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2:20 PM ET, March 17, 2008

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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Early Yahoo Postmortem, And Google CEO Eric Schmidt On The Prospect Of MicroHoo  —  If the Microsoft acquisition of Yahoo does happen the “postmortems” on Yahoo will come fast and furious.  Perhaps the first of these is from the Mercury News, which recounts the history of Google …
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Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Web creator rejects net tracking  —  The creator of the web has said consumers need to be protected against systems which can track their activity on the internet.  —  Sir Tim Berners-Lee told BBC News he would change his internet provider if it introduced such a system.
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Richard Thomas / FIPR:
Open Letter to the Information Commissioner
Discussion: The Register
Chris Williams / The Register:
BT confesses lies over secret Phorm experiments
Discussion: BBC NEWS
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
10 Things I Warned Microsoft About Windows Vista  —  The imminent real release of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 is reason enough to broach the question.  SP1 is an important milestone for an operating system that bloggers and other critics consistently ridicule.
Discussion: Forever Geek
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Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Vista SP1 Consumer Rollout Coming Tomorrow
Discussion: TechSpot, Slashdot and Bink.nu
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Vista SP1 on track for mid-March release?
Discussion: CrunchGear and TechRadar.com
Adobe:
Adobe Flash Lite and Reader LE Licensed by Microsoft  —  For immediate release  —  Adobe Mobile Products to Ship with Windows Mobile Phones  —  Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: ADBE) today announced that Microsoft has licensed Adobe® Flash® Lite™ software …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Adopts Flash Lite For Windows Mobile As a Stopgap Measure  —  Flash Lite for mobile phones might not be good enough for Steve Jobs, but Microsoft is less picky.  It is licensing Flash Lite for Windows Mobile.  This is an acknowledgment of two things: there are a lot of developers …
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
CBS to bloggers: Install our widgets, and we'll split the profits  —  CBS Television Stations has launched a new program to get its local news headlines onto blogs and social-media sites, the CBS division said Monday.  —  Called the CBS Local Ad Network, it's a way for participating region-focused blogs …
Staska / Unwired View:
iPhone 2.0, iPhone 3.0 or iPhone Nano - a clamshell/flip phone?  —  When talking about how Apple is gonna take over mobile phone industry, one of the things that is very rarely talked about, is iPhone form factor.  —  There's a reason we have mobile phones in tens of shapes and sizes, and a number of form factors.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Great Firewall of China expands as Tibetan riots continue  —  China has joined the ranks of countries that have instituted either temporary or permanent blocks on YouTube.  The decision came as clips of the recent riots in Tibet—a “sensitive” topic in China—have made their way onto the popular video sharing site.
Discussion: Guardian and Boing Boing
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Steve Eisenstadt / Eclipse.org:
Eclipse Announces New Runtime Initiative around Equinox  —  EclipseCon 2008, SANTA CLARA, CA - March 17, 2008 - The Eclipse Foundation today announced a new initiative to develop and promote open source runtime technology based on Equinox, a lightweight OSGi compliant runtime.
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Paula Rooney / Open Source:   Eclipse launches super run-time project as alternative to Java and .NET
Mark Evans:
Are MacBooks Just Trendy?  —  My brother had his MacBook stolen a couple of months ago so he's in the market for a new laptop.  —  With a modest budget, the big question is whether he should cough up the $1,100 to $1,500 for a new MacBook, or spend $500 for something like a Dell Inspiron.
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo Buzz is a Game Changer for Social Media; And Spells Trouble for Digg!  —  Yahoo Buzz is a social media experiment by Yahoo! that is currently in a closed beta.  We found out today what kind of boost Buzz is giving the current selected blogs and news sources - Muhammad Saleem wrote …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Makes DoubleClick Employees Apply To Keep Their Jobs  —  Nothing like a short honeymoon.  A secondhand source reports that Google has devised a new way to welcome employees of acquired companies into the fold: Make them apply to keep their jobs.  —  Last week, Google CEO Eric Schmidt …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Firefox 3 goes on a diet, eats less memory than IE and Opera  —  In our recent coverage of the Firefox 3 beta releases (1, 2, 3, 4), we have noted performance improvements and a significant reduction in memory consumption relative to Firefox 2.  The enormous amount of effort that developers invested …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
BMC buys BladeLogic, eyes data center automation  —  BMC said Monday that it will buy BladeLogic, which specializes in automating data centers, for $800 million, or $28 a share.  —  The news comes on the heels of a bevy of data center announcements from HP, which is hoping enterprises go for its data center as a service strategy.
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Martian Headsets  —  You're about to see the mother of all flamewars on internet groups where web developers hang out.  It'll make the Battle of Stalingrad look like that time your sister-in-law stormed out of afternoon tea at your grandmother's and wrapped the Mustang around a tree.
 
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InfoWorld:
ValueClick to pay $2.9 million to settle spam complaint
Discussion: CNET News.com
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Palm: Analysts See Centro Strength Eating Into Margins
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Spitzer Call Girl Threatens News Outlets Over Copyright
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Blogger & Podcaster Magazine To Launch Blog Advertising Network …
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
New York Times Settles Proxy Fight With Harbinger; Board To Expand …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Supreme Court won't block Novell's antitrust suit against Microsoft
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Important Lightroom 1.4 and Camera Raw 4.4 Update
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Motorola replaces two more execs
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Tony Dennis / Inquirer:
Google R&D spend increases by 73 per cent
Discussion: WebProNews
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
802.11n officially makes its way to the Airport Express
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Dusting Off the Archive for the Web
Discussion: MarketingVOX and Gadgetopia
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Adobe to Bundle Media Player with Software Updates
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
LimeWire digital music store launches
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Indie labels bypass iTunes, give digital sales a shot
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Open-Source Troubles in Wiki World
 

 
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