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4:35 PM ET, March 26, 2007

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Microsoft:
Windows Vista Debuts with Strong Global Sales  —  More than 20 million licenses were sold in the opening month of general availability for the new operating system, as new tools and programs ease the transition for consumers.  —  Initial sales figures from Microsoft show …
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft sells 20 million Vista licenses  —  Microsoft claims Windows Vista is off to a fast start, having sold more than 20 million copies since its January 30 consumer release.  —  By comparison, in its first two months, Windows XP sold 17 million copies, Microsoft said.
Discussion: TechSpot News and ZDNet News
The Independent:
So, how many podcasts did you download today?  —  Simon Kelner of 'The Independent' caused a stir last week when he said he didn't know anyone who'd used a podcast.  What a dinosaur!  But, discovers Tim Luckhurst, he can't be alone.  Most days, responses to newspaper blogs barely …
Discussion: Telegraph Blogs and Greenslade
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PhysOrg.com:
'Juiced-up' Sugar-Fueled Battery Could Power Portable Electronics  —  Juicing up your cell phone or iPod may take on a whole new meaning in the future.  Researchers at Saint Louis University in Missouri have developed a fuel cell battery that runs on virtually any sugar source …
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Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:   Sugar fueled batteries could power portable electronics
Ryan Block / Engadget:
HTC Shift — the cellphone company finally goes UMPC  —  It's been a long time in coming, but after HTC's long, gradual feature buildup all the way from the very first Pocket PC phone in 2002, they're finally putting the "computer" in High Tech Computer by making the jump to ultraportable PC-maker.
Discussion: Screenwerk and Pocket PC Thoughts
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James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Introducing the HTC Advantage and Shift
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com and PalmAddicts
Orbitcast:
XM's Touchscreen Patent Application  —  As demand for smaller and smaller devices rises, it's become increasingly apparent that the buttons and knobs needed to control these devices are getting in the way.  —  Valuable real estate is eaten up, and without those pesky buttons the devices could be thinner, smaller and sexier.
Discussion: Gizmodo and GottaBeMobile.com
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Paul Miller / Engadget:   XM patents multi-finger touchscreen — no, not that one
Virginiah / infoworlditexecconnect …:
InfoWorld Brand Moves Online  —  The news hit the internet this morning: as of next month, InfoWorld will no longer be distributed in a print edition.  To take maximum advantage of the opportunities for our business going forward, and remove the distraction of maintaining and fretting over a costly …
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Bob Garfield / AdAge:
Bob Garfield's Chaos Scenario 2.0  —  The Post Advertising Age  —  Maybe you'd better lean forward.  Presently you will be given five reasons to consider something barely imaginable: a post-apocalyptic media world substantially devoid of brand advertising as we have long known it.
Financial Times:
Mini-blog is the talk of Silicon Valley  —  Silicon Valley is abuzz over a new mini-blogging service for mobile phones that some predict will be a mass-market hit with the reach of a YouTube or MySpace.  —  Over the past two weeks, Twitter has attracted the sort of hyperbole the Valley reserves …
Discussion: Vecosys and Bloggers Blog
Jim Puzzanghera / Los Angeles Times:
Google canvasses for political ads  —  Going after a niche that could go mainstream, the Web giant teaches candidates of all stripes how to campaign online.  —  WASHINGTON — As the 2008 presidential campaign gets rolling, Google Inc. wants to be every candidate's running mate.
Business Wire:
MapQuest Enables Users to Send Maps and Directions to Cell Phones  —  Upgraded Free "Send to Cell" Service Leverages the MapQuest Desktop Experience  —  ORLANDO, Fla.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—MapQuest today announced a series of upgrades to its "Send to Cell" service that will let users create …
Helio:
MEET THE NEW HELIO OCEAN  —  One of a Kind Dual-Slide Device Serves Up Definitive Mobile Experience in Uncompromising Form Factor  —  Introducing Ocean™, the world's first dual-slider combining a traditional numeric keypad and a separate full QWERTY keyboard in a single device.
Discussion: Phone Scoop and Gadget Lab
Jim Benson / Broadcasting & Cable:
The CW Gets Into the Web Game  —  YouTube may soon get a taste of its own medicine if The CW greenlights a reality pilot that would put the Web's best user-generated content on weekly TV.  —  Ghen Maynard, CBS Paramount Network Television Entertainment Group's alternative programming guru …
Neil Patel / Pronet Advertising:
Calacanis - SEO's Next Evangelist?  —  I've been getting quite a few emails asking about the Jason Calacanis challenge so I thought I would update you guys on it today.  —  We had 6 (not 7) full days of analytical tracking before the first SEO changes were set in place.
PR Newswire:
Vonage Comments on Recent Court Proceedings, Outlook for Appeal and Market Overreaction  —  Company Confident in Appeal  —  HOLMDEL, N.J., March 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Vonage reaffirmed its confidence in prevailing on appeal and in continuing to meet the needs and expectations …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Hot Spectrum Draws Cash, and Ideals  —  It is referred to as the last beachfront property in the wireless world — a prized swath of spectrum that is about to be sold at federal auction.  And it has touched off an intense lobbying effort pitting cellular companies against a variety …
 
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
AdMob raises $15M, in race for mobile ad crown
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
Death threats against bloggers are NOT "protected speech" …
Discussion: ongoing
Valleywag:
AOL: Powerpoint paralysis
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
For fast-food help, call in the robots
Ross Rader / The Tucows Blog:
Questions to Ask Before You Pick Your Domain Name Registrar
Discussion: Global Nerdy and Joho the Blog
Mary Brandel / Computerworld:
Web anonymity can sink your job search
Ars Technica:
IBM doubles CPU cooling capabilities with simple manufacturing change
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
James Niccolai / InfoWorld:
Iona adds repository for SOAs
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Intel to produce chips in China
Discussion: Macsimum News
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Digital radio broadcast flag gets snubbed by FCC
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Yankee Group: Novell gaining (with Microsoft's help) at Red Hat's expense
Discussion: Open Sources
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Drop in Ad Revenue Raises Tough Question for Newspapers
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Build Your Own Justin.tv With Ustream
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
Maker of Mobile Games Brings Line to BlackBerry
Discussion: Gearlog and MoCoNews
Mike / Techdirt:
Architect Of The DMCA Admits It Hasn't Worked Out; Suggests New Approach Needed
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Amazon leaks Adobe CS3 pricing, availability dates, code split [u]