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2:15 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 …
Discussion: michael parekh on IT
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
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
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Ryan / CyberNet Technology News:
Portable Firefox 2.0 Alpha 1 — Download It Here!
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Firefox 2.0 or not  —  If everyone is doing 2.0, why not Firefox 2.0.
Discussion: Kevin 2.0
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.
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 …
Ken Belson / New York Times:
While AT&T Does Deals, Verizon Spends to Hone Its Networks  —  Ivan Seidenberg is known in the telecommunications industry as a chief executive who makes all-or-nothing bets.  —  Since the late 1990's he has often been the man to beat, having created Verizon Communications …
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
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
Times of London:
How Apple ate the world  —  It is business, culture, art and a quasi-religion.  Bryan Appleyard praises the great god of computer design  —  Apple Computer is 30 years old on April 1.  What follows, before you turn the page, is not for geeks, it's for aesthetes.
Discussion: SurfBits
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.
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.
biz.yahoo.com:
M-Qube draws $250M in sale to VeriSign  —  Following a week of speculation, M-Qube Inc. announced Monday it is being acquired by VeriSign Inc. for $250 million, net of an undisclosed amount of cash on M-Qube's books.  —  Mobile telephone carriers use M-Qube's systems to deliver content to cell phones …
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
 
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