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3:25 AM ET, March 6, 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”.
Larry Larsen / Channel 10:
First Look: Internet Explorer 8  —  Surprise!  IE8 beta is going to be available for download starting today at 12:00 PST.  Matthew Lapsen from the IE team gave me a spur of the moment demo for you all showing us some of the core features that power users will enjoy.
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  —  Google wants to make everyone happy today.  After releasing a calendar sync tool, Google makes it possible to sync other valuable data: your contacts.  The new Contacts Data API “allows client applications to view and update Contacts content in the form of Google Data API feeds.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and Mashable!
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.
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.
Vinnee Tong / Associated Press:
Ziff Davis Media Files for Bankruptcy
Discussion: CNET and Engadget
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
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!
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Forbes and Silicon Alley Insider
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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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
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb and GigaOM
Brad Stone / Bits:
New Patentable Idea: A Way to Invalidate Vague Patents  —  There's not much love in legal circles for the so-called “business method” patent, an exclusive intellectual property right over a novel way of doing business.  Critics of such patents - think Amazon “One Click” or Priceline's …
Discussion: Feld Thoughts
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 …
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: Surf*Mind*Musings
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Stephanie Rosenbloom / New York Times:
Boldface in Cyberspace: It's a Woman's Domain
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Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
Cyber-Rebels in Cuba Defy State's Limits
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Craigslist Traffic Nearly Doubles Year on Year
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TiVo Beats Analysts' Estimates
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National Dragnet Is a Click Away
Ellen Lee / The Technology Chronicles:
iPhone announcement Thursday
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Nielsen: YouTube Views Down
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET
A threshold for wireless home gadgets
Stefanie Olsen / CNET
Source: Federated Media to raise second round of funds
Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
Swiss bank in Wikileaks case abruptly abandons lawsuit
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
What piracy crisis? MPAA touts record box office for 2007
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