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12:55 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.
Discussion: Scobleizer and Larry Borsato
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 and Joystiq
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.
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 …
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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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
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
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.
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.
Discussion: Naked Conversations
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.
 
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Russell Buckley / MobHappy:
When Your Mobile is Your Computer  —  I wrote last week comparing …
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Tyler Hamilton / Toronto Star:
Battle for the Web  —  Tim Berners-Lee, chief architect …
thejemreport.com:
OpenSSH: you'll miss it when it's gone
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lightreading.com:
RBOCs Wait & See on P2P
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Owen Linzmayer / Wired News:
Steve Jobs' Best Quotes Ever
Marc Orchant / Office Evolution:
Big day for RSS on Windows
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
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