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3:20 PM ET, March 16, 2007

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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 …
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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: WebProNews, Channel 9 and Zoli's 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.
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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Exec Confirms Google Phone
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
How to run Vista legally without activation ... for at least a year  —  Microsoft calls it a 'hack,' researcher, a 'documented feature'  —  Windows Vista can be run for at least a year without being activated, a serious end run around one of Microsoft Corp.'s key antipiracy measures, Windows expert Brian Livingston said today.
Discussion: CrunchGear, Bink.nu and Slashdot
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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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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Now Reporting Anchor Text Phrases
Discussion: Official Google Blog
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.
Johnporcaro / Gamerscore Blog:
Castlevania: Symphony of Night on Xbox Live Arcade  —  Next Wednesday, you can play Castlevania: Symphony of Night on Xbox Live Arcade for Xbox 360 (Wednesday, March 21 at 0900 GMT, 2 a.m. PDT).  —  In "Castlevania: Symphony of Night," the 12th iteration of the series, you take on the role of Alucard …
Discussion: Kotaku and Joystiq
ZDNet:
EMERGING TECH TOOLKIT  —  Microsoft: OneCare should not have been rolled out  —  Microsoft has said that its OneCare security suite has "a problem" with the underlying antivirus code, and admitted that security is just "a little part of Microsoft".  —  Speaking to ZDNet UK exclusively …
Discussion: broadbandreports.com and Slashdot
Ellie Gibson / GamesIndustry.biz:
Commodore launches new range of gaming PCs  —  Complete with customisable cases  —  Commodore Gaming has unveiled a new range of PCs specially designed for gamers at the CeBIT technology show in Germany.  —  There are four models to choose from - the entry level Cg, the Cgs, Cgx and …
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Mark Ward / BBC:
Games icon gets modern makeover
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Ubergizmo
Gizmodo:
And On The First Day of CeBit, Philips Said, 'Let There Be AmbiLight Everywhere'  —  You might think that taking the AmbiLight idea and applying it to speakers is a bit whack.  Well, you're wrong.  Imagine having 16 million colors illuminating your computer corner, desk or batcave, responding to the sound and vision in your home.
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs and Gadget Lab
Luke O'Brien / Wired News:
'Yahoo Betrayed My Husband'  —  FAIRFAX, Virginia — Early one Sunday morning in 2002, a phone rings in Yu Ling's Beijing duplex.  She's cleaning upstairs; her son is asleep, while downstairs, her husband, Wang Xiaoning, is on the computer.  Wang writes about politics …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and digg
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Socializr, for planning events online  —  Socializr, a new San Francisco-based company that wants to help you plan events online, opens to the public today.  —  It is owned by Jonathan Abrams, the founder of the early social networking site, Friendster.  When Friendster emerged four years ago …
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
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 …
 
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GamePolitics.com:
BREAKING: Take Two Sues Jack Thompson over Manhunt 2, GTA4
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Thanko headband guards, plays iPod shuffle via bones
Mat Lu / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
DockArt: Change your iTunes icon to Album Art
Discussion: Apple Gazette
Lisa Vaas / eWEEK.com:
Can a Rootkit Be Certified for Vista?
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
Discussion: Kotaku and Nintendo Wii Fanboy
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
ASUS' PG221 gaming monitor rocks the dorm
Discussion: Gadget Lab
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Eric Enge / Search Engine Watch:
Q&A With Ask.com's Gary Price
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Mike / Techdirt:
Is It Illegal To Help Someone Watch TV Over Their Computer?
David Lenehan / Read/WriteWeb:
Adobe Remix on Photobucket
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Kingmax unveils "world's smallest" USB flash drive
Discussion: CrunchGear and Freshpilot
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Top Celebrity List Launched at TeamSugar
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