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9:35 AM ET, March 7, 2007

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WordPress.com:
OpenID  —  You can now use your WordPress.com blog as an OpenID.  —  Are you fed up with having to remember dozens of usernames and password?  Does the idea of creating yet another account on yet another site leave you cold?  —  OpenID is a new standard that hopes to alleviate some of the pain …
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factoryjoe.com:
37 Signals' next app Highrise will support OpenID  —  Published by Chris Messina March 6th, 2007 in Web building, Technology, Digital Identity and The Web Arts.  —  I got an email today from 37 Signals today about their forthcoming CRM tool called Highrise (formerly known as Sunrise).
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Wordpress, 37Signals Join OpenID Bandwagon  —  OpenID has gained two more high profile Internet company supporters.  Wordpress announced their support today and also Chris Messina did a bit of snooping and discovered that 37Signals support is nigh.  These two organizations join Digg …
Inside Google Desktop:
The New Sidebar and Gadgets  —  With the dramatically increasing amount of content out there, you need better ways to find relevant information, whether searching your computer or reading the latest headlines in sidebar.  How could we improve the way you stay up-to-date with sidebar and gadgets?
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Karen / Official Google Blog:
New and improved Desktop  —  For the past several months, we've been working on ways to let you better get information on your desktop through gadgets and sidebar.  We've also thought about improving how you search your computer.  Today, we are happy to be releasing the Google Desktop 5 beta application.
Discussion: rev2.org and Ministry of Tech
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
GDC07: EA Signs Harmonix  —  Maxim's Big Buck Hunter Girlies  —  Arcade game Big Buck Hunter Pro makes its way into America's favorite jubblie-glossy Maxim Magazine this month.  Turn to page 34, and the cabinet's in the "Good" section of "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" column.  Those plastic shotguns?
Discussion: Game | Life and Go Nintendo
Amber / blog.tivolovers.com:
From: super_wife  —  Hiya.  I saw your post and checked out the list at Amazon.  We've been wanting to see the Illusionist - so I went ahead and gave it a go!  It was a snap to link my TiVo account to Amazon's Unbox!  —  I then went to the list of movies/shows again and selected a movie …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Amazon's Unbox video download service "now available" on TiVo
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Forrester Report Claims R&D Studies Are Biased  —  Despite U.S. spending of almost $300 billion on knowledge, the analyst firm found common flaws: bias, flawed analysis, and shortsightedness.  —  National investments in innovation are largely wasted and technology studies confirm the political …
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Mike / Techdirt:   Government Attempts To Foster Innovation Are Wasted, According To Study
Reuters:
Yahoo! China sued for alleged copyright breach  —  SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Music industry giants including Warner Music Group Corp. are suing Yahoo! China for alleged copyright infringement by providing links to unlicensed music, trade organization IFPI said on Wednesday.
Google Blogoscoped:
Ex-Google Answers Researchers Launch Q&A Site  —  This just in: Uclue.com is a new website by a number of researchers who used to work for the (now cancelled) Google Answers program.  This is cool, and I wish my former colleagues all the best!  (Disclosure: I watched the site come to life from afar …
Discussion: VC Ratings and uclue.com
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Google Answers to Rise From Dead?
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Go for Mobile 2.0 Goes Windows Mobile  —  Yahoo! and HTC Announce Partnership to Distribute Yahoo! Go 2.0 on Millions of Windows Mobile-Based Devices  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Continuing to redefine the mobile Internet experience for millions of consumers around the world …
Discussion: GigaOM, Pocket PC Thoughts and MoCoNews
Om Malik / GigaOM:
BT to Invest in FON?  —  FON, the Spanish share-your-Wi-Fi services company, is close to announcing a new round of funding that could total to as much as 10 million Euros (shade over $13 million.)  —  While some of its existing investors - Index Ventures, Skype and Google …
Discussion: VoIP Watch and Roam4free
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Does Presence really matter?  —  Is the idea of "presence" really one of the next steps in communications applications, or is it just a fancy way of not having to answer your phone?  —  Alec Saunders, one of the founders of VoIP presence software startup iotum, definitely hopes it's the former …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Exclusive: Microsoft and the Associated Press Teaming with Thousands of Newspapers and Broadcasters in New Online Video Network  —  The Associated Press, the world's largest news organization, and Microsoft have developed an online video platform for thousands of U.S. newspapers …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
AT&T turns cell phones into TV remotes  —  AT&T Homezone subscribers are now able to program their digital video recorders from their cell phones.  —  AT&T said that starting Tuesday, it will allow customers of its Homezone product, a service that offers video-on-demand and other content …
Discussion: TiVo Lovers and Gizmodo
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
FAA May Ditch Microsoft's Windows Vista And Office For Google And Linux Combo  —  FAA chief information officer David Bowen said he's taking a close look at the Premier Edition of Google Apps as he mulls replacements for the agency's Windows XP-based desktop computers and laptops.
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft, digg and Slashdot
BBC:
Microsoft attacks Google on books  —  Microsoft is to launch an attack on Google, saying the search giant's rival book-scanning service "systematically violates copyright".  —  Since December, Microsoft's project - Live Search Books - has allowed users to access certain publications which were no longer under copyright.
 
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Digital50:
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Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iTunes 7.1
Discussion: CrunchGear
epiZENter.net:
Is this Creative's ZenPhone?
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Gadget Lab
Paul R. La Monica / CNNMoney.com:
Google CEO hits back on YouTube purchase
David Kaplan / PaidContent:
Online Auctioneer Right Media Hopes To Reinvent Advertising …
Discussion: Screenwerk and Clickety Clack
 Earlier Items: 
Reuters:
Geodesic to buy Chandamama for 100 mln rupees
mamamusings:
why twitter matters  —  I'm completely fascinated by Twitter right …
Live Search's WebLog:
Breaking Out of the Browser
Discussion: LiveSide and WebProNews
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Scribd "YouTube for Documents" Gets $300K
J Mark Lytle / Digital World Tokyo:
What's that you say? Phone for seniors slows down voices, eh?
Discussion: textually.org and Gizmodo
Peter Sayer / InfoWorld:
France bans citizen journalists from reporting violence
Reuters:
Yahoo CEO says business repairs done