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9:55 AM ET, March 3, 2008


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
When Will We Have Our First Valleywag Suicide?  —  Today I read all the sordid details about the alleged sexual encounter between a notable technology visionary and a woman who appears to be looking for as much publicity as possible.  Where did I read it?  On the Silicon Valley gossip blog Valleywag.
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
After Suicide, Blog Insults Are Debated  —  Advertising blogs churn out some of the Web's more scathing, and personal, vitriol.  Last week, the bloggers absorbed some body blows of their own.  —  Visitors to AgencySpy and AdScam, two sharp-tongued blogs written by advertising industry insiders …
Discussion: IP Democracy, MediaVidea and Gawker
Microsoft to Expand Microsoft Online Services for Businesses of All Sizes  —  Exchange Online and SharePoint Online enter beta.  —  Monday from the annual Microsoft Office SharePoint Conference, Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft Corp., will announce that the company will offer Microsoft Online Services to businesses of all sizes.
David A. Utter / WebProNews:   Microsoft Raises Stakes In Online Services
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
I Really Hope Microsoft Has More Than This  —  Excitement rose …
Discussion: p2pnet
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Nine Inch Nails Uploads New Album on Torrent Sites  —  Nine Inch Nails has just released the first volume of their new album “Ghosts” on BitTorrent sites as a free download.  The band encourages its fans to share the album with friends, post it on websites and play it on podcasts
DailyTech:   Thinking Small: New Intel Architecture Champions Sub 1 Watt x86
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
MacBook Air aflutter: demand stays strong, sold out often  —  It might not be the iPhone, but the MacBook Air is selling much stronger than many of us would have guessed.  After a full month of being on the market, the Macbook Air is still a difficult commodity to obtain in some markets …
John Markoff / Bits:
Reading Steve Jobs  —  Second guessing Steve Jobs — or actually first guessing — is Silicon Valley's most popular spectator sport.  Dozens of Web rumor sites pour over every one of his pronouncements as if he were the Pope, looking for product and strategy hints.
Discussion: TeleRead
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Wal-Mart Tastemakers Write Unfiltered Blog  —  Microsoft is one of Wal-Mart's biggest suppliers.  But that did not stop the Wal-Mart employee in charge of buying computers from panning Microsoft's newest operating system, Vista.  —  “Is it really all that and a bag of chips?” he wrote on his blog.
Discussion: The Stalwart
Michael Kanellos / CNET
Coming soon: Movies on flash memory cards  —  GALWAY, Ireland—PortoMedia is probably the only start-up in the world inspired by the movie Carlito's Way.  —  Company founder Chris Armstrong explains: Four years ago, he set out to his local DVD store to rent a movie.  First, he stopped at the ATM to get cash.
Discussion: The Raw Feed
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhone gets native P2P torrent software  —  Your iPhone plays audio.  Your iPhone plays video.  Until now, you had to sync those suckers.  Today, the insanely brilliant iPhone Hacker core announced a preliminary version of a Transmission Peer-to-Peer client for iPhone.
Discussion: DSLreports, Gizmodo and Digg
Torrent P2P torrent on the iPhone, a sad tale of woe, misery …
Discussion: IntoMobile
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Enterprise Community Provider Mzinga Swallows Propsero  —  Burlington, MA-based Mzinga, which provides social networking, community, and e-learning solutions for the enterprise, is today announcing that it has acquired Prospero.  Prospero is itself a provider of enterprise community solutions …
Discussion: and GigaOM
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
More Consolidation in the White Label Social Networking Space …
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Actual Performance, Perceived Performance  —  If you've used Windows Vista, you've probably noticed that Vista's file copy performance is noticeably worse than Windows XP.  I know it's one of the first things I noticed.  Here's the irony— Vista's file copy is based on an improved algorithm …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Acquia Dresses Up Drupal for Corporate Users  —  Acquia, a North Andover, Mass.-based startup, is announcing a supported product using Drupal, the open-source programming language that underlies many of the community aspects on the web, from sites such as Fast Company to The Onion.
Discussion: InfoWorld
Rachael King / Business Week:
Building a Brand with Widgets  —  The customizable bits of software on Facebook and other social networking sites are the latest trend in viral marketing.  But are widgets here to stay?  —  The cards were stacked against A&E Television Network as it tried to generate positive buzz about its new series, Parking Wars.
Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Blog:
The World's Largest Supercomputing Cloud  —  I had no idea the Hubble telescope could see only 12 billion years into the past.  —  Frankly, I'd never really thought about telescopes looking into the past until Dr. Michael Norman, a researcher from UCSD gave me a basic education in astronomy …
Business Wire:
Mitsubishi Electric to Terminate Mobile Handset Business and Strategically Shift Resources to Strong Businesses  —  TOKYO—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (President and CEO: Setsuhiro Shimomura) announced today that the company has decided to no longer continue …
Discussion: GigaOM and Engadget
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Bill Ray / The Register:
T-Mobile sinks money into femtocells
Discussion: TechCrunch UK and Ubiquisys
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Wowza! TNS Acquires Compete for $75 Million - $150 Million
New York Times:
Diebold Receives a Takeover Offer
Discussion: Techdirt
John Hagel / Edge Perspectives with John Hagel:
Shift Happens - The Future of Advertising
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
ASUS busts out 7-inch R70 UMPC at CeBIT
Facebook lets its users translate site into German
Discussion: PDA
Dan Harrelson / Adaptive Path:
The Death of Mobile Applications?
Discussion: Mobile Opportunity
 Earlier Items: 
Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
Faux Facebook fatigue
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Publishers Phase Out Piracy Protection on Audio Books
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
First spam felony conviction upheld: no free speech to spam
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
RIAA plays both sides of the street in music royalty debate
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Hollywood, Silicon Valley and AT&T? It's a Deal
Nick / Rough Type:
Rumor: Microsoft set for vast data-center push