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7:55 AM ET, March 20, 2006

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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 …
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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
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Firefox 2.0 alpha released  —  DownloadSquad has noticed that an alpharelease (read: not stable) of Firefox 2.0 is live, available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, and waiting foryour clicks.  I'm having ahard time tracking down any kind of official list of what's new in this next major point release …
Asa Dotzler:
releases  —  Just in case there's anyone reading who doesn't already know this:  —  When we make a new release, we'll say so.  Please don't report new releases because someone checks in a change to the user agent or similar.  If we're actaully doing a release, we'll announce it.  Thanks.
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 …
Reuters:
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.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal and Traffick
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: Xbox 360 Fanboy and Kotaku
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Joshua / del.icio.us:
private saving ryan  —  Because many of you have asked for it, we have just rolled-out a beta of our private saving feature.  To try it out, go to "settings" and click on "private saving" to activate; you'll then see the new option whenever you save a page.
Mahashunyam / Bubblegeneration Strategy Lab:
Pandora and Last.fm: 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 Last.fm's plug-in allows it to automatically capture data to improve its search filters.
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 …
Michael / michael parekh on IT:
ON MYSPACE AND REPUTATIONAL MORTALITY  —  SLIPPERY SLOPE AHEAD...  (Update Below)  —  It's interesting how MySpace, and it's more grown-up counterpart Facebook, have become the holy grail of Internet trends.  Every geek over 35 (investor or not), is desperately trying to "get it" in recent months.
 
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