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11:25 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
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.
Discussion: Kevin 2.0
Asa Dotzler:   releases  —  Just in case there's anyone reading who doesn't already know this:
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 …
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
In Boomtown, but Still Stuck on a Bubble  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — When Dan Gillmor first arrived at The San Jose Mercury News in 1994, he recalled, he felt like he was in the "belly of the beast."  —  In his previous job, as a technology reporter for The Detroit Free Press …
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.
Dean Takahashi / A+E Interactive:
Microsoft's Plans For Handheld Game Player And "iPod Killer"  —  Here's a story that came from reporting for my book, which is coming out in May under the title "The Xbox 360 Uncloaked: The Real Story Behind Microsoft's Next-Generation Video Game Console,"
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
The Office to air web-only episodes this summer  —  Viewers addicted to the goings-on at the Dunder-Mifflin paper company will be able to watch 10 Internet-only episodes of NBC's popular UK import, The Office.  Due to be streamed at some point this summer, the story arc will cover a missing …
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
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
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 …
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.
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
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