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7:40 AM ET, March 29, 2006

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Telis Demos / CNN:
The sleeping giant goes on the offensive  —  Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft is ready to take the offensive.  —  (FORTUNE Magazine) - When Microsoft (Research) went public in 1986, there was no 3-D videogaming, no enterprise software, and no Google (Research).
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook is doing the Skype dance  —  Business Week is reporting that Facebook has turned down a $750 million acquisition offer and is looking for $2 billion.  The blogosphere is buzzing about the news.  —  The source of the information is an executive(s) at Facebook …
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Erick Schonfeld / B2Day:
Is Facebook Worth $2 Billion?  —  BW Online is reporting that the Facebook is trying to sell itself for $2 billion.  That sort of wishful accounting makes Ruoert Murdoch seem like a penny pincher for paying only $580 million for the much larger MySpace.  —  At 7 million members …
Ker Than / MSNBC:
Brain cells fused with computer chips  —  Tests with neurons could lead to better computers, brain treatments  —  P. Fromherz / NACHIP / Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry  —  A neuron from a rat brain sprawls over a linear array of transistors.  The cell's ionic current interacts with the electronic current in the silicon.
Stepto / the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:
Third party solutions to the Internet Explorer CreateTextRange vulnerability  —  Hi everyone, Mike Reavey here.  I wanted to make everyone aware of some recent developments regarding the "Create TextRange" IE vulnerability.  First off we're still not seeing increased spread of attacks …
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BBC:
US group wants China 'spy' probe  —  A US agency is calling for an official probe into Chinese computer firm Lenovo's contract to supply 15,000 computers to the US State Department.  —  The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) said it feared the PCs could be fitted with bugging devices to spy on the US government.
bluetooth.com:
BLUETOOTH SIG SELECTS WIMEDIA ALLIANCE ULTRA-WIDEBAND TECHNOLOGY FOR HIGH SPEED BLUETOOTH® APPLICATIONS  —  Bluetooth technology and UWB solution enables wireless high speed and ad-hoc applications while maintaining low power  —  Bellevue, WA - March 28, 2006 - The Bluetooth SIG today announced …
Rick Aristotle Munarriz / Motley Fool:
Follow the Money, Honey  —  If you want to make lots of money in Internet stocks, the trick is pretty easy to master.  First, you need to find a growing niche.  Don't rack your brain over that.  I'll nudge you in the right direction by pointing out a few, like online advertising, blogging, social networking, and video streaming.
Discussion: unmediated and PaidContent.org
Joel Santo Domingo / Gearlog:
Mac Os X 10.5 Likely To Have Virtualization, Windows Support  —  In a stunning move, BAPCo, the industry-standard Windows benchmarking consortium, announced that Apple Computer has joined up as a member.  BAPCo is responsible for the SYSmark 2004SE and MobileMark benchmark suites we use at PC Magazine Labs for testing PCs.
Associated Press:
Net: a Political Free-for-All  —  The Federal Election Commission decided Monday that the nation's new campaign finance law will not apply to most political activity on the internet.  —  In a 6-0 vote, the commission decided to regulate only paid political ads placed on another person's website.
Discussion: SearchViews and Smart Mobs
Herschell Taghap / Infinite Loop:
Apple's 30'' Cinema Display gets quiet upgrade  —  Apple's 30'' LCD is a beautiful thing.  The screen's minimalistic design and sleek lines could only be worthy of being designed in Cupertino, California.  But, as we have learned in the company's history, and especially these past couple years …
Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
Sue Google, not us, Torrentspy tells Hollywood  —  Torrentspy argues it can't be held liable for actions of visitors once they leave its Web site  —  The Motion (Overview, Articles, Company) Picture Association of America (MPAA) might just as well have sued Google (Profile, Products …
BBC:
EU cracks down on mobile charges  —  Mobile phone users could pay less for making calls from abroad to their country of origin, under proposals put forward by the European Commission.  —  The Commission said it would draft a law to crack down on "unjustified" high charges for using mobile phones abroad.
Discussion: Tech Digest and PalmAddicts
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
TabletKiosk UMPC pricing revealed  —  Ok, here we go folks, a UMPC with an announced price, ready to order.  First from the gates is the TabletKiosk [V-700] or rather, "eo" UMPC v7110.  Now, forget what you heard about these pups dropping for around $500 to help position them between the handheld and laptop market, mkay?
John Carroll / ZDNet.com:
Antitrust frustration  —  I see some scope for antitrust, assuming the people involved in enforcing the rules understand the meaning of proper limits, and don't view antitrust as a flexible club with which to beat large companies into any shape they think conforms to some imaginary vision of perfect competition.
 
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Daily Wireless:
Net Neutrality Going Down?  —  In a blow to proponents of …
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Microsoft employees call for Ballmer to go
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