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11:55 AM 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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Reuters:
Google says Microsoft's Yahoo buy might hurt Internet  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - Google Inc, the world's leading search engine, said on Monday it was concerned about the free flow of information on the Internet if Microsoft Corp were to succeed in acquiring Yahoo Inc.
BBC:   Microsoft moves ‘threatens net’
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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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Microsoft licenses Adobe's FlashLite for Win Mobile phones
InfoWorld:
Windows Mobile to get Flash, PDF support
Amanda Fehd / Associated Press:   Microsoft licenses Adobe mobile software
Adobe:
Adobe Flash Lite Shipments Pass Half Billion Mark
Discussion: Flash Devices
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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Chris Williams / The Register:
BT confesses lies over secret Phorm experiments  —  $10,000 Panda Challenge - are you really protected?  —  BT has admitted that it secretly used customer data to test Phorm's advertising targeting technology last summer, and that it covered it up when customers and The Register raised questions over the suspicious redirects.
Discussion: BBC NEWS
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.
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InfoWorld:
Google News, YouTube blocked in China amid Tibet riots  —  Beijing appears to have taken a page out of Myanmar's playbook by blocking some Internet access amid rioting in Tibet that has already seen as many as 80 people killed, according to the Tibetan government in exile.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Censors Take Down YouTube and Google News in China.  How Will Google Respond?  —  Amid the recent protests and violent crackdown in Tibet, the Chinese government is closing off all media access to the region and censoring reports about Tibet inside China.  That includes not just CNN, but YouTube and Google News.
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 …
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.
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
AOL Highlights Platform-A Integration Focus With Unified Search Marketing Services  —  AOL's (NYSE: TWX) Platform-A President Lynda Clarizio appears to moving quickly on her promise to quicken the pace of integration at the Time Warner company's ad group.  AOL announced that Platform …
Discussion: Cost Per News
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AOL Press Releases:
AOL's Platform-A Combines Advertising.com and Quigo Search Marketing Solutions
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Open-Source Troubles in Wiki World  —  Since he helped create Wikipedia in 2001, Jimmy Wales has been called many things: benevolent dictator, constitutional monarch, digital evangelist and spiritual leader of the tens of thousands of volunteers who have made the online encyclopedia one of the top 10 most visited Web sites.
Discussion: Infothought and Valleywag
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.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Indie labels bypass iTunes, give digital sales a shot  —  It's easier than ever for bands to get their tunes where fans can buy them.  Anyone with a computer, a guitar, and a microphone can now label him- or herself a “singer/songwriter,” churn out some songs, and have them available …
 
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CBS to bloggers: Install our widgets, and we'll split the profits
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
LimeWire digital music store launches
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BBC:
Second Life creator changes role
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
HP preps AMD Barcelona-based server for May lift off
Om Malik / GigaOM:
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eBay brings affiliate marketing program in-house
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
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Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
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Push in Online Car Shopping
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