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12:40 PM 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 …
Discussion: Reuters, IDG News Service and Valleywag
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Digg To Microsoft or Google?  Research Shows 52% of Diggers Block Ads  —  Rumor out last night is that Digg is looking at offers from Microsoft and Google in the $200-225 million range.  Frankly it's simple — if either company acquires Digg, the mass exodus will begin swiftly.
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.
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
iPhone SDK And Restrictions: Some Of The Details Aren't Great.  —  Obviously Steve Jobs and team didn't go through all the details today when they announced the availability of the iPhone SDK.  It was more of a high level pass.  But details are what third party developers need …
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 …
BBC iPlayer comes to the iPhone  —  The BBC has launched a version of its iPlayer video on demand service for the Apple iPhone and iPod touch.  —  It is the first time the software has been available on portable devices.  —  The software, which allows users to download programmes from the last seven days …
Steve O'Hear / last100:
Look mum, no DRM: BBC launches iPlayer on iPhone and iPod touch
Discussion: Telegraph Blogs and MacRumors
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
T-Mobile, Sprint Together?  Just Say No...Now — Merrill Lynch …
Discussion: Electronista and Out of the Box
Kent German / CNET
Rumor: Sprint will spin off Nextel
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Rafat Ali /
Audible Shareholder Opposes Sale Deal; “Unfair Price”  —  We reported on some of these issues from Audible's filing earlier this year, and now one of the shareholders of Audible (NSDQ: ADBL) has come out in open about its opposition of the deal, though it only owns about 1.4 percent of the shares …
Joshua Allen / MIX Online:
WATCH STEVE BALLMER AND GUY KAWASAKI LIVE  —  The Steve Ballmer Q&A with Guy Kawasaki starts at 1:00PM PST.  You can watch the keynote here, or load one of the following URLs in Windows Media Player or VLC.  — 750 kbps  — 300 kbps  — 100 kbps
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Discussion: Kotaku
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Apple to Allow VoIP Over WiFi
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
PollDaddy Attempts to Create Yahoo Answers for Polls
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Rick Martin / Little Red Blog:
Hot potato! Tudou shutdown because of porn?
Charlene Li / Groundswell:
The future of social networks: Social networks will be like air