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10:25 PM ET, March 21, 2007

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Wall Street Journal:
From PC to TV — via Apple  —  We Test Gadget That Lets You  —  Play Digital Video, Music,  —  Photos on Your Widescreen  —  The race to connect your TV to your computer and the Internet is about to kick into high gear this week when Apple Inc., the company many believe is best positioned …
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David Pogue / New York Times:
Apple TV Has Landed  —  In the technology world, conventional wisdom says that we'll soon be saying R.I.P. for the DVD.  Internet downloads are the future, baby.  No driving, no postpaid envelopes.  Any movie, any TV show, any time.  —  Only one problem: once you've downloaded the shows to your computer …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Mossberg reviews Apple TV: "simple and elegant"  —  Only Walt Mossberg's clout can muster up an Apple TV 10 days prior to its launch.  So naturally, he and WSJ colleague Katherine Boehret were first-up with a review on Apple's initial living room sally.  Their take?
Discussion: MacRumors, SearchViews and Crave
Phillip Swann / tvpredictions.com:
Why Apple TV Will Bomb
Discussion: MacUser and Tech Trader Daily
Jeremy Toeman / Jeremy Toeman's LIVEdigitally:
Apple TV: Can they dominate the living room too?
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Sales of Music, Long in Decline, Plunge Sharply  —  Rise in Downloading  —  Fails to Boost Industry;  —  A Retailing Shakeout  —  In a dramatic acceleration of the seven-year sales decline that has battered the music industry, compact-disc sales for the first three months of this year plunged 20% …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Good News!  CD Music Sales Down 20% from 2006  —  Am I breaking the law with my embed above of this copyright-violating music video on YouTube?  Or am I providing a valuable marketing service to Silversun Pickups and their current tour?  The answer is: both.
Carlo / Techdirt:
The Shift From CDs To Downloads Is So Much More Than A Format Change
Discussion: Furdlog
Shaun Nichols / vnunet:
Lack of Mac malware baffles experts  —  Exploit authors continue to ignore OS X  —  Apple's Mac OS X remains almost completely free of any sort of malware threat despite several years of availability, a significant market share, and even an entire month dedicated to pointing out its flaws.
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Tony Smith / The Register:
Ten reasons why you should buy a Mac
Dave Caolo / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Mac gaming on the cheap: Our favorite low-cost Mac games
Discussion: Macsimum News
Sydney Morning Herald:
Google quashes mobile phone talk  —  Google has poured cold water on claims it is developing a mobile phone.  —  The search giant said it was more logical to form partnerships with existing handset makers instead.  —  Google's South-East Asia managing director of sales and operations …
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Richard Wray / Guardian:
Google joins Apple in race to launch mobiles in Europe
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Tests an Ad Idea: Pay Only for Results  —  Google is experimenting with a new proposition for advertisers: if you don't get results, you don't pay.  —  The company said Tuesday that it would expand a test of a system that allows advertisers to pay only when an ad spurs a consumer to take an action …
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PrimeNewswire:
Global Venture Capital Investment in Web 2.0 Companies On the Rise  —  Nearly US$850 Million Deployed to Web 2.0 Deals in 2006, According to Ernst & Young/Dow Jones VentureOne Data Released At Annual Web Ventures Conference  —  Venture capitalists continued to favor the innovative activity …
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
CIOs Spurn Web 2.0 Startups - Enterprises Want Suites and Large, Incumbent Software Vendors  —  Forrester Research has just released two reports concerning 'web 2.0' in the enterprise.  Forrester recently surveyed 119 CIOs on the topic and their answers illustrate what IT honchos want …
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Nick / Rough Type:
Two views of Web 2.0 in business
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Kotaku:
Nintendo Donates TONS To Child's Play  —  Sweet Jesus, that's a lot of Nintendo DS action.  Penny Arcade's Child's Play charity, which lovingly gives donated toys and games to kids in dozens of worldwide hospitals, received the above shipment of DS Lites and software from the good folks at Nintendo in a recent purchase.
BBC:
Laptops set to out sell desktops  —  Laptops will overtake desktop PCs as the dominant form of computer in 2011, according to a report by analysts IDC.  —  The demand for bulky machines will continue to slowly grow but at a declining rate as portable machines become quicker and more efficient.
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Microsoft probes possible Xbox Live fraud  —  Microsoft is investigating possible fraud on its Xbox Live online gaming service, the company said Tuesday.  —  The investigation comes after gamers reported having their Xbox Live accounts hijacked and their credit cards used to buy "Microsoft Points …
Reuters:
Yahoo CEO praises new ad system, says "very happy"  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc. (YHOO.O: Quote, Profile, Research) Chairman and Chief Executive Terry Semel said on Wednesday he was pleased with the progress of a new Web search advertising system, launched to better compete with Google Inc. (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research)
Lee Gomes / Wall Street Journal:
Some Traditional Sites, Aiming to Be Hip, End Up the Opposite  —  For the John Edwards presidential campaign, last week was, as usual, busy.  There was a college rally on Tuesday, speeches to firefighters and boilermakers on Wednesday, a swing through New Hampshire on Thursday and then a three-city tour on Friday.
Downes / Half an Hour:
Why the Semantic Web Will Fail  —  Don't get too excited by the title.  But I do want to share a few thoughts...  It was running through my head just now, the work that we were doing here in Moncton to work on an e-learning cluster.  Because I saw that 'cluster building' is still …
Discussion: Infocult, UMBC eBiquity and Slashdot
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Google's MCI Vet to fix 'Neutrality' Message  —  Fear not, network neutrality fans: Google is still on your side, and is working hard to make sure its sometimes mixed messages on the topic are more harmonious in the future.  —  That was the word from Rick Whitt Tuesday, as Google's new …
Carlo / Techdirt:
UK Judge Rules That Selling Consumers Cheaper CDs Is Illegal  —  from the makes-sense dept  —  The story of CD-Wow, the second-biggest British online music retailer, has been dragging on for a while.  In an effort to offer its customers cheaper CDs, it began importing them from Asia …
Discussion: Reuters and Furdlog
 
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