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4:40 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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The Daily Om:
Amazon Vs. Microsoft - Blogger Edition  —  A few days ago Nicholas Carr as usual found himself in hot water for suggesting that not every company needs to blog.  Carr's arguments were quite coherent, but were not received well, primarily because many big name bloggers disagreed with him.
Financial Times:
MySpace acts to calm teen safety fears  —  MySpace.com, the fast-growing community website hugely popular with American teens, has removed 200,000 "objectionable" profiles from its site as it steps up efforts to calm fears about the safety of the network for young users.
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.
Discussion: Download Squad
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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
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Talk Now With Avatars  —  There's a new version of Google Talk at a special setup URL (this seems to be some kind of pre-release, as the official Google Talk homepage doesn't yet have it).  New features in this update include the ability to create avatars, like Mr. Beaver above.
Discussion: Coolz0r and The Radioactive Yak
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Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:   NEW VERSION OF GOOGLE TALK LEAKED
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.
Discussion: Barnako.com
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Russell Buckley / MobHappy:   Mobile Advertising Starts to Take Off
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.
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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Mark Evans:
Zennstrom Bails on VON Canada; Vonage Savaged
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
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
YouTube: The talk of Tinseltown  —  SANTA MONICA, Calif.—More than just teenagers and 20-somethings have begun flocking to YouTube, the fast-growing video-sharing site.  The 13-month-old company has begun winning fans from within some of the country's largest media outfits.
revenews.com:
180 From The Inside Out  —  I also blog about stuff on RealTechNews.com, the blog of former Cnet editor Alice Hill, and in one post about 180solutions called 180solutions Blows More Smoke Up.... I was told by a former employee of 180solutions to  —  So I emailed him and asked him for an interview …
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.
Business Wire:
FAST Acquires Kopek AS  —  OSLO, Norway—(BUSINESS WIRE)—March 31, 2006—Fast Search & Transfer(TM) (FAST(TM)), the leading developer of enterprise search technologies and solutions, today announced that the company has acquired Kopek AS, a developer of a secure online content access platform.
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, HDBlog.net and Gizmodo
 
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Paul Meller / New York Times:
U.S. Asks European Union to Be Fair in Microsoft Case
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Windows Live Messenger Final - Sneak Peek
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