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12:40 PM ET, March 6, 2008

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Peter Lauria / New York Post:
YAHOO! GETS UPPER HAND IN M'SOFT FIGHT  —  Your move, Mr. Ballmer.  —  That's essentially the message Yahoo! sent to the Microsoft CEO with its decision yesterday to extend the March 14 deadline to nominate directors to its board.  —  And if Yahoo! CEO Jerry Yang thought his famously fiery counterpart …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:   Yahoo's Slow-Burning Ring of Fire
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft May Go All Cash, Raise Yahoo Bid to $31
Discussion: Valleywag
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
What to expect at today's Apple event  —  On Thursday, before an audience of industry analysts, tech reporters and invited guests, Apple (AAPL) will unfold its long-awaited “iPhone software roadmap.”  The event starts at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET) in Building 4, Town Hall on the company's Cupertino campus.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Is Steve Jobs lying about Flash not working on iPhone?  —  RUMOR ALERT — I have not substantiated this with anyone at either Adobe or Apple, so might turn out to be totally false:  —  Today I got a note from someone I know who works closely with Adobe and Apple.
Pocket-lint.co.uk:
ECS launches Asus Eee challenger  —  The G10IL promises HSDPA connectivity for under £250  —  The Asus Eee PC could have a new challenger in the guise of the ECS G10IL.  —  The new sub-$500 notebook will come with a HSPDA 7.2 datacard built-in.  —  Although currently still in production …
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Guardian:
Why falling Flash prices threaten Microsoft
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DesktopLinux.com:
OLPC computers on their way to Birmingham, Ala.
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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.
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Matt Kulick / Official Google Enterprise Blog:
Introducing Google Calendar Sync  —  Google Apps users appreciate that their web-based Google Calendars are available anywhere and anytime, and packed with powerful sharing options.  But people aren't always connected to the Internet, and they may prefer to use different applications …
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 …
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Releases an API for Contacts
Yahoo! Local & Maps Blog:
Yahoo! Maps Updated With New Data and Functionality!  —  We've been working hard all winter long, and today, we've rolled out an update to Yahoo! Maps that delivers a number of improvements including; new neighborhood data, expanded worldwide coverage, and stylistic improvements.
Tom Corelis / DailyTech:
Acid3 Test Unleashed, Murders Every Current Browser  —  Putting browser makers on notice, again  —  Just a few months after the announcement that Internet Explorer 8 successfully passed the Acid2 standards compliance test, the Web Standards Project (WaSP) announced last Monday that it unleashed Acid2's successor, Acid3.
Leelefever / Common Craft:
Video: Twitter in Plain English  —  This 2.5 minute video is a result of feedback from our fans.  We've received a number of requests from people who want their  —  friends to use the micro-blogging service Twitter, but can't seem to explain it well.  We hope this video helps.
Business Week:
Zuckerberg on Facebook's Future  —  In a conversation with BusinessWeek.com, the social networking site's CEO holds forth on recent hires and going public  —  As Facebook tries to sustain its supercharged growth, it's bringing in adult supervision.  —  The social networking site hired Sheryl Sandberg …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Microsoft hits multiple Internet home runs  —  I just had dinner with a bunch of Italy's top tech bloggers and technologists and Marc Canter.  Plus I've been talking with people all day long.  Microsoft hit major Internet home runs today with its announcements, based on what I'm hearing from formerly-skeptical developers.
Luisa Kroll / Forbes:
World's Billionaires  —  The number 13 has long been considered unlucky by superstitious people around the globe.  How fitting, then, that Bill Gates' reign as the world's richest person ends after his 13th year at the top.  —  Despite being worth $58 billion, $2 billion more than last year …
Matthew Miller / Forbes:
Gates No Longer World's Richest Man  —  Warren Buffett is the richest man on the planet.  —  Riding the surging price of Berkshire Hathaway (nyse: BRK - news - people ) stock, America's most beloved investor has seen his fortune swell to an estimated $62 billion, up $10 billion from a year ago.
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Facebook viral marketing: When and why do apps “jump the shark?”  —  Excel spreadsheet download  —  For those of you who are interested in the gory details, please download the following spreadsheet here:  —  Viral and Retention Excel Model (Click to download)  —  Math warning!
Discussion: All Facebook
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
How Can You Make Money From Web 2.0?  —  How can you make money from Web 2.0 was the main question put to the Web 2.0 and Beyond: What Is the Business Reality panel at Microsoft Mix yesterday.  Featured in the video is Frank Arrigo (Microsoft), Bryan Biniak (CEO Jacked), Tim Kendall (Facebook) …
 
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
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