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5:55 AM ET, March 27, 2007

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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.
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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.
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Kathy Sierra: the dark side of anonymity  —  Kathy Sierra's disturbing and heart-wrenching take on cyber-stalking, which is here, is yet another example of how the anonymity of the Web allows — and even encourages — certain individuals to toss aside what we see as normal human behaviour and indulge the worst elements of their nature.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Blogger cancels conference appearance after death threats  —  Kathy Sierra, a well-known blogger and author of books on Web design and programming, has abruptly canceled a speaking engagement after a rash of death threats began appearing on her blog as well as others.
Discussion: Webware.com
Shelley / Burningbird:
Disappointed  —  Kathy Sierra just just posted a note about getting death threats and canceling out of ETech.  In the post, she specifically mentioned Jeneane Sessum, Alan Herrel, Frank Paytner, and Chris Locke.  I know everyone involved-I've known Jeneane, Frank, Chris, and Alan for close to six years …
Discussion: rc3.org
Frank Paynter / Listics:
Mere anarchy … MeanKids was purposeful anarchy.
Discussion: Slacker Manager
ongoing:
Way Way Over the Edge  —  Please, stop reading this and go …
Discussion: One By One Media
Don Park / Don Park's Daily Habit:   Simply Awful  —  As Tim Bray wrote, something is badly …
Seth Godin / Seth's Blog:   Misogyny and anonymity  —  Three years ago, I posted about anonymity.
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Peter Galli / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Says Vista Sales Strong
Discussion: Neowin.net and The Tech Report
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft sells 20 million Vista licenses
Discussion: TechSpot News and ZDNet News
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, WebProNews and media blog
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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 …
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Business Wire:
Yahoo! Opens Up oneSearch to Mobile Publishers
Discussion: Mashable!
Skrentablog:
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.
Scott Van Voorhis / Boston Herald:
Google on search of a Hub: Tech co. fetching multiple results in bid for office space  —  Google, one of the tech world's hottest companies, is scouting for a major location in Boston or Cambridge.  —  The multibillion-dollar Internet giant has been hunting for anywhere from 100,000 …
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David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Tasty Chowdah: Google Moving Into Boston
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.
Babak / Trader's Narrative:
What Everyone Ought to Know About Agloco  —  Agloco is a pay to surf MLM scheme that exploded onto the interwebs late last year.  It is backed by the same team as AllAdvantage which crashed and burned in the bubble years.  Check out this article from Business 2.0 on AllAdvantage (pdf).
Discussion: John Chow dot Com and digg
Probono / AwkwardTV:
Apple TV boots from USB (without opening case)  —  Ozy from the AwkwardTV project has found a way to boot the Apple TV from an external USB drive attached to it, without opening the Apple TV case or removing the internal hard disk.  —  As his video shows, Apple TV is booting a modified system off the external drive.
Jonathan M. Gitlin / Opposable Thumbs:
Why a $100 XBox can be better than the Apple TV  —  I was out of town this weekend meeting a friend from back home who happened to be in Columbus, OH, on business.  Originally we'd planned to go karting, but the threat of rain and the lure of beer took us in a different direction.
Discussion: AppleTV Hacker and digg
Mark Coker / VentureBeat:
Start-up advice for entrepreneurs, from Y Combinator Startup School  —  Here's a summary of the more compelling tips given by several tech industry luminaries — including Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Google's Gmail creator Paul Buchheit, Sequoia Capital venture capitalist Greg McAdoo …
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Spins Off ZenZui, Mobile Browsing Via Widgets  —  Microsoft-backed ZenZui launched this morning.  It's a new mobile browser that aims to make surfing the web on your mobile device easier through widgets.  The application that lets you surf over a 6×6 grid of website widgets by panning and zooming around the grid.
Discussion: StartupSquad.com and MobileCrunch
 
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Students largely ignore RIAA instant settlement offers
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