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11:45 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
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 …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Amazon's Unbox video download service "now available" on TiVo  —  Usually when a vendor says available "later this year," they deliver in December, not the following month.  So excuse our surprise to find Amazon's Unbox video download service "Now Available!" to any broadband connected Series2 or Series3 TiVo.
George Ou:
Choosing between Vista x86 32 bit or x64 64 bit  —  One of the more common questions I hear about Vista is which bit version of Windows Vista should one get.  Do we go with x86 32 bit edition or x64 64 bit edition?  I'm going to try to clear that question up as best as I can and explain the pros and cons of each choice.
Discussion: JD on EP
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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
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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.
Business Wire:
Superpages.com Enhances Mapping Functionality As Local Search Continues to Grow in Popularity  —  DALLAS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Superpages.com, a product of Idearc Media Corp., today strengthens its mapping functionality with an enhanced map-based search application.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Screenwerk
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
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Samsung Q2 UMPC revealed!  —  So check it: every so often we find a juicy tip in our inbox, and today we sure got a doozy.  One of our faithful readers — who prefers to remain anonymous — has sent in several slides featuring Samsung's followup to the Q1 UMPC, the Q2.
BBC:
Robotic age poses ethical dilemma  —  An ethical code to prevent humans abusing robots, and vice versa, is being drawn up by South Korea.  —  The Robot Ethics Charter will cover standards for users and manufacturers and will be released later in 2007.  —  It is being put together …
Discussion: Rough Type
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 …
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 …
Discussion: michael parekh on IT
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
F.C.C. Chief Questioning Radio Deal  —  Kevin J. Martin, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has privately questioned recent Congressional testimony by the architect of a proposed merger of the nation's two satellite radio companies that subscribers would both pay …
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
Donna Bogatin / Digital Markets:
Yahoo HotJobs needs Craigslist to fill hot jobs at Yahoo  —  Who says $42 billion market cap Yahoo wishes "free" classifieds Craigslist wasn't disrupting its HotJobs online recruitment business?  —  In touting its for (big) fee recruiting services to employers, Yahoo HotJobs proclaims:
Discussion: Hire Calling
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
jkOnTheRun first look at the Vulcan FlipStart- YouTube Edition  —  The good folks at Vulcan were kind enough to send me a pre-release evaluation unit of the new FlipStart ultraportable PC.  The FlipStart is essentially a tiny laptop complete with a full QWERTY keyboard, trackpad, trackstick …
 
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Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
Sony to Add Online Bells and Whistles for PlayStation 3
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Flat-panel TV makers sing the discount blues
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Searching for Michael Jordan? Microsoft Wants a Better Way
Antone Gonsalves / InformationWeek:
Blu-ray Disk Sales Ahead OF HD DVD
Discussion: The Tech Report and Neowin.net
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Zenum's Organum MP3/MP4 Player floated into the ether
Discussion: Gizmodo, Crave and Unwired View
Consumerist:
7 Confessions of a Cingular Sales Rep
Discussion: CrunchGear and Global Nerdy
Google Blogoscoped:
YouTube Reportedly Blocked in Turkey
Marguerite Reardon / ZDNet:
Microsoft Office finds its voice
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
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Digital50:
Peak Performance Solutions, Inc. Announces the Acquisition of Mojungle, Inc.
Discussion: SMS Text News and GigaOM
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
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
AT&T turns cell phones into TV remotes
Discussion: TiVo Lovers and Gizmodo
mamamusings:
why twitter matters  —  I'm completely fascinated by Twitter right …
Discussion: Like It Matters
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Scribd "YouTube for Documents" Gets $300K
Microsoft:
Microsoft Research Unveils More Than 100 Innovations for Future of Computing