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12:05 PM 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.
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?
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 …
Steve Yegge / Stevey's Blog Rants:
Math For Programmers  —  I've been working for the past 15 months on repairing my rusty math skills, ever since I read a biography of Johnny von Neumann.  I've read a huge stack of math books, and I have an even bigger stack of unread math books.  And it's starting to come together.
Fabienne Serriere / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Newly proposed French law does not penalize Apple  —  First off, I would like to note that this post is anopinion piece, and though it contains facts, the opinions contained therein are definitely biased towards open source,open standards, the freedom of software programmers, and technological innovation.
Telis Demos / CNN:
Ballmer: Xbox will capitalize on PS3 delay  —  Microsoft CEO says Playstation 3's November launch gives Xbox a shot to be the top gaming console.  —  NEW YORK (FORTUNE) - After Sony announced on Tuesday that the Playstation 3 won't launch until November, the Xbox 360 is in a better position …
Discussion: I4U News and Xbox 360 Fanboy
Anne Broache / CNET
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.
UMPC: Why Microsoft Thinks You Need It  —  Microsoft believes consumers are looking for an uncompromised level of computing on the go.  Thus, it began the process of developing what is now called the Ultra-Mobile PC back in 2002.  Heading that team is Otto Berkes, the device's architect and now general manager of the UMPC team.
Discussion: Daily Wireless
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
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.
Ceo /
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
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
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.
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:
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