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5:55 PM ET, March 21, 2006

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Finance Disappoints  —  The much awaited launch of Google Finance service finally happened - in beta of course.  And in one word, it is simply disappointing.  Its like watching Al Pacino in a stinker like Two for the money.  Tony Montana was so long ago!  —  But back to Google Finance.
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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.
Charlene Li / Charlene Li's Blog:
Google Finance: Nice charts, but users won't switch quickly  —  Google Finance launched tonight - I had a sneak peak from Google last week and got a chance to play with it a bit after it went live tonight.  I also had a chance to speak with a Yahoo! spokesperson after the Google site launched and was able to get their reaction.
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Finance - Lots of Flash & Ajax  —  The rumor is that Google internally tested Google Finance through two full versions before releasing it today, and the extra attention shows.  This is a great looking product overall.  And they've taken things at least a step further than Yahoo Finance in its current form.
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
Google Finance: Yawn (Updated: Wow)
John Markoff / New York Times:   Google Offers Search Service on Finance
Official Google Blog:
Spring is the season for love (and data)
Discussion: SearchViews
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
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.
Discussion: Fast Company Now and Techdirt
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Tom Braithwaite / Financial Times:
France drafts copyright law to open up iTunes
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
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 …
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Gates looks to expand view beyond Windows  —  update LAS VEGAS—Microsoft has long viewed the software world through Windows.  Now, it's hoping to prove that it understands the growing popularity of Web technologies beyond its own operating system.  —  Chairman Bill Gates on Monday delivered …
Discussion: SearchViews, Bink.nu and TechBlog
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Nate Mook / betanews.com:
Microsoft Kicks Off MIX 06 with 'Atlas'
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 …
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 …
Lisa Stone / Surfette:
Cybersalon: I'll always be both Daddy's and Mommy's girl  —  Tonight I'm part of a Berkeley Cybersalon panel that will be asked some bald questions about so-called "big media," blogging and the role of elitism.  (Dave Winer quotes Sylvia Paull's email invitation here, including address, nibbles and accessibility to all.)
Diane Mermigas / Hollywood Reporter:
Social network sites can be a tangled Web  —  CHICAGO — Media players are hustling to find ways to make money from the social-networking phenomenon at the same time they are struggling to understand how it is transforming their business.  —  Unlike anything else in an increasingly personalized …
Discussion: The Kelsey Group Blog
 
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Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
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Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Microsoft: too business oriented to get Web 2.0?
Rob Griffiths / Macworld:
Mac mini series: HD playback issues
Discussion: HDBlog.net and HD Beat
Will Wright / Wired News:
Dream Machines  —  The human imagination is an amazing thing.
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
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