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1:30 AM ET, March 18, 2006

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Steve Hamm / Business Week:
Microsoft's Enterprising Endeavor  —  Armed with a series of product upgrades, Redmond plans to go mano-a-mano with IBM in large-business computing  —  Ever since the dawn of the info era more than 50 years ago, IBM (IBM) has been the 500-pound gorilla in large-business computing …
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Police blotter: Judge orders Gmail disclosure  —  What: In a lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission, a subpoena is sent to Google for the complete contents of a Gmail account, including deleted e-mail messages.  This is unrelated to the Department of Justice's own subpoena to Google …
Esther Dyson / New York Times:
You've Got Goodmail  —  A COMPANY called Goodmail Systems thinks it has come up with a potential (and partial) solution to the problem of spam and fraud on the Internet.  According to Goodmail, market forces are the answer, rather than the kinds of ineffective regulations that have so far failed to solve the problems.
Tom Sanders / Silicon Valley Sleuth:
Could Digg be used for Sun stock manipulation?  —  Something extremely weird is going on over on Digg.com.  Today for the third time in a short period, a story got promoted to the front page where a blogger raises a baseless rumour about Google buying Sun.  And as is explained further down …
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.
Discussion: IP Democracy and Techdirt
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 …
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Wiredblogs / The Cult of Mac Blog:
Here's the Censored Pics of Torched MacBook Power Connector  —  The Dutch MacNed website has copies of the controversial pictures of a MagSafe power connector that were removed from Flickr on Thursday at the request of Apple.  —  The magnetic MagSafe power connector allegedly burned up.
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
France Weighs Forcing iPods to Play Other Than iTunes  —  PARIS, March 16 — In the digital music market, France is singing a different tune.  —  A bill under debate in the French Parliament may require iPods to be able to play music purchased from competing Internet services …
Nicole Wong / Official Google Blog:
Judge's 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.
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.
Discussion: BASEMENT.ORG
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:
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: TechEBlog and Kotaku
Doc Searls / linuxjournal.com:
Imagining the Maximum Net  —  Why the best model for building out infrastructure may be the Interstate Highway System.  —  Here's a question: should the decision to build the Net to maximum capacity—the broadest we can make broadband—be based on whether or not today's carriers can think of a way to pay back the cost of building it?
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.
Jenstar / JenSense:
Google hiring AdWords Seminar Leaders  —  If you are a Google Advertising Professional for AdWords based in the US, you may have received an invitation to apply to be an AdWords Seminar Leader.  This program is looking for leaders to conduct day-long seminars in various locations across the US.
news.sel.sony.com:
A RADIO FOR EVERY ROOM IN THE HOUSE  —  LAS VEGAS, March 16, 2006 - Rise and shine to rock n'roll.  Sony's 2006 line of clock radios wakes you up and keeps you grooving.  —  Sony's newest under-the-cabinet and tabletop clock radios are designed to fit seamlessly in to the home …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and TechEBlog
Shel Israel / Naked Conversations:
Maybe Your CEO Shouldn't Blog  —  I learn a lot by new questions that come up, then keep coming up.  The most recent of them is "How do I get my CEO to blog?"  —  My short answer is: "Don't."  —  First, it is usually unwise and occasionally career-shortening to try to force your CEO to do anything he does not wish to do.
 
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Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
Ultra-fast release cycles and the new plane
Tom Orry / pro-g.co.uk:
Dedicated MMO magazine to launch in September
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Why is Vista better than XP?
Roberto J. Dohnert / The Tech Journal:
Googles mad at me  —  Yesterday afternoon, I got an e-mail from Google.
Discussion: InsideGoogle
Jcorbett / EirePreneur:
Quantum cars and Mars bars
Staci / PaidContent.org:
Google 10K: New Emphasis On Mobile Platforms, Monetizing Content …
Alex Steffen / WorldChanging:
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Discussion: Weblogsky, blogs and Smart Mobs
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MySpace Is a Ticking Time Bomb
I4U News:
Pre-Order of Sony BDP-S1 Blu-ray Disc Player Starts Today!
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Greg Howson / Guardian Unlimited:
Shigeru Miyamoto Interview
Discussion: Kotaku, Next Generation and Joystiq
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Rojo Adds Relevance - aims to be a 'personalized digg'
Om Malik / GigaOM:
New Yahoo Messenger with Phone Features Next Week
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google wins a court battle