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9:10 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
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 …
Jeremy Toeman / Jeremy Toeman's LIVEdigitally:
Apple TV: Can they dominate the living room too?
Phillip Swann / tvpredictions.com:
Why Apple TV Will Bomb
Discussion: MacUser and Tech Trader Daily
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
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.
Discussion: MacUser, Macsimum News and digg
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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
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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Nick / Rough Type:
Two views of Web 2.0 in business
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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
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 …
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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MediaShift:
Will Video Kill the Audio Podcasting Star? Not Exactly
Discussion: Open Culture
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 …
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.
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)
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 …
 
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PR Newswire:
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Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
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Discussion: Adobe and JD on EP
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Incentives Key to Mobile Marketing
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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:
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Discussion: Message
Consumerist:
How I Became A Music Pirate