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4:56 AM ET, March 24, 2006

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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 …
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Mary Jo Foley / microsoft-watch.com:
Can Microsoft Make the Trains Run on Time?  —  Windows doesn't have the corner on the market when it comes to slip dates.  Office 2007 is running behind schedule, too.  So will appointing Microsoft's Office chief to head Windows really fix Microsoft's delivery problems?
David Richards / smarthouse.com.au:
60% Of Windows Vista Code To Be Rewritten
Associated Press:
Advertisers think commercials are less effective  —  Study worries TV industry already nervously eyeing digital recorder usage  —  NEW YORK - Nearly four in five marketers surveyed believe that television advertising is less effective than it was just two years ago, according to a study released Wednesday.
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Scott Byer / Living Photoshop:
Macintosh and the Intel switch.  —  By now you have probably figured out that we aren't releasing Universal Binaries of our current application versions.  If you haven't, all you need to know is pretty explicitly spelled out here.  —  "But, c'mon", I hear people saying, "Steve said it was just a recompile!"
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Akessler / Andy Kessler:
Biz Books  —  I read a lot of business books.  I don't know why, because they mostly suck.  But folks keep asking me what books they should read.  I like a good story and hope to learn something - business is the new intrigue.  —  It's the investor in me.  I having this hankering/desire/thirst to see into the future.
microsoft.com:
Microsoft Security Advisory (917077)  —  Vulnerability in the way HTML Objects Handle Unexpected Method Calls Could Allow Remote Code Execution  —  Microsoft has confirmed new public reports of a vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer.  Based on our investigation …
Discussion: Bink.nu
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consumeraffairs.com:
Vonage 911 Caller Put On Hold While House Burns Down  —  A Minnesota homeowner charges VoIP provider Vonage put him on hold when he called 911 to report his house was on fire.  The home was a total loss.  —  Loren Velthamp of Chanhassen, Minnesota, said he grabbed the phone and called 911 …
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.
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: InsideMicrosoft and Engadget
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Chris Morris / CNN:
Sony reveals PlayStation 3 online plans
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
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.
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
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 …
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.
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.
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
Nelson Gonzalez / extremetech.com:
Opinion: Alienware CEO Explains Dell Acquisition  —  Editor's Note: What follows is a statement from Nelson Gonzales, president of Alienware Systems, about the company's acquisition by Dell.  This is Alienware's position and reasoning for the acquisition, and we're presenting this as a courtesy to Alienware …
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
Yahoo The Fossilized Old Media Company  —  Please read this depressing take on the ossification of Yahoo! Finance from Jeremy Zawodny, who used to work in the division and still works at the company.  Kudos to Yahoo for letting Zawodny be depressed about his employer in public …
 
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Zephoria / apophenia:
super publics  —  I used the phrase "super publics" in my essay last night.
Gaming Steve:
Game Developers Conference 2006 - Day 3 Report
Discussion: Xbox 360 Fanboy
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
Edgeio Launches New Features
Oliver / MobileCrunch:
Why Buy Sling Mobile When Orb is Free?
Staci / PaidContent.org:
Universal Pictures, Lovefilm Team Up To Sell DVD/Downloads Via AOL UK …
Discussion: SearchViews, Techdirt and adfreak
Robert O'Neill At Productdose / productdose.com:
Woody iPod Blaster
Discussion: Gizmodo and Infinite Loop
 Earlier Items: 
Suzi Turner / Spyware Confidential:
StopBadware.org issues first reports
Chris Green / rrstar.com:
Man fined $250 in first area case of Internet piracy
John Horrigan / pewinternet.org:
Online News: For many home broadband users, the internet is a primary news source
Mihai / persistent.info:
Google Reader Tidbits
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Apple calls French law 'state-sponsored piracy'
Carlo Longino / MobHappy:
PayPal Mobile Launches, Mobile Payments Apocalypse Upon Us, etc etc
Wired News:
You Play World of Warcraft? You're Hired!
Guardian:
Ordnance Survey challenged to open up