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3:45 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!"
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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Brian Livingston / WindowsSecrets.com:
Microsoft allows bypass of Vista activation  —  Microsoft always says it opposes "software pirates" who sell thousands of unauthorized copies of Windows.  —  But the Redmond company has made things a lot easier for pirates by adding a line to the Registry that can be changed from to 1 …
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Google Watch:
Exec Confirms Google Phone
Nick / Rough Type:
Google should buy Intuit  —  Google has begun to nibble at the business market, introducing its $50-per-employee-per-month package of personal productivity applications, Google Apps, and buying up some little companies like JotSpot, a purveyor of corporate wikis.
Discussion: robhyndman.com
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
QuickBooks Enterprise: The forgotten mid-market ERP player  —  What happens when the mom and pop businesses grow up to become mid-market companies?  Conventional wisdom dictates that they graduate to an enterprise resource planning (ERP) application like Microsoft Dynamics GP, Sage MAS90 or an on-demand service from NetSuite.
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
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Flickr China Coming  —  It may be renowned for censoring all kinds of content on the Internet, but the Chinese market is too huge for Yahoo to ignore.  That's why Yahoo is planning to launch a version of the popular photo sharing site Flickr in China this year.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
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
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 …
Discussion: Monkey Bites
 
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GamePolitics.com:
BREAKING: Take Two Sues Jack Thompson over Manhunt 2, GTA4
Discussion: Kotaku and Joystiq
Mat Lu / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
DockArt: Change your iTunes icon to Album Art
Discussion: Apple Gazette
Vincent Nguyen / SlashGear:
SlashGear at CeBIT: Everything you want to know about the Samsung Q1 Ultra!
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
 Earlier Items: 
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?
Luke O'Brien / Wired News:
'Yahoo Betrayed My Husband'
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and digg
David Lenehan / Read/WriteWeb:
Adobe Remix on Photobucket
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
Fred / A VC:
Superdistribution  —  I remember the first time I heard this term …
Discussion: Werblog