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8:25 AM ET, March 23, 2006

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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.
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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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).
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
VOIP Yahoo Messenger Launches Tomorrow
Discussion: VoIP Now
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
Leander Kahney / Wired News:
How France Is Saving Civilization
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 …
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www1.us.dell.com:   Dell Enhances Its Commitment to High-Performance Computing …
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
Discussion: Techdirt
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.
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 …
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?
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
Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google Base Search Box Within Main Google Results  —  Google Base has recently been springing up in the Google main search results page.  As GoodROI illustrates, a search on a keyword phrase like homes for sale for many users, brings back a special box at the top of the results.
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).
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 …
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.
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 …
Joe / Techdirt:
Triple Play Striking Out With Some Consumers  —  from the killing-the-golden-goose dept  —  In recent years, the key to both the cable companies' and the telcos' strategy has been to offer the so-called triple play (Data, Video, Voice) to consumers.  The assumption has been that consumers …
Discussion: broadband
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 …
 
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