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2:15 PM ET, March 16, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Video Coming To Flickr Soon.  Really.  —  In mid 2005 I profiled YouTube for the first time.  As Steve Rubel noted, the best way to describe it was “like Flickr, but for videos.”  At the time few people saw the massive upside for YouTube, which was built completely on freely available Flash technology from Adobe.
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Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Flickr Video beta due in April  —  In early February, in the midst of Microsoft's surprise bid to acquire Yahoo, I wrote about Yahoo's Flickr Video coming soon.  It's been a long time coming.  I first asked Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake about a Flickr video service in December 2005.
Discussion: Mashable!, comScore and Common Craft
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
We'll miss Russell Shaw  —  One of our tech journalism colleagues, Russell Shaw, passed away on Friday, March 14.  He was on a reporting trip in San Jose, traveling from his home base of Portland, Ore. I knew Russell first as a blogger at ZDNet, where he covered broadband, VoIP, smartphones, and other topics.
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Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Russell Shaw R.I.P.  —  It is with the most profound sadness that I have to report the the untimely passing of Russell Shaw, a blogger, journalist and friend.  —  Russell passed away suddenly in his hotel room in San Jose Thursday night or early Friday morning.
Dion Almaer / techno.blog:
Google Code Source Code Browser Released  —  Jason Robbins and Jenan Wise have released a new Ajax source code browser for Google Code project hosting: … The new system certainly feels fast, and uses jQuery to flip around in short order, jumping through the revisions of your system, expanding into new directories, etc.
Discussion: Mashable!
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Google Open Source Blog:
“Look!  Actual Code!”  —  In one Dilbert cartoon, Dogbert confronts a long-winded technology “guru” by showing him some actual code, which blows him away.  It's funny because it's true: some long, abstract discussions can turn into short, concrete ones when you can point to code.
David Sarno / Los Angeles Times:
A Marine apparently throws a puppy off a cliff, and a virtual lynch mob forms  —  VIDEO: The Marine holds the puppy before apparently throwing the animal off a cliff  —  Forget due process.  Online hordes act like judge and jury.  —  THROWING a puppy off a cliff?  It would be hard to invent a better metaphor for cruelty.
Times of London:
Making a mint as the laidback king and queen of gossip central  —  PROFILE: Michael and Xochi Birch  —  This is the story of a couple of struggling computer entrepreneurs who met in a London bar and moved to California without enough money to pay for their accommodation.
Discussion: Mashable! and paidContent.org
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
Online Business Networking: 2 Horse Globalization Race  —  Increasingly people accept that Facebook serves a different function than LinkedIn.  In simple terms: deals on LinkedIn, dates on Facebook.  This simple reality was obscured for a while, because the Silicon Valley crowd use Facebook …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Demonoid Tracker Moves to the Ukraine  —  Demonoid, once one of the most popular BitTorrent trackers, has reappeared again, this time hosted in the Ukraine.  The website is still down but the trackers are now fully operational again, perhaps a sign that Demonoid is crawling back up to speed?
Discussion: Digg
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.
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Jeff Hecht / New Scientist:
Long-range Wi-Fi threat to satellite communications  —  WiMAX, a long-range version of Wi-Fi, has been billed as one of the best ways to bring broadband internet connections to rural areas.  But the system may have a critical flaw.  According to tests by a trade body representing the satellite industry …
Discussion: DSLreports and Engadget
Muhammad Saleem / muhammad.saleem:
friendfeed versus socialthing: why i'm backing socialthing  —  before you read my opinion on the two relatively similar services, i would recommend checking out read/writeweb's look at friendfeed versus socialthing.  while i think the article has a great overview and good points, i do have to disagree with the conclusion.
 
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Ben DuBose / Los Angeles Times:
Piracy provision aims at universities
Richard Morgan / New York Times:
A Crash Course in Online Gossip
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Craigslist cleared on discrimination claims
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iPods rock the Space Shuttle
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Robotics start-up Willow Garage believes open source OS will soon …
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Revisiting Apple's iPhone strategy
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Ustream.tv may turn down Microsoft's $50 million
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