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1:20 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 …
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.
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.
Richard Thomas / FIPR:
Open Letter to the Information Commissioner  —  We understand that you are investigating the targeted advertising service offered by Phorm through co-operation agreements with BT, Talk Talk, Virgin Media and other Internet Service Providers.  —  The provision of this service depends …
Discussion: The Register
Chris Williams / The Register:
BT confesses lies over secret Phorm experiments
Discussion: BBC NEWS
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 …
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 …
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
CBS Launches Ad/Content Network For Local Sites
Discussion: All Points Blog
Steve Eisenstadt /
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.
Paula Rooney / Open Source:   Eclipse launches super run-time project as alternative to Java and .NET
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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Tony Dennis / Inquirer:
Google R&D spend increases by 73 per cent
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Internet Week Comes To NYC June 3-10
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802.11n officially makes its way to the Airport Express
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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Dusting Off the Archive for the Web
Discussion: MarketingVOX and Gadgetopia
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
LimeWire digital music store launches
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Indie labels bypass iTunes, give digital sales a shot
Google News, YouTube blocked in China amid Tibet riots
Elinor Mills / CNET
eBay brings affiliate marketing program in-house
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
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