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1:45 PM ET, March 30, 2006

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Ouriel Ohayon / TechCrunch:
Typepad is launching blog widgets  —  SixApart's Typepad is about to announce Widgets for bloggers.  And this is about to simplify the life of million of bloggers who until now had more or less to deal with placing html code in their template to customize and enrich their blogs with third party features.
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Michael Sippey / Six Apart:
Introducing TypePad Widgets: Bling for your Blog  —  Ever wanted to spice up the sidebar of your blog with some content or functionality from another site?  Today we just made that a whole lot easier.  We're excited to introduce TypePad Widgets, a new feature for TypePad that will bring dozens …
Discussion: Connecting the Dots
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.
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Seth Finkelstein / Infothought:
Google Finance, Blogs, and Politics - use COMPANY NAME, not TICKER SYMBOL  —  Note: Exposing Yahoo, Inc., or other companies, by having blog posts show up on a company's page in Google Finance, is accomplished by having the post rank highly for the company name, not company ticker symbol.
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.
Discussion: Mark Evans
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Reto / The Radioactive Yak:
Google-Vision: Is Google TV on its way?  —  I've speculated on this in the past, but a review of recent Google job openings may show a move into the interactive TV market is on the cards.  —  Google are advertising for an Interactive TV Product Manager in Mountain View …
Paul Boutin / Slate:
Web 2.0  —  The new Internet "boom" doesn't live up to its name.  —  Newsweek's April 3 cover story finally gives checkout-stand placement to "Web 2.0," everyone's favorite new tech buzzword.  You've probably seen the phrase before—in the blogosphere, in the New York Times' coverage …
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
GOOGLE VIDEO: RABBIS AND LESBIANS, BACK-TO-BACK  —  Google has issued an update to Google Video's interface, and if they don't fix it fast, they're going to have some problems.  —  First, the changes:  — Tabs are gone  — There are now six JavaScript switches …
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Google Blogoscoped:
Google Video's Continuous Playback
Walter S. Mossberg / WSJ Personal Technology:
Ask.Com's New Look Scores Big Points Against Search Rivals  —  In college basketball this month, we've all been reminded that the superiority of champions can't be taken for granted.  During the NCAA tournament, George Mason University, an obscure team from the suburbs of Washington, D.C. …
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
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Joanna Glasner / Wired News:
Spring Forward and Miss a Meeting  —  When April 2 rolls around, most Americans will set clocks an hour forward, lament the prospect of less sleep, and take comfort in the promise of longer evening light.  —  In Indiana, however, IT workers will be awaiting potential disaster.
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft and Boing Boing
Washington Post:
High Court Considers EBay Case On Patent  —  The Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday in a crucial intellectual property case — and the outcome could hinge on whether the justices think online auctioneer eBay Inc. is a larcenous corporate giant or the innocent victim of a greedy "patent troll."
Windows Live Mail Desktop Beta:
We're fighting for you!  —  It's crunch time here in MDB (Mail Desktop Beta, our unofficial acronym to keep it short and sweet).  The developers are working hard on last minute DCRs and coding like maniacs to lower our bug count, testers are running through a multi-week test pass and buddy tests …
Ben Elgin / Business Week:
Google's Surprising Stock Sale  —  Why would an outfit with so much cash in hand sell stock worth another $2 billion?  In part, to dampen recent price fluctuations  —  Google's mastery of the Internet search market has turned it into a veritable cash machine — but the company is hankering for more.
Discussion: Valleywag and DealBreaker.com
Anoop Gantayat / IGN:
Namco Pees on PSP  —  Korean R&B star Rain to feature in new variety game.  —  March 29, 2006 - Commemorating the start of operations on the 31st, Bandai Namco Games announced today a new variety game for the PSP.  Titled Rain Wonder Trip, this title will launch in early July simultaneously in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Discussion: PSP Fanboy
Jeremy Horwitz / ilounge.com:
Griffin debuts iTalkPro stereo microphone for 5G iPods  —  Griffin Technology has provided iLounge with exclusive photos and details on iTalkPro, the company's brand new high-quality recording accessory for fifth-generation iPods.  Substantially redesigned from the company's earlier …
 
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Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
It's an AJAX world: Hive 7
Discussion: SiliconBeat, VTOR and Larry Borsato
whimsplucky.com:
BackityMac  —  UPDATES IN VERSION 1.0.1  — Updated code to work better with the GUI
USA Today:
New Orleans' free Wi-Fi in dispute
Staska / News and reviews about laptops …:
Lenovo ThinkPad X60 Tablet PC Confirmed. ThinkPad X61 next?
Andy / Get a Free Blog Here:
Widgets: It's a Plugin!
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Delays IE's ActiveX D-Day
Discussion: Microsoft Watch
MarketWatch:
BBC plans ads for U.S. Web visitors
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Google's Wi-Fi Patent May Face Wayport Challenges
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 Earlier Items: 
The Doc Searls Weblog:
Tale of Whoa  —  Strumpette is gone, replaced by a This Account …
Michael Bazeley / SiliconBeat:
AddictingClips now taking your videos
Amanda Chapel / Strumpette:
Edelman Gang Gets Rough with Strumpette
Matthew Karnitschnig / Wall Street Journal:
Time Inc. Makes New Bid To Be Big Web Player
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
AllOfMP3 Launches allTunes
Matt Casamassina / IGN:
Revolution's Horsepower  —  Studios give us the inside scoop …
Chris Morris / CNN:
Nintendo president vows cheap games
Marc Gunther / CNN:
News Corp. (hearts) MySpace