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3:45 PM ET, March 26, 2007

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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
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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: 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
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.
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Virginiah / infoworlditexecconnect …:
InfoWorld Brand Moves Online
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Start-up Zimbra takes Web e-mail offline  —  update E-mail software company Zimbra on Sunday released an early version of Zimbra Desktop, Web e-mail software that will run online and offline.  —  The company has built an open-source, Web-based alternative to existing mail servers and clients such as Microsoft Exchange and Outlook.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Read/WriteWeb
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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
Adium X - Trac:
Adium X Version History  — Fixed a crash which could occur while performing DNS resolutions and optimized for performance  — Fixed another situation in which an AIM file transfer could fail, introduced in the fix included in 1.0.1  — Various performance improvements to the log viewer …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Build Your Own Justin.tv With Ustream  —  Justin.tv launched a week ago, and is rising steadily in popularity.  It's a simple idea - the site shows live video of Justin, who lives in San Francisco with his buddies and spends his time meeting with local startups and personalities.
Ars Technica:
IBM doubles CPU cooling capabilities with simple manufacturing change  —  According to a new paper released at the IEEE Semi-Therm conference, IBM has discovered a way to dramatically improve processor cooling.  Unlike some other recent cooling breakthroughs, IBM's discovery appears …
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Intel to produce chips in China  —  Intel has announced that it will open a wafer fabrication facility in China, a significant milestone in the chip giant's manufacturing history.  —  As reported earlier, the plant will be located in an industrial rust-belt hub in northeast China called Dalian …
Discussion: Macsimum News
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 …
 
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Hemos / Slashdot:
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Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Drop in Ad Revenue Raises Tough Question for Newspapers
Valleywag:
MARK ZUCKERBERG: Oh Boy That Crazy Dot-Com Boy! …
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Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
Maker of Mobile Games Brings Line to BlackBerry
Discussion: Gearlog and MoCoNews
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Popuri: Lots of Stats For Any Site
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Mike / Techdirt:
Architect Of The DMCA Admits It Hasn't Worked Out; Suggests New Approach Needed
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