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3:44 AM ET, March 13, 2007


 Top Items: 
Gary Gentile / Business Week:
Disney to launch Web site aimed at moms  —  The Walt Disney Co. is launching a new Web site aimed at moms who are increasingly turning to the Internet for answers to everything from problems with teething babies to financing college.  —  The new site, Disney Family, is a departure …
Discussion: Charlene Li's Blog and PaidContent
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 …
Nicholas Reville / DEMOCRACY:
A Name Change  —  This is some big news for us.  We are planning to change the name of Democracy Player.  —  We chose the name 'Democracy' almost two years ago when we were first setting up PCF.  We knew it was an ambitious name, but we thought that it made a clear statement about how important …
Discussion: MacUser and Download Squad
Brian Liloia / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:   Democracy Player changes name to 'Miro'
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.
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
Charles Babington / Washington Post:
Tech Firms Push to Use TV Airwaves for Internet  —  A coalition of big technology companies wants to bring high-speed Internet access to consumers in a new way: over television airwaves.  Key to the project is whether a device scheduled to be delivered to federal labs today lives up to its promise.
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News and Slashdot
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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: GigaOM, ResourceShelf and TechCrunch
Business Wire:
Michael Eisner Launches New Media Studio to Produce World-Class Content for the Internet  —  Vuguru's First Series Prom Queen to Premier Online April 2nd  —  ELLEgirl, FIJI Water, POM Wonderful and to Be First Sponsors Veoh and YouTube to Distribute Online
Intel Marks Energy-Efficient Milestone With 50-Watt, High-Performing Quad-Core Server Processors  —  Processors Represent Nearly Ten-Fold Power Consumption Improvement in Less than 2 Years  —  Further expanding its quad-core processor family line-up, Intel Corporation today announced …
Discussion: TechSpot News and The Tech Report
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Ed Moltzen / ChannelWeb News:
OpenOffice To Dell: Pre-load Us, You'll Like Us
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Iljitsch van Beijnum / Infinite Loop:
The iPhoto-disk space conspiracy
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AOL Seeks Place in Upfront Scene
Discussion: PaidContent
Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Software Notebook: What next for Microsoft in Web search?
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Survey gives more Google phone clues?
Discussion: Googling Google
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft builds a 'MySpace for financial pros'
Discussion: Mashable!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Gorb: Taking Personal Reputation To A New Low
Discussion: Business Filter
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
SXSW Reflections: The Video-Tech Dance
Discussion: broadstuff
 Earlier Items: 
By Mitch Wagner / InformationWeek Weblog:
Web 2.0 To Web 3D @ South By Southwest
Discussion: New World Notes and GigaGamez
The 463:
Perhaps the Coolest Moment in the History of Congress and Why it Matters
Mike / Techdirt:
MPAA Gets College Kids To Create Free Propaganda
Jeremy Crane / Compete Blog:
Yahoo Velocity: Not all is dire in the land of Yahoo!
Mike Butcher / Vecosys:
Getty buys Scoopt
Newspapers and Radio Find Unlikely Ally in Google
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Venture Capitalists and Angels invest $40 Billion per year …
Eric Sylvers / New York Times:
As Mobile Phones Grow More Complex, Carriers Insist on Fewer Operating Systems