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5:55 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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AjaxWrite, the Newest Ajax Office Entrant  —  AjaxWrite, an online Ajax version of Word, is the newest entrant into the online office space.  It opens and saves documents in Word format (you can also save in PDF), has good basic functionality and is fairly fast.
Discussion: Kevin Maney
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.
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 …
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: Engadget, Gizmodo and Joystiq
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Nix / IGN:
GDC 2006: Region-free PS3
Discussion: Engadget
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
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: Message and Changing Way
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
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 …
Ryan Katz / Think Secret:
Briefly: Apple pulling slow selling software from shelves; new hardware serial numbers coming soon  —  March 22, 2006 - Apple has started removing slow selling titles from the software shelves of select retail stores, Think Secret has learned.  Sources report the freed up shelf space …
Preston Gralla / Networking Pipeline:
FCC Chief: AT&T Can Limit Net Bandwidth  —  FCC Chief Kevin Martin yesterday gave his support to AT&T and other telcos who want to be able to limit bandwidth to sites like Google, unless those sites pay extortion fees.  Martin made it clear in a speech yesterday that he supports such a a "tiered" Internet.
Discussion: SuperGeek and Dvorak Uncensored
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 …
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
The Flip Side  —  I knew it would happen.  Someone would latch onto my story about Yahoo! Finance and extrapolate to the whole company.  It's human nature.  —  Henry Blodget writes, among other things, the following: … It's so tempting to do that—to use my example as evidence for all of Yahoo being doomed.
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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Staci / PaidContent.org:
Universal Pictures, Lovefilm Team Up To Sell DVD/Downloads Via AOL UK …
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Robert O'Neill At Productdose / productdose.com:
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Suzi Turner / Spyware Confidential:
StopBadware.org issues first reports
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Man fined $250 in first area case of Internet piracy
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Wayne Lau / Ars Technica:
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Discussion: Engadget
John Horrigan / pewinternet.org:
Online News: For many home broadband users, the internet is a primary news source
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Apple calls French law 'state-sponsored piracy'
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
How To Fix Time Warner?  —  When Carl Icahn was needlessly hounding …
Discussion: B2Day and Business 2.0
Richard Pestes / pezcyclingnews.com:
PEZ-Clusive Test: BMC SLC01
Discussion: Gizmodo
Business Wire:
Dell Takes Orders on XPS 600 Renegade Gaming Desktop; Ultra High …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Ken McGuire Blog
Evan Blass / Engadget:
SlingPlayer Mobile available for beta trial
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Apple Gets Security Lecture from Microsoft
Discussion: MacInTouch
Adam Blenford / BBC:
3G mobiles 'change social habits'
Discussion: textually.org
www1.us.dell.com:
Dell Enhances Its Commitment to High-Performance Computing …
Rob Pegoraro / Washington Post:
Slingbox Video Streaming Not Perfect, but Remarkable