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1:30 PM ET, March 14, 2008

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Acquisition of Rapt  —  Rapt solutions will provide Microsoft with advanced technology and services for digital media publishers.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced plans to acquire Rapt Inc., the leading provider of advertising yield management solutions for digital media publishers.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft picks up another ad company; Buys Rapt  —  Microsoft on Friday said it has acquired Rapt, a company that makes software to manage Web advertising yields.  —  In a statement, Microsoft said: … Rapt's technology will be wrapped into Microsoft's Atlas Publisher Suite, which was acquired in the aQuantive purchase.
Discussion: AppScout
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Microsoft Buys Ad Inventory Management Firm Rapt  —  Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) has bought San Francisco-based ad a company Rapt.  Terms were not disclosed.  The company, which provides ad inventory management systems, will be integrated with the Atlas Publisher Suite, under Microsoft's Advertiser and Publisher Solutions Group.
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.
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Mark Evans:
What's the Caramilk Secret?
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louisgray.com:
Duncan Riley Misses the Point of FriendFeed
Discussion: Scripting News
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Verizon embraces P4P, a more efficient peer-to-peer tech  —  The Distributed Computing Industry Association's P4P workgroup is devising a new protocol for what researchers describe as carrier-grade peer-to-peer file transfer systems.  Verizon reports that a recent test it conducted revealed …
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Richard Martin / TechWeb:
Google Exec: Android Will Outsell iPhone  —  Google has not released sales predictions for devices based on its mobile operating system Android.  But that doesn't stop Rich Miner, group manager for mobile platforms at the search giant, from being confident.
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Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:   What if Apple really opened up the iPhone?
Larry Dignan / Zero Day:
Trend Micro falls victim to Web hack  —  It's not much fun when one of your security vendors falls to a Web attack.  Infoworld reports that TrendMicro was a victim of a recent Web attack that used legit sites to deliver malware.  —  According to InfoWorld Trend Micro removed the infected pages from its Web site.
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InfoWorld:
Trend Micro hit by massive Web hack
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:   Trend Micro's Web site hacked in massive attack
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo And Microsoft Hold Informal Talks About Combining Companies
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 …
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
I've Acquired ReadBurner: Attention Data is the Future of Social News  —  I'm happy to announce that along with Drew Olanoff (former technology evangelist at Pluggd) and Eric Kerr (creator of TinyLoad), I have acquired ReadBurner, a very cool project launched earlier this year by Alex Marktl.
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 …
Discussion: Virtual Worlds News and Massively
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Del.icio.us: Dropping The Periods, Overhauling Design (YHOO)  —  Remember Del.icio.us?  The social bookmarking service was one of the earliest symbols of Web 2.0 — an inventive app with a cult following — but the buzz has died down since Yahoo (YHOO) acquired the company in 2005.
Dwight / TechBlog:
Behold the strange allure of the Eee PC  —  Ever since Asustek launched its tiny, cheap Eee PC in October, I've had readers e-mailing me and colleagues stopping by my desk at work to ask if I'd tried one yet.  The lure of a very small, hard-disk-free notebook computer that sells for less than $300 has a certain appeal.
Discussion: CrunchGear
David Derbyshire / Daily Mail:
The Smart Goggles that could make lost keys, mobile phones or iPod a thing of the past  —  Those frustratingly frantic searches for mislaid car keys or mobile phones could soon be a thing of the past.  —  Japanese scientists have invented a pair of intelligent glasses that remembers …
BBC:
Yahoo makes semantic search shift  —  Yahoo has announced its adoption of some of the key standards of the “semantic web”.  —  The technology is widely seen as the next step for the world wide web and it involves a much richer understanding of the masses of data placed online.
Discussion: MarketingVOX
 
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Why Microsoft should be worried about new NPD sales figures
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Electronista:
Analyst: Apple DVR by gen 3, Blu-ray soon
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
SSDs in 2008: fast speeds (200MB/sec) over price cuts
Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
First MySpace OpenSocial apps unveiled with very little fanfare
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Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Microsoft OSP is a pie crust promise
Renee Boucher Ferguson / eWeek:
Microsoft GM Gives Peek at Platform-as-a-Service Strategy
Discussion: Enterprise Apps
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Chat hands-free with Motorola H350 Bluetooth headset, $4.99 (after rebate)
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EE Times:
AI researchers think ‘Rascals’ can pass Turing test
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
RIAA Now Open To ‘You Must Be A Criminal’ Tax On ISP Fees
Financial Times:
Yahoo to quit London offices for Geneva
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
One App at a Time  —  One week in, the most controversial aspect …
Discussion: CrunchGear
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone Launches in Austria and Ireland
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17 Ways to Visualize the Twitter Universe
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