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8:50 AM ET, March 7, 2008


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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.
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.
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 …
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.
James Lewin / Podcasting News:
Apple Hits The Ball Out Of The Park With iPhone SDK Introduction
Discussion: KPCB
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 …
David Hayes /
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
T-Mobile, Sprint Together?  Just Say No.... Now — Merrill Lynch analysts suggest that because of strong Euro and looming price wars, Deutsche Telekom might make a bid for beleaguered Sprint and add it to its T-Mobile USA unit.  In theory it may seems like a wonderful idea.
Discussion: Out of the Box
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Google mappers banned from U.S. bases  —  The Web firm says it erred in posting images of Fort Sam Houston.  The Pentagon cites security concerns.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google Inc. found itself at the center of a national security controversy Thursday.  —  The Pentagon banned …
Louise Brown / Toronto Star:
Student faces Facebook consequences  —  Freshman hit with 147 academic charges for online study network at Ryerson University  —  Study groups may be a virtual trademark of the Ivory Tower - but a virtual study group has been slammed as cheating by Ryerson University.
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Happy now, bitches?  —  Yeah, we rocked your friggin world, right?  I mean 29 June 2007 might be the day the world changed, but today it just changed again.  BlackBerry is dead.  Microsoft is dead.  Windows Mobile is dead.  Amazon is dead.  Kindle is dead.  Nokia is dead.
Discussion: LAPTOP Magazine and IntoMobile
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, ReadWriteWeb, and allfacebook.)
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: CrunchGear, geeksugar and Ubergizmo
Rick Martin / Little Red Blog:
Hot potato!  Tudou shutdown because of porn?  —  Rumors are flying all over the place about China video giant (it means potato in Chinese) being shut down, because it was suspected there was porn on the site.  That comes as a huge surprise because when the new video laws went …
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 on DIA's Wi-Fi signal, either.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Denver airport censors free Wi-Fi network
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Google Analytics integrates with Google Audio Ads
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Yahoo Messenger for Vista heads to beta
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
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How to get “new” Gmail in your Google Apps account
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Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
More assistance for your brain with ReQall, a memory aid
Discussion: GigaOM
Jonathan Birchall / Financial Times:
Amazon to enter US wine market
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's YouTube To Power Other Video Sites?
Discussion: and NewTeeVee
Chris Nuttall / Financial Times:
Sony, Microsoft discuss Blu-ray for Xbox 360
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Google will have 90% search market share in the US one year from now
Yakov / Quintura blog:
RuTube Founders Exit at $15 Million Valuation