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4:50 PM ET, March 20, 2006

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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
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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 …
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Save the Merc! Do any of you techies/VCs care?
Discussion: Newsome.Org
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
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.
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
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 …
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
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.
Eric A. Taub / New York Times:
TiVo Has Been Cutting Out More Than Just the Commercials Lately  —  The first episode in the new season of "The Sopranos" ended in a classic cliffhanger moment, with Tony on the floor after being shot by his uncle Junior.  But some viewers who recorded the show on their TiVo digital video recorders …
Discussion: PVR Wire
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Engadget and I4U News
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
Business Wire:
Six Apart and Bokee Give Chinese Businesses an Easier Way to Communicate with Customers Through Weblogs  —  SAN FRANCISCO—(BUSINESS WIRE)—March 20, 2006—Six Apart, provider of the blogging software and services chosen most often by individuals, organizations and corporations worldwide …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
We Need Auditing  —  In traditional media an entire industry rose out of advertisers' need to audit emerging formats.  We have ABC for print, Arbitron for radio, Nielsen for TV, comScore and Nielsen-Netratings for Web sites.  These companies have built a multi-billion dollar syndicated research industry …
Discussion: Know More Media and AdJab
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 …
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.
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Nick / Rough Type:
Pretty vacant  —  When an adult puts his ear to the door …
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Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Let site visitors leave a voicemail for you
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Lifehacker:
Travel tip: Use GMail as a file viewer
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biz.yahoo.com:
M-Qube draws $250M in sale to VeriSign
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Sprinkling RFID sensor tags from the Sky
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
Web 2.0 is like Group Therapy
David Hornik / VentureBlog:
Google/Yahoo: Deal or No Deal  —  There continues to be a lot …
Erick Schonfeld / B2Day:
Brightcove Buys MetaStories
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Koranteng / Koranteng's Toli:
The REST Elevator Pitch
Discussion: Raw
Gary Krakow / MSNBC:
Is this the world's best cell phone?
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
Reuters:
Kinderstart sues Google over lower page ranking