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6:15 PM ET, March 12, 2007

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Carolyn Y. Johnson / Boston Globe:
Not so fast, broadband providers tell big users  —  Firms impose limits even as demand rises  —  Amanda Lee of Cambridge received a call from Comcast Corp. in December ordering her to curtail her Web use or lose her high-speed Internet connection for a year.
Eric Sylvers / New York Times:
As Mobile Phones Grow More Complex, Carriers Insist on Fewer Operating Systems  —  Two operating systems run more than 95 percent of the world's computers, but dozens of systems are behind the 2.5 billion mobile phones in circulation, a situation that has hampered the growth of new services …
AdAge:
Newspapers and Radio Find Unlikely Ally in Google  —  Search Giant's Ad-Sales Test Boosts Revenue for 'NYT,' 'Seattle Times'  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Maybe it's no surprise that Google's effort to help small and medium-size advertisers buy offline media such as newspaper space and radio spots appears to be working.
Heather Chaplin / New York Times:
Is That Just Some Game?  No, It's a Cultural Artifact  —  When Henry Lowood, curator of the History of Science and Technology Collections at Stanford University, started preserving video games and video-game artifacts in 1998 he thought it was closer to professional oblivion than a bold new move into the future.
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).
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 …
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Venture Capitalists and Angels invest $40 Billion per year but see only $18B in exits  —  Venture Capitalists invested $25.5 Billion in 3,416 companies in 2006.  Angel investors invested about $26B in 50,000 companies.  With $52 Billion invested in start-ups in 2006, there were only about $22B in "exits".
Discussion: Now What? and alarm:clock
Phil Butler / Profy.Com:
Interview: Jimmy Wales - Artist of Web Community  —  March 11, 2007 - Profy got a rare opportunity today to talk with Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, Wikimedia (non-profit foundation), Co-Founder of Wikia Inc., and more recently innovator of Wikia-Search which we have covered on other occasions.
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Tom Bramwell / GamesIndustry.biz:
Sony to launch PlayStation Home in October  —  Initial download to be "under 500MB"  —  Sony has announced plans to launch its ambitious PlayStation Home online service - announced at GDC last week - this October.  —  The initial download is expected to weigh in at "under 500MB" …
Mike / Techdirt:
Who Will Protect Teens From This New Obsession With Book Reading?  —  from the whatever-shall-we-do?  dept  —  If you look at a lot of the fear-mongering stories about children and video games, one of the big ones is the idea that kids are just sitting around getting fat playing video games …
Discussion: Screenwerk
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Warning Against Letting Your Search Results Get Indexed  —  The days of doing a Google search that brings up results leading to search results from other sites are heading for a close.  Matt Cutts, in his Search Results In Search Results post today, points out a change to Google's guidelines …
Mike / Techdirt:
MPAA Gets College Kids To Create Free Propaganda  —  from the but-I-thought-if-it's-free,-it's- stolen? dept  —  For years, the entertainment industry has attempted to use school programs to help get kids to believe their propaganda about file sharing.  While there's little evidence …
Newlaunches.com:
SNT IOPS in car PC  —  SNT Korea will unveil the IOPS in car PC at the Cebit trade fair which starts on March 15.  Powered by Windows XP the touchscreen PC is equipped with GPS for navigation.  It supports T-DMB for viewing Live TV on the move which can be later recorded on the onboard hard drive …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Crave and NaviGadget
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% …
 
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Jeremy Crane / Compete Blog:
Yahoo Velocity: Not all is dire in the land of Yahoo!
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Twitter, Human Attention and Moore's Law
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Mike Butcher / Vecosys:
Getty buys Scoopt
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
How Much Is 'Local Search' Really Worth?
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Different Approaches to the Semantic Web
Mike / Techdirt:
Government Accountability Office Trashes E-Voting Machine Testing
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Ze Frank's Show, Business Model Live On
Discussion: Lost Remote
Newlaunches.com:
MacBook Inferno! An Apple MacBook battery catches fire.
 Earlier Items: 
Imran Haque / ExtremeTech:
GCensus: Using Google Earth for Census Analysis
Discussion: Screenwerk and Slashdot
BBC:
Beatles download rumour quashed
Discussion: CrunchGear
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Zoodango Lets Businesses Create Their Own Social Networks
Discussion: Techscape
Google Blogoscoped:
Netvibes' Universal Widget API
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Apple aiming for TV breakthrough
Henry Jenkins / Confessions of an Aca/Fan:
How Second Life Impacts Our First Life...
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Log in Your Measurements, and the Clothes May Fit
Robert Levine / New York Times:
Who Owns the Live Music of Days Gone By?