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12:30 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
Discussion: Jim Kukral Online …
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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
Peter Galli / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Says Vista Sales Strong
Discussion: Neowin.net and The Tech Report
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
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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 …
Discussion: Global Nerdy
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.
Discussion: Geeking with Greg
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 / Print Isn't Dead …:
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
Sony Ericsson:
Highly stylish clamshell is 'sexy on the outside and smart on the inside.'  —  The Z750, announced today at CTIA, is Sony Ericsson's first tri-band HSDPA phone for the North American Market.  This highly stylish handset offers full broadband speed for accessing the web, handling email and picture blogging on the move.
Discussion: The Mobile Gadgeteer and Gizmodo
Read/WriteWeb:
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
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
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.
Valleywag:
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.
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 …
 
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Rocketboom Seeks Alternate Revenue Steams
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and NewTeeVee
Nick / Rough Type:
Showdown in the trailer park
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Pivot: Sprint's quad-play package
Discussion: MoCoNews
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Shivering Isles (Now Available)
Discussion: Kotaku, Xbox 360 Fanboy and Joystiq
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Newsmaker: At PayPal, fending off phishers—and Google
Discussion: TechSpot News
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Infinite Loop:
Leopard is secretly three-dimensional
Discussion: Apple Gazette and digg
Mark Coker / VentureBeat:
Start-up advice for entrepreneurs, from Y Combinator Startup School
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Students largely ignore RIAA instant settlement offers
Discussion: Neowin.net
 Earlier Items: 
Sean P. Murphy / Boston Globe:
Voting device pact at issue
alarm:clock:
Khosla Invests In Email Analytics Firm Xobni
BBC:
Many net users 'not safety-aware'
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft assembles its All Star team to tackle its Cloud OS
Discussion: LiveSide
Helio:
MEET THE NEW HELIO OCEAN
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Phone Scoop
Ars Technica:
IBM doubles CPU cooling capabilities with simple manufacturing change
Discussion: TechSpot News, digg and Slashdot
Financial Times:
Mini-blog is the talk of Silicon Valley
Jim Benson / Broadcasting & Cable:
The CW Gets Into the Web Game