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9:45 AM ET, March 20, 2006


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Firefox 2.0 Alpha Released  —  An early alpha release of Firefox 2.0 has been quietly released.  I don't care if it is an alpha, it has to be more stable than v.1.5.  I've downloaded it and its working swimmingly so far on my Mac.  In fact I am writing this post with it.
Discussion: Download Squad
Paolog / Revolving World:
FIREFOX 2.0 ALPHA IS HERE!  —  Revolved by Paolo Gagliardi in Flammable on 19/03/2006  —  Mozilla is about to gift us again with a faster, more stable and generically better Firefox major release.  Please note that it's still a Alpha version, which means it does not contain all new expected features …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Firefox 2.0 or not  —  If everyone is doing 2.0, why not Firefox 2.0.  Hell they have a more legitimate reason to use 2.0 than anyone else.  The internets are buzzing with news that Mozilla folks have released an early alpha of Firefox 2.0.  Actually that is not true, says Asa Dotzler, one of the powers-that-be a Mozilla and Firefox.
Asa Dotzler:   releases  —  Just in case there's anyone reading who doesn't already know this:
Kinderstart sues Google over lower page ranking  —  SAN FRANCISCO, March 18 (Reuters) - A parental advice Internet site has sued Google Inc., charging it unfairly deprived the company of customers by downgrading its search-result ranking without reason or warning.
Dan Gillmor / Dan Gillmor's blog:
Saving the Mercury News: Could Yahoo Help?  —  Save The Merc: … Who could not endorse such words?  —  But who can make this unfortunate situation come out the way we in the Silicon Valley community would like?  —  There's plenty irony in this statement and plea, which has been created …
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Save the Merc!  Do any of you techies/VCs care?  —  Have you guys seen the "Save the Merc" campaign launched by employees of the San Jose Mercury News?  —  The newspaper has served Silicon Valley since long before the region's technology industry was born, but is now being sold.
Discussion: Escapable Logic
David Heinemeier Hansson / Loud Thinking:
Boy, is James McGovern enterprise or what!  —  The word 'enterprise' has long been in bad shape, but I think James McGovern just drove the final stake through its ambiguous heart with More Thoughts on Ruby and Why it isn't enterprise ready!  —  Allow me to summarize a few choice bits …
Chris Nuttall / Financial Times:
EA has 'lot to prove' with Godfather game  —  The much-anticipated video-game version of The Godfather movie and novel will go on sale on Tuesday after a long development process that has embroiled its publisher, Electronic Arts, in a bloody saga of its own.
Discussion: Kotaku and Xbox 360 Fanboy
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Sequoia goes Jajah over VoIP  —  For some odd reason, this one simply slipped under the radar.  Sequoia Capital has invested in JaJah, an Austrian-VoIP start-up that wants to be what else: a Skype-killer.  (Not that Skype needs any help - not when their client sucks up 95% of the CPU power on a MacBook and a PC.)
Discussion: VoIP Now
Jenn Abelson / Boston Globe:
Merchants X out A, E, I, O, and U  —  Shorthand product names designed to woo instant-messaging generation  —  Vwls R so ystrdy.  —  From Motorola's SLVR phone to Levi's DLX jeans, merchants are unveiling new products with compact names that feature as few A, E, I, O, U's as possible.
Gary Krakow / MSNBC:
Is this the world's best cell phone?  —  Motorola C116 proves cheap can be great - too bad you can't get it in U.S.  —  Motorola  —  Motorola's C116 phone may be basic, but it's built amazingly well for such a cheap device and calls sounded great.  —  Gary Krakow
Theo Valich / Inquirer:
USB on an earring starts a new trend  —  Memory in your skivvies next?  —  ALTHOUGH WIRELESS USB is a nice concept and all, the keyword for this year's CeBIT was definitely: flash.  From cell phones and PDAs to regular batch of thousand MP3 players and USB sticks, flash memory is being deployed like there's no tomorrow.
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Morgan Stanley analysts claim Apple is at work on iPhone  —  Nature abhors a vacuum, sofrankly we've been a bit concerned about the dearth of Apple rumors as of late, half-expecting to witness some sort ofunnatural disturbance in the space-time continuum.  Well thankfully Barron's Online …
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Think the Internet will replace TV ?  Think again  —  Craig Moffet of Bernstein Research was asked to testify before the Senate Commerce Committee on the subject of Net Neutrality.  His comments were of course right on the money.  The interesting conclusions that can be drawn from his testimony …
Mahashunyam / Bubblegeneration Strategy Lab:
Pandora and Nature vs. Nurture in Music Recommenders  —  This is a must-read analyis.  (Hat tip : Paul Kedrosky)  —  A few quick points:  —  1.Really cool example of edge competency is how's plug-in allows it to automatically capture data to improve its search filters.
Joshua /
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