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11:20 AM ET, March 7, 2008


 Top Items: 
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.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft's Google Obsession, MicroHoo's Asian Outlook And Competing For Digg  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is perhaps showing signs of a mildly unhealthy obsession with rival Google.  At Microsoft's MIX08 online technology conference in Las Vegas yesterday he told interviewer Guy Kawasaki …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:   Report: Google, Microsoft, and two media companies bidding on Digg
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.
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
Apple Announces iPhone 2.0 Software Beta
Rob Griffiths / Macworld:
The iPhone SDK has all the right answers
Discussion: AppleInsider and last100
Ryan Block:
Questioning iPhone SIM unlocking on the App Store: is the obvious unimportant?
Discussion: About Mobility
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.
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
Facebook Study Group Could Get Student Expelled  —  Charged with academic misconduct  —  A freshman at Ryerson University in Toronto has been charged with cheating for running a Facebook study group and could be expelled pending a faculty hearing on Tuesday.
Discussion: Inquirer
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Tests More TV Ads With AdWords Integration  —  Google Integrates TV Ads Into Adwords Platform by Pinny Cohen shows screen captures of AdWords reports with TV ad integration.  Pinny said that Google sent out more invitations for AdWords advertisers to test out TV ads within the Google AdWords system.
Discussion: Screenwerk
Pinny Cohen / Life of an Internet Entrepreneur:
Google Integrates TV Ads Into Adwords Platform  —  I first discussed the rumored Google interest with TV ads last year, and Google seems to be near ready with their product almost one exact year later.  —  Google invited some Adwords members to test out Google TV Ads Beta …
Discussion: MarketingVOX and VoIP Blog
Richard Wray / Guardian:   Google service for advertisers to view viewers may come to UK
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 a 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
Seeking Alpha:
Rumor: Sprint to Spinoff Nextel
Discussion: CNET and Gadgetell
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 …
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 …
Karl / DSLreports:
MobiTV Threatens HowardForums Shutdown - Because they couldn't be bothered to secure their own content  —  The great cellphone-centric resource HowardForums is being threatened by the creatively named mobile TV provider MobiTV.  According to this post by site owner Howard Chui …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, Electronista and Gear Diary
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Jan Libbenga / The Register:
Police raid CeBIT stands
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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
In the Mix  —  Web developers have gathered in Las Vegas …
Rick Martin / Little Red Blog:
Hot potato! Tudou shutdown because of porn?
Vivian / Inside AdWords:
Landing page load time will soon be incorporated into Quality Score
Michael Booth / Denver Post:
DIA keeps Wi-Fi on the mild side
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Yahoo Plays for Time In Bid to Resist Microsoft
Discussion: Profy.Com and
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!
Microsoft cited for open efforts, eyes Eclipse
Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
How to get “new” Gmail in your Google Apps account
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Computerworld
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
MIX08 - Steve Ballmer screams “Web developers. …
Jonathan Birchall / Financial Times:
Amazon to enter US wine market
Discussion: TechCrunch and Zoli's Blog