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4:35 PM ET, March 3, 2008

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tnsglobal.com:
TNS extends digital capability through acquisition of Compete  —  London  —  TNS extends digital capability through acquisition of Compete  —  Taylor Nelson Sofres plc (TNS), a world leader in market information and insight, announces that it has agreed to acquire Compete, Inc. …
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Compete Blog:
Brilliant!  TNS buys Compete  —  This has already been a great year at Compete, and it's about to get even more exciting.  Earlier today it was announced that we are becoming part of TNS, the global market research giant.  You can click here to read the press announcement that went over the wire in the UK this morning.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Ballmer Confirms Microsoft-Yahoo “Dialogue"*  —  At a news conference in Germany, Steve Ballmer seems to confirm SVP Jean-Philippe Courtois's remark last week that Microsoft (MSFT) and Yahoo (YHOO) are in talks.  Or at least that's how we read Steve's latest remarks (via Reuters).
Discussion: CNET News.com and BoomTown
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Microsoft CFO: No one asked about Yahoo, but...
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
March 13: D-day for Microsoft's Yahoo intentions
Discussion: Digital Daily and CNET News.com
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Hands-on with the 9-inch Eee PC  —  If you hadn't guessed from the headline, and as rumored just an hour ago, there's 9-inches of LCD on this thing.  Actually, 8.9, but who's counting?  We found out that and a few other little tidbits about this Eee PC “New Generation” at the ASUS booth just now …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
7-inch Eee PC vs 9-inch Eee PC — ready, fight!  —  We know you need it.  Now you've got it.  ASUS' 7- and 9-inch Eee PCs lined up for a side by side comparison.  The new 9-incher is clearly the bigger brother to the shorter original.  Too bad too 'cause that chunky bezel …
Discussion: DailyTech, Eee Site and Gadgetell
Sydney Morning Herald:
Woz finds flaws in Apple's latest offerings  —  Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, in Sydney today.  —  Asher Moses  —  Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak heaped less than lavish praise on the company's iPhone, MacBook Air and Apple TV products when visiting Sydney this morning.
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Dan Warne / APC:
Steve Wozniak's frustrations with iPhone, Apple TV and MacBook Air  —  Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says he wishes Apple hadn't released a 2G version of the iPhone; that the Apple TV is frustrating to use, and that the MacBook Air won't be a hit.  —  Wozniak was in Sydney this morning …
Peer Pressure:
AllPeers Service Shutting Down Today  —  It is with deep regret that we inform our users, friends and fans that we will be shutting down the AllPeers service today.  We are tremendously proud of the product that our team has built, and we remain convinced of the potential of adding social features like file sharing to the web browser.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Much Hyped AllPeers To DeadPool
Discussion: Profy.Com
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Charlene Li At Graphing Social Patterns  —  Today and tomorrow I will be at the Graphing Social Patterns conference in San Diego.  There are a lot of great speakers speaking at the event.  If you are here, definitely stop by and say hello!  Right now Charlene Li of Forrester Research is speaking on stage.
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
An hour and a half with Barack Obama  —  I've tried very hard to keep politics out of this blog — despite nearly overpowering impulses to the contrary — for two reasons: one, there's no reason to alienate people who don't share my political views, as wrong-headed as those people may clearly be …
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.
Judi Sohn / Web Worker Daily:
What Do You Think of the “New” LinkedIn?  —  It used to be simple.  —  You did your “play” networking on Facebook, and you built your “work” networking lists on LinkedIn.  Facebook was everything LinkedIn was not...chatty and time-killing.  On LinkedIn, you didn't learn what your connections …
Discussion: Furrier.org
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Microsoft flirts with “cloud"-based applications, still making billions off Earth-bound variety  —  Though they squabble over things such as the rights to control parts of Facebook and Yahoo, the real battle between Microsoft and Google is only just beginning to show itself as the two jockey …
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 …
 
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Reuters:
China Mobile says keen on iPhone, but not in talks
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Terri Sanginiti / USA Today:
Police: Internet fuels explosive pranks
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Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Communiversity: If Classmates.com Were a Wiki
Ted Leung / Ted Leung on the Air:
The Sun is going to shine on Python
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Netflix Quadrupling Blu-ray Selection, Possibly Increasing Prices
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Apple's Time Capsule: is its HDD really ‘server grade’?
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: breathe in the Adobe AIR
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Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Amazon Ponders The Future of Unbox
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Wikileaks Judge: You're Out of Order?!? I'm Out of Order!
Discussion: Ars Technica and PC World
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
iPhone SDK details leak, confirm assumptions
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
FastCompany.TV launches  —  DISCLAIMER: Please be patient …
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
The Very Model of a Modern Media Mogul
Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Blog:
The World's Largest Supercomputing Cloud
Discussion: Between the Lines
Rachael King / Business Week:
Building a Brand with Widgets
Discussion: Portfolio.com
 

 
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