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1:40 PM 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
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Now Reporting Anchor Text Phrases
Discussion: Official Google Blog
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: Channel 9 and Zoli's Blog
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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.
Switchtoamac / Switch To A Mac:
Mac OS X Leopard 10.5 - a May 2007 release?  —  As a followup to yesterday's post about the Mac OS X 10.4.9 update, we indicated that we would put forth our prediction of when Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard would likely be released by Apple.  This post provides a prediction  —  Key Facts and Items
Discussion: MacUser, Apple Gazette and digg
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.
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: CNET News.com and Valleywag
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: CrunchGear and media blog
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Oliver Starr / Guidewire Group:
AT&T/Cingular, Sprint and Qwest Collude to Kill FreeConference
Discussion: Roam4free
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
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.
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.
Vincent Nguyen / SlashGear:
SlashGear at CeBIT: Everything you want to know about the Samsung Q1 Ultra!  —  The Samsung Q1 Ultra is possible one of the best ultra-mobile pc ever created.  This time, I really mean it.  No, seriously, I really, really, really mean it this time.  There isn't much time for me to show …
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 …
Mike / Techdirt:
Is It Illegal To Help Someone Watch TV Over Their Computer?  —  from the questions,-questions dept  —  This one is actually from a few weeks ago, but we were just informed of it by Ed. Apparently, there's a company that's trying to help people watch satellite TV over their computer and has come up with an interesting plan.
Discussion: broadbandreports.com
 
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Lisa Vaas / eWEEK.com:
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Mike / Techdirt:
Collateral Damage Takedown Victims Start Suing Viacom
Eddie Hargreaves / The Apple Blog:
Is Apple secretly working with Miglia?
Chris Kohler / Game | Life:
EBay Watch: Every SNES Game, Katana Dev Kit
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Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
This 52-inch screen goes on your head
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
ASUS' PG221 gaming monitor rocks the dorm
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Q&A With Ask.com's Gary Price
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Mark Ward / BBC:
Games icon gets modern makeover
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Luke O'Brien / Wired News:
'Yahoo Betrayed My Husband'
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Kingmax unveils "world's smallest" USB flash drive
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Deleted YouTube videos still available on the web
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 …
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