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5:40 PM ET, March 25, 2006

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David Richards / smarthouse.com.au:
Apple A Threat To Windows Vista.  Re Write Confirmed  —  The marketing director of a key Microsoft partner has confirmed that key elements of Windows Vista are currently being re written.  —  Mr Raymond Vardanega, the Marketing Director, of Acer Australia has confirmed independently …
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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.
Discussion: Office 12 Watch
Christine Hurt / Conglomerate Blog:
The Democratization of Expertise  —  ProfB has an interesting post on the wisdom of crowds versus the wisdom of experts.  One of the intriguing aspects of the Internet has been the democratization of authority.  Thirty years ago, if you were writing a paper for school, you found facts and support for your paper in written materials.
Rick Schaut / Buggin' My Life Away:
Of Intel Macs and Red Herrings  —  Scott Byer at Adobe put up a very nice post about the switch to intel and some of the growing pains many of us are going through.  While I've added my own comments to Scott's piece, a number of my colleagues in Mac BU have asked me to weigh in on the subject here on my blog.
Discussion: Infinite Loop and JD on EP
Michael Swanson / Michael Swanson's Blog:
MIX06 Session Recordings  —  The MIX06 conference in Las Vegas is over, and it was an outstanding event.  Feedback has been almost universally positive, and attendees are encouraging us to do this again.  MIX06 was a smaller, more intimate conference, and many of our presentations and panels were driven by our customers and partners.
Discussion: JD on EP and RossCode.com
Andrew / Web Publishing Blog:
Exclusive Interview with PlentyOfFish.com creator and owner, Markus Frind  —  As I reported a few days ago, Markus Frind, the owner of the free dating site PlentyOfFish.com has been pulling in $10,000 a day from Adsense.  What is even more remarkable is that he is single handedly …
Steelieboy / F**kedGoogle:
S & P 500 chairman admits he market timed the Google addition:  —  EDIT: Their chairman, or Standard and Poor's itself, is a monumental liar.  When they announced the addition in the press release they said that "price was not a consideration in our decision."
IEBlog:
Announcing Internet Explorer Feedback  —  Many customers have asked us about having a better way to enter IE bugs.  It is asked "Why don't you have Bugzilla like Firefox or other groups do?"  We haven't always had a good answer except it is something that the IE team has never done before.
Alexandros Roussos / macosXrumors.com:
Leopard to include VMWare-like virtualisation software?  —  Reliable sources informed MacosXrumors that Apple is developing virtualisation software that could be added to Apple's next major release of Mac OS X, Leopard.  The technology will allow users to create and run virtual machines with Mac OS X …
Discussion: The Tao of Mac and MacSlash
David Walker / ehomeupgrade.com:
Easy DivX to Xbox 360 Streaming with MCE Video Encoder  —  Until now, in order to play your DivX encoded copies of The Matrix on your Xbox360, you had to resort to a "hack", which was functional, but required you to be somewhat computer savvy to get it running.
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
Fans put satellite radio on cellphones, draws fire  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fans of U.S. satellite radio have been waiting eagerly for nearly a year to get XM or Sirius on to their cell phones.  —  But as the two satellite radio providers carefully ponder their mobile strategies and chew …
Discussion: Techdirt
madpenguin.org:
Tux goes retail: How open source is faring in big box retail stores  —  Free open source software is making slow in-roads into the world of big box retail.  This article is the first of a series of two Mad Penguin™ articles which take a detailed look inside the world of retail as Tux is experiencing it.
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
Vast.com and Its Ilk Please Some, Annoy Others  —  Vast.com may be the latest classified ad aggregator to hit the market, but the service is raising some familiar concerns.  —  Like its competitors, the firm insists it is simply scouring the Web for relevant information based on user queries …
news.designtechnica.com:
The Quandary  —  We find ourselves in a bit of pickle: either (a) our definition of podcasting is insufficient or inaccurate, or (b) 80% of those who we call "podcasters" are nothing of the sort.  —  Before we write off 80% of podcast users as being posers, perhaps we should reconsider …
Discussion: Jaffe Juice
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
"We need microformats" - Bill Gates  —  Tim O'Reilly told me that he had to clue Bill in on microformats the night before.  —  But as far as you can tell from this video - Bill has been familiar with it for years and it's a core part of Microsoft's strategy.  That's the genius of Bill Gates.
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
 
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Saving journalism (and killing the press)
Adam Thomas / Sunbelt BLOG:
Seen in the wild: Spyware Quake
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
A bunch of stuff  —  Here's some quickfire blogging before I go to sleep.
Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Vonage put emergency caller on hold
Discussion: VoIP Now
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
Dear Valleywag  —  Slow "news" day, was it?  —  You managed …
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Xbox Devs Working on . . . Xbox (not Vista)
Shankar Gupta / MediaPost Publications:
MSN To Take Blogging Service 'Live'
Ethan / ...My heart's in Accra:
From representing to pointing: some thoughts on the future of advocacy
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Teenage auteur ignites buzz about video graphics
Steve Gillmor / Steve Gillmor's InfoRouter:
The Allchin Tax Cut