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11:05 AM ET, March 5, 2007

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Alan Sipress / Washington Post:
Open Call From the Patent Office  —  The government is about to start opening up the process of reviewing patents to the modern font of wisdom: the Internet.  —  The Patent and Trademark Office is starting a pilot project that will not only post patent applications on the Web and invite comments …
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
A Richer Trip to the Mall, Guided by Text Messages  —  SEARCH engines made it easy to find items at online stores.  Now the Internet is poised to solve a more vexing problem: finding items while you are at the mall.  —  Technology companies like NearbyNow of Los Altos, Calif. …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Screenwerk
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
U.S. Copyright Royalty Board Rejects Webcasters, Embraces SoundExchange  —  On Friday, which is generally accepted in public relations circles as the best day of the week to release controversial news, the United States Copyright Royalty Board (image to the right) announced new royalty rates for webcasts, effective from 2006 to 2010.
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The Doc Searls Weblog:
RIAA moves to kill Internet Radio  —  The creation of a public culture staggers again.  The latest blow came down Friday, Sheila Lennon reports.. Here's how Daniel McSwain at RAIN (Radio and Internet Newsletter) puts the news:  —  The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) has announced its decision …
Discussion: A VC and Slashdot
Christopher Null / PC World:
The 50 Most Important People on the Web  —  Despite what Time magazine would have you believe, you are not the most powerful or influential person on the Web.  At PC World we love online personals, social networks, and videos of people falling on their keisters as much as the next person …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Guardian Unlimited
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
USA Today social redesign - 92% don't like it  —  USA Today introduced a completely new website complete with lots of social network features like comments, reader rankings, blogs, photos, and better search.  Reader reaction?  92% don't like it.  I read all 130 comments (at the time of this post) …
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James Bannan / APC:
It's official: Pirates crack Vista at last  —  A genuine crack for Windows Vista has just been released by pirate group Pantheon, which allows a pirated, non-activated installation of Vista (Home Basic/Premium and Ultimate) to be properly activated and made fully-operational.
Douglas Heingartner / New York Times:
Patent Fights Are a Legacy of MP3's Tangled Origins  —  Microsoft says it was doing the right thing: paying a German rights holder $16 million to license the MP3 audio format, the foundation of the digital music boom.  Then an American jury ruled that Microsoft had failed to pay another MP3 patent holder …
Discussion: PaidContent
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Time Change a 'Mini-Y2K' in Tech Terms  —  Two years ago, when Congress passed a law to extend daylight saving time by a month, the move seemed a harmless step that would let the nation burn a little less fossil fuel and enjoy a bit more sunshine.  —  Representative Fred Upton …
Discussion: Feld Thoughts
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
A Contributor to Wikipedia Has His Fictional Side  —  In a blink, the wisdom of the crowd became the fury of the crowd.  In the last few days, contributors to Wikipedia, the popular online encyclopedia, have turned against one of their own who was found to have created an elaborate false identity.
Discussion: Andrew Lih
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Game Developers Conference expands—but too far?  —  Thousands of the video game insiders are expected to converge on San Francisco this week for the Game Developers Conference, now the largest game industry-only event worldwide.  —  Throngs are likely to appear for big-name keynote speeches …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Izimi, latest social publishing site  —  Izimi.com is another neat little web 2.0 publishing tool - and boasts of an easier way to share video with the world than YouTube.  —  It does this by letting you share any file on your computer - not just video, but spreadsheet, pdf, whatever …
Discussion: Webware.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AddThis Widget Gathering Lots Of Interesting Data  —  You may have seen the AddThis buttons on blog at some point while surfing the web.  It's a simple, free widget blog owners can add to their site that shows a number of bookmarking options at the end of a blog post (there's also a feed reader widget for easy RSS subscriptions).
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Data Mining
Eric Sylvers / International Herald Tribune:
FastWeb founder turns his attention to Internet television and video-on-demand  —  MILAN: In seven and a half years, Silvio Scaglia transformed FastWeb from a start-up with a plan to bring fiber-optic cables into houses from Milan to Palermo into a company with €1.3 billion in annual sales and 1.1 million clients.
Discussion: PaidContent
Harry McCracken / PC World: Techlog:
The 50 Most Important People on the Web  —  At PC World, we like making lists...from the 25 Worst Products of All Time to the 25 Most Innovative Products of the Year.  People seem to like 'em, too—many of them rank among the most popular articles we've ever posted.
Discussion: Zoli's Blog
Doc Searls / Linux Journal:
Can Apple clear the way for the Linux desktop?  —  That's the question that occurs to me as I read this piece in Roughly Drafted.  It's about how Apple is kicking Microsoft's butt at the high end of the desktop market, and how Microsoft seems to be bumbling its way out of desktop hegemony anyway.
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Roughly Drafted:
Can Apple Take Microsoft in the Battle for the Desktop?
Discussion: Message and Slashdot
 
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Scott Karp / The Blog Herald:
Could Blogging Adopt A Paid Content Business Model?
Stuart Corner / ITWire:
Skype et al set to take $US18 billion bite of telco revenues
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Thomas Crampton / International Herald Tribune:
Wireless: Cellphones open front in global fight against disease
Discussion: Smart Mobs and textually.org
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
YADAC: Yet Another Debate About Cloaking Happens Again
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Dion Hinchcliffe's Web 2.0 Blog:
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M.R. Kropko / Associated Press:
Diebold weighs strategy for voting unit
Discussion: Engadget
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Is Search Broken?  —  Search engines say they use complex algorithms …