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12:00 AM ET, March 24, 2006

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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 and Asa Dotzler
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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.
ajaxlaunch.com:
ajaxLaunch - Ajax for Everyone
Discussion: Jarrett House North
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 …
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.
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
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Chris Morris / CNN:
Sony reveals PlayStation 3 online plans
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Joystiq
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 and Ars Technica
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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 …
SearchViews:
Google Bits: WiFi Ad Patent, Google Base Showing Up in Search, More  —  Our feeds are strangely quiet this morning; maybe a little too quiet.  Luckily, we have Google.  —  Now that's a neat idea Threadwatch spotted a new patent filed by Google that outlines a plan to advertise to users over WiFi access points (WAP).
Nick Santilli / Lifehacker:
Save time with text substitution  —  Time is money.  —  These days, most of us end up having to type at the computer on a daily basis.  Some of us are fast and some are slow - but regardless of your typing proficiency, text substitutions can save us all an unbelievable amount of time.
 
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New publicly disclosed vulnerability in Internet Explorer
Robert O'Neill At Productdose / productdose.com:
Woody iPod Blaster
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StopBadware.org issues first reports
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Man fined $250 in first area case of Internet piracy
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John Horrigan / pewinternet.org:
Online News: For many home broadband users, the internet is a primary news source
Mihai / persistent.info:
Google Reader Tidbits
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
David Pogue / New York Times:
TV Here, There, Everywhere