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11:00 AM ET, March 18, 2006

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Nicole Wong / Official Google Blog:
Judge tells DoJ "No" on search queries  —  Google will not have to hand over any user's search queries to the government.  That's what a federal judge ruled today when he decided to drastically limit a subpoena issued to Google by the Department of Justice.
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Mike / Techdirt:
Judge Orders Google To Turn Over Gmail Account To Feds  —  from the trust-is-fading... dept  —  For all of those worried about the Department of Justice forcing Google to turn over search data, it seems there's another case that may be even more interesting.
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
Ultra-fast release cycles and the new plane  —  I just came back from dinner with my daughter Skyler (that's her in the picture).  She's an extremely passionate myspace user.  In her words, "If you're not on myspace, you don't exist."  So I asked what made myspace so compelling... why didn't she fall in love with LiveJournal?
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Raph / Raph's Website:
Ultra-fast release cycles  —  Thought this post over at Creating Passionate Users was interesting.  What if we did patch nearly daily in our MMOs?  Granted, there's such a higher level of interdependence in virtual world code than in even MySpace's code that testing would be highly problematic …
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.
Heather Green / Blogspotting:
Digg Argues It Has Ways to Prevent Manipulation  —  Questions were flying today about whether Digg, the popular tech news site, is being used for stock manipulation.  (Through rumors of a Google takeover of Sun).  BW reporter Elizabeth Woyke, who did a story on Digg last year, called Jay Adelson, the company's CEO.
Fred / A VC:
Is Money A Good Solution To Spam?  —  I have posted extensively on the Internet Axis of Evil and the list is a permanent placement at the bottom of the left sidebar of this blog:  — Really Simple Stealing  — Phishing  — Click Fraud  — DNS Hacking  — Comment Spam/Link Spam
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.
James Ransom-Wiley / Joystiq:
Confirmed: PlayStation 3 will ship with 60 GB HDD  —  To clear any confusion, a Sony representative, speaking with Yahoo! Games, has confirmed that the PS3will ship with a 60 GB HDD, with an option to upgrade.  No PS3 bundles will be sold without a hard drive.
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft, TechEBlog and Kotaku
Ceo / cenriqueortiz.com:
Carnival of the Mobilists No. 19  —  Wow, this week we got lots of entries - that's great.  By the end of the year we will need to hire someone to handle the volume!  —  Let's begin with Daniel Taylor (The Mobile Enterprise Weblog).  In his entry, Blurring the lines between "work" and …
Discussion: Wap Review
Cesarmenendez / Gamerscore Blog:
Xbox 360: We're Big in Taiwan  —  And Singapore.  And Hong Kong.  —  On March 16, Xbox 360 launched in Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong.  Folks on the Asia marketing team were nice enough to share photos with me (seeing as how I didn't get invited and all).  Here's a quick rundown of what happened:
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
MacBook Magnetic MagSafe Connector Not So Safe After All  —  Apple's magnetic Mag"Safe" connector on its Intel-based MacBook must be inappropriately named.  How safe is a connector that bursts into flames with no provocation?  This happened to a MacBook belonging to Rogier Mulder …
Google Blogoscoped:
Joga, a Google/ Nike Community  —  In time for the world cup, Joga.com is a collaboration between Nike and Google to create an online community for soccer fans.  "Joga bonito" means "play beautiful" in Portuguese, the site says.  The domain Joga.com is registered to Google.
 
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