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5:00 PM ET, March 15, 2008

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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Japanese ISPs Agree to Ban Pirates from the Internet  —  Following a huge increase in complaints from the music, movie and software industries, the four major Japanese ISP organizations have agreed that they will work with copyright holders to track down copyright infringing file-sharers and disconnect them from the internet.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Mashable!
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Daily Yomiuri Online:
Winny copiers to be cut off from Internet  —  The nation's four Internet provider organizations have agreed to forcibly cut the Internet connection of users found to repeatedly use Winny and other file-sharing programs to illegally copy gaming software and music, it was learned Friday.
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Revisiting Apple's iPhone strategy  —  In the post I wrote about Rich Miner of Google saying that the Android mobile software stack will gain more users than the iPhone, several people commented.  The general consensus is that Apple is the BMW of the personal computer industry and is the standard …
Duncan / duncanriley.com:
FriendFeed = More Hyped Yawn  —  So I started another bush fire, at least among the growing list of self important so-called A listers who would happily crucify anyone who dare question their favorite startup of the minute.  —  I say A-List somewhat lightly, because the guy who's come after me is someone who's called Louis Gray.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple to 100,000 iPhone developers: don't call us, we'll call you  —  Three days ago it seemed as though the world had finally opened up for would-be iPhone developers.  —  After eight months of pent-up demand, the pieces were in place to begin exploiting the new platform in earnest.
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: Valleywag, VoIP Blog, MTV and Salon
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Mallory Simon / CNN:
Dupre's MySpace page evolves with scandal
Discussion: Ars Technica
louisgray.com:
I'm Not Reading and Engaging With Enough Female Bloggers  —  One of the more interesting byproducts out of Wednesday's post highlighting some of the more name-brand bloggers using FriendFeed was a number of responses saying that my subjective list of who was “elite” and who wasn't was overly weighted with male bloggers.
Discussion: WinExtra
Google Blogoscoped:
A Very Special Google Docs Feature (Potential Spoiler)  —  Unless something is going really, really wrong with Google, we have a suspicion this is just an upcoming April Fool's joke for Google.  If that's the case, then note that spoilers follow below.  —  OK.
Discussion: Googling Google
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Ustream.tv may turn down Microsoft's $50 million  —  Yahoo's move into live video could have kneecapped startups like Justin.tv and Ustream.tv.  Instead, its botched launch just proved that serving up streams is a harder business than it looks — and got Yahoo rivals like YouTube interested.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
How Internet news should work  —  By the mid-90s I became accustomed to reading news on the web.  So much so that I cancelled subscriptions to the NY Times and Wall Street Journal because most days I'd never take the papers out of the plastic bags they were delivered in.
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:   Radical Idea For News Sites: Show What's New On Your Homepage
Roland Piquepaille / Emerging Technology Trends:
Six degrees of separation in instant messaging  —  According to Nature in ‘Six degrees of messaging,’ computer scientists at Microsoft Research Redmond lab have logged a full month of instant messengers using — logically — Microsoft Messenger.  'The compressed dataset occupies 4.5 terabytes …
Brad Linder / Eee Site:
Asus EP20: First look at the Eee PC desktop  —  Apparently Asus had a bit more up its sleeve at CeBit than the Eee PC 900.  The company also showed off the EP20, which appears to be the first desktop computer in the Eee PC lineup.  Earlier this year Asus announced plans to expand the brand …
 
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Matthew Buckland / E-Media Tidbits:
World's Publishers v. Google: The Fight Continues
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel to launch quad-core notebook CPU in 3Q08
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Report: DVR could turn Apple TV into multi-billion dollar business
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Dell busts out 20-inch UltraSharp 2009W LCD
Discussion: DisplayBlog and Electronista
Google Code Blog:
How we improved performance on Google Code
Discussion: Ajaxian
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
PodShow said to lay off 20 out of 60-plus employees
Discussion: The Last Podcast and Mashable!
Liz Tay / iTNews Australia:
Child-like intelligence created in Second Life
 

 
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Evan Smith / The Texas Tribune:
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Sharyl Attkisson releases video of apparent computer hack

 
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