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5:30 PM ET, March 7, 2008

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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.  —  User-generated news site Digg has been working with influential investment bank Allen & Co. (the ones that recently got Slide …
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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 …
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Timothy Lee / Techdirt:   Apple's Walled Garden Will Hurt iPhone Innovation
Ken / Mac Daddy World:
iPhone SDK first thoughts
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Compiler
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.
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
BBC:
BBC iPlayer comes to the iPhone
Discussion: cubicgarden.com
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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.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
InfoWorld:
ICANN looks toward end of US agreement  —  The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is starting to look at how the organization might function after its current memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Department of Commerce expires in September 2009.
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Kyte Becomes A Mobile-to-Web Video Platform For Brands (Adds …
Simon Avery / Globe and Mail:
Sandvine feels the pain
Discussion: DSLreports and TorrentFreak
John Consoli / Mediaweek:
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
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
Karl / DSLreports:
Qwest Talking to AT&T for Wireless - Though Verizon might be the more likely option
Discussion: Electronista
Brandi Stewart / Fortune Small Business:
EBay's new in-house blogger sounds off
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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: VentureBeat
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
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”
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Apple to Allow VoIP Over WiFi
 

 
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Sony Pictures could lose $75M on “The Interview”, which cost $44M to make, $30M to promote

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Danny Zappin's Zealot Networks Buys Majority Stake in YouTube Licensing Firm AudioMicro

 
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