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5:30 PM ET, March 14, 2008


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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.
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 …
Brian Solis /
FriendFeed Appeals to the A-List and the Entire Alphabet-List
Discussion: SheGeeks
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 …
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Could Yahoo's ‘openness’ be another anti-Microsoft poison pill?
Discussion: CyberNet and ProgrammableWeb
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 …
Don Reisinger / CNET
For once, we should applaud Verizon
Discussion: The Register
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.
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:   What if Apple really opened up the iPhone?
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:   Behind Google's FUD campaign against Apple
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Picks Up Another Ad Startup: Rapt
Discussion: Adweek and 901am
Leslie Poston / Profy.Com:
Microsoft Buys Rapt, Gears Up To Be Online Ad Presence
Discussion: Mashable!
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.
comScore: Accounted for 1 Out of Every 3 U.S. Online Videos Viewed in January
Discussion: Podcasting News
YouTube :: Blog:
YouTube Videos in High Quality
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
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.
Analyst: Apple DVR by gen 3, Blu-ray soon
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
What Media Company Gained the Most Market Share in 2007?  (Hint: It Starts With a G).  —  When it comes to market share gains in advertising dollars, Google outstripped every other media company in 2007, whether you look at the Web, TV, print, or radio.  Earlier this morning …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Sucks Life Out of Old Media: Check Out The 2007 Share Shift
Discussion: WebGuild
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider: Dropping The Periods, Overhauling Design (YHOO)*  —  *Editor's Note: TechCrunch notes that the “dropping the periods” news hit Silicon Valley last September.  We're putting the screws to our wagon-train driver.  —  Remember  The social bookmarking service …
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 …
Steven Musil / CNET
Week in review: Tech's shopping spree  —  With the current pace of mergers and hostile takeover attempts, you might think there was a sale somewhere on tech companies.  —  Perhaps the most intriguing move came from AOL, which acquired social-networking site Bebo for $850 million in cash.
Discussion: Bits and Reason Magazine
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 … is ten years old today  —  Three cities, two serious relationships, one child, 200,000 frequent flier miles, at least seven jobs, 14,500 posts, six designs, and ten years ago, I started “writing things down” and never stopped.  That makes one of a handful …
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House politicians propose ‘emergency’ H-1B hike
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Facebook To Launch Instant Messaging Service
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Radley Balko / Reason Magazine:
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Y Combinator Demo Day Roundup for Spring 2008
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 Earlier Items: 
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Apple's iPhone Enjoys Own Halo Effect?
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Justin.TV Teams With Qik For Live Mobile Streaming
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Why Microsoft should be worried about new NPD sales figures
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
SSDs in 2008: fast speeds (200MB/sec) over price cuts
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
I've Acquired ReadBurner: Attention Data is the Future of Social News
Larry Dignan / Zero Day:
Trend Micro falls victim to Web hack
Discussion: CNET and InfoWorld

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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
‘No Notoriety’ campaign to not name mass murderers sees progress

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Jane Martinson / Guardian:
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