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6:55 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.
Shel Israel / Naked Conversations:
Why Amazon Should Blog  —  Enough with the mutual acrimony.  We didn't like the way you asked your question and you didn't like the way we answered it.  But these dueling blogs on both sides are avoiding the central question: Should Amazon blog?  From where I sit I see a great number of ways that Amazon will benefit from blogging.
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  —, 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.
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.
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:   NEW VERSION OF GOOGLE TALK LEAKED
180 From The Inside Out  —  I also blog about stuff on, 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 …
Elinor Mills / CNET
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.
Pamela Parker / ClickZ:
Google Adds Features to Local Ads
Ryan Naraine /
Eolas: Changing IE User Experience a Shame  —  Eolas Technologies says the decision by Microsoft to modify its Internet Explorer browser at the expense of a seamless user experience is a "disappointment" and a "shame."  —  Reacting to news that the next cumulative IE security update …
Discussion: Silicon Valley Sleuth and JD on EP
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.
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.
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
March SF Tech Sessions summary  —  Over 100 people participated in the second meeting of SF Tech Sessions last night at the Westin St. Francis.  The crowd was a mix of bloggers, journalists, developers, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs all interested in learning about new products, people and ideas.
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.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
AT&T: 15 Mbps Internet connections "irrelevant"  —  At this week's Media, Entertainment and Telecommunications conference, AT&T COO Randall Stephenson told his listeners that increased bandwidth was no longer of great importance to consumers. … Certainly this is true for general web browsing …
Discussion: Networking Pipeline
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 …
Greg Sandoval / CNET
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.
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.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Intel wants in on the bargain-basement laptop market
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Suzi Turner / Spyware Confidential:
Spyware in you cell phone — what next?
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Paul Meller / New York Times:
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Digital Divide Closing as Blacks Turn to Internet
Russell Beattie Notebook:
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Blake / Weblog:
Toshiba launches world's first HD DVD player
Discussion: Engadget, and Gizmodo
Mark Glaser /
Cox Newspapers Says No to AP Video
Eric Mack On-Line:
Ultra-wide screen Tablet PC coming!
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