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8:10 AM ET, March 28, 2006

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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  —  and fired yesterday so I can get em into a start up.  Heh, provocative enough?  —  Okay, there is a larger point I'd like to make in the wake of all the current bad Robert/good Robert blog noise.  —  First, as goofy as it may sound, you need more Scoble, not less.
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 …
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David Cowan / Who Has Time For This?:
Wikia, Jimmy Wales' Startup
Discussion: alarm:clock euro
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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Jason Goldman / Official Google Blog:
And we're back  —  The Google Blog was unavailable for a short time tonight.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
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 …
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: Scobleizer
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
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
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 …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Google employees' wireless patents published  —  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published three wireless-related patents filed by Google employees as the search giant seeks to delve deeper into the wireless market.  —  The patent applications, filed by Google employees Wesley Chan …
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Mr. Jobs, it's almost time for your periodic contribution to the Beatles Preservation Fund  —  The long-running legal row between Apple Computer and the Beatles' Apple Corps is headed back into court again.  Attorneys for the two companies will face this week for a hearing in London …
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Marc Perton / Engadget:
Denmark may join France and demand Apple open its DRM
Discussion: Binary Bonsai and Ars Technica
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 …
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Justices Will Hear Patent Case Against eBay  —  The United States Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday in a protracted, closely watched patent case that pits a small company called MercExchange against eBay, the online auction and marketplace.  —  While the grounds in the case appear narrow …
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
i-Phono, PSP Bluetooth Transmitter  —  The PSP sure is wonderful, what with all those...really great games and everything.  One thing that would improve Sony's handheld, however, is wireless headphones.  The BT450PX from Bluetake is a wireless audio transmitter for the PSP that uses Bluetooth to work its magic.
Discussion: Tech Digest and Ubergizmo
Sunbelt BLOG:
Become a phishing terminator  —  CastleCops and Sunbelt Software are announcing a new anti-phishing community, the Phishing Incident Reporting and Termination (PIRT) Squad.  This will be a community at CastleCops solely dedicated to taking down phishing sites.
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.
 
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Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Significantly Enhances Business Process Management …
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