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2:50 PM ET, March 24, 2006

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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 …
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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.
Kevin Newcomb / ClickZ:
Google Seeks Patent for Targeting Ads on Wi-Fi Hotspots  —  Google engineers have applied for a patent on a way to target ads based on the location of the wireless access point to which a user connects, among other factors.  —  The patent application, filed by Google employees Wesley Chan …
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.
Discussion: Mashable*
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Steven Johnson / Wired News:
When Virtual Worlds Collide … Sometimes futurists get the future right.  Millions of us now commute to mass­ively multiplayer online games in worlds much like the metaverse predicted by William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, and the Wachowski brothers.  We live vicariously through …
Discussion: Terra Nova and Slashdot
Hugo 'poogie' Ortega / Uber Tablet:
While you slept I hunted down Toshiba's UMPC - your turn now!  —  While you were sleeping, Australia was still awake.  Knowing that I was nearing Toshiba Utopia (UMPC), infamous bloggers like James Kendrick and Rob Bushway did some investigating of their own.
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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: Kevin 2.0 and UMPC Buzz
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."
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 …
John Siracusa / Ars Technica:
Five years of Mac OS X  —  The road behind  —  Mac OS X 10.0 was released five years ago today, on March 24th, 2001.  To me, it felt like the end of a long road rather than a beginning.  At that point, I'd already written over 100,000 words about Apple's new OS for Ars Technica …
Discussion: MacSlash
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.
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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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.
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 …
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.
 
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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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Ellen McCarthy / Washington Post:
Purchase by Israeli Firm Called Off
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Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
PS3 Dev-Kit Running on XP?
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Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
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Gaming Steve:
Game Developers Conference 2006 - Day 3 Report
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Macintosh and the Intel switch.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
Edgeio Launches New Features
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