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3:55 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  —  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.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Fred / A VC:
When To Sell?  —  It's very hard to time the market.
Discussion: Between the Lines
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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Ken / Mac Daddy World:
iPhone SDK first thoughts
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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  —  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 …
Dan Grabham / TechRadar.com:
Hands on with the BBC iPlayer - on the iPhone!
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: WebProNews and Screenwerk
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Pinny Cohen / Life of an Internet Entrepreneur:
Google Integrates TV Ads Into Adwords Platform
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 …
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
Brandi Stewart / Fortune Small Business:
EBay's new in-house blogger sounds off  —  New eBay recruit and social media veteran Richard Brewer-Hay will launch a blog next month that aims to give eBay's users a direct, unfiltered communications link with the company.  Can he repair the company's battered relations with its users?
Kent German / CNET News.com:
Rumor: Sprint to 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 …
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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 …
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.
 
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Rick Broida / Crave: The gadget blog:
Get a Palm Centro smartphone free with two-year Sprint plan
Discussion: Gadgetell
Karl / DSLreports:
Qwest Talking to AT&T for Wireless - Though Verizon might be the more likely option
Discussion: Electronista
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
GOOG-411 expands outside of United States
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Kyte.TV Takes More Money, Moves Away from User Created Video
Discussion: TechCrunch
Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Snack Advert to be Beamed Into Space: Will Aliens Like Doritos?
Discussion: TGDaily.com and Gearlog
Matt Martin / GamesIndustry.biz:
Ballmer: “We'll support Blu-ray”
Discussion: CrunchGear and Joystiq
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Analytics Benchmarks and the Future of Portable Data
Dan Nystedt / IDG News Service:
Samsung, Adidas Take on iPod, Nike
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Kara Visits Tellme (aka A Little Bit of Microsoft in Silicon Valley)!
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Microsoft partners cosy up on interoperability
PR Newswire:
Sea Launch Prepares for the Launch of DIRECTV 11
Discussion: DSLreports and Engadget HD
Gamasutra:
Microsoft Excel: Revolutionary 3D Game Engine?
Discussion: Kotaku
Jan Libbenga / The Register:
Police raid CeBIT stands
Discussion: p2pnet and textually.org
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Apple to Allow VoIP Over WiFi