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2:00 AM ET, February 23, 2008

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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Fatigue?  Visitors Level Off In the U.S.  —  The number of people who visit Facebook has been leveling off over the past few months in the U.S., and even dipped by about 800,000 individuals in January.  According to the latest stats from comScore, Facebook attracted 33.9 million unique visitors …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Is Facebook doomed?  —  Ahh, the patina is shedding off of Facebook.  —  Looks like the trend I noticed when I was in London talking with Maryam's niece in December has hit home for Facebook.  Is usage down?  —  My own usage is certainly down.  Here's why:  —  First, Facebook depresses me.
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Facebook's traffic may be plateauing.  So what?  —  There's been a lot of buzz this week about Facebook's traffic leveling off or declining, and naturally, it's been accompanied by schadenfreude over the fact that the hottest start-up in Silicon Valley may soon be losing its laurels.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
How To Take a Seasonal Chart And Get a TechMeme Headline and Digg Traffic
Jemima Kiss / PDA:   Facebook insists UK traffic is rising
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft's Johnson: “Once Yahoo And Microsoft Agree On A Transaction”  —  This afternoon, Kevin Johnson, president of Microsoft Platforms & Services Division, issued an email to Microsoft employees (that was released via its PR firm).  The letter has a tone of confidence that assumes that a deal with Yahoo will ultimately take place.
Arik Hesseldahl / Byte of the Apple:
The iPhone SDK Will Be Late  —  There's a week to go before Apple's commitment to release the iPhone Software Developers Kit in February runs out of room.  I'm hearing from one source that its going to be late.  I'm not yet hearing any reasons why, and it's sounding like the official release date …
Benjamin Pimentel / MarketWatch:
Yahoo sued again for saying ‘no’ to Microsoft  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) - With Microsoft Corp.'s bold bid to gobble up Yahoo Inc. in limbo, another group of Yahoo shareholders has sued the Internet company for the way it responded to the proposed marriage.
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Randall Chase / Associated Press:
Yahoo sued for spurning Microsoft
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Chris Wilson / Slate:
The Wisdom of the Chaperones  —  DIGG, WIKIPEDIA, AND THE MYTH OF WEB 2.0 DEMOCRACY.  —  It's getting harder to be a Wikipedia-hater.  The user-generated and -edited online encyclopedia—which doesn't even require contributors to register—somehow holds its own against the Encyclopedia Britannica …
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Very Exposed to US Recession—Expert  —  A digital-ad industry insider thinks Google is far more exposed to a US recession than the market realizes.  The insider also thinks that the next two quarters will be “rough.”  —  The insider is not a Google employee, but s/he has real …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Targets FriendFeed; Opening Up The News Feed  —  Facebook is planning on allowing users to add activities from third party social networking site directly into their Facebook news feed, we've confirmed.  The goal is to centralize all that activity in one place.
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Hits Lowest Level Since June; New iPhone Worries  —  Apple (AAPL) shares are down sharply to their lowest level since June, as several analyst reports have triggered fresh concerns about the state of demand for iPhones and iPods.  —  Toni Sacconaghi, an analyst at Bernstein Research …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's iPod Growth Curve: More, Cheaper iPods
Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
First Look at Silverlight 2  —  Last September we shipped Silverlight 1.0 for Mac and Windows, and announced our plans to deliver Silverlight on Linux.  Silverlight 1.0 is focused on enabling rich media scenarios in a browser, and supports a JavaScript/AJAX programming model.
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Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Scott Guthrie gives us a first look at Silverlight 2
Discussion: Bink.nu
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Optimus Maximus: at long last, we bring one home to test  —  It's the damndest thing: years after seeing the renders we're actually finally writing this post on our very own Optimus Maximus.  We've had ours for a few weeks for testing, but we weren't able to do a whole lot with it until we got some later firmware updates.
Anthony LaFauce / All Facebook:
Facebook Adds Flash... Am I Excited?  —  With the usual fever that Facebook causes news of its flash application, via Facebook Pages, is all the buzz on the blogs and tech journals the past couple of days.  Most of the blogs are preaching the praise of this move and I have to agree, for the most part.
Discussion: Ryan Stewart, Valleywag and Mashable!
Alma Whitten / Google Public Policy Blog:
Are IP addresses personal?  —  To protect privacy, you first have to identify what data is personal.  That's why there has been a lot of discussion in recent months around the world to try to define “personal data” (as it is referred to in Europe), or “personally identifiable information” (as it's called in the U.S.).
Discussion: CircleID, Ars Technica and Bits
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Social slowdown hitting Piczo hard  —  CNET News.com reporter Caroline McCarthy co-wrote this report.  —  Life is getting more difficult for social-networking sites.  —  At the same time Facebook's traffic appears to have reached a plateau, News.com has learned that Piczo …
 
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Buying Movies on Flash Drives: Nice Idea That Doesn't Work
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Window To The World  —  Some technology concepts just make sense the second you see them.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
SEO Shenanigans Pose a Clear and Present Danger to Social Media
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
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