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10:10 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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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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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 …
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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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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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."
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.
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
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.
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:
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 …
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.
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.
 
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Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
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Jeff / Venture Chronicles:
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Jonathan Miller / IGN:
GDC 06: The Xbox 360 Camera
Discussion: Xbox 360 Fanboy
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
Yahoo The Fossilized Old Media Company
Nelson Gonzalez / extremetech.com:
Opinion: Alienware CEO Explains Dell Acquisition
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
 Earlier Items: 
Akessler / Andy Kessler:
Biz Books  —  I read a lot of business books.
Richard MacManus / Web 2.0 Explorer:
Understanding Google: Exclusive look at a JupiterResearch report
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
Adam Thierer / The Technology Liberation Front:
WB's Move Shows Why Government Content Controls Are Doomed
Scott M. Fulton, III / tgdaily.com:
High-def discs will never require dedicated Internet connection, says AACS rep
Discussion: Engadget, HDBlog.net and TechSpot
Oliver / MobileCrunch:
Why Buy Sling Mobile When Orb is Free?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AjaxWrite, the Newest Ajax Office Entrant