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11:00 PM ET, March 18, 2008


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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook fires up IM, ratchets up privacy  —  CNET's Dan Farber co-wrote this report.  —  Social network Facebook will roll out more extensive privacy controls Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, as well as an instant-messaging service soon after, representatives from the company announced during …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook To Launch New Privacy Controls; Confirms Chat Is Coming  —  Facebook announced new privacy controls at a press event at their downtown Palo Alto headquarters today, and also demoed their new chat application - called Facebook Chat - that has been rumored since last week.
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Exclusive Video of Facebook Chat Demo
Discussion: Somewhat Frank
Facebook Press Releases:
Announcement: Facebook Updates Privacy Controls
Discussion: BBC NEWS
Michal Lev-Ram / Techland:
Wireless spectrum auction comes to a close  —  After nearly eight weeks and 261 rounds of bidding, the government's spectrum auction finally ended Tuesday.  —  In January, the Federal Communications Commission began auctioning off the coveted 700MHz spectrum, which is particularly suited …
Molly Peterson / Bloomberg:
U.S. Airwaves Bids Total $19.6 Billion; Auction Ends  —  The most lucrative airwaves sale in U.S. history ended today with bids totaling $19.6 billion, underscoring demand from AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless for spectrum that will bolster Internet services on mobile phones.
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News and Engadget
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
700MHz spectrum auction wraps up, tops $19.5 billion
Discussion: Gearlog, Bits, New York Times and TechSpot
Dan Meyer / RCR Wireless News:
IT'S OVER: 700 MHz auction ends after 38 days, 261 rounds
Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Windows Vista SP1 Released to Windows Update  —  Today, you can now download Windows Vista SP1 via Windows Update.  For those of you eager to receive the benefits of Windows Vista SP1 - you can now do so!  We've seen quite a bit of questions in our comments so we want to communicate …
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Want Vista SP1?  Here's what to expect  —  When Microsoft released Windows Vista Service Pack 1 to manufacturing on February 4, they promised to make it available for the general public in mid-March.  Today they delivered on that promise, making SP1 available to Windows Vista users through Windows Update …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Vista SP1 officially released
Discussion: I4U News, DailyTech and Switched
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Apple mulls unlimited music bundle  —  Apple is in discussions with the big music companies about a radical new business model that would give customers free access to its entire iTunes music library in exchange for paying a premium for its iPod and iPhone devices.
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Unlimited iTunes subscription coming?
Discussion: MacRumors
About Security Update 2008-002  —  This document describes Security Update 2008-002, which can be downloaded and installed via Software Update preferences, or from Apple Downloads.  —  For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until …
Fred Wilson / Union Square Ventures:
Disqus  —  We are in the middle of a disruptive change in the media landscape brought on by two-way interactive media.  No longer do we simply rely on the New York Times for national news, Dow Jones or Bloomberg for business news, Ziff Davis for technology information, or Entertainment Tonight for the comings and goings in Hollywood.
Mathew /
Disqus and the comment-o-sphere
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Disqus Gets VC Funding, Releases Beta 2
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Ready To Pass MySpace In Worldwide Traffic  —  New comScore data shows U.S. traffic at Facebook and MySpace (NWS) dropping slightly during February.  But ignore those numbers: February is a short month, so a decline from January isn't surprising.  What's more interesting …
Discussion: All Facebook, VentureBeat and Mashable!
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Non-Profit Portal  —  Google has launched a dedicated portal of Google services for non-profit organizations.  —  Google for Non-Profits offers “a one-stop shop for tools to help advance your organization's mission in a smart, cost-efficient way.”
Chris Busselle / Official Google Blog:
Google for Non-Profits  —  Many of you spend your days making …
Discussion: Profy.Com
Nick Wingfield / Business Technology:
Idling on the iPhone  —  There are already a lot of professionals clinging to their iPhones, and there may soon be even more as Apple rolls out a bunch of new features in the coming months geared towards business users.  But a new report out today shows how, for the time being at least …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
iPhone Users Are Having More Fun
Ravi Nessman / Associated Press:
Writer Arthur C. Clarke dies at 90  —  COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Arthur C. Clarke, a visionary science fiction writer who won worldwide acclaim with more than 100 books on space, science and the future, died Wednesday in his adopted home of Sri Lanka, an aide said.  He was 90.
Ramesh Balakrishnan / Google LatLong:
It's your world.  Map it.  —  We realize that you know your neighborhood best.  So to provide the most accurate maps possible, Google Maps is open to user edits.  People have moved markers of their homes and businesses all around the U.S. and Australia, making Maps work even better.
Martin LaMonica / CNET
Is venture capital's love affair with Web 2.0 over?  —  Silicon Valley remains the hotbed of Web 2.0 activity, but the hipness of start-ups with goofy names is starting to cool in the face of economic reality.  —  Dow Jones VentureSource on Tuesday released numbers of venture capital activity …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Taaz Gives Me A Reasonable Excuse To Post Pictures Of Angelina Jolie  —  On the left is a picture of plain old Angelina Jolie.  But on the right...well we've got Angelina after she's been through the Taaz virtual makeover service.  —  The service, which launches today …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's Three-Year Plan: Grow Revenues 73 Percent By Focusing on Display Ads, Mobile, and Better Search  —  Today, Yahoo filed a presentation detailing its three-year financial plan that management gave to its board of directors in December, before Microsoft's unsolicited bid.
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
VLC Player Vulnerable to Remote Hijack
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
A Good Day for Internet TV  —  Internet TV is on a roll today!
Discussion: Apple, PC World and Apple Gazette
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CBC To Release Program DRM-Free Via BitTorrent
Discussion: TorrentFreak
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Scott Steinke / MapQuest Blog:
Announcing MapQuest Traffic
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Intel and Microsoft Pony Up $20M for Parallelism
Discussion: GigaOM and Intel
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Near-final test build of Microsoft's Hyper-V in the wings
Discussion: Computerworld
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPhone firmware 2.0 hands-on
Discussion: LoopRumors, iLounge and Tech Blog
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Tom Abate / San Francisco Chronicle:
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Arn / MacRumors:
Hints at iPod Touch Price Drop?
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Ex-Google Employee on Scaling an Organization