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8:05 PM ET, March 17, 2008

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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.
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Apple patent application hints at iPhone flip phone
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Patent application hints at “iPhone nano”
Discussion: MacRumors
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.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Online advertiser to settle spam charges for record $2.9 million  —  An online advertising company accused of luring customers with deceptive offers of “free” iPhones, laptop computers, plasma televisions, and other goods has agreed to pay a record $2.9 million fine as part of a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.
Matthew Creamer / AdAge:
Think Different: Maybe the Web's Not a Place to Stick Your Ads  —  Matthew Creamer Asks Whether We're All Missing the Point When It Comes to the Internet  —  “Steve Jobs hates the internet.”  So jokes a contact of mine whenever he laments what he regards as Apple's relatively paltry investment in web advertising.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
WordPerfect antitrust case greenlighted by the Supreme Court  —  Microsoft and Novell are partners now, but the companies used to be fierce competitors in the office software space.  We know how that war turned out: Word and Excel gradually squeezed WordPerfect and Quattro Pro out of the market …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
eBay cuts out the middle-man, moves affiliates in-house  —  eBay today announced the eBay Partner Network, a new affiliate platform launching on April 1st.  The move is expected to give affiliates — and eBay — a chance to make more money.  —  Some of the new features that eBay lists in its announcement include:
Discussion: Tech-Exposed.com and Cost Per News
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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 …
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.
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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 …
Joseph Nasr / Reuters:
Facebook gets entangled in Middle East conflict  —  JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Complaints by Jewish settlers angry at Facebook for listing them as residents of “Palestine” prompted the popular social networking Web site to allow users to switch themselves back to Israel.
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
China blocks YouTube, Yahoo! over Tibet  —  China has closed down access to several of the world's most popular websites in an apparent attempt to censor international coverage of the violence that is unfolding in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital.  —  YouTube, the video-sharing website which has become …
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Spitzer Call Girl Threatens News Outlets Over Copyright  —  from the it-all-comes-back-to-copyright dept  —  Well, it had to happen sooner or later.  With the press going nuts printing photos of the call girl at the center of the Eliot Spitzer affair, her lawyers are suddenly making …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Online Games by the Hundreds, With Tie-Ins  —  For some children, watching “Dora the Explorer” on television is becoming passé.  Now, they want to be Dora.  —  Tapping into this desire, media companies are increasingly entering the marketplace for online games — called casual games …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
Pay-for-play Yahoo Buzz “blows away” Digg — but will users bite?  Vote in our poll  —  Yahoo Buzz, the Digg competitor we uncovered last month, has Web publishers giddy over traffic binges.  Us Weekly, Salon and Michael Arrington's TechCrunch all report that when Yahoo Buzz put links …
Paul Buchheit:
Is fragmentation bad?  —  Imagine that you've just finished watching a movie and are in the mood to talk about it.  How are you going to do that?  You could chat with random, semi-anonymous people in the movie theater lobby (assume you went to a theater).  You could find a community of people …
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 …
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.
Phil Wainewright / Software as Services:
Ozzie signals Microsoft's surrender to the cloud  —  Publicly, Microsoft talks up the merits of its ‘software-plus-services’ strategy.  In my view the message is bunkum, even though it reflects the reality of Microsoft's business today: mostly software, with a few early-stage service offerings.
 
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Slate Readying New Business Site ‘The Big Money’
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Report: Mac sales up 60% in February
Heather Havenstein / PC World:
Report: FBI Looks Into Facebook March Madness Betting Pools
Discussion: All Facebook
John Fontana / LinuxWorld.com:
Novell details modular infrastructure plan
Discussion: eWeek and Linux-Watch.com
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Did ReadBurner Acquisition Cause Conflict of Interest for Mashable?
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Intel's future graphics chip adding a new vector
Robert McMillan / IDG News Service:
New Retailer Data Breach May Affect Thousands of Shoppers
Discussion: Computerworld
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
Google: We didn't help the NSA (or did we?)
Discussion: ACLU
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Important Lightroom 1.4 and Camera Raw 4.4 Update
Steve Eisenstadt / Eclipse.org:
Eclipse Announces New Runtime Initiative around Equinox
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Firefox 3 goes on a diet, eats less memory than IE and Opera
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