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4:25 AM ET, March 26, 2006


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Phil Sim / Squash:
Biggest.  Microsoft.  Stuff-up.  Ever?  (And Who the heck is David Richards?)  —  In case your not a regular Squash-ee or else haven't picked it up along the way, my tiny, tiny little niche area of authority that I've been fortunate to build a business on is the Australian technology media.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
You can view the 60-percent-Vista-rewrite story as something of a software development IQ test.  Anyone who believes that it's conceivable is someone who hasn't got the most basic clue about how software development works.  It's akin to believing that all the US troops in Iraq could come home …
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Can this week ever end?  —  I'm on my way up to San Francisco to meet Ernie the Attorney.  I think I'll have a good stiff drink.  After this week...  I see that someone in Acer is being quoted about Vista having "major problems."  Oh, I love this game.  A marketer, down in Australia …
David Richards /
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 …
Loren / Incremental Blogger:
What would you think of Vista if 60% of its code had been rewritten?  —  Robert Scoble wishes that more blogs had challenged this article from SmartHouse claiming that up to 60% of Windows Vista will have been rewritten by the time it ships.  Evidently a bunch of people are concerned …
Ina Fried / CNET
Microsoft: Office 2007 to be late, too
Discussion: Office 12 Watch
Fred / A VC:
Google Finance  —  I've basically been offline all week.  I've been skiing with my family in Sun Valley and most of the posts on the blog this week were written on the plane and pre-scheduled.  That allowed me to take the week off and it was a good break.  —  So I am catching up on the week …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Talking Netvibes  —  Web 2.0 which I define as ability to do a lot more with a lot less inside of a web browser - and the ensuing funding madness has finally started to go global - albeit very slowly.  Netvibes, a Paris-based start-up last week raised a million dollars in angel funding …
Andrew / Web Publishing Blog:
Exclusive Interview with creator and owner, Markus Frind  —  As I reported a few days ago, Markus Frind, the owner of the free dating site has been pulling in $10,000 a day from Adsense.  What is even more remarkable is that he is single handedly …
David / Signal vs. Noise:
It's a great time to start a business  —  David Mar 25  —  Caterina Fake has a peculiar list of reasons why starting a company today is a bad idea.  I say it's never been a better time to start a business.  You know, the kind that develops a product or service and asks money for it.
Miss Rogue / HorsePigCow:
Okay...okay...I give...  I want to thank everyone for their passionate feedback on both my previous posts and on the Pinko Marketing Wiki...  ...lots to think about.  Since, as Mike says over here: "It's a community project after all," I am revising much of the theoretical background (because …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Saving journalism (and killing the press)  —  I'm in Philly at the Annenberg School of Communication for the Norg unconference: A remarkable, perhaps historic, gathering of newspaper people and bloggers starting a conversation about saving news.  Will Bunch, a columnist on the Daily News …
Discussion: paradox1x
Rich Miller / Netcraft:
Widespread Outages for World of Warcraft  —  World of Warcraft is experiencing lengthy downtime, and blaming its service provider for the outages.  The virtual world, which now has more than 6 million users, also announced emergency maintenance outages overnight on a large number of game servers (known as "realms").
Discussion: Igniq - Gaming News
Chris Morris / CNN:
Gaming's biggest least-known company  —  Players and developers know Epic Games.  It's time you did as well.  —  Game Over is a weekly column by Chris Morris  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. ( - Mention Epic Games to a hardcore gamer and their eyes glaze slightly as they begin rhapsodizing …
Discussion: Kotaku
Carl Franklin / Intellectual Hedonism:
Pwopcatcher Alpha  —  I know I teased you last year with the PwopCatcher UI in this blog post, and since then everyone has been asking me for it.  —  I am hereby announcing an alpha version at  Here are the features in a nutshell:  — Subscribe to RSS feeds that contain enclosures (of any kind).
Business Wire:
Buena Vista Games Announces 'Desperate Housewives' PC Game Based on ABC/Touchstone Television's Top-Rated, Golden Globe(R) Award-Winning Series  —  Brenda Strong to Lend Voice as Game's Narrator Mary Alice Young  —  BURBANK, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—March 24, 2006—Buena Vista Games, Inc. …
Discussion: Kotaku and Blue's News
MediaPost Publications:
Video Vertigo: Try Another Direction  —  WHAT IF TV AS WE know it didn't exist?  I'm not kidding.  What if the entire digital world had been developed before Sherwood Schwartz dreamed up "Gilligan's Island"?  Think outside of the box, beyond the existing structure.  First, there would be no such thing as local affiliates.
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.
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Steve says "I shoulda been there"; gives me a "reality check"
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Kenneth Li / Reuters:
Fans put satellite radio on cellphones, draws fire
Discussion: Techdirt
Steelieboy / F**kedGoogle:
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