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4:50 AM ET, March 30, 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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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Hive 7, An Ajaxian Virtual World  —  Max Skibinsky knows javascript.  He knows it so well, that he was working on applications in what he "double-channel javascript."  Thank god, that didn't catch on and instead we ended up with a more friendly Ajax acronym.
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 …
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PR Newswire:
Apple's Move to Limit iPod Volume Acknowledges Product Flaw, Attorneys Contend  —  Apple Introduces Software to Cap Potentially Damaging Volume Levels on Some Products  —  SEATTLE, March 29 /PRNewswire/ — Attorneys representing Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL - News) iPod owners in a national class-action lawsuit …
Discussion: Kevin Maney
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 …
Rebecca MacKinnon / RConversation:
Yahoo! Abomination.  (YHOO)  —  Yahoo! founder Jerry Yang continues to spew excrement, echoing his shoulder-shrugging of earlier this month, which essentially amounts to saying: So sorry we assisted in human rights violations, but there's nothing we can do if we're going to bring the Internet to the Chinese people.
Discussion: AccMan Pro and Boing Boing
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 …
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.
Clint Ecker / Infinite Loop:
BAPCo, eh?  —  A Ziff Davis blog is reporting that Apple has recently joined a technology consortium, if you will, that works together to produce benchmarking tools like the SYSmark 2004SE and MobileMark suites.  The group is composed of big name companies like Intel, HP, Dell, AMD, NVidia, Transmeta, Microsoft, and ATi.
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.
Discussion: Kotaku and The Game Chair
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
AllOfMP3 Launches allTunes  —  AllofMP3 has released a beta of its latest desktop music library and download tool allTunes.  Although the name is an obvious play on iTunes, those farmiliar with AllOFMP3 will know that they are infamous for extremely cheap, high quality and quasi-legal music downloads …
Discussion: Ken McGuire Blog
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Three audiences, three different cultures  —  You might think that the trick to good speaking is speaking well.  Being confident.  Having interesting content.  And all that.  —  Now that I've given a bunch of speeches (four in the past two days), I'm learning that the real skill a speaker needs is listening.
Bloomberg:
Google to Sell 5.3 Million Shares for S&P Index Funds (Update2)  —  March 29 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc., the most-used Internet search engine, plans to sell 5.3 million more shares to satisfy demand for the stock as the company joins the Standard & Poor's 500 Index.
Matt Casamassina / IGN:
Revolution's Horsepower  —  Studios give us the inside scoop on the clock rates for Broadway and Hollywood.  How do the CPU and GPU stack up on paper?  —  March 29, 2006 - Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has said that his company is not interested in waging a technology war against Microsoft and Sony …
Discussion: Kotaku
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
 
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Stepto / the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:
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Enid Burns / ClickZ:
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