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5:00 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.
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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 …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Digg To Microsoft or Google? Research Shows 52% of Diggers Block Ads
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
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Timothy Lee / Techdirt:   Apple's Walled Garden Will Hurt iPhone Innovation
Ken / Mac Daddy World:
iPhone SDK first thoughts
Discussion: rc3.org and Compiler
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 …
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Steve O'Hear / last100:
Look mum, no DRM: BBC launches iPlayer on iPhone and iPod touch  —  As promised, the BBC has launched a version of iPlayer for use on Apple's iPhone and iPod touch mobile devices.  —  Currently in Beta, the specially designed version of the BBC's UK-only TV catch-up service utilizes H.264 video streaming …
BBC:
BBC iPlayer comes to the iPhone
Discussion: cubicgarden.com
Dan Grabham / TechRadar.com:
Hands on with the BBC iPlayer - on the iPhone!
Discussion: Webware.com and Crave
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
MobiTV seeks to shut down Web forum  —  NEW YORK - MobiTV Inc., which provides TV services on Sprint Nextel Corp. cell phones, is trying to shut down a Web forum that is carrying instructions on how to get access to its channels for free.  —  MobiTV sent a letter to Howardforums.com …
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.
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
How to save money running a startup (17 really good tips)  —  The HowTo team at Mahalo has been an amazing surprise effort.  We didn't plan on making howto articles, but when we built various how to search pages we realized that many howto articles were, well, lacking.
Benjamin J. Romano / The Seattle Times:
Microsoft's Ballmer dances, jokes and tackles all the subjects in onstage interview  —  LAS VEGAS — Amid a tempest of change, Microsoft's brash leader, Steve Ballmer, gave one of his most comprehensive and entertaining interviews in recent memory Thursday.  —  Microsoft is pursuing Yahoo …
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Joshua Allen / MIX Online:
Watch Steve Ballmer and Guy Kawasaki Keynote
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 …
Bloomberg:
Disney to Offer Some Vintage TV Series on Its Web Site  —  The Walt Disney Company will begin showing its classic television shows on the Internet, its chief executive, Robert A. Iger, told shareholders on Thursday.  —  “In the near future, you'll see more of that product available on Disney.com …
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Antisocial  —  Do you remember Citizens' Band radio?  Though established by the Federal Communications Commission in the 1950s, CB radio didn't become an overnight sensation until the 1970s when Moore's Law brought down the cost of radios to where it was economically viable to buy them solely …
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
GOOG-411 expands outside of United States  —  Today I picked up the phone to give GOOG-411 another test drive, and was thrown back after hearing the prompt “What city and province?”.  Surely this thing doesn't work for Canada now — so I said “Regina Saskatchewan”.
 
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Simon Avery / Globe and Mail:
Sandvine feels the pain
Discussion: DSLreports and TorrentFreak
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ABC's Sweeney Touts Benefits of Web Content
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
House IP committee member endorses college P2P blocking
Discussion: Public Knowledge and Slashdot
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First date with the Googlebot: Headers and compression
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Get a Palm Centro smartphone free with two-year Sprint plan
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Karl / DSLreports:
Qwest Talking to AT&T for Wireless - Though Verizon might be the more likely option
Discussion: Electronista
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EBay's new in-house blogger sounds off
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Kyte.TV Takes More Money, Moves Away from User Created Video
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
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Ballmer: “We'll support Blu-ray”
Discussion: CrunchGear and Joystiq
Dan Nystedt / IDG News Service:
Samsung, Adidas Take on iPod, Nike
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Kara Visits Tellme (aka A Little Bit of Microsoft in Silicon Valley)!
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Audible Shareholder Opposes Amazon.com Sale Deal; “Unfair Price”
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Rumor: Sprint to spin off Nextel
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