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11:15 AM ET, March 12, 2007

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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Rumor: Google about to sign ad deal with Dish Networks  —  Google is about to sign a deal with Dish Network, the nation's second largest satellite TV company, to deliver ads for Dish's network, VentureBeat is hearing.  —  We haven't been able to confirm the rumor (Google has not yet responded to a request for comment).
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Testing TV Ads in California  —  The WSJ is reporting (behind paywall) that Google is conducting a small scale test of television advertisements in the Northern California town of Concord (east of San Francsicso), and there are additional rumors that Google is close to signing a deal with Dish Network …
Discussion: PaidContent and Gadgetell
Drumsnwhistles / odd time signatures:
Twitter THIS!  —  After a week in a very mellow groove where I only read friends' feeds, I'm catching up.  It really doesn't take much to catch up on the geek feeds because the only topic I see over and over and over again is Twitter.  Marshall Kirkpatrick has a "Twitter Top Ten" …
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Eric Rice:   Lack of updates? It's cuz Twitter sorta pwned! bloggers
Marshall Kirkpatrick / splashcastmedia.com:
A Twitter Top Ten
Chris Heuer / Social Media Club:   Is SxSW going to be the death of Twitter?
Neil McIntosh / Complete Tosh,:
Twitter crosses the tuna chasm
USA Today:
Eisner to take on the Internet  —  NEW YORK — Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner built his career trying to identify and shape hit movies and TV shows.  Now he's at it again, this time on the Internet.  —  His investment firm, The Tornante Co., will announce Monday the formation of a studio …
gizmag Emerging Technology Magazine:
The first universal mobile phone charger  —  March 12, 2007 The world's first universal mobile phone charger is being introduced at CEBIT this week.  Designed by Professor Luigi Colani, a nearly 80-year-old legend in the field of industrial design, the Anyfix can recharge more than 80% …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Engadget and Ubergizmo
Sebastiaan / Cocoia Blog:
Howto: A more secure OS X before Leopard.  —  In this howto, I will show you some things I have done to secure OS X beyond it's default settings.  There are very basic, and some advanced things in here.  I am in NO WAY LIABLE for ANY DAMAGE you might do to your Mac by messing around …
Discussion: MacUser and digg
Jonathan Thaw / Bloomberg:
Wikia plans editable Web search engine  —  Wikia Inc., the San Mateo company co-founded by Wikipedia creator Jimmy Wales, plans to challenge Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. with a search engine that lets users edit and fine-tune its results.  —  The goal for the project is to get 5 percent of the search market …
Discussion: Infothought and Slashdot
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
Media's focus narrowing, report warns  —  Splintering audiences in the online age are driving risky trends like 'hyper-local ism,' the Project for Excellence in Journalism says.  —  News organizations confronted with declining revenue and increased competition are entering an era …
Discussion: IP Democracy
Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog:
Moving A Petabyte of Data  —  I made a speech last week at which I asserted it was faster to send a petabyte of data from San Francisco to Hong Kong by sailboat, than by the internet.  —  I got quite a few "how can that possibly be true" kinds of questions, so here's the math.
Reuters:
European consumer chief takes aim at iTunes  —  EU official complains that Apple locks users into using iPod player.  —  BERLIN (Reuters) — European Union consumer chief Meglena Kuneva has hit out at Apple Inc.'s bundling of its popular iPod music players and its iTunes online music store, according to German weekly magazine Focus.
Rex Dixon / VentureBeat:
Useful local search sites, Boorah and SuggestLocal  —  Boorah and SuggestLocal are two new useful local search sites worth a look.  —  Boorah provides a clean, elegant search for restaurants by city, ranking them by the quality of reviews and other mentions they get from around the web.
Jason Pontin / New York Times:
A New Battery Takes Off in a Race to Electric Cars  —  VROOOOM!  Or, rather, much more softly: brmmm.  —  A123Systems, a start-up in Watertown, Mass., says it has created a powerful, safe, long-lived battery.  If the cell fulfills the ambitions of its maker, that softer sound will be the future of automobiles.
Discussion: Engadget and digg
2007.sxsw.com:
Finalists Announced in 10th Annual Competition  —  We are pleased to reveal the 10th Annual SXSW Web Awards Finalists.  Hundreds and hundreds of innovative web designers and developers from across the globe submitted websites in this year's competition, all sites that have been launched or completely redesigned in 2006.
Discussion: Webware.com and Web Strategy
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Blast from the Past: Apple acquires NeXT  —  It's December 20, 1996.  Apple has just acquired NeXT in a $400 million deal that brings Steve Jobs back to Apple.  Jobs will act as an "advisor" to CEO Gil Amelio, bringing his charisma to the team led by Amelio and Ellen Hancock.
Discussion: Technovia
 
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