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1:35 AM ET, March 22, 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"
Discussion: MacRumors, SearchViews and Crave
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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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.
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Tony Smith / The Register:
Ten reasons why you should buy a Mac  —  Receive the days biggest stories by email, sign up here  —  Yes, you can accept Apple's logic that "it all just works" straight out of the packaging, but there are better reasons for moving to a Mac than a factor that's just as true of modern PCs these days.
Dave Caolo / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Mac gaming on the cheap: Our favorite low-cost Mac games
Discussion: Macsimum News
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 …
Discussion: Open Culture and WebMetricsGuru
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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.
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
Los Angeles Times:
News Corp., NBC pull together to challenge YouTube  —  Several media giants are teaming up to challenge Google Inc. and its YouTube video-sharing service, seeking to blunt their incursion into the entertainment business.  —  News Corp. and NBC Universal plan to announce as soon as today …
Discussion: TechCrunch, PaidContent and Mashable!
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.
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.
Gizmodo:
Frankenfight: Affordable HDMI Receivers  —  Audio is hard.  There are lots of wires and plugs and swearing.  That's why HDMI receivers, with their promises of audio and video over one cord, make us so excited.  —  For today's Frankenfight, two 7.1 HDMI receivers compete for that special place in our [heart] home theater.
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
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
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
EDELMAN TALK  —  Edelman have kindly asked me to come to their London office today and give a talk about blogs and post-Cluetrain reality for one of their clients.  Here are my notes:  —  SETUP:  —  1. I'm not here to tell you about your business.  You already know it's a jungle out there.
 
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Robert Scoble / PodTech.net:
Second part of cool Microsoft Research's TechFest Tour
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft severs Live Search from the rest of the Windows Live family
Discussion: Windows-Now.com and LiveSide
Joshua Jaffe / VC Ratings:
BooRah expands reach, prepares VC fundraising
Grant Robertson / Download Squad:
Linux MCE looks hot
Discussion: digg
Gizmodo:
AppleTV First Unboxing
Discussion: Cult of Mac and digg
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Who Created "Hillary 1984"? Mystery Solved!
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Elton John signs entire back catalog exclusively to iTunes...
Jonathan Seff / Macworld:
Picking an HDTV for your Apple TV
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
FatKat to use quant investing to help you pick stocks
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PrimeNewswire:
Global Venture Capital Investment in Web 2.0 Companies On the Rise
MediaShift:
Will Video Kill the Audio Podcasting Star? Not Exactly
Discussion: Open Culture
USA Today:
Get an earful of offbeat podcasts
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Adobe's Q1 financials show "developer revenue" is still very small
Discussion: Adobe and JD on EP
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Google's MCI Vet to fix 'Neutrality' Message
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
And Now, a Commercial Break That Doesn't Seem Like One
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Microsoft probes possible Xbox Live fraud