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10:20 AM ET, March 7, 2008

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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.
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.
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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 …
Ken / Mac Daddy World:
iPhone SDK first thoughts  —  I haven't even downloaded the SDK yet, but many of my questions can be answered from simply reading the documentation and license agreement.  —  1) How does File System access work?  —  From the FAQ:  —  How do I write information locally?
Discussion: TechCrunch and CrunchGear
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
iPhone in your business: Pondering the ROI case  —  Apple has dressed the iPhone up in a business suit, but the real work is just beginning.  Apple needs to convince chief information officers that there's a return on investment in a switch to the iPhone.  —  The day after an Apple event is always the analysis day.
Apple:
Apple Announces iPhone 2.0 Software Beta
Ryan Block:
Questioning iPhone SIM unlocking on the App Store: is the obvious unimportant?
Discussion: About Mobility and PC World
Rob Griffiths / Macworld:
The iPhone SDK has all the right answers
Discussion: AppleInsider, last100 and 9 to 5 Mac
James Lewin / Podcasting News:   Apple Hits The Ball Out Of The Park With iPhone SDK Introduction
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
‘App Store’ will distribute iPhone software
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 …
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 …
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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: Electronista and Out of the Box
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.
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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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.
Anthony Rose / BBC Internet Blog:
BBC iPlayer On iPhone: Behind The Scenes  —  Today was a big day for BBC iPlayer: it's the day that it first became available on a portable device.  BBCiPlayer is now available on iPhone and iPod touch.  —  To play BBC programmes on your iPhone or iPod touch, you'll need to be online via …
Vivian / Inside AdWords:
Landing page load time will soon be incorporated into Quality Score  —  As part of our continuing efforts to improve the user experience, we will soon incorporate an additional factor into Quality Score: landing page load time.  Load time is the amount of time it takes for a user to see the landing page after clicking an ad.
Jan Libbenga / The Register:
Police raid CeBIT stands  —  German police raided 51 booths at the CeBIT computing show this week because of breaches of audio compression (MP3) patents.  According to senior prosecutor Hans-Jurgen Lendeckel, several mobile phones, screens, sat navs and MP3 devices were seized.
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Richard Wray / Guardian:
Google service for advertisers to view viewers may come to UK
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Trevor / Inside AdWords:
Category Exclusion for the Content Network
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Apple to Allow VoIP Over WiFi
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
PollDaddy Attempts to Create Yahoo Answers for Polls
Rick Martin / Little Red Blog:
Hot potato! Tudou shutdown because of porn?
Michael Booth / Denver Post:
DIA keeps Wi-Fi on the mild side
Inside AdWords crew / Google Analytics Blog:
Google Analytics integrates with Google Audio Ads
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Yahoo Messenger for Vista heads to beta
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Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Yahoo Plays for Time In Bid to Resist Microsoft
Discussion: Profy.Com and TECH.BLORGE.com
Microsoft:
Microsoft Launches Document Interoperability Initiative
Charlene Li / Groundswell:
The future of social networks: Social networks will be like air
Long Tran / Yanko Design:
Another Touchscreen Phone But Wait, This One Has A Surprise!
InfoWorld:
Microsoft cited for open efforts, eyes Eclipse
Discussion: LinuxWorld.com
Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
How to get “new” Gmail in your Google Apps account
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Computerworld
Jonathan Birchall / Financial Times:
Amazon to enter US wine market
Chris Nuttall / Financial Times:
Sony, Microsoft discuss Blu-ray for Xbox 360
 

 
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