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4:10 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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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 …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Mossberg reviews Apple TV: "simple and elegant"
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 …
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 …
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Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Xbox Live hacked, accounts stolen
Discussion: Xbox 360 Fanboy, Kotaku, You NEWB and digg
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 …
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% …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Listening Post and OnoTech
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.
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Judge favors Google in 'frivolous' suit
Discussion: Techdirt and Fast Company Now
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 …
Seeking Alpha:
Oracle F3Q07 (Qtr End 2/28/07) Earnings Call Transcript  —  Executives  —  Krista Bessinger - Vice President, Investor Relations  —  Safra A. Catz - Co-President, Chief Financial Officer  —  Lawrence J. Ellison - Chief Executive Officer  —  Analysts  —  Presentation  —  Operator
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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.
Fred Aun / ClickZ:
Videos Starring Amanda Congdon Aim to Perk Up DuPont's Image  —  Venerable DuPont is experimenting with an ultra-modern form of marketing: Weblog videos it hopes will give it a young-at-heart image while chatting up the virtues of several of its products.  Featuring perky video blogger Amanda Congdon …
Discussion: Frank Barnako, ChasNote and Valleywag
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
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.
Discussion: MediaShift
 
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Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Adobe's Q1 financials show "developer revenue" is still very small
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Is Web 2.0 over and out?  —  New Internet technologies …
Discussion: Between the Lines
John Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:
Don't buy an Xbox 360...  ... at least for the next six weeks.
eMarketer:
Incentives Key to Mobile Marketing
Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Purchasing additional Windows Vista licenses
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
And Now, a Commercial Break That Doesn't Seem Like One
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Gizmodo:
Koloroo Come Up With a Pair of Widgets for Your iPod
Discussion: Macsimum News, MacNN and Crave
Google Watch:
Film that inspired Will Wright's "Spore" is focus of latest YouTube subpoena
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew G. Nelson / ClickZ:
Agencies and Publishers Differ On Viability of Pre-Roll
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Will Skype save Nokia Internet Tablets?
Discussion: Message
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
PreFound Relaunches, Tries To Rise Above Social Search Din
Discussion: WebProNews
Tangos / China Web2.0 Review:
IM Robot Xiaoi Secured Funding
Business Wire:
Oodle Raises $11 Million in Funding From JAFCO, Greylock Partners …
Consumerist:
How I Became A Music Pirate
Discussion: Lost Remote, SurfBits, digg and Slashdot
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Tool turns unsuspecting surfers into hacking help
Variety:
New Line nabs 'Gears of War'