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1:30 PM ET, March 20, 2006

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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 …
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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 …
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: Newsome.Org
Ryan / CyberNet Technology News:
Portable Firefox 2.0 Alpha 1 — Download It Here!  —  There have been a lot of visitors to my site to download the Tinderbox Build of Firefox 2.0 Alpha 1.  The downside to this build is that the uninstaller does not work properly and there are a lot of extension incompatibilities.
Discussion: TechSpot and Bleeding Edge
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Firefox 2.0 Alpha Released
Discussion: Download Squad
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Firefox 2.0 or not  —  If everyone is doing 2.0, why not Firefox 2.0.
Discussion: Kevin 2.0
Asa Dotzler:   releases  —  Just in case there's anyone reading who doesn't already know this:
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," www.spiderworks.com/xbox360.
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.
Aline van Duyn / Yahoo! News:
Survey reveals mobile phone revenue hurdle  —  Mobile phone users are unlikely to pay extra to access the growing range of video and audio content available on their phones, according to a global KPMG survey.  This trend could push operators into rethinking their business models.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Microsoft Takes on Craigslist in the Battle for Classified Ads  —  CRAIGSLIST has taken on many giants.  Can it survive a challenge from Microsoft?  —  The software behemoth late last month started Windows Live Expo (expo.live.com), another node in its growing network of Internet services …
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
How to Prevent Hearing Loss  —  I've experienced bouts of fairly severe tinnitus on several occasions after a loud rehearsal or concert, and I know I'm not the only person who's guilty of having been somewhat cavalier about hearing loss.  Now that so many of us seem to spend half …
Discussion: Slashdot
Erick Schonfeld / B2Day:
Brightcove Buys MetaStories  —  When I ran into Brightcove CEO Jeremy Allaire at PC Forum last week, he grabbed one of the public PCs in the hallway and showed me how customers like AOL and the NEw York Times will use his Web-based system to publish Internet TV.
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 …
David Hornik / VentureBlog:
Google/Yahoo: Deal or No Deal  —  There continues to be a lot of discussion in venture capital and entrepreneurial circles alike about the onslaught of early acquisitions being made by the folks at Yahoo, Google, InterActiveCorp and increasingly Fox Interactive Media.
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 …
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: SiliconBeat and VoIP Now
 
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