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11:05 PM ET, March 25, 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.
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 …
Ina Fried / CNET
Microsoft: Office 2007 to be late, too
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 …
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Steve says "I shoulda been there"; gives me a "reality check"  —  Steve Gillmor says that if we wanted a really interesting conversation that he should have been at the Bill Gates lunch.  Hey, that's really selling the skills of Albert Lai, Mike Arrington, and Lynda Weinman short.
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.
Alexbarn / Alex Barnett blog:
MY 6 PREDICTIONS ON MICROFORMATS  —  Joshua Allen helped organize …
Discussion: ben barren
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and Mark Evans
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
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
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
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.
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
David Walker /
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.
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."
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Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
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