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6:55 AM ET, March 11, 2008

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Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
Mozilla releases Firefox 3.0 beta 4  —  The fourth beta of the Firefox 3.0 browser was released Monday and includes more than 900 enhancements over the previous beta, Mozilla announced.  —  The creator of the open-source browser said the new beta includes performance and memory usage …
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: Firefox 3 beta 4 brings new Vista hotness  —  Mozilla announced today the official release of Firefox 3 beta 4, which includes over 900 additional improvements related to the previous beta release.  At this stage in development, most of the work on Firefox is heavily focused …
Discussion: Open Source
Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 3 beta 4 now available for download  —  Please note: We do not recommend that anyone other than developers and testers download the Firefox 3 Beta 4 milestone release.  It is intended for testing purposes only.  —  Firefox 3 Beta 4 is now available for download.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Hulu Launches with Warner, Lionsgate  —  Wow Hulu, you really pile it on, don't you?  I can barely digest all the news the company is putting out tonight.  First and foremost, it's launching tomorrow.  It's also signed Warner Bros., Lionsgate, the NBA, and the NHL (but not Quincy Smith's CBS).
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Testing Over, Hulu.com to Open Its TV and Film Offerings This Week  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Hulu.com, the long-gestating Internet joint venture between NBC Universal and Fox, emerges from limited testing on Wednesday to make its catalog of TV shows and video clips available to anyone on the Web.
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Melissa Perenson / Today @ PC World:
Hulu to Launch Public Service, Adds New Partners
Discussion: BoomTown and TechCrunch
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Mark Zuckerberg on Data Portability: An Interview  —  Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is at SXSW doing press interviews today and many people want to know what his thoughts are concerning data portability.  There's a big web out there that would like to give and take user data in and out of Facebook.
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Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Zuckerberg Saves SXSW with Open Q&A  —  Facebook had planned on having a Facebook Developer's Garage this afternoon at 3 pm, where a few developers were set to present their experience in creating applications for Facebook's open platform, and other members of the audience could ask questions and learn more about the platform.
Discussion: Tech Beat, Valleywag and Digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The “Nuclear Disaster” At SXSW Was Nothing More Than A Witch Burning  —  Based on the Twitter messages and blog posts I saw yesterday emerge real time from the SXSW conference, it sounded like Sarah Lacy's interview of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was, truly, a career ending, never seen before train wreck of epic proportions.
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Associated Press:
Wal-Mart ends test of Linux in stores  —  NEW YORK - Computers that run the Linux operating system instead of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows didn't attract enough attention from Wal-Mart customers, and the chain has stopped selling them in stores, a spokeswoman said Monday.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Michael Jackson's company denies Beatles coming to iTunes  —  The company that owns the rights to a vast majority of the Beatles music catalog has questioned reports that the Fab Four have cut a deal with Steve Jobs.  —  Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the joint venture owned by Sony …
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Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
10 strangest sights in Google Street View  —  The Times of London collected “10 bizarre sights in Google Street View,” but they didn't bother to show the pictures —all they did was link to them.  Silly newspaper.  See below for “Borat peeking out of a window in San Jose, California,” …
Sowrock / High Performance Web Sites:
IE8 speeds things up  —  IE8 Beta 1 has several performance improvements listed in the release notes.  Many of these improvements center around the DOM and JavaScript execution.  And their announcement about stricter standards compliance is a great move forward.
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Google Shares Plummet: Do Googlers Care?  —  Google shares are down nearly 35 percent since November, which in a normal company, would poison employee morale and drive a mass exodus.  —  Although we've seen a number of high-profile departures from Google — including Sheryl Sandberg's flight to Facebook …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Searchme: A New Visual Search Engine  —  Today, Sequoia Capital, which has been a key investor of search giant Google, as well as Yahoo, will unveil its latest investment in search, a visual search engine called: Searchme.  —  The Mountain View, Ca.-based company, which has been germinating for three years …
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Viacom Denied Punitive Damages In YouTube Suit  —  A symbolic setback for Viacom in its $1 billion suit against Google's (GOOG) YouTube.  On Friday, US District Court Judge Louis Stanton denied the media conglomerate's claim for punitive damages in the case.
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BBC:
All A-Twitter  —  Bill Thompson is impressed by the sense …
Discussion: broadstuff
Anil Dash / Movable Type:
A WordPress 2.5 Upgrade Guide
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Scott Hillis / Reuters:
Take-Two shareholders slash stakes
John Cook / John Cook's Venture Blog:
Like Twitter, Chatterous offers instant chat
Jordan Golson / Valleywag:
Kentucky legislator wants to ban anonymous internet posting
Discussion: RSS and Mashable!
Qblogger / TechNet Blogs:
An update on KB #946676  —  The Windows Home Server team …
Discussion: ZDNet.com.au, eWeek, Gizmodo and WinBeta
Tony Smith / The Register:
Ten years old: the world's first MP3 player
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Sun and Microsoft confirm data center lovechild
Discussion: eWeek
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Popular Mechanics:
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Discussion: VoIP Blog and Slashdot
Reuters:
News Corp will not fight Microsoft for Yahoo
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Dear Computerworld, there's a reason why IE8 breaks the web
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Windows 7 Eyed For Antitrust Violations
Discussion: The Tech Report and Slashdot
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Please, mysterious traveler, tell us of your strange new technology
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