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11:55 AM ET, March 24, 2006

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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?
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David Richards / smarthouse.com.au:
60% Of Windows Vista Code To Be Rewritten  —  Up to 60% of the code in the new consumer version of Microsoft new Vista operating system is set to be rewritten as the Company "scrambles" to fix internal problems a Microsoft insider has confirmed to SHN.  —  In an effort to meet a dealine …
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft: Office 2007 to be late, too  —  update Fresh on the heels of a delay in broad availability of Windows Vista, Microsoft confirmed late Thursday that it is also pushing the mainstream launch of Office 2007 to next year.  —  As with Vista, Microsoft hopes to finish the code for Office 2007 this year.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Regime change at Microsoft  —  Various news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal (subscribers-only link) and News.com, are reporting that Microsoft is about to split its Windows division into eight groups and bring in a replacement for the retiring Jim Allchin, who is currently in charge of all things Windows.
Ben Elgin / Business Week:
Google's Print Auction Fizzles  —  The search giant's auction of magazine ad space didn't generate much enthusiasm — or business, in the case of one successful bidder  —  Google's effort to roll its advertising juggernaut beyond digital and into the world of print publications is struggling.
Lora / What Is New:
One 12-year old's opinion of TabletKiosk's Ultra-Mobile PC  —  Mix06 has ended and I've returned home to Prescott.  My 12-year old niece latched on to the black and white Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC or Origami) by TabletKiosk.  I followed her around while she was playing with it …
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!"
Martin LaMonica / builderau.com.au:
Q&A: Microsoft chairman Bill Gates  —  Think Web 2.0 and think Microsoft?  Not necessarily.  —  The company has long provided the tools for building websites.  But it's been a couple of steps behind when it comes to some of the bigger ideas and business models that have surfaced around web 2.0, such as advertising-based software.
Shimon Sandler:
Google GeoAds beta  —  Google GeoAds beta has been out for less than 2 weeks.  CPC's are super cheap.  —  Wanna see it?  Go to Google Local and type in the search box, "booksellers nyc".  You should see a little coffee cup in addition to the little red ballons.
Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
'60 Minutes' Goes to Yahoo!; Buick Sponsors  —  Yahoo! has entered a deal with CBS to bring video segments and some interactive content from "60 Minutes" to its users.  —  Beginning next fall, video from the venerable TV news magazine will appear on a special Yahoo! microsite alongside special Web …
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 …
Annalee Newitz / Wired News:
Map Mashups Get Personal  —  A women named "Paiges" recalls hearing the band Portishead for the first time at a spot in New York's Upper West Side, while she was meeting a man with whom she was having a torrid affair.  "I was in NYC, your wife was out of town," she writes.
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Now Playing On Your Cell Phone  —  Advertisers are jumping on the mobile marketing bandwagon.  Will subscribers join them?  —  Discovery Channel's I Shouldn't Be Alive profiles people who have survived some pretty unusual (and life-threatening) ordeals, from shipwrecks to snowstorms.
Ellen McCarthy / Washington Post:
Purchase by Israeli Firm Called Off  —  The acquisition of a Columbia software firm by an Israeli company was scuttled last night in the face of close scrutiny by a government panel investigating the transaction's national security implications.  —  Sourcefire Inc., a 140-person network …
Discussion: Between the Lines
Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
Let Computers Screen Air Baggage  —  It seems like every time someone tests airport security, airport security fails.  In tests between November 2001 and February 2002, screeners missed 70 percent of knives, 30 percent of guns and 60 percent of (fake) bombs.
Jeff / Venture Chronicles:
AjaxWrite  —  Rate this post:  —  AjaxWrite  —  March 23rd, 2006  —  Lot's of blog postings about AjaxWrite today.  I tried the service:  —  1) It ain't a word processor, it's a text editor.  Which is all well and good if you want to do simple editing, but comparing it to Word …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Telecom Gear Mergers Ahead  —  With the telecom service providers contracting faster than a bride's waist in weeks leading up to a wedding, it should come as no surprise to anyone that Lucent and Alcatel are entertaining thoughts of a $33 billion merger, that would combine two of the biggest equipment suppliers to the "phone companies."
 
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Paul Miller / Engadget Mobile:
Sprint Nextel outlines plans for dual-mode iDEN/CDMA and WiFi/CDMA phones
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Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
PS3 Dev-Kit Running on XP?
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Chris Gilmer / The Unofficial Google Weblog:
Advertising in Google WiFi
Rob Bushway / GottaBeMobile.com:
A Toshiba UMPC on the way? Its coming
Jonathan Miller / IGN:
GDC 06: The Xbox 360 Camera
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microsoft.com:
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Yahoo The Fossilized Old Media Company
Gaming Steve:
Game Developers Conference 2006 - Day 3 Report
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
Edgeio Launches New Features
Akessler / Andy Kessler:
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Richard MacManus / Web 2.0 Explorer:
Understanding Google: Exclusive look at a JupiterResearch report
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
Jonathan Weber / newwest.net:
New West Publishing Closes Series A Financing
Scott M. Fulton, III / tgdaily.com:
High-def discs will never require dedicated Internet connection, says AACS rep
Discussion: Engadget, HDBlog.net and TechSpot