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11:50 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
Discussion: PaidContent and Gadgetell
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: Lost Remote
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
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.
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 …
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Log in Your Measurements, and the Clothes May Fit  —  CUSTOMERS bought $9.6 billion worth of apparel online in the United States last year, according to Forrester Research, the Internet consulting firm.  But not one of those customers tried anything on first.
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.
Ryan Block:
CompUSA closing the store where I had my first job  —  It's been in the undercurrent of tech news the last few weeks that over a hundred CompUSA stores are closing nationwide.  I think I've mentioned it on the air before, but CompUSA was my first "real" job; I checked Rex's site today …
Steven / StevenLevy.com:
Lost  —  So my iPod is gone.  It's been over five weeks since I last saw it and by now I know in my bones that it's not going to turn up somewhere.  It's either been stolen, or lost and then stolen.  I've been through the Kubler-Ross stages and now have reached acceptance.  It's not going to turn up.
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 its 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
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: Joho the Blog
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Apple aiming for TV breakthrough  —  news analysis Apple may say it wants a revolution, but it might have to settle for something more modest in the digital living room.  —  Lost in all the hoopla over the iPhone at Macworld was Apple TV, sort of a cross between a Mac Mini, a wireless router …
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
Eric Rice:
Lack of updates?  It's cuz Twitter sorta pwned! bloggers  —  I have barely even seen Scoble blog, but I've seen 42384728 Twitter messages from him.  Most communication about the conference is going on with Twitter (which seems STUPID for things NOT conference/social/spatial/RL- ish).
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Dan Fost / San Francisco Chronicle:
WHERE NEO-NOMADS' IDEAS PERCOLATE
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Ze Frank Leaves Revver for Blip
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Blast from the Past: Apple acquires NeXT
Discussion: Technovia
Consumerist:
Dell: Absolutely Free Vista Upgrade 70% Off
Discussion: digg
2007.sxsw.com:
Finalists Announced in 10th Annual Competition
Discussion: Webware.com and Web Strategy
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
MORE BITS OF TID
Discussion: Clickety Clack
 Earlier Items: 
Reuters:
European consumer chief takes aim at iTunes
Loren Feldman / PodTech.net:
There Can Be Only One  —  I had the chance to talk to Hugh MacLeod of Gaping Void.
Rex Dixon / VentureBeat:
Useful local search sites, Boorah and SuggestLocal
Jason Pontin / New York Times:
A New Battery Takes Off in a Race to Electric Cars
Discussion: Engadget and digg
Susan Wu:
SXSW Panel: Virtual Worlds and Avatars
Business Week:
The Trouble With India  —  Crumbling roads, jammed airports …
Discussion: GigaOM