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3:00 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 …
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?
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
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
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 (, 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 …
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
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 …
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.
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
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 and connect soccer fans around the world  —  Nike (NKE) and Google (GOOG), hoping to take social networking to a new realm, have quietly launched …
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.
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.
Discussion: Television Archiving
Koranteng / Koranteng's Toli:
The REST Elevator Pitch  —  I somewhat share Ryan Tomayko's concern for a shorter hand language for describing REST (Representational State Transfer), but I believe that the REST elevator pitch is pretty succint already.  It packs a lot of insight into the web architectural style of which dissertations have been written.
Discussion: Raw
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Discussion: Download Squad and Ajaxian
Marshall Kirkpatrick:
The pain of having multiple social bookmarking accounts
M-Qube draws $250M in sale to VeriSign
Konomi / RFID in Japan:
Sprinkling RFID sensor tags from the Sky
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
Web 2.0 is like Group Therapy
Rich Miller / Netcraft:
Bot Authors Targeting phpBB Forums
Gary Krakow / MSNBC:
Is this the world's best cell phone?
 Earlier Items: 
Theo Valich / Inquirer:
USB on an earring starts a new trend
Discussion: Ubergizmo
David Heinemeier Hansson / Loud Thinking:
Boy, is James McGovern enterprise or what!
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Sequoia goes Jajah over VoIP
Discussion: SiliconBeat and VoIP Now
Jenn Abelson / Boston Globe:
Merchants X out A, E, I, O, and U
Chris Nuttall / Financial Times:
EA has 'lot to prove' with Godfather game
Discussion: Kotaku, Xbox 360 Fanboy and Joystiq
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Morgan Stanley analysts claim Apple is at work on iPhone
Mahashunyam / Bubblegeneration Strategy Lab:
Pandora and Nature vs. Nurture in Music Recommenders