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2:35 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.
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Net Neutrality Advocates Finally Start Mobilizing  —  After a fumbling kick-off, net neutrality advocates are finally getting into position, with a noticeable ramp-up in political organizing.  First, CNET's Anne Broache has this item about how the AARP is weighing in on the pro-net neutrality side of the debate.
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.
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 …
Economist:
Net dreams  —  Traditional media companies are making a huge push onto the internet  —  MARCH Madness starts this week in America, and for the rest of the month millions of basketball fans will watch the country's college teams dunk on each other, until the final of the men's national championship on April 3rd.
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's …
lightreading.com:
Verizon Merger Rumors Send Qwest Up  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — VON — Rumors of a Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ - message board) acquisition of Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q - message board) swept through Wall Street this week, causing Qwest stock to spike up dramatically Thursday.
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
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
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
Economist:
Open, but not as usual  —  As "open-source" models move beyond software into other businesses, their limitations are becoming apparent  —  EVERY time internet users search on Google, shop at Amazon or trade on eBay, they rely on open-source software—products that are often built by volunteers and cost nothing to use.
Discussion: Confused of Calcutta
BetaNews:
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
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.
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
 
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