is looking for leaders to conduct day-long seminars in various locations across the US.
Macalua / Search Engine Roundtable:
Jack Ma Keynote Address - SES China Day 1  —  I'm writing in the first person because it's easier for me ;)  —  Positions: CEO Yahoo! China, CEO/Founder of Alibaba  —  Tell us about Yahoo! China.  —  Yahoo! has been in China for 8 years but we still needed to stabilize the management team and we did that.
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
New Yahoo Messenger with Phone Features Next Week
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
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Stephen Brook / Guardian:
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