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12:00 AM ET, March 21, 2006

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IEBlog:
New IE7 Build Available from MIX06!  —  Today is the first day of the MIX06 conference.  Internet Explorer team members are presenting this week on much of the work we've done for IE7.  As part of the conference, we're handing out the "Internet Explorer 7 Readiness Toolkit" on CD.
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.
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news.teamxbox.com:
Microsoft Unveils XNA Framework, Opens Xbox Live Server Platform …
Stanley Holmes / Business Week:
Nike, Google Kick Off Social-Networking Site  —  The sporting goods giant and the Internet search king have teamed up to create Joga.com and connect soccer fans around the world  —  Nike (NKE) and Google (GOOG), hoping to take social networking to a new realm, have quietly launched …
Discussion: Techdirt, achievable ends and Traffick
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Links & Comment:
Blogs: threat or menace?  —  I attended a very strange panel talk tonight at the Berkeley CyberSalon on the topic of elitism in media and blogging.  Veteran New York Times tech reporter John Markoff was on the panel, along with Steve Gillmor; two of the founders of BlogHer …
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Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Power Lunch  —  Damn, never had a lunch like I just had before.  Michael Arrington of TechCrunch talking with Bill Gates.  Also at the lunch was Lynda Weinman, founder of Lynda.com and Albert Lai, founder of Bubbleshare.com.  I asked Bill about when he was gonna give people at the edges …
Discussion: Somewhat Frank
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Mike / CrunchNotes:   So I had lunch with Bill Gates Today
Rick Merritt / eetimes.com:
Next killer product is the patent itself  —  First of three parts  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — Patriot Scientific Corp. had spent nearly a decade trying unsuccessfully to establish a new microprocessor architecture when it decided it needed to do some soul-searching.
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Mike / Techdirt:
VCs Looking To Fund Patent Hoarders
Discussion: Kevin Maney
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 …
Discussion: Techdirt and PaidContent.org
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 and MobHappy
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google News dumps partner after prank item appears  —  Google's news service has cut ties with a press release aggregator after the partnership led Google News to link to a fake item written by a teenager who said he'd been hired by the search giant.  —  On March 10, Thomas Vendetta …
Rebecca Buckman / Wall Street Journal:
Silicon Valley Start-Ups See Cash Everywhere  —  Through 'Pre-Emptive Financing,'  —  Venture Capitalists Shower Firms  —  With Cash, Stake an Early Claim  —  The market for high-technology start-up businesses is so intense in Silicon Valley that some companies are being showered …
FactoryJoe / FactoryCity:
To be clear...  ...Michael Arrington apparently jumped the gun when he blogged that a Firefox 2.0 alpha is available.  According to Asa, they'll announce it when it's time.  —  Still, useful comments in the Crunch Gallery from Niall and Leonard, as well as a link to 2.0 feature overview.
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Carbon nanotube TV trials on horizon  —  Applied Nanotech has signed a letter of intent to enter negotiations for a trial on carbon nanotube TVs with Da Ling, a Taiwanese contract manufacturer.  —  Under the proposed terms, Da Ling will invest $10 million on a pilot manufacturing facility …
Nick / Rough Type:
Pretty vacant  —  When an adult puts his ear to the door of youth culture, he inevitably mistakes the noise for the signal - and usually misses the signal altogether.  So we have Scott Karp reeling back in horror from his visit to MySpace.  It is, he tells us, "a DEEPLY DISTURBING place," …
Discussion: Rational rants
Ellen McCarthy / Washington Post:
Internet Phone Start-Ups Look Past Low Prices  —  Internet phone service — it's a hot idea and it has a strong selling point: It's cheap.  —  Hundreds of new companies have cropped up to sell the service in the past few years, and venture capitalists are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into the industry.
Discussion: VoIP Blog and IP Democracy
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 …
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Digital Rights Management - The coming collateral damage  —  Property owners have every right to do whatever they think is necessary to protect their property.  Homeowners can build walls and add security.  Content owners can add copy protection schemes to their digital content.
 
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Web 2.0 is like Group Therapy
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How Apple ate the world
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David Hornik / VentureBlog:
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