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2:10 PM ET, March 27, 2007

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BBC:
Blog death threats spark debate  —  Prominent blogger Kathy Sierra has called on the blogosphere to combat the culture of abuse online.  —  It follows a series of death threats which have forced her to cancel a public appearance and suspend her blog.  —  Ms Sierra described on her blog …
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Blogger cancels conference appearance after death threats
Kat Herding / all noise all the time:
re Kathy Sierra's allegations
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Taking the week off
Steve Poland / TechCrunch:
Web Services Coming To Twitter  —  Earlier this year we talked about the usefulness of a simple command line to query multiple web services via a set syntax.  Yubnub, one of the web services we discussed, does just that.  Enter "Weather 90210″ into Yubnub and get the weather from Weather.com.
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Nik Cubrilovic / New Web Order:
Twitter as a Communications Platform  —  Today Techcrunch reported that Twitter will be releasing extensions to their API that will allow applications to receive private messages from users.  Currently the API allows you to post messages, get a list of your friends and to query the public messages …
Speakeasy:
Best Buy Acquires Speakeasy  —  Addition of VoIP Communications Provider Gives Small Businesses  —  a Single Source for All of Their Technology Needs  —  Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY) has agreed to acquire Speakeasy, Inc., one of the largest independent broadband voice, data and IT service providers in the United States.
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Speakeasy acquired by Best Buy
Discussion: Neowin.net
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Launches Yahoo! Mobile Publisher Services  —  New Services Designed to Enable Publishers Across 19 Countries to Increase Discovery, Distribution and Monetization of their Content on Mobile  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) today announced the launch of Yahoo! …
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo to Offer a Network for Web Ads on Cellphones  —  Yahoo is moving to secure a position on the next Internet battleground: Web search and advertising on cellphones.  —  The company plans to announce on Tuesday that it is creating a mobile advertising network that will allow marketers …
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Opens Up oneSearch to Mobile Publishers
Discussion: Mashable!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
John McCain's MySpace Page Hacked  —  Someone on Presidential hopeful John McCain's staff is going to be in trouble today.  They used a well known template to create his Myspace page.  The template was designed by NewsVine Founder and CEO Mike Davidson (original template is here).
Discussion: The Bivings Report
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Newsvine:
Hacking John McCain
Discussion: techPresident
bizjournals:
Netflix CEO joins Microsoft board  —  Netflix Inc. Chief Executive Reed Hastings joined the finance committee of Microsoft Corp.'s board of directors, the company said Monday.  —  The addition of Los Gatos-based Netflix's (NASDAQ:NFLX) CEO expands to 10 members the size of Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) board.
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and Engadget
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Samsung:
SAMSUNG Introduces 1.8" - Type 64GB Flash-based Solid State Drive  —  Taipei, Taiwan - March 27, 2007: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the leader in advanced semiconductor technology, announced at its annual Mobile Solution Forum in Taipei that it has developed a 1.8"-type 64 Gigabyte (GB) flash-solid state drive (SSD).
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Bertelsmann Reaches Deal With EMI Over Napster  —  Bertelsmann, the German media giant that provided financial backing to Napster when it was an unauthorized file-sharing service, has agreed to settle with the last of the major record companies that had sued it for copyright infringement.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and HipMojo.com
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Intel modifies Wi-Fi to add mileage  —  BERKELEY, Calif.—Intel has come up with a form of Wi-Fi that would let a laptop in San Francisco connect to the Internet from a base station in San Jose, Calif.  —  And there would still be about 10 miles of wiggle room to spare.
Discussion: Macsimum News
Ars Technica:
Apple TV  —  System requirements: Television with component or HDMI support  —  At Macworld in January of this year, Apple formally announced the Apple TV (previously known as the "iTV"), an iTunes-compatible streaming media device meant to revolutionize the way we watch television.
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and Alsop-Louie Partners
Molly Graham / Official Google Blog:
Walking, Talking, Searching, Finding.  —  Posted by Yael Shacham, Product Manager, Mobile Team  —  For the last few weeks, some of our users have been test-driving our new mobile search and providing us with feedback so we can make it better.  Now, we've actually been using your feedback to improve our mobile search since 2001.
Robert Young / NewTeeVee:
Did Murdoch just KO Google?  —  When one is asked about Google's incredible success to date, and what they did so right, the obvious answer will likely involve an explanation of the brilliant technologies that make up PageRank and Adwords.  —  But if one looks under the hood …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Desktop Apps, reborn as hybrids  —  Like a cat with nine lives, the desktop once again manages to survive and extend its life.  And while most of us (including yours truly) have heralded the coming wave of web-applications, some nagging practical matters are keeping the future at bay.
 
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Neil Long / Computer gaming industry news from MCV:
Record-breaking 165,000 PS3s sold at UK launch
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Wikipedia rival makes its debut
Apple TV Hacks:
Apple TV running on a Macbook
Discussion: Engadget
Business Wire:
EA and Nettwerk Enter Joint Venture to Form New Full Service Music Company 'Artwerk'
Carol Wilson / TELEPHONY Magazine:
More VoIP patent suits likely
Discussion: Techdirt
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Adobe to take wraps off Creative Suite 3
Discussion: Webware.com and Lost Remote
Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:
Adobe Apollo is dead on arrival
Discussion: JD on EP
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
EVDO Rev. B promises more than 9Mbps down
Discussion: Gadget Lab
 Earlier Items: 
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Brightcove: A Pick for Online Video Pros
Sprint:
Power Of Mobile Music Now More Accessible Than Ever To Sprint Customers
Karen / Official Google Blog:
The wisdom of orkut  —  Wish you could use the wisdom of crowds …
Phil Windley's Technometria:
Applied Web Heresies: ETech 2007
Matt Hines / InfoWorld:
More evidence of U.S. as malware capital
Discussion: Neowin.net
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Spins Off ZenZui, Mobile Browsing Via Widgets
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
The Efficient Crank Call Tool
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
MarketWatch Adds Community Stock Predictor
Discussion: ben barren