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9:10 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.
Tom Bramwell /
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" …
Discussion: GigaGamez, Engadget and You NEWB
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Playstation Home Launches In October
Discussion: Gizmodo and Forever Geek
Newspapers and Radio Find Unlikely Ally in Google  —  Search Giant's Ad-Sales Test Boosts Revenue for 'NYT,' 'Seattle Times'  —  NEW YORK ( — 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.
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 …
By Mitch Wagner / InformationWeek Weblog:
Web 2.0 To Web 3D @ South By Southwest  —  Participants at the "Web 2.0 to Web 3D" panel at South by Southwest on Monday talked quite a lot about how Web 2.0 is participatory, but virtual worlds like World of Warcraft or Second Life are immersive.  That sounds like a lot …
Discussion: New World Notes and GigaGamez
Henry Jenkins / Confessions of an Aca/Fan:
How Second Life Impacts Our First Life...
Discussion: Screenwerk, Joho the Blog and Susan Wu
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.
Inside Google Book Search:
Earth viewed from books  —  I love data.  That was no small factor in my decision to join Google.  I started a month ago and have already learned a lot, but I wanted to try and put together many of the components I've learned to solve an interesting problem.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Twitter, Human Attention and Moore's Law  —  Ahh, Moore's Law.  Thank goodness for it.  Moore's Law says the speed of chips and storage capacity double as they get shrink in physical size and get cheaper.  Therefore, everyone benefits.  This includes consumers/users and developers/producers …
Discussion: Message, Cost Per News and PR Squared
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).
Mike Butcher / Vecosys:
Getty buys Scoopt  —  Glasgow startup Scoopt, which acts as a picture agency for snaps taken by citizen journalists and Joe Public with camera phones, has been acquired by Getty Images for an undisclosed sum.  —  According to a release today, citizen photographers who submit imagery …
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: Engadget, NaviGadget, CrunchGear and Crave
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
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 …
Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
Rumor: No Denying It, PSP2 Is Coming  —  And not only that, it looks like it's coming later this year.  There have been rumors ever since the DS Lite hit that Sony was also planning a redesign of its portable.  Some of those rumors have ground in reality, some of them are just wishful thinking.
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
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Discussion: Screenwerk and Slashdot
Beatles download rumour quashed
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