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7:45 PM ET, March 21, 2006

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Finance Disappoints  —  Update: I am going to be on CNBC's On The Money show to discuss Google Finance @ 7pm EST/ 4pm PST along with Paul Kedrosky and David Vise.  —  The much awaited launch of Google Finance service finally happened - in beta of course.  And in one word, it is simply disappointing.
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Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
First Thoughts on Google Finance: All Whiz, No Bang  —  Google has finally launched Google Finance, its Yahoo Finance slayer.  While it's nice to see Yahoo Finance get some more competition, so far there is little here (yet) to cause a cross-service stampede.
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
Google Finance: Yawn (Updated: Wow)
John Markoff / New York Times:
Google Offers Search Service on Finance
Discussion: Andrew Lark
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Vista debut hits a delay  —  update Microsoft on Tuesday announced a delay of Windows Vista that will mean PCs with the new operating system won't go on sale until January.  —  The software maker said it will still wrap up development of the operating system this year and make it available to volume licensing customers in November.
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PR Newswire:
Microsoft Updates Windows Vista Road Map  —  Business availability for Windows Vista in November 2006, consumer availability in January 2007.  —  REDMOND, Wash., March 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT - News) today confirmed that Windows Vista(TM) …
Discussion: Engadget and Paul Kedrosky's …
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Microsoft Delays Consumer Windows Vista
BBC:
French MPs vote to open up iTunes  —  The French parliament has backed plans to give consumers more choice over music downloads from the internet.  —  MPs backed a draft law to force Apple, Sony and Microsoft to share their proprietary copy-protection systems by 296 to 193 votes.
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Laurence Frost / Associated Press:
French Lawmakers OK Online Copyright Bill  —  French Lawmakers OK Online Copyright Bill, Forcing Apple to Break Open Format Behind iTunes, iPod  —  PARIS (AP) — French lawmakers approved an online copyright bill Tuesday that would require Apple to break open the exclusive format behind …
Tom Braithwaite / Financial Times:
France drafts copyright law to open up iTunes
Tony Smith / The Register:
Samsung unveils 32GB Flash-based 'HDD killer'  —  Samsung has launched what it reckons its the world's first 32GB NAND Flash-based hard disk drive replacement unit.  The company claimed the so-called "solid state disk" can access data three times faster than an HDD can and write files …
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Wolfgang Gruener / tgdaily.com:
Samsung launches 32 GB Flash disk for mobile computers  —  Taipei (Taiwan) - Samsung is first to announce a Flash storage device that aims to completely replace the traditional hard drive in some mass market mobile computers.  The 32 GB solid state disk (SSD) drive comes in a 1.8" …
Discussion: Neowin.net
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
Biz not sure how to treat upstart YouTube  —  The entertainment world is putting the squeeze on YouTube.com, but will it be more like a hug than a headlock?  —  In a few short months, the Web site has emerged from the obscure ranks of dozens of online viral-video outposts to dominate …
Seán Byrne / cdfreaks.com:
Starforce enforces DRM by instant reboot (without warning)  —  Despite all the problems DRM has been causing lately, it seems like companies involved in copy protection just keep trying to create more dangerous copy protections.  Originally, they were more of a nuisance causing compatibility issues, installing wanted software, etc.
Discussion: Engadget and Neowin.net
TDavid / Things That:
Getting the Mix06 conference value yet?  —  Readers might recall me taking a pass on Mix06 doubting that it would be worth it.  Was I wrong?  Right?  Let's follow along with what's happening so far as the first day of the event (March 20-22 in Las Vegas) is in the bag and day #2 is just getting started.
microsoft.com:
Microsoft Announces Xbox 360 Inventory Surge and Spring Games Lineup  —  Xbox Live on Xbox 360 speeds past 10 million downloads.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — March 21, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the broader availability of Xbox 360™ consoles and provided details about the new games …
Timothy B. Lee / cato.org:
Circumventing Competition: The Perverse Consequences of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act  —  Timothy B. Lee is a policy analyst at the Show-Me Institute in St. Louis.  He holds a degree in computer science from the University of Minnesota and is the science and technology editor …
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Bringing Botnets Out of the Shadows  —  Online Volunteers Monitor Illegal Computer Networks  —  Nicholas Albright's first foray into some of the darkest alleys of the Internet came in November 2004, shortly after his father committed suicide.  About a month following his father's death …
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Hack Attack: Become a Gmail master  —  Gmail is hands-down the best web-based email service on the 'net.  Conversation threads, search, tagging, and keyboard shortcuts have completely revolutionized the way I look at my inbox.  I manage all of my email from my personal Gmail inbox, including the daily flood of Lifehacker messages.
 
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