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2:00 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 …
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
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
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."
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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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Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
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