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6:35 PM ET, March 22, 2006

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New York Times:
Microsoft to Delay Next Version of Windows  —  Microsoft's long effort to deliver the next version of its Windows operating system suffered another setback yesterday when the company said that the system would not be ready for consumer personal computers for the holiday sales season.
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Robert A. Guth / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Delays Windows Vista Debut Again  —  Consumer Version to Miss  —  Critical Holiday Season;  —  Unit Shake-Up Is Expected  —  Microsoft Corp. announced a delay in its long-awaited Windows Vista operating system, and people familiar with the matter said the company is planning …
Mike / Techdirt:
Now That Plaxo Spam Has Annoyed Enough People, It's Time To Fade It Out?  —  from the dubious-reasons dept  —  For years, plenty of people have complained repeatedly about the scourge of "Plaxo spam."  These are the constant bombardment of emails from new Plaxo users who have you in their address book …
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Jeremy Wagstaff / the LOOSE wire blog:
Plaxo Drops the "Hi, I'm updating my address book" Email  —  Plaxo is dropping the "Hi, I'm updating my address book.  Please take a moment to update your latest contact information..." email which has, over the past three years, raised more than a few hackles.  (What is a hackle?
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Return of Rakesh Mathur  —  Rakesh Mathur is someone I have known from a bubble ago.  He dropped me a note today saying that he has moved back to Silicon Valley from Seattle.  (That perhaps explains the torrential rains, which have followed Rakesh to the Bay Area.)
Leander Kahney / Wired News:
How France Is Saving Civilization  —  New legislation in France would force Apple Computer to open the iPod and iTunes to competitors — and that's a good thing for consumers, in the long run.  —  On Tuesday, the French parliament passed a law that would require digital content bought …
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USA Today:
Yahoo calls on customers to try its new phone service  —  LOS ANGELES — Internet giant Yahoo (YHOO) Tuesday launched a new way to get a local telephone number for just $2.99 a month.  —  The calls have to be initiated from a PC, but can be made to traditional landline phones and cellphones.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   New Yahoo Messenger ...Screenshots
Tanya Palta / MobileWhack.com:
Samsung Q35 - World's Smallest Laptop  —  Trust Samsung Electronics to always take the unbeaten path.  Today Samsung Korea showcased the world's smallest dual-core notebook which also has an extremely stylish feel to it.  The Samsung Q35 is extremly mobile and once again Samsung has managed to stand apart from its rivals.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
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Tony Smith / The Register:   Samsung pre-announces 2.33GHz Intel Core Duo T2700
linuxboxadmin.com:
What you get with sudo  —  What are you really gaining by using sudo in the default Mac OS X configuration?  First, you gain some comfort that nobody can login as root, either locally or remotely via SSH or FTP and tamper with your machine.  Second, you get a log entry in /var/log/system.log every …
Ryan / CyberNet Technology News:
It's Official Now!  Get The Portable Firefox 2 Alpha 1 Here  —  Unfortunately I had just went to sleep last night when this was released...so I know it has been out for 9 hours but here is the Portable version of Firefox 2 Alpha 1 that I promised.  I have received a lot of emails requesting …
Yuki Noguchi / Washington Post:
No Bundle of Joy  —  Some Buyers Find Packaged Telecom Services a Tangle of Trouble  —  Lori Mabry thought she was getting a good deal by putting all of her home communications needs in the hands of one company.  —  Two years ago, the Lanham resident turned to AT&T for a package …
Business Wire:
Survey of Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Reveals Increased Confidence in Startup Venture Landscape  —  Leapfrog Ventures' Survey of Current Entrepreneurs Shows Startup Conditions, Valuations and Liquidity Opportunities Have Improved in Last Six Months  —  According to a survey …
Discussion: Valleywag
danah.org:
Friendster lost steam.  Is MySpace just a fad?  —  [Note: this is an essay that would've been a blog post but it got too long.]  —  A lot of folks have asked me "What went wrong with Friendster?  Why is MySpace any different?"  I guess i never directly answered that question, even though i've addressed the causes in other talks.
Matt Croydon / Postneo 2.0:
Backing Up Flickr Photos with Amazon S3  —  I love that I now have an Amazon S3 billing page that reads like a really cheap phone or water bill.  I think that they're silently changing the game (again) without telling anyone else.  I really like the implications of this magepiebrain post …
John Cook / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
A new tactic in fight against pop-up advertising: public shaming  —  The Center for Democracy & Technology is employing a new tactic in its fight against 180solutions and the scourge of pop-up advertising: public shaming.  —  In a 10-page report released this week, the Washington D.C.-based …
Valleywag:
Google Finance doesn't care about black people  —  John W. Thompson, CEO of Symantec, according to Symantec.com  —  John M. Thompson, CEO of Symantec, according to Google Finance  —  Hooray!  Silicon Valley has black people!  They're just disguised as white people!  —  Symantec Corporation [Google Finance]
Discussion: PaidContent.org
Justine Lau / Financial Times:
China 'to block VoIP calls for two years'  —  China will not allow paid-for calls between computers and conventional telephones for at least two years, according to the head of Tom Online, the Chinese internet portal which has a joint venture with Skype, the internet telephony company.
 
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Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
Windows XP on Macs: Tested, Benchmarked
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Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Links & Comment:
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Ryan Block / Engadget Mobile:
Paypal Mobile launches?
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Netvibes to Announce Seed Financing Today
Will O'Brien / Engadget:
How-To: SSH tunnels for secure network access
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Right-wing think-tank hates DRM
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Ward / Nerd Vittles:
A Marriage Made in Heaven: Sprint Cellphone + Asterisk@Home …
Melissa J. Perenson / PC World:
No Copying From First High-Def Players
Discussion: HDBlog.net and Engadget
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Winer on wikis: Just add OPML
ansa.it:
ROBOT GUIDE FOR MUSEUM VISITORS
Jason Shellen / Official Google Reader Blog:
Reader learns to share
sierrawireless.com:
Sierra Wireless introduces product line for next generation EV-DO networks
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Microsoft to offer cheap Xbox 360 game development kit?