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3:10 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
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.
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).
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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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
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
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
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
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: alarm:clock and Now What?
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% …
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).
Discussion: Lost Remote
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
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
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 …
 
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Mike / Techdirt:
Government Accountability Office Trashes E-Voting Machine Testing
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
Newlaunches.com:
MacBook Inferno! An Apple MacBook battery catches fire.
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Zoodango Lets Businesses Create Their Own Social Networks
Discussion: Techscape
Google Blogoscoped:
Netvibes' Universal Widget API
Derik DeLong / MacUser:
VirtueDesktops dev calling it quits
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Apple aiming for TV breakthrough
Henry Jenkins / Confessions of an Aca/Fan:
How Second Life Impacts Our First Life...
Discussion: Screenwerk and Joho the Blog
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
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