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6:55 AM ET, March 30, 2006

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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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Rebecca MacKinnon / RConversation:
Holding companies to account with Google Finance
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.
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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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 …
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: Engadget and Kotaku
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
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.
Amanda Chapel / Strumpette:
Edelman Gang Gets Rough with Strumpette  —  Okay, if I may, I need to preface some.  I'm preparing an article about Former German Chancellor Schroeder for later today; that's if I can get to it.  Apparently Uncle Gerhard wants his supervisors at the Kremlin to fund a public relations venture in Western Europe.
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Valleywag
biz.yahoo.com:
Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement, Financial Statements and Exhibits  —  Item 1.01.  Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.  —  The purpose of this Current Report on Form 8-K/A is to amend the Current Report on Form 8-K of Google Inc. ("Google"), filed on December 22, 2005 …
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Matthew Karnitschnig / Wall Street Journal:
Time Inc. Makes New Bid To Be Big Web Player  —  In the fall of 1994, before most people had even heard of the Internet, Time Inc. took a bold step: It put much of its premium print content online for free, launching Pathfinder, a Web-based trove of its magazines, including Time, People and Money.
 
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Windows Live Mail Desktop Beta:
We're fighting for you!  —  It's crunch time here in MDB …
Peter Yared / Peter Yared's Musings:
An Open Letter to Jonathan Schwartz
Reuters:
Microsoft hired ex-EU judges for mock trial: source
Discussion: Neowin.net
Reuters:
Industry groups: Home is where the Bluetooth will be
Ryan Block / Engadget:
BUSlink's 64GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive PRO 2 Series
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
ajaxLaunch.com:
502,174 Documents Can't Be Wrong. Next Up ajaxSketch
Heather Green / Blogspotting:
BW Podcast with Terry Heaton from Donata
Edward Castronova / Wired News:
Geekonomics  —  What if everything in life were free?
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Ted Wallingford / The VoIP Weblog:
Ballmer's kids forbidden from Google, iPods
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
OH, TO BE A FLY ON THE WALL IN A FACEBOOK BOARD MEETING
Stepto / the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:
An update on the IE ActiveX change from Mike Nash
Discussion: stepto.com
Enid Burns / ClickZ:
Hearst to Provide Mobile Content for Select Magazines
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Samsung's Q1 appears on the FCC
BBC:
Handsets get taken to the grave
Reuters:
Sprint eyes mobile music subscriptions