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1:20 AM ET, March 25, 2006

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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 …
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Jeff Chester / The Nation:
Google's Wi-Fi Privacy Ploy  —  The digital gold rush is on across America, as cities scramble to develop free or low-cost Wi-Fi zones.  These public on-ramps to the Internet are designed to provide every citizen with a form of always-on, high-speed Internet access—at the playground, in the office or at home—at low or no cost.
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Shimon Sandler:
Google GeoAds beta
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Where the heck is Scoble?  —  The Vista Office blog asks "what is going on here?"  I was traveling from Las Vegas yesterday.  I was just burned out and tired.  So I took a day off from looking at my computer.  —  Whenever you see a story that says 60% of any OS is gonna be rewritten …
Discussion: Bink.nu and Message
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Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
More than half of Microsoft Vista needs re-writing  —  Panic at the Volehill  —  MICROSOFT appears to be in a state of panic, ordering 60 per cent of its new operating system to be re-written amidst a major shake-up of its troubled Windows division.  —  The news follows another delay …
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 …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Confirms Timeline for 2007 Microsoft Office System  —  Product on track for October RTM.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — March 24, 2006 — Yesterday, Microsoft Corp. confirmed the timeline for release and availability of its 2007 Microsoft® Office system.
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Steve Gillmor / Steve Gillmor's InfoRouter:
The Allchin Tax Cut  —  Mike Arrington missed the Gillmor Gang taping today, even though he changed his travel arrangements to be there.  I forgive him, because he's understandably starry-eyed by his lunch with Bill Gates at the Mix06 conference.  But I don't forgive Robert Scoble for not inviting me, or Waggener Edstrom either.
Keith Teare / edgeio corporation:
New edgeio features to be launched tonight  —  Later tonight we will be releasing a new version of the edgeio web site.  It has a number of new features that we are really excited about.  The new site should go live sometime after midnight Pacific time.  —  1. The ability to post an item for sale directly onto the edgeio web site.
Shel / a shel of my former self:
This time, they've gone too far  —  Interactivity, two-way communication, community building...it's all good stuff.  But sometimes, you have to wonder if the ability to do something means you should.  —  My first impression of the new blog tool Mobber was favorable, mainly because the fact that it does what it does is cool.
gizmag.co.uk:
New data transmission record - 60 DVDs per second  —  March 24, 2006 As the world's internet traffic grows relentlessly, faster data transmission will logically become crucial.  To enable telecommunications networks to cope with the phenomenal surge in data traffic as the internet population moves past …
Discussion: Engadget
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
Katie Kafner / New York Times:
Wary of a New Web Idea That Rings Old  —  LAST September, when Di-Ann Eisnor, a 33-year-old entrepreneur, traveled to Silicon Valley to pitch her start-up business to venture capitalists, she stayed calm by reminding herself that it would be like mingling with strangers at a party.
Discussion: Message and All Points Blog
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Teenage auteur ignites buzz about video graphics  —  Marketing experts pay heed: A video clip produced by a teenage girl has become a mini-blockbuster on a popular video upload site while also helping to introduce Logitech Web cameras to a legion of young people.
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
worldblogcenter.com: lying turdmongers  —  BoingBoing reader Darren Rowse just pointed us to a shady site called World Blog Center, which touts itself as "prestigious virtual real estate location in which blogs from a variety of industry sectors are housed."
Discussion: Make Money Online …
CNN:
Coming soon: Download-to-own films  —  LONDON, England — Universal Pictures and the online rental firm Lovefilm are launching what they say is the world's first download-to-own movie service in Britain next month.  —  Starting with "King Kong" on April 10, the companies say the new service …
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Intel Inside for cell phones—sort of  —  A branding effort similar to "Intel Inside," the ad and marketing campaign that helped make the chipmaker a household word, is coming to cell phones.  —  Some cell phone makers in Asia will soon put an Intel badge on their phones …
Discussion: TechBeat
 
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Purchase by Israeli Firm Called Off
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