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10:55 AM ET, March 14, 2008

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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 …
Discussion: Engadget
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
What a novel idea: Verizon cooperates with P2P file sharers  —  Verizon will unveil test results detailing how an Internet service provider can boost download speed by about 60 percent if it cooperates with file-sharing software makers.  —  According to the Associated Press …
Discussion: Electronista
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Verizon touts smart P2P software  —  A real-world Internet test reveals that “intelligent” routing of peer-to-peer traffic can drastically reduce network utilization and speed up downloads for subscribers, according to a new study.  —  Verizon Communications, which participated in the study headed …
Discussion: DSLreports and Slashdot
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Verizon Gets Cozy With P2P File-Sharers
Discussion: CrunchGear
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: paidContent.org
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.
Discussion: McAfee Avert Labs
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InfoWorld:
Trend Micro hit by massive Web hack  —  Security vendor Trend Micro has fallen victim to a widespread Web attack that splashed malicious software onto hundreds of legitimate Web sites in recent days.  —  A Trend Micro spokesman confirmed that the company's site had been hacked Thursday …
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 …
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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Larry Dignan / Zero Day:
Google: CAPTCHAs aren't dead yet  —  CAPTCHAs, those fuzzy letters that are supposed to ensure you're a human when you register for an account, have been under fire of late, but Google says their demise is greatly exaggerated.  —  That's the takeaway from a post by Brad Stone in the New York Times Bits blog.
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Brad Stone / Bits:
Breaking Google Captchas for $3 a Day
Matthew Karnitschnig / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Pitches Merger Vision To Yahoo at Meeting  —  Senior executives from Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. met Monday to discuss Microsoft's takeover offer for the Internet company, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The meeting, the first since Microsoft …
Brian / 123Macmini.com:
Mac Mini Pro Mod  —  Hideo Takano has posted some pictures and information about his Mac Mini Pro mod.  Actually, Hideo has been working on a series of Mac mini mods, but this one looks to be his masterpiece.  He's basically turned the Mac mini into a miniature Mac Pro standing 3.28" wide by 7.8" tall by 6.5" deep.
Discussion: Apple Gazette and Infinite Loop
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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.
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.
Discussion: CrunchGear
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone Launches in Austria and Ireland  —  Apple and T-Mobile are now selling the iPhone in Austria.  The iPhone is being sold for 399 euro (8GB) and 499 euro (16GB) with the following plans:  — 39 euro/mo “Classic” - 3GB data / 1000 Minutes / free T-Mobile Wifi
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
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.
Discussion: CenterNetworks and louisgray.com
 
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Renee Boucher Ferguson / eWeek:
Microsoft GM Gives Peek at Platform-as-a-Service Strategy
Discussion: Enterprise Apps
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
FriendFeed Is This Years Twitter, But Why?
Rick Broida / Crave: The gadget blog:
Chat hands-free with Motorola H350 Bluetooth headset, $4.99 (after rebate)
Discussion: Gizmodo
David Derbyshire / Daily Mail:
The Smart Goggles that could make lost keys, mobile phones or iPod …
Discussion: Engadget and textually.org
George Ou:
AMD Shanghai won't get HyperTransport 3
BBC:
Yahoo makes semantic search shift
Chris Vallance / BBC:
Beyond the mouse  —  Earlier this week the front page …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Red Hat acquires consultants to push JBoss
 Earlier Items: 
Anything But iPod:
Third Generation Zune in Fall 2009, Europeans Included
Bill Ray / The Register:
Indian gov says no plan to squeeze out Blackberrys
EE Times:
AI researchers think ‘Rascals’ can pass Turing test
Discussion: Slashdot and Engadget
Financial Times:
Yahoo to quit London offices for Geneva
Nathan / FlowingData:
17 Ways to Visualize the Twitter Universe
Discussion: Adaptive Path
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Andersen attorney on RIAA suit: “They can't run now”
Discussion: Computerworld and Digg
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Reznor: Radiohead offering was insincere, industry is inept
Discussion: Turn It Up, Contentinople and Digg
 

 
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