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2:40 PM ET, March 12, 2007

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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 …
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Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
New Eisner Internet Video Venture: Web Studio Vuguru
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Richard Mitchell / Xbox 360 Fanboy:
EGM: Shadowrun releases in April  —  The never sleeping spies at EGM report that Shadowrun will release next month.  This comes as a bit of a surprise, especially considering that FASA would only say "spring" when we inquired about a release date last week at GDC.
Discussion: Kotaku and You NEWB
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).
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.
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.
Discussion: Kotaku and Gadgetopia
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 …
Discussion: CrunchGear, MoCoNews and Slashdot
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
Newlaunches.com:
MacBook Inferno!  An Apple MacBook battery catches fire.  —  Matty from Melbourne Australia surfed the net using Safari for 30 minutes yesterday night on his Macbook, after which he close the lid put it on sleep mode and left it on the bookshelf for charging.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gadget Lab and UNEASYsilence
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% …
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.
Discussion: PaidContent and 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 …
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Ze Frank's Show, Business Model Live On  —  Ze Frank has indeed moved to Blip.tv, as we told you yesterday.  Blip has secured scotch-maker Dewar's as a sponsor for the last week of Frank's show as well as two months of hosting the lifetime of its archives (see press release).
Imran Haque / ExtremeTech:
GCensus: Using Google Earth for Census Analysis  —  I started the gCensus project for two reasons: First, the Census Department's interface for mapping its data was clunky and looked like something out of the mid-90's—hardly appropriate for a modern web service.
Discussion: Screenwerk and Slashdot
Robert Levine / New York Times:
Who Owns the Live Music of Days Gone By?  —  When it began in 1973, the "King Biscuit Flower Hour" was very much of its time.  Bob Meyrowitz, who ran the show during its heyday, had the idea to start a weekly rock concert radio program as an alternative to chaotic festival shows after a fan …
Derik DeLong / MacUser:
VirtueDesktops dev calling it quits  —  Until Leopard and Spaces makes it appearance (sometime this Spring), fans of virtual desktops had a couple third party options.  My personal favorite for both functionality and price reasons, was VirtueDesktops (site might still be down right now).
BBC:
Beatles download rumour quashed  —  The Beatles' record label has moved to dampen rumours that the band's music is about to become available online.  —  The Fab Four are the last major act to withhold their back catalogue from stores like iTunes and Napster.
Discussion: CrunchGear
Henry Jenkins / Confessions of an Aca/Fan:
How Second Life Impacts Our First Life...  After having written so much about Second Life during my recent exchanges with Beth Coleman and Clay Shirky, I swore to myself that I would not write about this virtual world for a bit and let reality catch up with some of my theories.  No such luck.
Discussion: Screenwerk and Joho the Blog
 
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Study: Net neutrality law would spur infrastructure improvements
Discussion: Gadget Lab and digg
Newlaunches.com:
SNT IOPS in car PC
Discussion: NaviGadget and Crave
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Put iPhoto on a diet
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Venture Capitalists and Angels invest $40 Billion per year …
Discussion: Now What?
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
GotZapp - Mobile Social Network Launching
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
 Earlier Items: 
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Log in Your Measurements, and the Clothes May Fit
Sebastiaan / Cocoia Blog:
Howto: A more secure OS X before Leopard.
Discussion: MacUser and digg
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
Media's focus narrowing, report warns
Discussion: IP Democracy and Dumpster Bust
Consumerist:
Dell: Absolutely Free Vista Upgrade 70% Off
Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog:
Moving A Petabyte of Data
Reuters:
European consumer chief takes aim at iTunes
Jason Pontin / New York Times:
A New Battery Takes Off in a Race to Electric Cars
Discussion: Engadget and digg
Jonathan Thaw / Bloomberg:
Wikia plans editable Web search engine
Discussion: AppScout, Infothought, BGSL and Slashdot