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11:50 AM ET, March 16, 2007

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Andrew Lavallee / Wall Street Journal:
Friends Swap Twitters, and Frustration  —  New Real-Time Messaging Services Overwhelm  —  Some Users With Mundane Updates From Friends  —  Though she already has a blog, a podcast and a character in the virtual world of Second Life, Kera Richard has recently become obsessed with a new online tool for connecting with friends.
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Waxy.org:
Tracking Twitter's Message Growth
Discussion: Data Mining
Charlene Li / The Groundswell:
What Twitter is good for
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Now Reporting Anchor Text Phrases  —  Hurray!  Finally, you can get a report from Google of the top anchor text phrases used when people link to your site.  Google Webmaster Central has just announced the new feature.  But didn't Google already report anchor text data?
Discussion: Official Google Blog
Matthew / LiveSide:
Microsoft: "We're in it to win!"  —  We can't disclose a lot of what we saw [or even if we saw anything at all] at the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Global Summit [isn't that a typical Microsoft name?].  However, consistently we heard that Microsoft at all levels are committed to win.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Microsoft tells MVPs "we're in it to win" — Really?  —  Look at my last post.  Now read this one over on LiveSide.  It's a short report that Microsoft executives are bragging to MVPs that "we're in it to win."  —  I don't think Microsoft is.  The words are empty.  Microsoft's Internet execution sucks (on whole).
Discussion: Zoli's Blog
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Europe exec confirms Google Phone  —  The head of Google in Spain and Portugal has confirmed that Google is working on a mobile phone.  "Some of the time the engineers are dedicated to developing a mobile phone," Isabel Aguilera is quoted as saying on the Spanish news Web site Noticias.com.
Ryan Blitstein / origin.mercurynews.com:
Microsoft CEO meets with Stanford students  —  Microsoft, according to Stanford business school Dean Robert Joss, has reached a plateau.  In January, it released new versions of its Windows Vista computer operating system and Office productivity software, and faces threats …
Discussion: Valleywag
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Ballmer calls Google's growth plans 'insane'
Discussion: Channel 9
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Summize: Enhancing Search With Heatmaps  —  We wrote about Abdur Chowdhury in our recent coverage of the Open Data 2007 Workshop.  Until recently he was running AOL Search, but left to start a new venture.  Abdur is an impressive thinker and articulate speaker, with a great track record in the industry.
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Cingular, Qwest blocking 'Free' Calls  —  Looks like the empire is finding new ways to fight back — according to FreeConference.com, another rural-ISP free-calling operator, major carriers Cingular, Qwest and Sprint are actively blocking users trying to call FreeConference.com …
Discussion: media blog
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Oliver Starr / Guidewire Group:
AT&T/Cingular, Sprint and Qwest Collude to Kill FreeConference
Discussion: Roam4free
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
MICROSOFT DEAL FOR LARGE CUSTOMERS: USE LIVE SEARCH, GET FREE MSFT PRODUCTS  —  A loyal reader sent me this tidbit: Microsoft is offering its large enterprise customers free service and product credits if those customers push Live search inside their enterprises.
Fred / A VC:
Superdistribution  —  I remember the first time I heard this term, it was 1997 and someone was explaining a complicated digital rights management scheme to me.  I invested in that complex digital rights management scheme and lost everything and have been dubious of DRM ever since.
Discussion: Werblog
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
Face-to-Face Trumps Twitter, Blogs, Podcasts, Video...  SXSW Interactive had more attendees than ever before.  A lot more.  But here's the confusing part: the people attending are the same people who create and evangelize the tools that make attending totally unnecessary.
Discussion: David Seah, SMC and Socialtwister 2.0
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
ASUS' PG221 gaming monitor rocks the dorm  —  If space is such a premium that you must skimp on sound, then go 'head, be our guests and choose ASUS' PG221 as your all-in-one rig for sight and sound.  Like the 19-inch PG191, the 22-inch LCD features an integrated 2.1 audio system …
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Top Celebrity List Launched at TeamSugar  —  The TeamSugar Top 100 Celebrities List: In some ways it's the equivalent of the Technorati Top 100 list for bloggers, although the participants are somewhat cooler.  —  Read their launch announcement here.  The company has aggregated hundreds …
David Lenehan / Read/WriteWeb:
Adobe Remix on Photobucket  —  Adobe recently announced they are to bring out online versions of some of their desktop software suite, including Photoshop, within the next 6 months.  The first place we can get a glimpse of these offerings is on the popular photo and video sharing site Photobucket.
 
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Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
This 52-inch screen goes on your head
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
SCO chairman wants Congress to make port 80 porn free
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Eric Enge / Search Engine Watch:
Q&A With Ask.com's Gary Price
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Mark Ward / BBC:
Games icon gets modern makeover
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Ubergizmo
Mike / Techdirt:
Is It Illegal To Help Someone Watch TV Over Their Computer?
Luke O'Brien / Wired News:
'Yahoo Betrayed My Husband'
Discussion: digg
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Kingmax unveils "world's smallest" USB flash drive
Discussion: CrunchGear and Freshpilot
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Deleted YouTube videos still available on the web
 Earlier Items: 
John Dempsey / Variety:
Digital executive to Discovery
Discussion: PaidContent
John Cook / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Venture Capital: New virtual world revolves around play
Discussion: alarm:clock, Mashable! and Werblog
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Cisco Buying WebEx
Matt / WordPress Development Blog:
Plugin Directory  —  One of the greatest things about WordPress …
Discussion: Mashable!
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
The $7 TV Network  —  The architects of TCP/IP, Bob Kahn …
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
First Impressions: Mailplane - the desktop Gmail client
Discussion: Forever Geek
Modculture / Tech Digest:
CeBIT 2007: Linksys unveils KiSS 1600 wireless media player
Josh R. Holloway / MacApper:
How To: Clean Your Black MacBook
 

 
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Chris Thompson / Defector:
Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

Sara Fischer / Axios:
NPR affiliate WAMU is shutting down local news site Dcist and laying off 15 employees to focus on audio and plans to add 10 new positions

Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
A preview of the NetChoice cases to be argued at SCOTUS on February 26, about the constitutionality of Texas and Florida laws regulating social media content

 
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