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12:30 AM ET, March 19, 2006


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Michelle Conlin /
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: Bloggers Blog and The Blog Herald
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 …
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 …
Fred / A VC:
MySpace Musings  —  I just read Danah Boyd's eTech talk and it left me thinking a lot about MySpace and online communities and kids.  —  There's been a ton of discussion about MySpace and the "danger" that it creates for kids.  I was at a dinner last month with a group …
Discussion: Damien Mulley, BETA and ben barren
Mike / CrunchNotes:
The TechCrunch Awards  —  It's funny that Martin Wells of Tangler brought up the idea of a TechCrunch Web 2.0 Award Party.  I've been planning on doing this some time, probably about mid year.  —  This will be a great event, and an opportunity to really celebrate all of the wonderful innovations created …
Joris Evers / CNET
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 …
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 …
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.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Google, Nike Debut Joga Soccer Community  —  Google and Nike have quietly teamed-up to launch Joga, an invitation only social network for soccer enthusiasts, InsideGoogle reports.  When I tried to log in with my Gmail account, I received the following message...
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
GOOGLE AND NIKE LAUNCH SOCCER WEBSITE  —  Google and Nike have launched Joga, a website for soccer fans and players (and it says soccer, not football).  Its invite-only, and logins are through Google accounts (which is really surprising to me).  You can get an invite by leaving your email, or by getting invited by another Joga member.
Matt McAlister:
Mashups need to become real products  —  The mashup is made up of 3 primary ingredients:  —  1) content streams (RSS)  —  2) muscle and connective tissue (APIs)  —  3) pretty skin (AJAX)  —  But there's one element that seems to be missing from the mashup body out there: intelligence.
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..."
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.
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