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11:10 PM ET, March 14, 2008

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Duncan Riley Misses the Point of FriendFeed  —  Yesterday, it could be said that FriendFeed “tipped”, as TechMeme's Gabe Rivera put it.  Dozens of visible FriendFeed users reported getting an unprecedented swarm of subscriptions by new friends, and the site gained incredible exposure via comments …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
FriendFeed Is This Years Twitter, But Why?  —  If you haven't been keeping up with the noise, FriendFeed is the hot startup of the minute.  The service launched to the public February 25 and announced $5 million in funding at the same time.  —  The concept of FriendFeed is simple enough.
Blake Robinson / ReadWriteWeb:   FriendFeed vs SocialThing!
Steven Hodson / WinExtra:
Would you hammer a nail with a shovel?
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook To Launch Instant Messaging Service  —  Facebook has been testing a new instant messaging service and will be launching it to the public soon, perhaps in the next week.  —  Our understanding is that the service will be built into user's Facebook pages and allow them to web chat with their Facebook friends.
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Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Report: Facebook IM service will debut soon
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Adam / Reuters/Second Life:
EXCLUSIVE - Rosedale to step down as Linden Lab CEO  —  Linden Lab Chief Executive Philip Rosedale said on Friday the company he founded has begun a search for a new CEO with more operational and management expertise.  —  Rosedale will become chairman of the Linden Lab board when his successor is found …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Imagine There's a MicroHoo (It's Easy if You Try)  —  OK, we Photoshopped it, but only because we could not get our head around what the official Yahoo/Microsoft post-merger picture might look like.  —  With news that the pair were in informal talks, first broken by CNET …
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Matthew Karnitschnig / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Pitches Merger Vision To Yahoo at Meeting
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Apple to iPhone App Store applicants: Just hang tight  —  It's never easy to get a Dear John letter, but it can sting a little more when you're getting the same letter as everyone else.  Such is the case with the first wave of iPhone App Store “rejection” letters that Apple is now sending out to developers.
Discussion: MacRumors and The Macalope
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Sucks Life Out of Old Media: Check Out The 2007 Share Shift  —  For the past few quarters, we've analyzed the amazing rate at which advertising spending is moving online.  Now we're able to look at full-year 2007.  —  Specifically, we analyzed the change in US advertising revenue at 17 major media companies from 2006 and 2007.
Discussion: CNET News.com and WebGuild
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   What Media Company Gained the Most Market Share in 2007?
Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
SXSW: Not Much to Twitter About  —  Plenty has been said about my interview with Mark Zuckerberg.  Maybe that's because there wasn't much else at the conference to talk about  —  I'm just back from four days in sunny Austin, Tex., where I attended the South by Southwest Interactive Conference …
YouTube :: Blog:
YouTube Videos in High Quality  —  You may have noticed that we're now giving you the option of watching some YouTube videos in higher quality.  We're making these streams available on certain videos, based upon the source file uploaded to us, and over time you'll find a greater percentage …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Comscore: YouTube dominance grows  —  As big media companies and start-ups alike try to make headway in the crowded online video market, YouTube's dominance is still growing.  —  Google (which owns YouTube) accounted for 34.3 percent of the online videos watched in January, up 1.7 percent from December, according to ComScore.
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Report: DVR could turn Apple TV into multi-billion dollar business  —  By integrating digital video recording (DVR) features into Apple TV, Apple stands to transform it's niche media hub business into a serious growth driver worth over a billion dollars annually, according to one Wall Street analyst.
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Wundrbar: A Smart Search and Account Management Tool  —  Among the Y Combinator startups we rounded up earlier today is one that finally brings some innovation to the standard Google search bar most of us have set as our homepages.  —  Wundrbar will remind some readers of YubNub, the so-called …
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:   Y Combinator Demo Day Roundup for Spring 2008
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Dell busts out 20-inch UltraSharp 2009W LCD  —  Not feeling enough LCD love from Dell lately?  How about this new UltraSharp 2009W?  The new 20-inch 16:10 widescreen monitor does up a 1680 x 1050 resolution, with 36% more pixel content than Dell's 19-incher.
Discussion: DisplayBlog and Electronista
Josh Wolf / Webware.com:
CNN tracks Ashley Dupre's social networking activity and provides full report  —  For most people, updating your MySpace or Facebook profile is not news.  Sure, it might appear in your news feed on the site, but that's just about as far as the story is likely to travel.
Discussion: MTV, Valleywag and Salon
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Blu-ray Blues  —  Now that HD DVD is dead and Sony's Blu-ray has apparently won the HD media war, why aren't we seeing Blu-ray drives available as a factory option, at least, for Macintosh computers?  I think Steve Jobs is deliberately holding back in a high-stakes gamble for control of HD video distribution.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
MySpace platform goes live, with issues, developers staying optimistic  —  Yesterday, MySpace started showing off its new gallery of third-party applications that users can now start adding to their profiles and to their MySpace home pages.  This gallery is the most recent of many ponderous steps …
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
What if Apple really opened up the iPhone?  —  Will Android beat iPhone?  —  Speaking yesterday at the Emerging Communications Conference at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley, Rich Miner, Google group manager for mobile platforms, predicted that sales of Android-based devices will outpace those of the iPhone.
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Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
Behind Google's FUD campaign against Apple
Discussion: TechWeb and Tech IT Easy
Radley Balko / Reason Magazine:
The RateMyCop Saga  —  So even as police departments across the country are setting up sex offender registries, drug offender registries, and posting the mugs and names of suspected johns online, they also took a great deal umbrage early this month when Gino Sesto set up a site called RateMyCop.com.
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
PodShow said to lay off 20 out of 60-plus employees  —  PodShow, the San Francisco-based online-video network best known for launching the career of CNET's Natali Del Conte, is laying off about 20 employees, or as much as 30 percent of its staff.  “There are no secrets, only information you don't yet have …
Discussion: The Last Podcast and Mashable!
 
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