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6:35 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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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
PR Newswire:
Apple TV Now Shipping  —  Watch Internet-Delivered Movies, Movie Trailers, TV Shows, Music, Podcasts & Photos on Your Widescreen TV  —  CUPERTINO, Calif., March 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Apple® is now shipping Apple TV(TM), an easy to use and fun way to wirelessly play …
Jeremy Toeman / Jeremy Toeman's LIVEdigitally:
Apple TV: Can they dominate the living room too?  —  So AppleTV is officially shipping, and as I saw on Engadget, Walt Mossberg has already reviewed it.  Some excerpts: … The review continues on, and Walt gushes about the device quite a bit.  The only competitor he points out is the Xbox 360 …
Phillip Swann / tvpredictions.com:
Why Apple TV Will Bomb
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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Carlo / Techdirt:
The Shift From CDs To Downloads Is So Much More Than A Format Change
Discussion: Furdlog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Good News! CD Music Sales Down 20% from 2006
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digesting Google's New PPA Advertising Product  —  Google announced the testing of a new pay-per-action, or PPA, advertising product today.  It's important for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that Google controls so much of the online advertising market that just about anything …
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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 …
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: MacUser, Macsimum News and digg
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Marius van Oers / McAfee Avert Labs:   OSX Malware not taking off yet
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.
Nick / Rough Type:
Two views of Web 2.0 in business  —  Some hard data is coming out this week on the adoption of Web 2.0 tools by companies.  Yesterday, Forrester released some results from a December 2006 survey of 119 CIOs at mid-size and larger companies.  It indicated that Web 2.0 is being broadly and rapidly brought into enterprises.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Is Web 2.0 over and out?  —  New Internet technologies …
Discussion: Between the Lines
USA Today:
Get an earful of offbeat podcasts  —  The surprise about podcasting isn't that millions are listening — the surprise is that millions are listening to some fairly arcane stuff.  —  To wit: Lectures on Byzantine emperors.  Video seminars on the Mona Lisa.  Archaeological treatises on prehistoric America.
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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 …
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
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)
 
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Magazine, Newspaper and TV Ads Precipitate Online Searches
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PR Newswire:
Motorola Announces Revised Guidance for First Quarter and Actions …
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GPL Redraws The Rules Of Software Competition
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Amp'd Keeps Powering Up
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Some Traditional Sites, Aiming to Be Hip, End Up the Opposite
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Videos Starring Amanda Congdon Aim to Perk Up DuPont's Image
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Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
And Now, a Commercial Break That Doesn't Seem Like One
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Will Skype save Nokia Internet Tablets?
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How I Became A Music Pirate
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