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2:45 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.
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.
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
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 …
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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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
news.teamxbox.com:
Microsoft Unveils XNA Framework, Opens Xbox Live Server Platform to Developers and Publishers  —  In the face of escalating game development costs, expanding teams and ever more complex hardware technologies, Microsoft Corp. today delivered a pre-release version of the first XNA Studio tools …
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Dean Takahashi / A+E Interactive:
Microsoft's Plans For Handheld Game Player And "iPod Killer"
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 …
Dave Winer / Dave's Wordpress Blog:
Back to Phil Jones  —  Another very interesting narrative about my software strategies by Phil Jones.  Of course I have a number of comments.  —  Phil, I appreciate that you're not making it about personalities, but you don't understand that I'm not at war.  I'm not trying to defeat the Semantic Web, and I like wikis.
Discussion: Platform Wars and Scripting News
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.
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
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 …
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: MobHappy and Engadget Mobile
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
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 …
 
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