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11:40 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.
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
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: Compiler and Daring Fireball
Rob Griffiths / Macworld:
The iPhone SDK has all the right answers
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
Discussion: Inquirer
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 …
Kent German / CNET
Rumor: Sprint will spin off Nextel  —  Rumors are swirling today over the future of Sprint.  First off, Seeking Alpha is reporting that Sprint has hired Morgan Stanley for a possible spin-off of its Nextel brand.  Sprint's ongoing troubles have been widely reported over the last few months …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
T-Mobile, Sprint Together?  Just Say No...Now — Merrill Lynch …
Discussion: Electronista and Out of the Box
Seeking Alpha:
Rumor: Sprint to Spinoff Nextel
Discussion: Gadgetell
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.
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
Discussion: MarketingVOX and VoIP Blog
Richard Wray / Guardian:   Google service for advertisers to view viewers may come to UK
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 …
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 …
David Kaplan /
AOL And CBS Merge Radio Networks; CBS To Manage Ad Sales Across 350 Channels  —  CBS (NYSE: CBS) Radio and AOL Radio will combine their online radio networks into one, the companies tell us.  The deal calls for CBS Radio's sales team to handle ads across both networks.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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: Electronista, jkOnTheRun and Gear Diary
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.
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Jan Libbenga / The Register:
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Trevor / Inside AdWords:
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Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Apple to Allow VoIP Over WiFi
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
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In the Mix  —  Web developers have gathered in Las Vegas …
Rick Martin / Little Red Blog:
Hot potato! Tudou shutdown because of porn?
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Booth / Denver Post:
DIA keeps Wi-Fi on the mild side
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Yahoo Plays for Time In Bid to Resist Microsoft
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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!
Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
How to get “new” Gmail in your Google Apps account
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Computerworld