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4:50 PM ET, March 30, 2006

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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 …
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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
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.
Walter S. Mossberg / Wall Street Journal:
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. …
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.
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Bloomberg:
Google to Sell 5.3 Million Shares for S&P Index Funds (Update2)
Discussion: Mark Evans, B2Day and TechBeat
www2.sprint.com:
Sprint Extends Mobility Leadership with Aggressive Broadband Network Expansion  —  Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced aggressive plans for the expansion and evolution of the Sprint Power Vision(SM) network which now covers over half of the U.S. population with mobile broadband data services.
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 …
Discussion: Things That
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Google Blogoscoped:
Google Video's Continuous Playback
Don Marshall / online-publishers.org:
OPA Press Release  —  ONLINE VIDEO ACHIEVING MASS APPEAL WITH NEWS LEADING THE WAY, ACCORDING TO ONLINE PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION STUDY  —  NEW YORK, NY — March 29, 2006 — According to a study released today by the Online Publishers Association (OPA), video viewing online has reached the point …
Todd Malicoat / Stuntdubl:
Time for New Adventures in Stuntdubl Land  —  It is with anticipation and a bit of sadness that I will be leaving We Build Pages to pursue a new career.  Unfortunately, the direction of the business is not inline with my personal and professional goals at this time, and therefore I feel I must move on.
Thomas K. Arnold / Hollywood Reporter:
UMD losing H'wood game  —  Exactly a year after it was launched in the U.S., the Sony PlayStation Portable's days as a hand-held movie-viewing device might be numbered.  —  Disappointing sales have slowed the flow of movies on the proprietary Universal Media Disc to a mere trickle.
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
Andy / Get a Free Blog Here:
Widgets: It's a Plugin!  —  Let me begin by thanking the bloggers of WordPress.com.  These excellent people are our most diligent (and unwitting) testing force, keeping our days free for the development of new bugs which, after enduring the careful, methodical abuse from our tireless testing force …
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 …
 
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Werner Vogels / All Things Distributed:
NAKED ANSWERS  —  Today Shel Israel and Robert Scoble stopped …
Mike / Techdirt:
Is There Anyone The Government Didn't Subpoena For Their COPA Defense?
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
It's an AJAX world: Hive 7
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?
Dennis Sellers / Macsimum News:
Apple offers volume limit setting for iPods
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Delays IE's ActiveX D-Day
Discussion: Microsoft Watch
 Earlier Items: 
MarketWatch:
BBC plans ads for U.S. Web visitors
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Google's Wi-Fi Patent May Face Wayport Challenges
Discussion: All Points Blog
Jeremy Horwitz / ilounge.com:
Griffin debuts iTalkPro stereo microphone for 5G iPods
Anoop Gantayat / IGN:
Namco Pees on PSP
Discussion: PSP Fanboy
The Doc Searls Weblog:
Tale of Whoa  —  Strumpette is gone, replaced by a This Account …
Washington Post:
High Court Considers EBay Case On Patent
Windows Live Mail Desktop Beta:
We're fighting for you!  —  It's crunch time here in MDB …
Matthew Karnitschnig / Wall Street Journal:
Time Inc. Makes New Bid To Be Big Web Player