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1:40 AM ET, March 24, 2006

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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.
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 …
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.
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ajaxlaunch.com:
ajaxLaunch - Ajax for Everyone
Discussion: Jarrett House North
Oliver / MobileCrunch:
Why Buy Sling Mobile When Orb is Free?  —  MsMobiles has a post today on Sling Media's launch of Sling Mobile which according to Sling Media is a mobile player software application that makes it possible to play your stored or streamed content direct from your home PC to your Mobile Device.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Sling Media Goes Mobile, Finally
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
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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Joe / Techdirt:
Apple Rearranges Beret, Shouts 'Non' To French DRM Law
Discussion: SearchViews
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.
Adam Thierer / The Technology Liberation Front:
WB's Move Shows Why Government Content Controls Are Doomed  —  As I've mentioned several times before on this site, I'm finishing up a new book on the future of control controls in a world of media convergence.  My thesis is simple: Content regulation is doomed.
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.
Mark Evans:
mesh is live!  —  What started a couple months ago as one of those animated "wouldn't it be great to have a Web 2.0 conference in Toronto" conversations in a pub has finally become a reality with the (official) launch of mesh.  —  So what is mesh?  It's a two-day conversation about how the Web …
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
One word for Web 2.0 in Toronto: mesh
Discussion: Darwinian Web
Scott M. Fulton, III / tgdaily.com:
High-def discs will never require dedicated Internet connection, says AACS rep  —  Redmond (WA) - Contrary to statements made by reputable officials, reported in TG Daily and elsewhere, stating that Blu-ray and HD DVD high-definition video disc players would require dedicated …
Discussion: Engadget, HDBlog.net and TechSpot
Staci / PaidContent.org:
Universal Pictures, Lovefilm Team Up To Sell DVD/Downloads Via AOL UK : Starting April 10, AOL's UK web site will sell Universal Pictures' downloads in a combo package with the movie's DVD.  DVD rental firm Lovefilm, which operates AOL's UK movie service, is partnering with the studio.
Discussion: SearchViews, Techdirt and adfreak
Jonathan Weber / newwest.net:
New West Publishing Closes Series A Financing  —  As my family, friends and colleagues know all-to-well, I've spent a lot of time over the last few months putting together the second round of financing for New West.  Raising money is never easy, and raising money for journalism-oriented projects …
Discussion: PaidContent.org
Richard MacManus / Web 2.0 Explorer:
Understanding Google: Exclusive look at a JupiterResearch report  —  JupiterResearch recently released a Concept Report entitled Understanding Google.  Subtitle: Competing and Partnering with the Most Influential Company Online.  It costs $750 to purchase this report, so I asked Jupiter's Michael Gartenberg …
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
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.
TDavid / Things That:
Live chat on a blog not really for me, is it for you?  —  A little while back there was some activity in the chat scene on blogs, a la 3Bubbles of which I wrote most of this blog entry and then sat on it.  Today something called Mobber which can be viewed in an iframe at the bottom …
Discussion: Mashable* and GigaOM
Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
ANA Marketers: Our TV Spots Are Tanking  —  Television is an increasingly wobbly target for ad spending and will likely soon begin hemorrhaging dollars to interactive and other channels.  That's according to a Forrester poll of 133 advertisers who control more than $20 billion in advertising.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Kelsey Group Blog and ongoing
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 …
Discussion: This is Mobility and Mobilitee
 
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Stepto / the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:
New publicly disclosed vulnerability in Internet Explorer
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Discussion: Infinite Loop and Gizmodo
Suzi Turner / Spyware Confidential:
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Man fined $250 in first area case of Internet piracy
Lee Odden / Search Engine Journal:
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John Horrigan / pewinternet.org:
Online News: For many home broadband users, the internet is a primary news source
Andrew / Treonauts:
Treo 'Lowrider': It Actually Works!?
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Engadget Mobile
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jigsaw is a Really, Really Bad Idea
Guardian:
Ordnance Survey challenged to open up