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6:45 AM ET, March 14, 2008

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Brad Stone / Bits:
Breaking Google Captchas for $3 a Day  —  In the last two months, several Internet security firms have suggested that spammers had devised a way to bust the “captcha” that is protecting Gmail.  This would allow them to use the popular e-mail service to drown the rest of the Internet …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Google's Trojan Horse: Let the Free Ad Serving Begin  —  One of the biggest misunderstandings in much of the discussion about Google's deal to buy DoubleClick is the perception that DoubleClick actually is involved in selling advertising.  —  It's not.  It sells software that advertisers …
Michael Weiss-Malik / Google LatLong:
Organizing more than one world's information  —  We like to think big.  Vastly hugely mind-bogglingly big (to paraphrase one of my favorite authors).  And thanks to the flexibility of Google Maps technology and the world wide web, we've been able to work at a universal scale (literally).
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Google claims ‘non-existent’ Android beats everything but the Jesus Phone  —  $10,000 Panda Challenge - are you really protected?  —  eComm One day, Google believes, software developers will love its “non-existent” Android handset just as much as they love the iPhone - and maybe more.
Discussion: Slashdot
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Paul Krill / PC World:
Google Exec Praises, Criticizes Apple iPhone
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Financial Times:
Yahoo to quit London offices for Geneva  —  Yahoo, the internet company, is planning to move its European headquarters from London to Switzerland.  —  One person close to the move - understood to be called “Project Yodel” - said it was made for corporate tax reasons.
Discussion: The Register and paidContent.org
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Associated Press:
Yahoo Moves Its European HQ
Discussion: TechCrunch
Marius Oiaga / Softpedia News:
Microsoft Confirms Windows 7 for 2010 - No Word on Windows 7 M2  —  Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 7 is right on track for release in 2010.  Concomitantly with the leaked details associated with Windows 7 Milestone 1 dropped by the Redmond company to select partners in January 2008 …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Who wants Windows 7 more, Microsoft or the users?
Discussion: PC World and Electronista
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
Hello BlackBerry, Meet the iPhone  —  Before you start reading this, a word of warning: this column is about the iPhone.  If you're one of those people who are sick and tired of hearing about the iPhone, then scroll on while you still can.  —  Then again, if you're one of those people …
Frederic / The Last Podcast:
Big Day for FriendFeed  —  Even though there was some controversy around Louis Gray's post on A-listers joining FriendFeed, it seems that his post, together with the resulting coverage on Techmeme and Robert Scoble writing about it on his blog, brought FriendFeed to a tipping point in terms of getting more mainstream exposure.
Discussion: Scripting News and Scobleizer
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Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Getting a FriendFeed new friend every minute or so !
Discussion: TechCrunch and SheGeeks
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Andersen attorney on RIAA suit: “They can't run now”  —  Friday may mark a significant milestone in the RIAA's legal campaign against file-sharing, as it is the deadline for exonerated RIAA defendant Tanya Andersen to refile her malicious prosecution lawsuit against the record labels.
Discussion: Computerworld
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Is KickApps Next to Board AOL's Gravy Train?  —  While a lot of focus yesterday has been on the gobs of cash that Time Warner shareholders now have to fork over to social networking site Bebo, which was bought by its AOL division for $850 million in spite of low revenues …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Blogging and Newspapers, a Lesson in How Not to Brand and Market  —  Much is being made of my decision to ban bloggers from the locker room.  To me its pretty amusing.  In particular I find it amusing that there is a presumption that if a blogger works for a big company, they must be better.
Discussion: MediaVidea
Nathan / FlowingData:
17 Ways to Visualize the Twitter Universe  —  I just created a new Twitter account, and it got me to thinking about all the data visualization I've seen for Twitter tweets.  I felt like I'd seen a lot, and it turns out there are quite a few.  Here they are grouped into four categories - network diagrams, maps, analytics, and abstract.
Discussion: Adaptive Path
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
One App at a Time  —  One week in, the most controversial aspect of the iPhone SDK seems to be the limitation that third-party apps can only run when frontmost — once the user goes back to the home screen or switches to another app, the frontmost app needs to quit.
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Reznor: Radiohead offering was insincere, industry is inept  —  Major musicians are exploring the market potential for directly interacting with their fans and releasing music independently.  Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead both made headlines recently for experimenting with Internet-based releases …
Discussion: Turn It Up
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Where Have the YouTube Watermarks Gone?  —  You know how YouTube has its little logo overlaid in white in the bottom right corner of all its videos?  Well, it seems to have gone missing.  On both videos on and off the site, the files are playing free of any YouTube branding on top of the videos themselves.
Discussion: Beet.TV
Sean Fallon / Gizmodo:
Mac Pro...Mini?  —  The steampunk mac mini mod was great, but even it can't compare to the awesome powers of this Mac Mini Pro design by Hideo Takano.  On the surface, he managed to hack a mini to look like a Mac Pro that measures only 3.28" wide by 7.8" tall by 6.5" deep.  However, the upgrades don't stop there.
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
For a New Brand, Pepsi Starts the Buzz Online  —  A BEVERAGE marketer known for pouring money into splashy ads in the traditional media is taking an unconventional approach with a new product.  —  The decision by the North American division of Pepsi-Cola, part of PepsiCo …
Discussion: Lost Remote
 
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Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone Launches in Austria and Ireland
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
The True iPhone Anti-Christ Is Here! Repent!
Discussion: Tech Blog
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
$5 a month for legal P2P could happen sooner than you think
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony knocks down walls on game businesses
Discussion: GigaOM
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
First Video of Hacked iPhone 2.0 In Action
Official Google Blog:
Book info where you need it, when you need it
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Updated: Video game sales grow 34 percent in February, PS 3 stays ahead of Xbox 360
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Track Your Google Docs With Analytics
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hummer Winblad Partner Will Price Resigns To Head WidgetBox
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
OpenSocial Beta Apps Go Live on MySpace
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
MSN exec Bradford leaving for ad company
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
The Lost Features of Google
Discussion: Forever Geek