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8:15 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 …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Realigns Platforms & Services Division for Greater Growth and Agility
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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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 …
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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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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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.
Discussion: Techdirt
Rob Bushway / GottaBeMobile.com:
A Toshiba UMPC on the way?  Its coming  —  I did a little bit of checking on Hugo's Toshiba UMPC article where he talks about an upcoming article in www.apcmag.com regarding a Toshiba UMPC.  I checked with a source of mine at Toshiba and he had this to say:
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, Uber Tablet and UMPC Buzz
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.
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.
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 …
Chris Gilmer / The Unofficial Google Weblog:
Advertising in Google WiFi  —  According to Google'sUnited States Patent Application, linked by msgraph atThreadwatch, Google has planned a method and system to provide advertisements based on wireless access points.  —  Thepatent filed September 14, 2004, outlines the processes …
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 …
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.
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
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
Edgeio Launches New Features  —  Mike Arrington just gave me a heads up on Edgeio's new feature release, slated for later today.  As promised, Edgeio is adding the ability to create listings directly on the site - no blog required.  What's more, this feature acts as a kind of mini-blog, along with its own feed.
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
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 …
Jonathan Miller / IGN:
GDC 06: The Xbox 360 Camera  —  First details on Microsoft's answer to the EyeToy.  —  March 22, 2006 - You know that extra USB port on the back of your 360?  That's for the upcoming Xbox 360 camera, a handy little gadget that will rival Sony's innovative EyeToy.
Discussion: Xbox 360 Fanboy
 
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super publics  —  I used the phrase "super publics" in my essay last night.
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Game Developers Conference 2006 - Day 3 Report
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Akessler / Andy Kessler:
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Oliver / MobileCrunch:
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Staci / PaidContent.org:
Universal Pictures, Lovefilm Team Up To Sell DVD/Downloads Via AOL UK …
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Woody iPod Blaster
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AjaxWrite, the Newest Ajax Office Entrant
Suzi Turner / Spyware Confidential:
StopBadware.org issues first reports
Preston Gralla / Networking Pipeline:
FCC Chief: AT&T Can Limit Net Bandwidth
Chris Morris / CNN:
Sony reveals PlayStation 3 online plans
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Apple calls French law 'state-sponsored piracy'
Fred / A VC:
My Favorite Business Model