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5:25 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  —  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 …
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.
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.
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.
Shel Israel / Naked Conversations:
CEO's & Blogging—2nd Try  —  A whole lot of people have taken me to task for my recent post about CEOs and blogging, including Andy Beal, Ross Mayfield and Jim Estill, the latter two being blogging CEOs whose work I admire.  —  I spent a part of yesterday fuming that I was being misquoted …
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
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.
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
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 and TRICKSTER!
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.
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
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.
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
 
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