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3:15 PM ET, March 23, 2006

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Michael Robertson . 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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ajaxlaunch.com:   ajaxLaunch - Ajax for Everyone
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.
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.
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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 …
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 …
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
SlingPlayer Mobile available for beta trial
Discussion: Pocket PC Thoughts and I4U News
PC Magazine:
Slingbox Beta Streams Video To Phones
Discussion: unmediated
Carlo Longino / MobHappy:
PayPal Mobile Launches, Mobile Payments Apocalypse Upon Us, etc etc  —  As you've probably noticed, PayPal launched its long-awaited mobile service today, ready to bring down the pain on all other pretenders to the mobile payments crown.  —  Or is it?  —  There's little doubt that PayPal …
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Chris Morris / CNN:
Sony reveals PlayStation 3 online plans  —  Free model will compete with Microsoft's Xbox Live, but analysts aren't impressed.  —  SAN JOSE (CNNMoney.com) - Sony is taking pains to ensure that criticisms about its PlayStation 2 online strategy won't be repeated when the PlayStation 3 is released this November.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Joystiq
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Nix / IGN:
GDC 2006: Region-free PS3  —  Prepare for the shock of shockers - every PS3 game from the world can be yours!  —  March 22, 2006 - In a QA session following the platform keynote address at GDC 2006 this morning, Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios President Phil Harrison confirmed …
Discussion: Engadget
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: Darwinian Web
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Rob Hyndman / robhyndman.com:
Join us at mesh
Microsoft:
Microsoft Realigns Platforms & Services Division for Greater Growth and Agility  —  Steven Sinofsky joins PSD to lead Windows and Windows Live development.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — March 23, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today announced a broad restructuring of its Platforms & Services Division …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Apple calls French law 'state-sponsored piracy'  —  A proposed French law that would force Apple Computer to make the songs it sells through its iTunes music store playable on devices that compete with its own iPod amounts to "state-sponsored piracy," Apple said Wednesday.
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Apple lashes out at French DRM legislation
Discussion: Techdirt, SearchViews and Slashdot
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
How To Fix Time Warner?  —  When Carl Icahn was needlessly hounding the Time Warner management (my employers), I urged caution and asked them to stay the course.  A few weeks ago, a chart in The Economist showed that despite a checkered past, there is web life in this conglomerate called Time Warner.
Discussion: B2Day and Business 2.0
Fred / A VC:
My Favorite Business Model  —  Give your service away for free, possibly ad supported but maybe not, acquire a lot of customers very efficiently through word of mouth, referral networks, organic search marketing, etc, then offer premium priced value added services or an enhanced version of your service to your customer base.
Discussion: Changing Way
Mihai / persistent.info:
Google Reader Tidbits  —  Google Reader recently launched sharing, a feature that I had a hand in.  I've used it to power my link blog, available in the sidebar (only on the front page).  Although these sharing "clips" are easiest to use when pre-styled with one of our color schemes …
 
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