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12:15 PM 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.
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Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
A little bit of a dustup about our Amazon talk
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
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 …
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
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
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 …
Discussion: IP Democracy
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Paul R. La Monica / CNN:
V is for Vonage...T is for Takeover
Discussion: Mark Evans and DealBreaker.com
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: GottaBeMobile.com and jkOnTheRun
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 …
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: Engadget, Gizmodo and HDBlog.net
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
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.
Blake / Topix.net Weblog:
TOPIX.NET FORUMS ON FIRE: THE NI-CHAN PARADOX  —  Back on December 12th, we released a site redesign that included user forums on each of our news pages.  We were pretty psyched about this — a chance to let our users "talk back" to the news seemed like an obvious next step in the evolution of the Topix.net site.
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
Michel Marriott / New York Times:
Digital Divide Closing as Blacks Turn to Internet  —  African-Americans are steadily gaining access to and ease with the Internet, signaling a remarkable closing of the "digital divide" that many experts had worried would be a crippling disadvantage in achieving success.
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
 
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Mark Glaser / pbs.org:
Cox Newspapers Says No to AP Video
Katie / Shiny Shiny:
Navigate using photos
Alec / Alec Saunders .LOG:
Albert's Got A New Bar: The BubbleBar
Jfurrier / PodTech.net:
Innovation Journalism Emerging at Stanford April 5-7
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Six Apart adds widgets to TypePad
 Earlier Items: 
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
press.nokia.com:
Performance, quality and ease of use - the hallmarks of Nokia's …
Michael Miller / Forward Thinking by Michael J. Miller:
A Convertible Tablet PC That Does More
Earthling / EarthLink blog:
Working To Keep Wi-Fi In New Orleans