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6:25 PM ET, March 31, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Has Acquired F**kedCompany.com  —  Tomorrow we will announce that we have acquired Philip "Pud" Kaplan's F**kedCompany.com in a stock for assets transaction.  The basic details of the transaction are included in a press release that will go out around 9 pm PST tonight, and Pud has also mentioned this on his personal blog.
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Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
TechCrunch to announce it has acquired F**kedCompany.com  —  Mike Arrington has published a blog post saying tommorow he'll be announcing that TechCrunch has acquired the iconic Dot Com crash website F***ed Company - launched in 2000 to chronicle the failure of troubled and failing companies that were started during the boom.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:   Time to buy  —  Mike Arrington announces that TechCrunch …
Valleywag:
F**KED COMPANY: A bear-market bet
Discussion: Silicon Valley Sleuth
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:   F***edCompany looking for a buyer
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Call for a Blogger's Code of Conduct  —  Before I start, I should disclose that in addition to being an author and a conference presenter for O'Reilly, Kathy Sierra is a friend, and I've been talking with her about the situation referred to in this post since I first became aware of it last weekend.
louisgray.com:
Is Technorati Going After Spam Blogs?  —  The issue of spam blogs, or "splogs" is a big one.  As blog software becomes ever more easy to use, it's no surprise that robots and scripts have been built to make fake blogs, and are engineered to look very real, as the splogs usurp other's content …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Magnify.net Different Than The Rest Of The Video Crowd  —  Magnify.net is a new video startup that is different from the rest of the crowd.  Unlike YouTube and dozens of others, it isn't focused on building a portal around user-uploaded videos.  Instead, they are allowing website publishers …
Discussion: franticindustries
Fred / A VC:
Thinking About Online Photo Services  —  I woke up this morning thinking about online photo services.  Probably because of my friend David Kirkpatrick's column this week on Photobucket.  David points out how huge Photobucket has become by riding on the coattails of the social networking boom.
David Flynn / APC:
Office 2008 for Mac hits beta: lush 'Escher' graphics engine revealed  —  Hello Diggers, MacSurfers, TUAWers and readers of many other Mac sites who are kindly linking to us!  We've temporarily disabled comments to help the server cope with the rather immense traffic coming in right now.
Business 2.0:
Death of the cell phone charger  —  A Pennsylvania entrepreneur has developed technology that gives you all the battery juice you need directly from the air.  Business 2.0 reports.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) — How much money could you make from a technology that replaces electrical wires?
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Powercast looking to bring wireless power to reality
Discussion: TechSpot News and textually.org
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Spam experts at MIT lift curtain on search  —  CAMBRIDGE, MASS.—If there is a solution to search engine spam, no one's going to reveal it, according to experts at the MIT Spam Conference 2007 on Friday.  —  Nothing is going to change while there is money to be made off things like AdSense …
Discussion: ResourceShelf
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Xcerion makes Internet OS real  —  Internet OS sector seems to be getting increasingly crowded.  Start-ups such as YouOS, EyeOS are vying for mindshare with Internet giants like Google.  The seriousness of market is reflected by the fact that earlier this month, Microsoft set up an all-star group to tackle the Cloud OS opportunities.
Sharon Gaudin / InformationWeek:
Despite Vulnerabilities, Apple's Mac OS X Weathers The Security Storm  —  Security pros say the Mac platform isn't a high-risk operating system and is more secure than Microsoft's Windows XP.  —  While an increasing number of bugs have been found in Apple's Mac OS X operating system …
Discussion: The Apple Blog and Macsimum News
Wall Street Journal:
QQ: China's New Coin of the Realm?  —  Officials Try to Crack Down  —  As Fake Online Currency  —  Is Traded for Real Money  —  HONG KONG — China's fastest-rising currency isn't the yuan.  It's the QQ coin — online play money created by marketers to sell such things as virtual flowers …
Discussion: Slashdot
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Software Development as a Collaborative Game  —  Alistair Cockburn maintains that software development is a cooperative game: … It's a fascinating, thought-provoking article on the essential nature of software development.  I can now see why Bill de hÓra calls Cockburn "the agile world's best kept secret."
K.C. Jones / InformationWeek:
Lie-Detection Software Could Scan E-Mail, Text Messages  —  Software could be trained to detect patterns of lies in text for law enforcement, dates, and spouses.  —  Researchers at Cornell University want to create lie-detection software for e-mail and text messages.
Discussion: Techdirt
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Darren Murph / Engadget:   Cornell researchers developing lie-detection software
Joe / Techdirt:
Maybe Amazon Doesn't Want To Be The Web Platform  —  from the internal-divisions dept  —  For some time, Amazon has been trying to position itself as not just a web retailer, but a web platform as well.  The company has come out with a number of services that allow third parties to rent …
 
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Cash Bonus Incentives For Yahoo & Google Executives
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Matt Moore / Associated Press:
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