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11:50 PM ET, March 5, 2008


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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Internet Explorer 8 Has Arrived  —  Microsoft's next-generation web browser, Internet Explorer 8, has arrived.  In a surprising move, after the demo of IE8 and its new features at today's session of the MIX08 conference, the startling announcement was made: “It's available for download now”.
Shirin Oskooi / Official Google Blog:
Google Calendar Sync  —  I've suffered major headaches trying to sync all my calendars.  I used the Microsoft Outlook calendar on my desktop computer at home, but since I wanted to be able to access my schedule from anywhere, I also kept a copy of it on Google Calendar.
Discussion: Download Squad and GottaBeMobile
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Synchronize Google Calendar With Outlook
Elinor Mills / CNET   Sync your Google and Outlook calendars
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Mix Keynote One, Live From Las Vegas  —  11:56: That's a rap. the rumors were wrong, yet still some very impressive demonstrations and info provided.  To be fair I'm not sure it needed 2 1/2 hours, but still, some interesting tech.  —  11:54: Weatherbug says that they tried doing …
Sebastian Kanthak / Official Google Data APIs Blog:
3. 2.  1. Contact.  The API has landed  —  Have you ever been on a web-site that asked you for your Google username and password so that it can import your Gmail contact list?  Did you think twice before giving out that information, hoping the web-site would not use it to access …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Releases an API for Contacts
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Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Allegations swirl around Wikipedia's Wales  —  Jimmy Wales, the Internet whiz famous for creating the online, user-edited encyclopedia Wikipedia, is facing allegations on two fronts that he abused the trust of the community he helped build.  —  Former Wikipedia employee Danny Wool is alleging …
Mathew /
Jimmy Wales is not Wikipedia
Rafe Needleman / CNET
Web 2.0 VC to start-ups: Your income is “noise”  —  Maybe two years ago, I hosted a panel discussion on the emerging Web 2.0 economy, and I asked my panelists if we were in a bubble.  Because it's clear to me that we are.  Not that it's a bad thing, mind you.
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Rafat Ali /
Ziff Davis Planning To File For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection  —  Ziff Davis, the troubled trade media company which sold off its enterprise division last year, is now close to filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, we have learned.
Adobe's Flash Player Not Suited For IPhone, Apple CEO Says  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Dow Jones)- Adobe Systems Inc.'s (ADBE) popular media player for cellphones simply isn't good enough for Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) iPhone, Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs said Tuesday in the most substantive comments …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Analytics Data Sharing  —  Site stats program Google Analytics offers a new opt-in data sharing setting.  Log-in and you'll see a message dialog, and somewhere below it a link reading “Edit Account and Data Sharing Settings”.  That link takes you to the settings page (see screenshot) …
Discussion: Mashable!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's “Twitter For Location” Goes Into Private Beta With Near Zero Functionality  —  I have big hopes for Yahoo's new FireEagle platform announced in November 2007.  They first described it to me as a Twitter for location.  And it does stream your location information in a similar way that Twitter streams short messages.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Location Aware: Smart Rollout for Yahoo! Fire Eagle
Steven Musil / CNET
Gates dethroned as world's richest man  —  You knew this was going to happen eventually—Bill Gates prepares to step away from full-time work at Microsoft and suddenly he is on the slippery slope to the poor house.  —  Well, maybe not the poor house, but he has lost his position as the world's richest man …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Oops!  Google Forgot To Renew Their SSL Certificate  —  Everyone is noticing that when they go to their Google Account through AdWords, AdSense, Analytics, or any Google page that requires SSL, they are being prompted with a security warning.  Typically, not a major deal, right?
Discussion: and Mashable!
Official Google Blog:
Search within a site: A tale of teleportation  —  Have you ever forgotten the exact address of a site that you wanted to visit?  Not a problem - just type the name of the site into the Google search box and hopefully it appears at the top of the search results page.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Felix Salmon /
Blogonomics: Exit Through Acquisition  —  Breakingviews, one of the least web-savvy websites in the world, ran a column by Jeff Segal on Monday about blog valuations.  And given that breakingviews tries to disable copying and for all intents and purposes bans hyperlinks …
Ellen Lee / The Technology Chronicles:
iPhone announcement Thursday  —  Apple holds its iPhone media event Thursday, when it's expected to announce details of how outside developers will be able to create programs for the iPhone.  —  The company also said it will discuss business features for the iPhone in a bid to draw more corporate users.
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Louise Story / New York Times:
Online Pitches Made Just for You  —  IT'S an offer you can't resist …
Brad Stone / Bits:
New Patentable Idea: A Way to Invalidate Vague Patents
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The Technium:
Why Leapfrogging is Rare  —  Two years ago I posted my skepticism …
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Nielsen: YouTube Views Down
Discussion: PC World
Robert Andrews / paidContent: To Give Facebook Students Free Four-Year Subs
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET
A threshold for wireless home gadgets
Financial Times:
Facebook asks labels about music service
Stefanie Olsen / CNET
Source: Federated Media to raise second round of funds
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Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Sandberg leaves for Facebook.  Let's all recite Eric Schmidt's Serenity Prayer.
Discussion: MarketingVOX
Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
Swiss bank in Wikileaks case abruptly abandons lawsuit
Discussion: Bits and Mashable!
Michael Booth / The Seattle Times:
Denver airport Wi-Fi blocks popular magazine Web sites
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Intel: Otellini Says 53% Drop In NAND Pricing In Q1; Sharp Fall …
Discussion: VentureBeat, PC World, Big Tech and Bits
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Sony CEO: $200 Blu-ray Players Coming
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Reznor makes $750,000 even when the music is free
Ozzie: Microsoft needs Yahoo for Web, advertising plan
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: Apple to exceed 10 million iPhone goal by nearly 30%