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11:05 AM ET, March 28, 2006

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Jennifer Slegg / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Official Google Blog Deleted, Blogger Registers googleblog.blogspot.com  —  Back in April 2004, Google launched their blog at googleblog.blogspot.com.  But somehow, in the past few hours, that blog has been completely deleted from the Blogger servers, and users are instead seeing a "Not Found.
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Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Scoble: poster child for not blogging  —  Hey, I had a bad weekend, OK?  I answer 10s of thousand of comments, most of the time I'm a nice guy with a thick skin and take all the crap that's thrown my way.  Last week I had enough.  I bit back.  I made mistakes.  I was wrong.  —  I was human.
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Rick Segal / The Post Money Value:
Robert Scoble should be fired
Stowe Boyd / Message:
You Say It's Your Blirthday, You're Gonna Have A Good Blog!
Om Malik / GigaOM:
5 Years For Nation Wide WiFi  —  In five years, most major metros and suburbs will have ubiquitous Wi-Fi based broadband coverage says Chuck Haas, the co-founder and chief executive officer of MetroFi, a Mountain View, Calif.,-based start-up that is rolling out metro wireless networks.
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wikia.com:
BESSEMER VENTURE PARTNERS FUNDS JIMMY WALES' STARTUP WIKIA  — Bessemer leads $4 million round with prominent angels  — Company changes name from Wikicities to Wikia  — Wikia supports foundation behind Wikipedia  —  Wikia, Inc., formerly known as Wikicities …
makezine.com:
The Future of Credit Cards - Earning virtual currency for spending in the real world & other world bridging  —  Very soon, credit card companies and game makers will reward their customers who spend money in the real world using private label "rewards" credit cards.
Discussion: WOW Insider and Scobleizer
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
Facebook's on the Block  —  The owners of the privately held social-networking site hope to fetch as much as $2 billion.  And media giants like Viacom may make a good match  —  Facebook, the Web site where students around the world socialize and swap information, has put itself on the block, BusinessWeek Online has learned.
Chris Suellentrop / Wired News:
Global Gaming Crackdown  —  Last fall, a group of World of Warcraft players in China committed mass suicide.  They wanted to draw attention to the latest restriction on their liberty: The same government agency that censors newspapers and bans books had just mandated a system of disincentives …
Stephen Bryant / Online Journalism Review:
Syndicate this!  Linking old media to new  —  A new service called BlogBurst aims to get newspapers republishing syndicated blog content.  Will it work?  Who will benefit?  —  Blogs and newspapers have been getting cozy of late.  The successful journaling experiments at dailies …
Discussion: InterMedia
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Net neutrality fans lose on Capitol Hill  —  In a modest victory for broadband providers, a highly anticipated bill in the U.S. Congress does not include specific rules saying that some Internet sites must not be favored over others.  —  Rep. Joe Barton, a Texas Republican who heads …
David / weblog.rubyonrails.org:
Rails 1.1: RJS, Active Record++, respond_to, integration tests, and 500 other things!  —  The biggest upgrade in Rails history has finally arrived.  Rails 1.1 boasts more than 500 fixes, tweaks, and features from more than 100 contributors.  Most of the updates just make everyday life a little smoother …
Discussion: SitePoint Blogs and Metafilter
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Pssst!  You Can Get It Cheaper Over There  —  IT'S the kind of thing that can make bargain hunters rejoice: merchants that follow consumers to competing stores and show them a better deal just as they are about to check out.  In the mall, that would be considered stalking.
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Verizon SuperPages.com joins Google AdWords  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—Google and Verizon SuperPages.com have signed a deal under which the classified ad provider will help its tens of thousands of marketers get ads onto Google search result pages, the companies said Monday.
Alan Saracevic / The Technology Chronicles:
Adios Avie  —  Avadis "Avie" Tevanian, Apple Computer's Chief Technology Officer, is leaving the firm to "pursue other interests," the company confirmed Monday.  Tevanian, who came to Apple in 1997 from his previous post working for Steve Jobs at NeXT, played a key role in developing Mac OS X …
Arshad Mohammed / Washington Post:
Phone, Cable Trade Fire Over Ads  —  AT&T Inc. yesterday accused cable television companies of suppressing public debate by refusing to air ads that urge lawmakers to make it easier for phone companies to get into the TV business.  —  Time Warner Cable shot back that it was under no obligation …
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Avoid WiFi Hell: Worst Hotels for WiFi Service  —  What better service for our dear readers than telling you which hotels to avoid because of their world-class-awful WiFi service.  The Hotel Chatter web site helped us out yesterday with a list of the best WiFi hotels, and follows that today with those that are best avoided.
 
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Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Researcher: DRM Has Deep Flaws
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Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Monday catchup in Silicon Valley: Platial, Kavam, Insider Pages raise $$
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Justices Will Hear Patent Case Against eBay
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
i-Phono, PSP Bluetooth Transmitter
Discussion: Tech Digest and Ubergizmo
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Become a phishing terminator
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
How to revamp Yahoo! Groups?
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How to Pick a Good Point and Shoot
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
MP3 of the week and other stuff from my aggregator
Discussion: Zoli's Blog
Microsoft:
Microsoft Significantly Enhances Business Process Management …
Discussion: Bink.nu
Christopher / ATRACLife:
New NW-A (002, 003, 005) Series to Debut Soon
Reuters:
Cablevision to test network DVR
Discussion: Gizmodo
Adam Green / Darwinian Web:
The second coming of the Web
Discussion: Raw
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Second Life +is+ an OS