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5:50 AM ET, March 13, 2008


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Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Iphone to go x86  —  Moorestown is fruity  —  THE IPHONE IS going to go x86 in a year or two, and Moorestown is set to be the lead vehicle.  A year of whispers was finally nailed down a few days ago with a comment and a slide.  —  First let me say that the rumour mill has been running amok since …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Insanely Great Mac
Mike Schramm / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Rumor: iPhone may get x86 processor, and pigs might fly  —  The Inquirer isn't just counting their chickens before they hatch — they're counting all the feathers, the chicken feet, and even the eggs of those chickens, too.  When we first heard that the slide you see above …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:   More evidence of Apple's iPhone eventually going Intel
Mark Raby / Tom's Hardware Guide:
Blu-ray Player Prices Hit 2008 Highs As Competition Dwindles  —  Pricewatch - Blu-ray Disc players from Samsung, Sony and Sharp are now the most expensive they have been all year, presumably because HD DVD's exit from the high-def disc arena has removed some of Blu-ray's pricing pressure.
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and Engadget
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
With only Blu-ray left standing, player prices rise  —  When Toshiba conceded the defeat of HD DVD to the Blu-ray format, most consumers (beyond those who were unfortunate enough to be HD DVD early-adopters) cheered.  The thought was that one option would finally create a viable high-definition disc format (our coverage).
Discussion: Inquirer
Scott Hillis / Reuters:
Microsoft says no Blu-ray for Xbox 360
Discussion: Engadget and WinBeta
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Disney: $123 Million From iTunes Since 2006 (AAPL)  —  Disney CEO Bob Iger tells the audience at the Digital Hollywood Media Summit that he's sold 4 million movies and “40 to 50” million videos through iTunes since he launched the service in 2006.  What does that mean in terms of dollars?  Not much.
Tom Simonite / New Scientist:
Nerve-tapping neckband allows ‘telepathic’ chat  —  A neckband that translates thought into speech by picking up nerve signals has been used to demonstrate a “voiceless” phone call for the first time.  —  With careful training a person can send nerve signals to their vocal cords without making a sound.
Discussion:, Boing Boing and Slashdot
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
The Future Of Voice May Be Voiceless  —  The above video is a little rough in terms of processing delay, but it's staggering.  Voice without voice.  —  According to New Scientist, the neckband translates thought into speech by picking up nerve signals; “with careful training a person …
Discussion: Inquirer
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
YouTube: The Platform  —  (Update: Comment from YouTube added below).  In case there was still any doubt that Google wants to use YouTube to host all the video on the Web, it's announcement earlier today to broaden its APIs makes it clear that is its goal.  Once again, instead of making …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Video Road Hogs Stir Fear of Internet Traffic Jam  —  Caution: Heavy Internet traffic ahead.  Delays possible.  —  For months there has been a rising chorus of alarm about the surging growth in the amount of data flying across the Internet.  The threat, according to some industry groups …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Latest Product Launch is a Couple of Facebook Apps  —  Amazon has now officially joined the Facebook craze.  It has launched two of its own Facebook applications: Amazon Giver and Amazon Grapevine.  —  Amazon Giver shows your Amazon wishlist on your Facebook page.
Elinor Mills / CNET
Google testing service to let publishers manage ads  —  Google is testing a new service called Ad Manager that will give Web site publishers more control over their ad sales and ad serving, The Wall Street Journal reported late on Wednesday.  —  Publishers can sell their own ads …
Steven Musil / CNET
Report: EA goes hostile for Take-Two
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Note to self: stop promoting, start thinking again (or “Scoble's Law")  —  It's really hard when you're excited about what you're working on to not talk about it.  Especially on your personal channels like your blog, Twitter account, and Facebook page.  Over the past month I've tried …
Discussion: Valleywag
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Crgslst: The Endangered, Sexy Craigslist Search Tool  —  Denver, Colorado based has built crgslst, a very slick multi-city search tool for Craigslist.  Craigslist itself doesn't offer a multi-search service.  By combining the publicly available RSS feeds from Craigslist with AJAX …
New York Times:
For an Aspiring Singer, a Harsher Spotlight  —  She left a broken home on the Jersey Shore at 17 and came to New York City to work the nightclubs as a rhythm and blues singer.  Now, at 22, she is the unwitting, and as yet unseen, star of the seamy drama that is the downfall of Gov. Eliot Spitzer of New York.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Activision Sues Gibson In Response To Claims That ‘Guitar Hero’ Violates Patent  —  from the it's-all-fun-and-games-until-someone- digs-up-a-patent dept  —  And now bogus patent threats are finding their way into the video game world, as Activision has filed for a declaratory judgment …
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
IBM moves on secure mashups  —  San Francisco - IBM is unveiling technology to secure mashups Thursday and is donating it to the OpenAjax Alliance, an organization promoting AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) interoperability.  —  Through IBM's SMash (secure mashup) technology …
Discussion: Computerworld
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
Google could be superseded, says web inventor  —  The next generation of web technology is likely to be far more powerful than the current crop, Tim Berners-Lee said  —  Google may eventually be displaced as the pre-eminent brand on the internet by a company that harnesses the power …
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Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and blargKABOOM
Bonnie Cha / Crave: The gadget blog:
RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8120 lands at AT&T
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
User Interfaces Rapidly Adjusting to Information Overload
Discussion: Fresh Creation
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Hulu Is a Good Site For Online Shows, But Fare Is Thin
Elite Bloggers Joining FriendFeed In Droves
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
“Too much interest” in iPhone SDK presents challenges
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Kevin Rose's parties bid SXSW goodbye
Cade Metz / The Register:
Skype blames eBay for killing ‘our innovation buzz’
Discussion: InfoWorld and VentureBeat
 Earlier Items: 
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay to Hollywood: Open your Own Torrent Site
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Digg
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Samsung's YP-S2 Pebble MP3 Players Probably Hurt When Thrown
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Windows 7 gets an outside tester: The government
Discussion: and
Josh Lowensohn /
Ex-Googlers launch Rentbits, a mediocre search tool for rentals
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo To Join OpenSocial in April, Microsoft Groans.
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Sprout's WYSIWYG Flash Editor Now Available to Everyone
Bill Gates Asks Congress to Act Now to Maintain U.S. Innovation Lead