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12:05 PM ET, April 7, 2006

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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
The problem with podcasts and web video  —  Forrester reported that only 1% of on-line households in the USA use podcasts.  PodTech.net disagrees...of course.  Mathew Ingram says the podcast numbers are no surprise now, but 18 months from now podcasts could shake things up.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Podcasts: Hot or Not  —  Are podcasts hot or not?  Charlene Li, an analyst at Forrester Research, in her controversial report says its not.  She points out that a mere one percent of online households are regularly downloading and listening to podcasts.  That number will be around 700,000 in 2006, she predicts.
James Enck / EuroTelcoblog:
My Europodcast two cents  —  Om is stoking the controversy …
Pete Mortensen / Wired News:
Windows on Mac, Simultaneously  —  Apple Computer's surprise software release allowing the company's newest Intel-based Macs to run Windows has put "virtualization" — an alternative, and arguably superior, method of achieving the same result — in the spotlight.
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ragan.com:
Editor's Letter  —  Are you taking advantage of the 'social media'?  Or are you a complete idiot?  —  There's this guy named Allan Jenkins.  Chances are, you've never heard of him.  —  Well, he's a communication consultant with a blog.  (Which is like saying he's a dog with a tail.)
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Jonathan Thaw / Bloomberg:
Google Successfully Tested Mobile Web Ads in Japan (Update2)  —  April 6 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc., the most-used Internet search engine, has successfully tested advertising on mobile phones in Japan, signaling a new revenue opportunity for the company.  —  ``Mobile internet usage …
Discussion: The Pondering Primate
Rob Fahey / gamesindustry.biz:
Fornay's comments are not an indication of PS3 pricing - Sony  —  Statements made on French radio have been "mistranslated or misunderstood"  —  Comments made by Sony Computer Entertainment France boss Georges Fornay which appeared to indicate the price point for PlayStation 3 …
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Tony Smith / The Register:
Sony claims PS3 pricing leak 'incorrect'
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Mary Crane / Forbes:
Yahoo! Tests New Search-Engine Ad Model  —  RBC analyst Jordan Rohan reports that Yahoo! has released a test version of its new search monetization in Scandinavia and will expand the rollout to the U.K. in July.  —  Codenamed "Project Panama," Yahoo's new model will be similar to that of Google …
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Pac-Man, Gundam, and more at Xbox 360 press conference  —  In addition to the news that anime is on the XBLM, there is plenty more from last night's Japanese press event.  You can read the horrible machine translation of Famitsu's coverage here, or read on for the big
features.teamxbox.com:
Far Cry Instincts Predator: Map Making Madness Contest  —  Map maker, map maker, make us a map.  Yes, it's that easy to have a chance at winning some super-snazzy gaming gear, including a home theater system, a free year of Xbox Live Gold service and much more!  —  The easy part?
Discussion: Joystiq
shareholder.com:
PayPal Launches Mobile Payments  —  PayPal Mobile Enables Anytime, Anywhere Payments, Purchases and Donations  —  SAN JOSE, Calif., and LAS VEGAS - April 6, 2006 - PayPal today introduced PayPal Mobile, a text message-based service allowing consumers in the US and Canada to send money anytime …
Alfred Hermida / BBC:
Microsoft snaps up UK games guru  —  Microsoft has snapped up one of the UK's leading figures from the world of video games, Peter Molyneux.  —  The veteran game maker is best known for inventing the god game genre, where players control all that happens.  —  The purchase of Mr Molyneux's …
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Going Unconventional to Market Movies  —  A MOVIE opening tomorrow, "Take the Lead," has an appropriate title, and not just because it is about dancing.  —  The studio releasing the film, New Line Cinema, wants to take the lead in finding alternative ways to market movies beyond traditional methods …
Discussion: Random Culture
Kelli Kennedy / Associated Press:
Cell Phone Warns About Sexual Predators  —  ORLANDO, Fla. - When 11-year-old Jessica Lunsford was kidnapped and murdered last year, Joe Dawson immediately began gathering signatures to enact stricter penalties for registered sex offenders.  Now, Dawson is teaming up with a California-based technology firm …
Discussion: Techdirt
David Pogue / New York Times:
Internet Calls Untethered From Your PC  —  WHY does Skype get so much hype?  Sure, this software lets you make free "phone calls," computer to computer, anywhere in the world.  But it wasn't the first such program, it's not the most feature-laden, and it's still a mystery to most people over 25.
Kevin Poulsen / Wired News:
Bill Would Clean Up Caller ID  —  You can count congressional lawmakers among those who want caller ID to mean something again.  —  Bipartisan legislation introduced Wednesday in the House of Representatives seeks to outlaw the use of caller ID spoofing techniques "with the intent to deceive the person to whom the call is made."
 
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Erick Schonfeld / B2Day:
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VoIP and Crypto  —  Bruce Schneier has an article in Wired …
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Monitor:
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opera.com:
Operators making money on Opera Mini: Two million users surf 4 …
Suzi Turner / Spyware Confidential:
DirectRevenue's dirty laundry is out of the closet and does it ever stink
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Social Media Spending to Hit $757M in 2010
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Charlene Li / Charlene Li's Blog:
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NaviGadget:
Garmin BMW Motorrad III Navigator soon to be released
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Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Sprint To Introduce EV-DO/Wi-Fi Router
Kotaku, the Gamer's Guide:
Really Boring Xbox Press Conference Photos
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jkOnTheRun:
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Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
Business as usual - on the conference front
David Goetzl / MediaPost Publications:
New Data Reveals Virtually No Viewers For Time-Shifted Spots