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4:45 AM ET, March 21, 2006

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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
NEWS: GOOGLE.PORTAL.FINANCE LAUNCHES  —  (image credit) It may not be live for a bit, but I just got off the phone with the product manager for Google Finance.  Today the site is finally launching.  The UK sites already have the story.  A few thoughts.  —  First, this marks a rolling shift …
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Search Engine Watch:
Google Launches Google Finance  —  At long last, Google has launched its own Google Finance service.  For years, those seeking specialty financial information via Google have been sent to competitors such as Yahoo and MSN.  Now Google's providing financial information directly to its own users.
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Google unleashes Google Finance
Discussion: GigaOM
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 …
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Mike / CrunchNotes:
So I had lunch with Bill Gates Today  —  Robert Scoble gave me a huge present today (he writes about it here) - lunch with Bill Gates at Mix 06.  All Robert told me (and two others - Albert Lai and Lynda Weinman) was to show up at a certain room at noon for a cool lunch.
Albert / Simply Albert:
My Lunch with Bill Gates at Mix06  —  Thanks to Robert Scoble (as blogged about here), I had a great (free!) steak lunch today.  Even better, I was joined by some very smart company, including Michael Arrington, Lynda Weinman, and of course, Bill Gates.  —  I'm still at the Mix06 conference …
Discussion: microformats and IEBlog
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Teresa F. Lindeman / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Want to get to the top on Yahoo! searches?  Start bidding  —  Companies bid for the prime spots on your monitor  —  Online lending company eloan.com recently offered to pay Yahoo! as much as $5.33 every time someone searching for the term "Pittsburgh mortgage" clicked on its Web link.
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
USA Today:
Increasingly, the news 'scoop' is found online  —  Contact Peter Johnson at pjohnson@usatoday.com  —  Has the home page eclipsed the front page as the go-to place for breaking news and highly touted exclusives?  —  News executives say yes, that on many days and for many stories …
Jenstar / JenSense:
Complete rundown of the Yahoo Publisher Network Terms & Conditions changes  —  Well, this is the first time that Yahoo! Publisher Network has updated their terms and conditions since the YPN launch, and as I have done with Google AdSense, I will be doing detailed breakdowns of all the YPN changes as well.
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
My Website is Bigger Than Your Enterprise  —  I have found James McGovern's post More Thoughts on Ruby and Why it isn't enterprise ready! to be quite entertaining reading.  The problem with blogging is that sometimes it is so easy to publish your thoughts that you don't stop to think about what you are writing.
 
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Eric A. Taub / New York Times:
TiVo Has Been Cutting Out More Than Just the Commercials Lately
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Nick / Rough Type:
Pretty vacant  —  When an adult puts his ear to the door …
Discussion: GigaOM and Rational rants
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Carbon nanotube TV trials on horizon
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Web 2.0 is like Group Therapy
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While AT&T Does Deals, Verizon Spends to Hone Its Networks
Aline van Duyn / Yahoo! News:
Survey reveals mobile phone revenue hurdle
Discussion: MobHappy and Engadget Mobile
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Microsoft Takes on Craigslist in the Battle for Classified Ads
Discussion: Techdirt and PaidContent.org