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3:30 AM ET, March 5, 2008

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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Tests Additional Search Box Within Search Results  —  Tamar tipped me off to people seeing secondary search boxes in the Google search results.  I see them myself now.  For example a search on amazon returns this search box directly under the snippet but above the URL, here is a picture:
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Offers Secondary Search Boxes
Roi Carthy / TechCrunch:
Monetize Your Search Box with PredictAd
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Sheryl Sandberg Will Become COO of Facebook  —  Facebook will announce that it will hire top Google executive Sheryl Sandberg as COO this afternoon, in a major hire that is sure to shake up the company and also deliver a blow to rival Google.  —  At Google (GOOG), Sandberg is the vice president …
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Q&A with Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, on hiring, growth, and its platform  —  Facebook has just hired a new COO, Sheryl Sandberg of Google (our coverage).  So I talked with Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg today, to get some more context on her hire and how it fits in with the company's larger plans.
Vauhini Vara / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Searches for Revenue
Discussion: Valleywag
Nancy Gohring / PC World:
Microsoft Develops New Operating System From Scratch  —  Microsoft Research unveiled the new operating system, Singularity, as a prototype aimed at academics and researchers.  —  Microsoft showed off a new operating system on Tuesday, but don't get too excited.
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:   Singularity: Microsoft's research OS available for download
InfoWorld:
Microsoft's cutting edge on display at TechFest
Matt / Photo Matt:
Backing BuddyPress  —  Some of you may remember when I wrote about Chickspeak, a WordPress MU-based social network.  Andy Peatling, the fellow behind it, later decided to recreate the work he had done as an Open Source effort he called BuddyPress.  And it was good.
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Wordpress: Going after Ning.com?  —  I'm still technically on vacation in Florida as I type this, but it's raining outside and I can't help but post something on the news that Automattic — the parent company of Wordpress — has acquired Buddypress, as Wordpress founder Matt Mullenweg describes on his blog.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
WordPress: The Social Network
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Love Him or Hate Him, Fortune Cannot Make Up Its Mind About Steve Jobs  —  Once again, Steve Jobs is on the cover of Fortune magazine.  He is there because Apple is the most admired company in America.  No, wait.  He is there because investigative reporter Peter Elkind wrote a 12-page takedown of his Steveness.
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Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Apple shareholders pepper Jobs with questions  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs fielded several wide-ranging questions from Apple shareholders Tuesday at the company's annual meeting, covering ground from the iPhone to the plans for a post-Jobs Apple.  —  For the most part, Apple's shareholder meeting is just as boring as anyone's.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Yahoo Looks at New Way to Survive  —  As it scrambles to avoid defeat in its battle with Microsoft, Yahoo may try to put a little more time on the clock.  —  Microsoft, whose offer for Yahoo is now worth $41.2 billion, was preparing to escalate its takeover fight by starting a proxy contest next week.
Discussion: paidContent.org
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Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Searches for Options
Discussion: TechCrunch and CNET News.com
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Office Live Workspace vs Google Docs: Feature-by-Feature Comparison  —  Today, Microsoft announced that the Office Live Workspace beta is publicly available for everyone to access.  The site, a free web-based extension of Microsoft Office, lets you access your documents online and share your work with others.
The Technium:
1,000 True Fans  —  The long tail is famously good news for two classes of people; a few lucky aggregators, such as Amazon and Netflix, and 6 billion consumers.  Of those two, I think consumers earn the greater reward from the wealth hidden in infinite niches.  —  But the long tail is a decidedly mixed blessing for creators.
Discussion: BUZZYEAH
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Demand Media Buys Pluck for $75 million  —  Demand Media, a big buyer and operator of Internet domain name companies, completed negotiations to acquire Austin-based Pluck last night after about two months of negotiations.  The price is not being disclosed but is rumored to be in the $50 million range.
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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Will 2008 be the Year of Micro Deals?
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Ask.com scales back in makeover  —  SAN FRANCISCO - In a dramatic about-face, Ask.com is abandoning its effort to outshine Internet search leader Google Inc. and will instead focus on a narrower market consisting of married women looking for help managing their lives.
Discussion: Profy.Com, TechCrunch and Mashable!
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Stuart Elliott / TV Decoder:
Firebrand Burns Out  —  The fire has been banked in an experiment to transform advertising into entertainment.  —  Firebrand, a television and online service that since October has been presenting commercials as content, is being shut down as its major investors decided to stop providing more money.
Steven Hodson / WinExtra:
The economy of Friending  —  Just about every part of the Web 2.0 evolution that has occurred over the last while has all been based on the success of one thing - the likelihood of people willing to mark some-one that they may or may not know from either mutual reputation or mutual interests as a friend.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Generate, a video creation shop, joins Velocity's digital media portfolio  —  Generate is a two year old effort run by executives who have left their big companies for the startup life.  The company creates compelling short videos on small budgets, that are distributed across the web, television and mobile devices.
 
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Stephen J. Dubner / Freakonomics:
What Are the Lessons of the Blu-Ray/HD-DVD Battle?  A Freakonomics Quorum
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Andrew Hendry / Computerworld:
Coming to a watering hole near you: OLPC's mesh networking
Discussion: Slashdot
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
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The New Workplace Rules: No Video-Watching
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Underwire / Wired:
Gary Gygax, ‘Father of D&D,’ Dies at 69
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 delayed
Darryl K. Taft / Application Development:
Adobe Floating on AIR
Discussion: Ryan Stewart and JD on EP
Nick Heath / CNET News.com:
Windows-based cash machines ‘easily hacked’