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4:35 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: Compiler and Signal vs. Noise
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 …
Discussion: cubicgarden.com
Dan Grabham / TechRadar.com:
Hands on with the BBC iPlayer - on the iPhone!
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.
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 …
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
TrustedReviews Gaming Feed:
EXCLUSIVE: 60GB Xbox WILL Replace 20GB Model  —  It's world exclusive time again.  —  Following my outing of the 16GB iPhone I have once again have attained from a rock solid source that Microsoft WILL be replacing the 20GB hard drive on the standard Xbox 360 with a larger 60GB version.
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 …
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?
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
House IP committee member endorses college P2P blocking
Discussion: Public Knowledge and Slashdot
Maile Ohye / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
First date with the Googlebot: Headers and compression
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
Matt Martin / GamesIndustry.biz:
Ballmer: “We'll support Blu-ray”
Discussion: CrunchGear and Joystiq
Dan Nystedt / IDG News Service:
Samsung, Adidas Take on iPod, Nike
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Audible Shareholder Opposes Amazon.com Sale Deal; “Unfair Price”
PR Newswire:
Sea Launch Prepares for the Launch of DIRECTV 11
Discussion: DSLreports and Engadget HD
Kent German / CNET News.com:
Rumor: Sprint to spin off Nextel
Gamasutra:
Microsoft Excel: Revolutionary 3D Game Engine?
Discussion: Kotaku
Jan Libbenga / The Register:
Police raid CeBIT stands
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Apple to Allow VoIP Over WiFi
 

 
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