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9:35 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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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Newbie's guide to Twitter  —  If you're not using Twitter yet, you may feel as if you've missed out.  Twitter has not only tipped the tuna (begun to peak in popularity), but by some estimations, it has already jumped the shark (devolved into inanity).  Don't let massive overuse by SXSW geeks …
Miss Rogue / HorsePigCow:
Twits Twittering for the sake of Tweets: or that's not why I twitter  —  Remember this?  Probably many don't, but I've been a member of Twitter, since last May or June.  Previous to Jabber integration.  Previous to the funky tricked out personal landing page.  Previous to the vowels.
Waxy.org:   Tracking Twitter's Message Growth
Charlene Li / The Groundswell:
What Twitter is good for
Discussion: Mark Evans and Minced Media
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.
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Google exec confirms phone in the labs  —  So it seems that the oft-rumored handset from Google has taken that final leap into the "confirmed" column, though it may not be quite the be-all, end-all device we were expecting.  Isabel Aguilera, Google's chief executive in Spain and Portugal …
Vanessa Fox / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Get a more complete picture about how other sites link to you  —  For quite a while, you've been able to see a list of the most common words used in anchor text to your site.  This information is useful, because it helps you know what others think your site is about.
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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?
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
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
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.
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.
Discussion: franticindustries
Matt / WordPress Development Blog:
Plugin Directory  —  One of the greatest things about WordPress has always been the amazing number of high-quality plugins available for the platform.  I believe that there aren't any more "killer features" in software, there are 10,000 killer features and everyone has a different 20.
Discussion: Mashable!
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
The $7 TV Network  —  The architects of TCP/IP, Bob Kahn and Vint Cerf, knew exactly how they'd bring television to the Internet.  They would use multicasting, a particular IP service that allows many hosts to share a multicast address and, through that address, receive the same content …
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Streakr Search Makes Social Networks Bare All  —  Vivek, over at Startup Squad, recently discovered a new social network and social networking meta search engine, Streakr.  The main URL still says the site is coming soon.  The new engine lets you search the profiles on the major networks …
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Vivek / StartupSquad.com:
Streakr - search across social networks
Discussion: Mashable!
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.
Ina Fried / USA Today:
Microsoft buys speech recognition company Tellme  —  Microsoft announced Wednesday that it is buying privately held speech recognition maker Tellme Networks in a deal believed to be in the range of $800 million.  —  With the deal, Microsoft gains a company with deep expertise in speech recognition …
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Bloomberg:
Microsoft Agrees to Buy Maker of Voice-Recognition Software
Discussion: Profy.Com
 
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Kingmax unveils "world's smallest" USB flash drive
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Top Celebrity List Launched at TeamSugar
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Deleted YouTube videos still available on the web
Discussion: Neowin.net
Matthew / LiveSide:
Microsoft: "We're in it to win!"
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John Dempsey / Variety:
Digital executive to Discovery
Discussion: PaidContent
John Cook / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Venture Capital: New virtual world revolves around play
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Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Cisco Buying WebEx
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 Earlier Items: 
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
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Red Hat releases Enterprise Linux 5
Discussion: Neowin.net and Slashdot
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Ballmer calls Google's growth plans 'insane'
Discussion: Channel 9
Josh R. Holloway / MacApper:
How To: Clean Your Black MacBook
Mike Pegg / Google Maps Mania:
Twitter + Google Maps = TwitterMap
Discussion: Micro Persuasion
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Adds a Safeguard on Privacy for Searchers
Valleywag:
ARMCHAIR GENERAL: The wrong hire for Yahoo
Discussion: Hello, My Name Is