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12:25 PM ET, March 23, 2006

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Michael / michaelrobertson.com:
Bye Bye Microsoft Word, Hello ajaxWrite  —  What if there was alternative for Microsoft Word that would install and open in 6 seconds, read and write Microsoft Word .doc files and run on Macintosh, Microsoft Windows or Linux computers?  And oh yeah, it was FREE so consumers didn't have to pay $499 for Microsoft Office.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Meet Ajax Write  —  Our good buddy, Michael "disruption is my middle name" Robertson is at it again.  After taking on Vonage and Skype with SIPphone and Gizmo Project, he is now going after Microsoft's cash-cow application, Microsoft Word, using a new online word processor called ajaxWrite.
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: Mobilitee and Skype Journal
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Oliver / MobileCrunch:
PayPal Goes Mobile!
Carlo Longino / MobHappy:   PayPal Mobile Launches, Mobile Payments Apocalypse Upon Us, etc etc
David Pogue / New York Times:
TV Here, There, Everywhere  —  IN the olden days, Americans gathered in front of the television sets in their living rooms to watch designated shows at designated times.  You had a choice of three channels, and if you missed the broadcast, you'd feel like an idiot at the water cooler the next day.
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
One word for Web 2.0 in Toronto: mesh  —  Some of you out there in blog-land may know that I've been helping to organize a Web 2.0 conference here in Toronto over the past few months - along with my technology reporter/blogger colleague Mark Evans from the National Post, lawyer/blogger Rob Hyndman …
Discussion: HorsePigCow and Darwinian Web
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Rob Hyndman / robhyndman.com:   Join us at mesh
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Plaxo: Now With Less Evil  —  Plaxo tends to bring on strong negative emotions in people.  Frustration.  Revulsion.  Dismay.  —  The reason so many people hate Plaxo?  Those of us who aren't customers, which is the vast majority of everyone, get multiple daily emails …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jigsaw is a Really, Really Bad Idea  —  Well, just as soon as one company stopped being evil, another one has stepped in to take its place.  Jigsaw is a marketplace for contact information, and it is very efficient.  If boasts detailed personal contact information for 2.5 million people, and 7,000 new people are added every day.
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
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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Euan Semple / The Obvious?:   Technology giveth and technology taketh away.
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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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Apple lashes out at French DRM legislation
Discussion: SearchViews, Techdirt and Slashdot
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: B2Day, GigaOM and Techdirt
Rob Pegoraro / Washington Post:
Slingbox Video Streaming Not Perfect, but Remarkable  —  I watched television while I walked to the Metro on Tuesday morning — and during my trip through the subway, then at my desk at the office.  My TV set was a Treo 700w "smart phone," my antenna was the phone's wireless data connection …
Guardian:
Ordnance Survey challenged to open up  —  The inventor of the world wide web wants access to Ordnance Survey data - and the freedom to manipulate it as he sees fit  —  SA Mathieson and Michael Cross  —  The inventor of the world wide web has called for more open access to Ordnance Survey …
Wired News:
You Play World of Warcraft?  You're Hired!  —  In late 2004, Stephen Gillett was in the running for a choice job at Yahoo! - a senior management position in engineering.  He was a strong contender.  Gillett had been responsible for CNET's backend, and he had helped launch a number of successful startups.
Discussion: WOW Insider
Robin Good / Independent Publishing News …:
Instant Messaging Integrates Telephony And PC-To-Phone Calls: Yahoo Messenger With Voice Is Here  —  Yahoo has just released a new version of its popular instant messenger (version 7.5 Beta) which now integrates full voice telephony features allowing it to call and be called from any standard telephone or mobile in the world.
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Adam Blenford / BBC:
3G mobiles 'change social habits'  —  Increasing use of 3G mobile phones can change the way people communicate and create new social trends and tribes, a behavioural study has suggested.  —  The study said the combination of still and video cameras on modern phones, and the advent …
Discussion: textually.org
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 …
Discussion: Box.net Blog and PaidContent.org
www1.us.dell.com:
Dell Enhances Its Commitment to High-Performance Computing With Planned Acquisition of Alienware Corporation  —  Alienware Will Operate as a Wholly Owned Subsidiary Under Existing Management  —  Dell announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Alienware to further satisfy …
Richard Pestes / pezcyclingnews.com:
PEZ-Clusive Test: BMC SLC01  —  Another world's first look from the Pez-Crew - this time the completely re-designed 2006 BMC SLC01 'Pro Machine' - the 100% carbon fibre frame made from Easton's "CNT" Carbon Nanotube Technology is stronger, stiffer, and lighter than before... but how's the ride?
Discussion: Gizmodo
 
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Business Wire:
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
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