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6:25 AM ET, March 7, 2008

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Apple:
Apple Announces iPhone 2.0 Software Beta  —  Includes SDK & Built-in Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync  —  Apple® today previewed its iPhone™ 2.0 software, scheduled for release this June, and announced the immediate availability of a beta release of the software to selected developers and enterprise customers.
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InfoWorld:
iPhone SDK exceeds developer expectations  —  Apple's iPhone SDK offers far more than many developers expected, according to developers that InfoWorld spoke with after the long-awaited SDK unveiled today.  “It looks like this is what everybody wanted,” said Tony Meadow, principal at Bear River Associates …
Discussion: Macworld, Ajaxian and VentureBeat
Jason / Signal vs. Noise:
iPhone SDK, Apple's Touch Platform, and The Next Two Decades  —  What we saw today was the spark.  The explosion will continue for twenty years.  We will all feel the warmth.  —  What we saw today was the beginning of two-decades of mobile domination by Apple.
Farhad Manjoo / Salon:
Why Apple's SDK finally justifies iPhone hype  —  Last June, a day after buying Apple's much-hyped iPhone, the first thing I noticed was that the thing wasn't a cellphone.  The iPhone was revolutionary, I wrote then, because it was the first fully-mobile general-purpose computer.
Microsoft:
Q&A: Microsoft Helps Connect Apple iPhone Users to Microsoft's Exchange Server  —  Terry Myerson, corporate vice president for Exchange, talks to PressPass about the importance of the new agreement between Microsoft and Apple to offer built-in support for Exchange on the iPhone …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
iPhone Enterprise and SDK: First Impressions and Questions  —  ENTERPRISE SUPPORT … I was wrong.  There was never any question that this is a big market, the question was whether Apple wanted a part of it.  The answer, clearly, is yes.  The enterprise features announced today are serious and difficult.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
iPhone SDK comparison chart  —  So with hardware accelerated 3D graphics, an integrated database API, tightly integrated performance monitoring tools, and a highly specialized version of the Cocoa framework tweaked just for the iPhone and rechristened as Cocoa Touch, the iPhone's just-announced SDK sounds like a winner.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Kleiner Perkins Announces $100 million iFund for iPhone Applications
Rob Griffiths / Macworld:
The iPhone SDK has all the right answers
Discussion: AppleInsider, last100 and PC World
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
iPhone 2.0: Enterprise Ready. Developer Ready.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google, Microsoft Said To Be Preparing Bids For Digg  —  User-generated news site Digg has been working with influential investment bank Allen & Co. (the ones that recently got Slide a half billion dollar valuation) for a few months now, and pitching big tech and media companies on a sale.
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
MIX08 - Steve Ballmer screams “Web developers.  Web developers.  Web developers”  —  On the second day of Microsoft's MIX 2008 conference in Las Vegas for web developers and designers, Rafael Rivera - my liveblogging companion and Bryant Zadegan's cameraman, took the rare opportunity to stand …
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Long Tran / Yanko Design:
Another Touchscreen Phone But Wait, This One Has A Surprise!  —  Check out this concept mobile phone called the Mooon+.  One too many “o's” in there but I appreciate the clean design.  It's got that big gorgeous touchscreen, sleek design, sexy metal accents, and a digital camera.  So what's the big deal right?
Discussion: geeksugar, CrunchGear and Ubergizmo
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Yahoo Plays for Time In Bid to Resist Microsoft  —  Yahoo said yesterday that it postponed the deadline for nominating directors, seeking time to try to fend off a $44.6 billion takeover bid from Microsoft.  —  Since Microsoft announced its unsolicited proposal last month …
Discussion: Profy.Com and TECH.BLORGE.com
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Reuters:   EU set to clear Google - DoubleClick merger: sources
David Hayes / www.kansascity.com:
Analysts say T-Mobile may acquire Sprint  —  Sprint Nextel may be a takeover target, according to one of the nation's largest investment banking firms.  —  Deutsche Telekom, owner of T-Mobile and the world's sixth largest phone company, may consider acquiring Overland Park-based Sprint …
Charlene Li / Groundswell:
The future of social networks: Social networks will be like air  —  On Monday, I gave the kick off speech for the Graphing Social Patterns West conference on the topic, “The Future Of Social Networks” (slides are available on SlideShare, summaries available on News.com, ReadWriteWeb, and allfacebook.)
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Google will have 90% search market share in the US one year from now  —  That's an insane prediction I was told, after I made it in front of a half dozen of the most important public market investors in the tech world at a conference recently (think the largest shareholders in Yahoo and Google).
Jonathan Birchall / Financial Times:
Amazon to enter US wine market  —  Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, is to start selling wine in the US, entering a business fraught with regulatory complexities and littered with the wreckage of previous failures.  —  Amazon is looking to recruit a senior wine buyer …
Discussion: WebProNews, TechCrunch and Zoli's Blog
Michael Booth / Denver Post:
DIA keeps Wi-Fi on the mild side  —  Want to browse Vanity Fair magazine on the Denver airport's free Wi-Fi system?  Sorry.  You'll have to buy it at the newsstand, because DIA's Internet filter blocks Vanity Fair as “provocative.”  —  You can't get to the popular gossip column perezhilton.com on DIA's Wi-Fi signal, either.
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Denver airport censors free Wi-Fi network
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
 
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Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Google mappers banned from U.S. bases
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Rick Martin / Little Red Blog:
Hot potato! Tudou shutdown because of porn?
Vivian / Inside AdWords:
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Google Analytics integrates with Google Audio Ads
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Yahoo Messenger for Vista heads to beta
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InfoWorld:
Microsoft cited for open efforts, eyes Eclipse
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How to get “new” Gmail in your Google Apps account
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
HP Revamps HP Labs; Zeroing In On Larger Projects
David P. Hamilton / VentureBeat:
Six Health 2.0 firms reinvent doctor-patient ties
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Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
More assistance for your brain with ReQall, a memory aid
Discussion: GigaOM
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's YouTube To Power Other Video Sites?
Discussion: paidContent.org and NewTeeVee
Microsoft:
MIX08 Keynote: Ray Ozzie, Dean Hachamovitch and Scott Guthrie
Chris Nuttall / Financial Times:
Sony, Microsoft discuss Blu-ray for Xbox 360
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