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6:30 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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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.
Discussion: CenterNetworks
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
Discussion: tecosystems
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
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:   MobiTV seeks to shut down Web forum
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.
Agam Shah / LinuxWorld.com:
Cloudbooks may include Intel's Diamondville processor  —  Everex is refreshing its Cloudbook line of ultraportable, Linux-based notebooks with redesigned models that may eventually include low-power Intel Diamondville processors, bigger screens and more storage.
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InfoWorld:   CloudBooks may use Intel's Diamondville processor
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Matt Martin / GamesIndustry.biz:
Ballmer: “We'll support Blu-ray”  —  Microsoft chief executive says it's time to move on from HD-DVD  —  Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has admitted that the company is working on ways to support Blu-ray, the next-generation DVD format.  —  Although he did not talk specifically …
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 …
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 …
 
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Patent police raid booths at CeBit trade show
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Brad Greenspan miffed over thwarted attempts to acquire Stage6
Discussion: Mashable!
Alpha Doggs / Network World:
All-time greatest Google songs
InfoWorld:
ICANN looks toward end of US agreement
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
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
Discussion: Googlified
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Get a Palm Centro smartphone free with two-year Sprint plan
Brandi Stewart / Fortune Small Business:
EBay's new in-house blogger sounds off
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
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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Gamasutra:
Microsoft Excel: Revolutionary 3D Game Engine?