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6:10 PM ET, March 18, 2006

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Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
"be surprising yet self-evident" - Walter Murch  —  This is a follow-up to yesterday's ultra-fast release cycles and the new plane post.  Being an advocate for NOT responding to every user feature request, I have tried to parse Skyler's words carefully.  —  She said, "myspace keeps doing what everybody really wants..."
Discussion: Changing Way
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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
Michelle Conlin / biz.yahoo.com:
You Are What You Post  —  One drizzly night in Seattle in 2001, Josh Santangelo was hanging out on his computer, clicking through an obscure Web site called Fray.  After reading a post that asked if anyone had ever had a bad drug trip, the 22-year-old straightened up and began banging away.
Discussion: The Blog Herald
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.
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.
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.
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: Kotaku, I4U News and Xbox 360 Fanboy
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Shel Israel Doesn't Like CEO Bloggers  —  I've just received my copy of Naked Conversations, but I am now thinking of simply returning it for a refund.  —  Shel Israel, co-author, just announced that maybe CEOs shouldn't be let near a blog.  He claims they simply don't have what it takes …
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Ross Mayfield / Ross Mayfield's Weblog:
CEO Blog  —  Shel Israel says CEO's shouldn't blog, but instead encourage openness and blogging within their organization.  —  CEOs of public companies are hamstrung by security and other regulatory restrictions.  Even if the company is private, the CEO's primary accountability is to investors.
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.
Discussion: Mark Evans, robhyndman.com and Techdirt
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Spyware-killing Vista could take out rivals  —  There's a software product coming that has the potential to demote spyware from a security priority to an afterthought: Windows Vista.  —  Spyware has become a serious security problem for users of Microsoft's operating system over the past years …
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.
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
Discussion: IP Democracy
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.
 
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