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5:35 AM ET, March 23, 2006

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BBC:
Apple attacks plan to open iTunes  —  Apple has criticised a French law that could break the locks tying songs from the iTunes store to iPod players.  —  In a statement Apple said that if the law were passed it would result in "state-sponsored piracy".  —  The law to open up all online music stores …
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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 …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Apple lashes out at French DRM legislation
Discussion: Techdirt, SearchViews and Slashdot
Ryan Block / Engadget:   Apple to France: not so fast, mon ami
Russell Beattie Notebook:
PayPal Mobile  —  This is pretty huge.  There's a ton online already - go to PayPal, sign in, add a new phone to your profile and mark it as mobile.  The site will offer you the chance to confirm the phone so you can use it to make payments, then you enter a pin number …
Discussion: Skype Journal
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Oliver / MobileCrunch:
PayPal Goes Mobile!  —  Hot on the heels of yesterday's post, comes this amazing news from PayPal that PayPal is launching a mobile product!  —  According the the Internet Payment Giant's website, it is now possible to send and recieve money via mobile phones as well as make purchases directly from a mobile phone.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Skype Journal
Alec / Alec Saunders .LOG:
Paypal Mobile Debuts  —  Wow.  I just picked up the news about PayPal mobile from Russell Beattie and MobileCrunch.  Now you can use SMS to make any kind of payment to anyone who has a phone.  You simply text 729725 with "SEND x to yyyyyyyyyy" where x is the amount, and yyyyyyyyyy is the recipients phone number.
Davis D. Janowski / PC Magazine:
Yahoo! Messenger is In (and Out)  —  We reported back in December that Yahoo! would be rolling out Phone In and Phone Out services with its Yahoo! Messenger service; the wait is finally over for those in the U.S. (it has been tested in limited international markets for some time now).
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
VOIP Yahoo Messenger Launches Tomorrow
Discussion: VoIP Now
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Yahoo Messenger with Voice launches in US
David Morgenstern / eWEEK.com:
Vista Delay Prevents a Support Disaster  —  Opinion: Is there a silver lining behind the latest delay in Windows Vista?  All those new features coming into the market in late summer release could have spelled a support nightmare under the Christmas tree.  —  Much like the Kennedy assassination …
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bizjournals:
Campaign dressed for success  —  Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal - April 9, 1999  —  Rakesh Mathur received a lot of attention from wearing a little black dress last year.  And now there is another achievement the former Junglee Corp. exec can claim.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Return of Rakesh Mathur
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
It's Official: Dell Beams Up Alienware  —  Dell Inc. confirmed Thursday that it had acquired boutique PC vendor Alienware, a move that will add some zing to the company's image.  —  Although Dell's acquisition was widely anticipated, Alienware chief executive Nelson Gonzalez said that his company …
Erick Schonfeld / Business 2.0:
5 ways to fix Time Warner  —  A modest proposal for saving Time Warner and the entire industry from themselves.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) - Running a media conglomerate these days is no easy task.  Just ask this magazine's uberbosses at Time Warner.  The audience is fragmenting …
Discussion: GigaOM and B2Day
Jordan Running / Download Squad:
Sharing feed items with Google Reader  —  Development on the somewhat unpopular Google Reader doesn't seem to go at a furious pace, but every couple months theydrop a new feature into it and usually it's at least marginally cool.  Yesterday was such an event, and the featurethey've added lets …
Shelleyp / Burningbird:
A Pale Moon's Shadow  —  Jeneane writes about lazy aggregator people, and the loss of community because of RSS aggregators.  Her solution is for everyone to bring back the blogroll.  Ralph agrees, stating that feed aggregators reduce every site to a dull grey lowest common denominator. …
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Jeneane Sessum / ALLIED:
LAZY AGGREGATOR PEOPLE GO HOME
Discussion: The Obvious?
Saul Weiner / A Zulu In Silicon Valley:
Riya beta lives up to the hype  —  I must be honest that I've spent way too much time playing with Riya the last couple of days, and way too little doing other things.  However, the flip side is that I have a really good feel for the Riya product (which is still very much in beta).
David Richards / smarthouse.com.au:
iPod Phone Confirmed  —  Insiders at Taiwanese phone maker BenQ say that Apple procurement executives have been talking to various Taiwanese phone makers during the past few months in an effort to cut a manufacturing deal on an iPod Phone  —  They say that Apple will launch an iPod with phone functions within the next few months.
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 …
Discussion: Techdirt
PR Newswire:
Netvibes Raises Seed Funding From Renowned Internet Entrepreneurs  —  LONDON, March 22 /PRNewswire/ — Netvibes, a leading start up in the personalisable home page space, today announced it has received seed funding from a group of high-profile investors including leading European venture fund Index Ventures …
Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
Sun Microsystems Starts Pay-Per-Use U.S. Computing Service  —  March 22 (Bloomberg) — Sun Microsystems Inc., working to develop new services around its server computers, began selling computing power online to U.S. customers today and said it delayed offering the pay-per-use service globally.
Discussion: Between the Lines
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
God smiles on Sun and delivers grid computing miracle  —  At long last, Sun Microsystems will fire up its retail grid computing service and give any US customer access to a supercomputer class system.  —  Casual Sun observers will be scratching their heads right about now …
 
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