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4:30 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  —  In case you missed it, Louis Gray recently renewed the fervor over FriendFeed by publishing a list of “elite” bloggers that were using FriendFeed.  Very clever Mr. Gray.  Very clever. *golf clap*  —  I have to say, I really enjoy his posts.
Discussion: WinExtra and SheGeeks
Mark Evans:   What's the Caramilk Secret?
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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Imagine There's a MicroHoo (It's Easy If You Try)  —  Okay, 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 …
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
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
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?
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider: Dropping The Periods, Overhauling Design (YHOO)  —  Remember  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.
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
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: The Macalope and MacRumors
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhone developer rejection letter mass mailing
Discussion: iLounge and InformationWeek Weblog
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 …
Philip Linden / Official Second Life Blog:
Changing my Job  —  We've decided to search for a new CEO …
Discussion: The Social and Massively
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Is KickApps Next to Board AOL's Gravy Train?  —  While a lot of focus yesterday was on the gobs of cash that Time Warner (TWX) 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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Update: AOL Buying KickApps Too?
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.
Discussion: comScore, WebProNews and Electronista
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Demo Day Roundup for Spring 2008  —  The fledgling startups listed below will present their ideas and initial products to investors at this spring's Y Combinator Demo Day on March 18.  Of the 19 companies in this batch, 10 have already launched and only one remains in stealth mode.
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
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Surprise: Hollywood Favors Short-Term Fads to Long-Term Strategy
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Apple's iPhone Enjoys Own Halo Effect?
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Why Microsoft should be worried about new NPD sales figures
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
SSDs in 2008: fast speeds (200MB/sec) over price cuts
David Derbyshire / Daily Mail:
The Smart Goggles that could make lost keys, mobile phones or iPod …
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