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10:25 PM ET, March 29, 2006

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Om Malik / CNN:
VC dollars return to the desktop  —  No longer spooked by Microsoft, startup investors are backing desktop-software startups again — but this time, the desktop's on the Web.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2. Magazine) - Microsoft used to cast such a pall over startups that venture capitalists …
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
'Second Life' scores $11 million in funding  —  Linden Lab, the publisher of the popular virtual world "Second Life," announced Tuesday an $11 million round of funding led by Globespan Capital Partners.  —  The new funding, which comes on the heels of an $8 million round in October 2004 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Hive 7, An Ajaxian Virtual World
Discussion: Larry Borsato
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
YouTube caps video lengths to reduce infringement  —  You may already know all about YouTube.  Founded a year ago, YouTube has become a prime online destination for streaming video entertainment.  It has also become a prime destination for copyright infringement, as many of the videos uploaded …
BBC:
Handsets get taken to the grave  —  More people than ever are asking to be buried or cremated with their mobile phones when they die, say researchers.  —  The trend, which began in South Africa, has now spread to a number of countries, including Ireland, Australia, Ghana, and the US.
Tom Neumayr / apple.com:
Apple Provides Volume Limit Setting for iPod  —  CUPERTINO, California—March 29, 2006—Apple® today announced a software update for the iPod® nano and fifth generation iPod, allowing customers to easily set their own personal maximum volume limit.  The software update also gives parents …
Chris Morris / CNN:
Nintendo president vows cheap games  —  Iwata discusses price hikes and ways to keep costs down as gaming enters the next generation.  —  Game Over is a weekly column by Chris Morris  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Nintendo has already vowed its next generation console will be cheaper than its competitors.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
OH, TO BE A FLY ON THE WALL IN A FACEBOOK BOARD MEETING  —  Om says: when offered $750 million for your company, well... Erhmmm.  TAKE IT.  Bizweek is reporting that the company turned that figure down and is looking for something more like $2 billion.  —  Is this going to be another Friendster tale of woe?
jupitermedia.com:
JUPITERMEDIA ANNOUNCES SALE OF ITS JUPITERRESEARCH DIVISION  —  (New York, NY - March 29, 2006) - Jupitermedia Corporation (Nasdaq: JUPM) today announced that it has sold its JupiterResearch division for $10.1 million in cash and the assumption of certain liabilities by the purchaser, subject to certain post-closing adjustments.
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MSN Search's WebLog:
Build Your Own Search Engine  —  Ever wanted to create your own search engine?  Or use a search engine that's tailored to the specific topic you're interested in?  Last Friday we released a new Live Search feature called Search Macros that enables you to do this!  —  What are Search Macros?
Marc Gunther / CNN:
News Corp. (hearts) MySpace  —  The media giant recently bought MySpace, the popular networking site for youth — and it looks like a grand-slam.  —  NEW YORK (FORTUNE) - When News Corp. (Research) paid $580 million for MySpace, an Internet site for teens and young adults …
Stepto / the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:
An update on the IE ActiveX change from Mike Nash  —  Hi there.  Mike Nash from the STU.  Earlier this year, during our response to the WMF zero exploit with an out-of-band band security update, I wrote a blog entry explaining the details of how we got to the decision to release that update early.
Discussion: stepto.com
Reuters:
Sprint eyes mobile music subscriptions  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sprint Nextel Corp. plans to boost its mobile music business this year with a new subscription scheme for downloading songs onto cellphones, and expand its partnership with Sirius Satellite Radio Inc., a top executive said on Tuesday.
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Q & A thread: March 27, 2006  —  Okay, let's try tackling a few questions from the Grab bag thread.  Just a hint for next time: if your question takes three paragraphs to ask, your odds of getting an answer go down.  —  Q: "Is Bigdaddy fully deployed?"  —  A: Yes, I believe every data center …
Edward Castronova / Wired News:
Geekonomics  —  What if everything in life were free?  You'd think we'd be happier.  But game designers know better: We'd be bored.  —  Economics is loosely defined as choice under scarcity.  After all, in the real world, there's only so much to go around.
Discussion: Techdirt
Enid Burns / ClickZ:
Hearst to Provide Mobile Content for Select Magazines  —  Hearst Publications has begun distribution of mobile content to its readers in the current issues of Cosmopolitan, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen magazines.  Each publication now has a portal-style presence that extends the brand to the mobile space.
Owen Linzmayer / Wired News:
Steve Jobs' Best Quotes Ever  —  One of the great things about Steve Jobs is what comes out of his mouth.  —  The CEO of Apple Computer is a master of hype, hyperbole and the catchy phrase.  Even when he's trying to talk normally, brilliant verbiage comes tumbling out.
 
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Ted Wallingford / The VoIP Weblog:
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Scoop / seo-scoop.com:
Wise Words for Those Seeking Income from the Internet
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BBC:
The latest chapter of the e-book
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Samsung's Q1 appears on the FCC
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
New broadband bill draws fire
Russell Buckley / MobHappy:
When Your Mobile is Your Computer  —  I wrote last week comparing …
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Putting the I in identity  —  Phil Windley has announced …
Tyler Hamilton / Toronto Star:
Battle for the Web  —  Tim Berners-Lee, chief architect …
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OpenSSH: you'll miss it when it's gone
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lightreading.com:
RBOCs Wait & See on P2P
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Marc Orchant / Office Evolution:
Big day for RSS on Windows
Modculture / Tech Digest:
Hitachi launches the theft-proof projector
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Engadget
www2.panasonic.com:
PANASONIC ANNOUNCES ITS FIRST HIGH DEFINITION BLU-RAY DISC PLAYER'S …
Joel Santo Domingo / Gearlog:
Mac Os X 10.5 Likely To Have Virtualization, Windows Support
 

 
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Alexandra Steigrad / New York Post:
CNN signs a deal to use AP stories on its website, the first time it has done so since cutting ties 14 years ago to focus more on original reporting

Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
The National Music Publishers' Association files an FTC complaint against Spotify, saying Spotify's decision to offer audiobooks reduced songwriters' royalties

Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
Sony Pictures Entertainment buys Alamo Drafthouse Cinema; 35 cinemas will keep operating under the Alamo brand, and Alamo's Michael Kustermann will remain CEO

 
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