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6:15 PM ET, March 27, 2006

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Nick / Rough Type:
Seven rules for corporate blogging  —  Microsoft's Robert Scoble, who cowrote a book on corporate blogging called Naked Conversations, now seems intent on turning himself into a case study for why companies shouldn't blog.  The posts on his company-sponsored blog, Scobleizer, have become increasingly shrill and antagonistic of late.
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Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Better mail than jail...
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Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
The Streamcast vs. Skype Et Al Complaint  —  I have just finished reading what is likely the 30+ page Streamcast Networks complaint against Skype et al that found its way to me.  It reads as much like a Hollywood film treatment that needs to star Paul Newman as the attorney ala his roles in "The Verdict" or "Absence of Malice."
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Second Life +is+ an OS  —  I've been following this discussion over on Dave Winer's blog.  Jarod Russell says there's no way that Second Life is gonna be the next OS.  —  I think he hasn't seen inside of Second Life yet or seen just what a developer can do with it.  —  You can store files there.
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Beetle's Nest:
Oh my!  —  Dave Winer posits, "or maybe Second Life will be the new operating system for this century."  I respect a lot of what Dave Winer's done; he's done more in the world of software than I can ever dream of doing, and he's been doing it probably longer than I've been breathing.
Discussion: VTOR
hotelchatter.com:
Best WiFi Hotels 2006  —  A HotelChatter Exclusive  —  It's been more than a year since our last investigation of hotels with the Best and Worst WiFi concoctions.  What has changed since then is that most hotels have now jumped on the WiFi bandwagon, so most hotels have *some* sort of WiFi solution.
VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
Lycos Phone blows away Skype and Yahoo Messenger?  —  Lycos Phone is launching on Monday the Internet's first-ever "virtually" free VoIP integrated communications platform, combining IM, video chat, real-time video on demand streaming content (including IPTV channels), and an MP3 player.
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Enid Burns / ClickZ:
Lycos Intros Entertainment- and Ad-Enabled Free VoIP
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
A Web Site So Hip It Gets Laddies to Watch the Ads  —  "This will be over faster than your last relationship" and ".001% of your daily ad intake" are the sorts of wisecracks users see right above the video commercial that greets them when they visit Heavy.com.
Liz Chong / Times of London:
Beatles take rival Apple to court over core business  —  IT IS the ultimate battle of the generations over an image of a half-eaten piece of fruit.  —  In one corner Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, the ultimate stars of vinyl who defined music in the 1960s.
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
Evoca - Podcasting for the Rest of Us?  —  I spent some time over the weekend playing around with Evoca, a newly-launched service that helps you record and share voice recordings.  I'm fairly impressed.  It goes without saying that Evoca includes tagging, groups and RSS feeds.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Evoca Sounds Off to Odeo
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Attacks on Unpatched IE Flaw Escalate  —  More than 200 Web sites — many of them belonging to legitimate businesses — have been hacked and seeded with code that tries to take advantage of a unpatched security hole in Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser to install hostile code …
New York Times:
Windows Is So Slow, but Why?  —  Back in 1998, the federal government declared that its landmark antitrust suit against the Microsoft Corporation was not merely a matter of law enforcement, but a defense of innovation.  The concern was that the company was wielding its market power …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Denmark next in line to challenge Apple, DRM  —  Apple's problems in Europe look to be getting worse, not better.  Following on the heels of France's legislative push for DRM interoperability comes word that Denmark is thinking along the same lines.  Reportedly, Maersk and the country's …
Discussion: Engadget
Nick Bradbury:
FeedDemon 2.0 is Golden!  —  After months of coding, debugging, refining and performance-tuning, FeedDemon 2.0 is finally done.  The code has been frozen, the final install has been built, the documentation has been written, and we're all set to go live with it.
Russell Buckley / MobHappy:
MMS to Combat London Grafitti  —  The London, UK, Borough of Lewisham has launched a great idea to clean up the place, using MMS (via Springwise).  —  The public is invited to download a Java app to their phones.  Then they take photos of offending graffiti, dumped rubbish …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Smart Mobs
USA Today:
Cablevision tests 'remote storage' DVR use  —  NEW YORK — In a move that could ignite a major debate about consumer "fair use" of TV programming, Cablevision Systems will unveil plans to test a service that gives cable subscribers the ability to record and time-shift shows using existing digital set-top boxes.
Ellen McCarthy / Washington Post:
Hughes Looking At Rural Internet  —  Hughes Network Systems LLC, a Germantown satellite service company trying to reposition itself after the sale of its DirecTV satellite television business, plans to announce a campaign today aimed at selling Internet access to small businesses and consumers in rural parts of the country.
Discussion: Daily Wireless
 
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Apple iPod: One Giant Leap for Advertising
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
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