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11:55 PM ET, March 12, 2007


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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: Engadget, You NEWB and GigaGamez
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Playstation Home Launches In October
Discussion: Gizmodo and Forever Geek
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.
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.
Anne Broache / CNET
Feds unveil digital-TV subsidy details  —  update WASHINGTON—Americans who want a converter box permitting older televisions to receive digital broadcasts will be eligible for federal subsidies, according to new rules announced Monday that clear up some confusion about how the program will work.
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 …
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.
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
AT&T Expands Wireless Stores  —  With the opening yesterday of its first megastore, AT&T is trying to do the seemingly impossible: make buying cellular service an almost entertaining experience.  —  The 5,000-square-foot store in the Compaq Center complex in Houston is the first of 11 …
Discussion: Shop Talk, Phone Scoop and MoCoNews
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Exclusive: Defense Contractor has Analyzed, Transcribed and Organized 1.5 Millon YouTube Clips  —  A major defense department contractor, BBN of Cambridge, Massachusetts, has applied a national security technology application, developed to fight terrorism, to "crawl" the audio tracks …
By Stephen Wellman / InformationWeek Weblog:
Mobile Web Use Higher In The U.S. Than Europe  —  Despite all the news and analysis that claims that mobile Web use is higher in Europe and Asia, a new survey claims that mobile Web penetration and use in Europe and the U.S. are on par.  In fact, the survey claims that use of the mobile Web in the U.S. is higher.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Some top-level domains significantly more malicious than others  —  4.1 percent of all web sites offer some sort of risk to an average web surfer, and sites originating from Russia and Romanian domains are most likely to host malicious exploits, according to new survey data from SiteAdvisor.
Discussion: ZDNet News and The Browser
Arn / MacRumors:
8-core Mac Pro Leak at Apple UK?  [Update]  —  Apple's UK Store leaks some information which suggests that 8-Core Mac Pros are coming soon.  —  When searching for "Mac" in the UK Apple Store, the listing for the Mac Pro is: … Rumors that Apple would incorporate two of Intel's Quad-core chips …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and digg
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 …
Ina Fried / CNET
Sources say Microsoft near deal to buy Tellme  —  Microsoft is close to acquiring privately held Tellme Networks, a maker of products that bridge the worlds of speech recognition and the Internet, CNET has learned.  —  The deal is expected to be completed and announced later this week …
Discussion: ResourceShelf and TechCrunch
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 …
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.
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