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9:00 PM ET, April 4, 2006

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Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Chevy Tries a Write-Your-Own-Ad Approach, and the Potshots Fly  —  At first glance, the video looks like a typical 30-second car commercial: a shiny sport utility vehicle careers down a country road lined with sunflower fields, jaunty music playing in the background.
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Christopher Carfi / The Social Customer Manifesto:
Chevy Careens Out Of Control (Or Do They?) …
Discussion: B.L. Ochman's weblog
Jackie Huba / Church of the Customer Blog:
Why Chevy Tahoe campaign was doomed before it launched
Discussion: Between the Lines
CNN:
How I Work: Bill Gates  —  Not much of a paper chase for Microsoft's chairman, who uses a range of digital tools to do business.  —  NEW YORK (FORTUNE) - It's pretty incredible to look back 30 years to when Microsoft (Research) was starting and realize how work has been transformed.
Leslie Walker / Washington Post:
New Trends In Online Traffic  —  Visits to Sites for Blogging, Local Information and Social Networks Drive Web Growth  —  While growth is slowing at most top Internet sites, it is skyrocketing at sites focused on social networking, blogging and local information.
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Says Recovery from Malware Becoming Impossible  —  LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.—In a rare discussion on the severity of the Windows malware scourge, a Microsoft security official said businesses should consider investing in an automated process to wipe hard drives and reinstall operating systems …
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
Reasons to Love Open-Source DRM  —  I acknowledge that the title of this column is strange.  Aside from the fact that most savvy music listeners (justifiably) hate DRM, the very idea of using open-source software to enforce digital rights management runs counter to everything commonly assumed …
Discussion: Smart Mobs, Voidstar and TeleRead
Tristan Louis / The TNL.net weblog:
Microsoft Does Linux  —  I had to check the date on the article when I saw the announcement that Microsoft was going to provide some level of support for Linux.  However, this is not an April Fool's Day joke; it's the real thing and has serious implications.
Discussion: microsoft.com
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Shimon Sandler:
Google Real Estate - beta Launched  —  Thanks to my friend Avi from Promediacorp who alerted me to this immediately.  —  Google has silently released: Google Real Estate.  I don't know if that is the official name, but that's what I'm calling it until I hear otherwise.
jkOnTheRun:
TabletKiosk eo UMPC evaluation underway!  —  The good folks at TabletKiosk have let me borrow one of their prototype eo UMPCs for a few days and I will be offering my observations about the device.  Here's a couple of quick photos of the unit which will have to do until I have spent a little more time with the eo:
Discussion: Kevin 2.0
Erick Schonfeld / B2Day:
NYtimes.com Redesign—Don't Mess With A Good Thing  —  I was travelling yesterday when the NYTimes.com launched its new home page, so I only really saw it this morning when I booted up my computer.  And my first reaction was "Ugh!"  There are so many more obstacles now in the way of getting to the information that I want.
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Mac's Moment?  —  Apple has its best chance in years to make a dent in the business market  —  Japan's Aozora Bank Ltd. is planning to do something once unheard of in the business world: switch nearly all of its 2,300 desktop personal computers to Apple Computer Inc.'s Macintosh computers.
Ben Edelman:
The Spyware - Click-Fraud Connection — and Yahoo's Role Revisited  —  In August 2005, I posted half a dozen examples of what I call "syndication fraud" — Yahoo placing advertisers' ads into spyware programs, and charging advertisers for resulting clicks.  But Yahoo's spyware problems extend beyond mere syndication fraud.
Inquirer:
Lucent takes legal action against Microsoft over Xbox 360  —  Patent place, again  —  NETWORKING GIANT Lucent is suing Microsoft alleging it breaches a patent it holds.  —  The patent, 5,227,878, was issued to Lucent on July 13th 1993 and called "Adaptive Coding and Decoding of Frames and Fields of Video".
Discussion: Xbox 360 Fanboy
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Wins Biggest Phone-Software Order, Rivals BlackBerry  —  April 4 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp. won its biggest-ever contract for mobile-phone software, an order from the U.S. Census Bureau that covers 500,000 handsets.  —  Microsoft, the world's biggest software maker …
Red Herring:
Spam's New Target: VoIP  —  Beware of the new scourge that won't go away.  —  As more businesses switch over to cheaper VoIP systems for their phone networks, they'll have to contend with a growing nuisance—SPIT, or Spam over Internet Telephony.  If the phone is ringing off the hook …
Tony Smith / The Register:
Fujitsu exhibits fold-out keyboard UMPC  —  Fujitsu has put on show a pair of conceptual PC designs, one intended to show how an "ultra-mobile" machine might operate, the other a home computer system which looks funky enough but probably won't give Apple's industrial designers any sleepless nights.
 
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