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10:15 PM ET, March 7, 2008

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Jay Adelson / Digg the Blog:
Rumors and Speculation  —  Normally our policy is to not comment about things like this, but this morning's rumors about a bidding war involving Google and Microsoft have created such a stir we feel compelled to tell you all directly that they are completely inaccurate.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google, Microsoft Said To Be Preparing Bids For Digg  —  Update: Digg CEO Jay Adelson is calling this post “completely inaccurate.”  Lets see how this plays out...My source, which as I said is very, very good, sticks with the story.  Digg may have had an angry Microsoft and Google on its hands …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
How to save money running a startup (17 really good tips)  —  [ UPDATE: This post caused some big debate over at TechCrunch.  I respond here with the blog post titled “can you work at a startup and have a life?”  I updated #11 to make my point a little less harsh, more true to my true feelings ]
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Calacanis Fires People Who Have A Life  —  Mahalo founder and serial entrepreneur Jason Calacanis has some interesting tips up today about how to squeeze every single last thing from your startup employees.  —  Helpful advice includes (our interpretation):
Alain Sherter / Tech Confidential:
How to save money running a startup, and your workers, into the ground
Stilgherrian:
How do you treat your staff? Like 37signals, or like this prick?
Discussion: Mashable!
InfoWorld:
Sun: We'll put Java on the iPhone  —  Sun Microsystems is developing a Java Virtual Machine for Apple's iPhone and plans to release the JVM some time after June, enabling Java applications to run on the popular mobile device.  —  The JVM is to be based on the Java Micro Edition (ME) …
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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 …
Timothy Lee / Techdirt:
Apple's Walled Garden Will Hurt iPhone Innovation
Discussion: rc3.org and tecosystems
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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Michael / Wide Awake Developers:
Steve Jobs Made Me Miss My Flight  —  Or: On my way to San Jose.  —  On waking, I reach for my blackberry.  It tells me what city I'm in; the hotel rooms offer no clues.  Every Courtyard by Marriott is interchangeable.  Many doors into the same house.  From the size of my suitcase …
John Vause / CNN:
Chinese hackers: No site is safe  —  ZHOUSHAN, China (CNN) — They operate from a bare apartment on a Chinese island.  They are intelligent 20-somethings who seem harmless.  But they are hard-core hackers who claim to have gained access to the world's most sensitive sites, including the Pentagon.
Discussion: DailyTech
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Motorola losing former mobile phone head, marketing chief  —  Motorola late on Friday announced the “immediate” departure of the former head of its troubled mobile-devices division, a day after confirming that its marketing chief was no longer with the company.
Discussion: InfoWorld and Electronista
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Motorola Announces Departure of Stu Reed
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.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent Throttling Company Sandvine Sees Sales Down 88%  —  Sandvine, manufacturers of BitTorrent throttling technology has seen its first quarter sales drop 88% in a year.  After achieving 42,000% growth in 5 years, the company - best known for providing the technology which put Comcast …
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Simon Avery / Globe and Mail:
Sandvine feels the pain
Discussion: DSLreports
Rusty Dornin / CNN:
BBQ-smoker-turned-'Robocop' chases off drug dealers  —  ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — It's midnight on the streets of Atlanta, and bar owner Rufus Terrill patrols his neighborhood with a rolling crime fighter of his own creation.  Meet “Bum-bot,” as Terrill describes it; others in his neighborhood call it simply, “Robocop.”
Discussion: Gearlog and Slashdot
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”.
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 …
 
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Question time  —  The controversial online advertising company Phorm …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
House IP committee member endorses college P2P blocking
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First date with the Googlebot: Headers and compression
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