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10:30 AM ET, March 31, 2006

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Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Much ado about blogging (Scoble, you didn't answer the question)  —  Ahh, now Slashdot jumps into the "Werner kicks blogging book authors behinds" tub.  On the other hand, I must buy Werner dinner some evening and thank him.  The whole shindig has landed us on top of Memeorandum for a few hours.
Discussion: Syndicator Blog
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Shel Israel / Naked Conversations:
Amazon's CTO Retorts  —  I think there's a nice ironic touch to the fact that when I tried to leave a comment on this post by Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon.com, his technology would not allow me to sign in.  It is fitting because Werner thinks Amazon does just fine listening to its customers …
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
A little bit of a dustup about our Amazon talk
Discussion: The Post Money Value
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google local search shows image ads on maps  —  As anticipated, Google is launching a feature Thursday night for businesses that want to target customers based on geography.  —  Marketers will be able to place photos and logos inside balloons that pop up on Google maps exactly where the merchants are located.
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Pamela Parker / ClickZ:
Google Adds Features to Local Ads  —  Coffee cups, shopping bags and flowers will soon be appearing on Google Local maps, as part of the company's move to enhance opportunities for local advertisers.  —  Advertisers will be able to choose one of 10 icons including coffee cups, forks and knives …
Frank Gruber / TechCrunch:
The State of Online Feed Readers  —  Syndication is undoubtedly the heartbeat of the web 2.0 movement.  A feed reader, the most common solution to consuming synidcated content, saves the user time by monitoring countless sites and sources and providing near real-time updates to one location.
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Somewhat Frank:
WEB FEED READERS DISSECTED BY TECHCRUNCH
emarketer.com:
Sizing Up Mobile Advertising  —  Little screen, big opportunity.  —  Although advertising on mobile phones is currently minuscule — in budgets as well as size dimensions — if marketers heed the recommendations of a new report from Magna Global, they will begin investigating this emerging channel now.
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Russell Buckley / MobHappy:   Mobile Advertising Starts to Take Off
Alec / Alec Saunders .LOG:
Vonage: Worst IPO Candidate This Year?  —  A story is emerging that some folks on Wall Street think Vonage is shopping itself around as a takeover target, rather than an IPO.  S1's have been filed, but there has been no further action.  Furthermore, Vonage continues to chew through massive amounts …
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Paul R. La Monica / CNN:
V is for Vonage...T is for Takeover
Discussion: DealBreaker.com and Mark Evans
emilychang.com:
FEATURED SITE  —  Stylehive - (Now Live) Social shopping and bookmarking with a focus on new trends, hot products, style and shopping.  Disclosure: Stylehive is my client and we did the design.  See my blog post, Style Meets the Social Web with the Stylehive.  Also see: eHub Interviews Stylehive
Discussion: Perceptric Forum
Reuters:
Toshiba launches world's first HD DVD player  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese electronics maker Toshiba Corp. (6502.T: Quote, Profile, Research) on Friday started rolling out its high definition DVD players in Japan, becoming the first company to offer next-generation optical disc players worldwide.
Discussion: HDBlog.net, Engadget and Gizmodo
Douglass C. Perry / IGN:
Next Halo Hits March 2007  —  Microsoft plans for wide-open spring 2007 launch.  —  March 30, 2006 - The next Halo is coming in March 2007.  According to a Microsoft source who asked to remain anonymous and a second source close to the company, IGN today learned that Microsoft will publish …
Discussion: Xbox 360 Fanboy and Kotaku
Jamie M. Bsales / laptopmag.com:
Gateway NX100X  —  Gateway's newest ultraportable is one of the sleekest notebooks on the market.  —  Price: $1,624  —  Occupying about the same desk space as a sheet of paper and less than an inch thick, the 3.2-pound Gateway NX100 is one sleek machine.
Discussion: Engadget
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Brandon Hill / dailytech.com:
Gateway Jumps The Gun on Intel, Accidentally Announces New CPU
Discussion: Mac Rumors and Valleywag
press.nokia.com:
Performance, quality and ease of use - the hallmarks of Nokia's newest range of iconic affordable phones  —  Nokia 2610, Nokia 2310 and Nokia 1112 unveiled at Nokia Experience Mobility 2006 event in Chongqing, China  —  Chongqing, China - In Chongqing, a city in the heart of China …
David Pogue / New York Times:
A Spam Fighter Is Overzealous but Can Learn  —  GOOD thing people don't judge me by my e-mail in-box.  If they did, they'd conclude that I'm sickly, overweight and unemployed, that I need a new mortgage, don't know where to buy medicine and can't please my wife.
Discussion: Engadget and Digital Inspiration
Eric Mack On-Line:
Ultra-wide screen Tablet PC coming!  —  I guess my blog posts about my ideal Tablet PC haven't gone unnoticed.  At least one Tablet PC manufacturer is actively reading my blog.  [You can probably guess that it's not my current Tablet PC manufacturer.]  I just got off the phone …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and GottaBeMobile.com
yafla.com:
The Search For A Domain Name  —  You've thought up a brilliant idea for a new Web 2.0, AJAX-enabled web app, or you're about to release a thus-far-unnamed killer software app.  Now you just need to find the perfect domain name for it to live at (and, in true new-economy fashion …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Facebook: $750 million or $2 Billion  —  A few days ago there was a lot of chatter over Business Week story that Facebook was on the block, as long as the buyer was ready to pony up $2 billion.  —  I suggested that the founders of the company should have been prudent and taken the rumored $750 million offer.
Michael Miller / Forward Thinking by Michael J. Miller:
A Convertible Tablet PC That Does More  —  For the past week, I've been trying out the new Toshiba Portege M400 convertible, Toshiba's first small tablet upgrade in a long time.  —  I'm a big fan of both small notebooks and tablet computers.  I like my laptops light, because I'm a train commuter, and carry my laptop a lot.
 
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Julie Jacobson / cepro.com:
[EHX] Microsoft Demos SideShow for Media Center Remote
Auren Hoffman / Summation:
business model patents
Discussion: pc4media
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Spy program snoops on cell phones
Earthling / EarthLink blog:
Working To Keep Wi-Fi In New Orleans
David Beisel / Genuine VC:
"There's Something Going On" in Boston
Discussion: Darwinian Web and Pito's Blog
Ryan Katz / Think Secret:
Apple iPhone soon? Not likely.
Discussion: Gizmodo