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9:25 PM ET, March 26, 2007


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Ina Fried / CNET
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
Peter Galli /
Microsoft Says Vista Sales Strong
Discussion: and The Tech Report
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
Death threats against bloggers are NOT "protected speech" (why I cancelled my ETech presentations)  —  As I type this, I am supposed to be in San Diego, delivering a workshop at the ETech conference.  But I'm not.  I'm at home, with the doors locked, terrified.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Taking the week off  —  I'm physically ill after reading what happened to Kathy Sierra.  Maryam and several others here at PodTech asked me about it and are concerned since the same sites that are attacking Kathy also mentioned me and Maryam.  Maryam is really freaked out about it.  So am I.
Mary Brandel / Computerworld:
Web anonymity can sink your job search  —  Your Web presence can make or break a job application  —  If someone searches for you on the Web and comes up empty-handed, do you exist?  —  Considering that a growing number of recruiters and hiring managers are using search engines …
Discussion: engtech
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Looking for a Job?  Make Sure You Have a Web Identity!  —  Computer World takes a look at how a lack of a web presence can hurt a candidate's chance of getting a job interview, let alone the actual job.  While we've probably all tried "Googling" a date or famous celebrity …
Business Wire:
Sprint Announces WiMAX Ecosystem Initiatives  —  ORLANDO, Fla.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) today announced further progress with the development of its upcoming Mobile WiMAX advanced multimedia network, citing wireless device and chipset initiatives while identifying additional service markets.
Brian Bergstein / Associated Press:
Wikipedia co-founder seeks to start over  —  In just six years, Wikipedia has mushroomed into one of the Web's most astonishing successes, with 1.7 million articles in English alone.  The downside is that the free encyclopedia has its share of errors and juvenile vandalism, and sometimes the writing is incomprehensibly arcane.
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 …
Sony Ericsson:
Meet the W580: the Walkman® phone with street style  —  Sony Ericsson's new W580 WALKMAN® phone announced today is the music phone that's pure street style.  This slim slider phone speaks volumes in urban cool while delivering the full-on Walkman® phone music experience.
AOL: Powerpoint paralysis  —  Ever wonder precisely why big companies such as AOL are so painfully sluggish?  Here's an insight.  AOL recently launched an enhanced search service which, alongside search results from Google, showed capsule reviews, videos and other content from AOL itself.
Many net users 'not safety-aware'  —  Fewer than half of the UK's 29m adult internet users believe they are responsible for protecting personal information online, a survey suggests.  —  One in six of the 2,441 people surveyed felt responsibility rested with banks.
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
How to beat Google, part 1  —  Our entire industry is scared witless by Google's dominance in search and advertising.  Microsoft and Yahoo have been unsuccessful at staunching the bleeding of their search market share.  VCs parrot the Google PR FUD machine that you need giant datacenters next to hydroelectric dams to compete.
Is Google a Semantic Search Engine?  —  Written by Phill Midwinter, a search engineer from the UK.  This is a great follow-up to our article last Friday, Hakia Takes On Google With Semantic Technologies.  —  What is a Semantic Engine?  —  Semantics are said to be 'the next big thing' in search engine technology.
Discussion: Profy.Com and Between the Lines
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: Gadget Lab and Phone Scoop
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Ars Technica:
IBM doubles CPU cooling capabilities with simple manufacturing change
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Financial Times:
Mini-blog is the talk of Silicon Valley
Discussion: Bloggers Blog and Vecosys
Jim Benson / Broadcasting & Cable:
The CW Gets Into the Web Game
Jim Puzzanghera / Los Angeles Times:
Google canvasses for political ads
Bob Garfield / AdAge:
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