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1:45 PM ET, March 19, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
More Bloggers Raising Money.  Here Come The Politics.  And Here Comes My Rant.  —  More blogs are raising venture capital, we're hearing from people they've pitched.  Newcomer Silicon Alley Insider is looking for a $3 - $5 million round, if reports are correct.
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Company Note: Wrong on All Counts  —  Mike, Despite your apparent cold war with us, all it would have taken you to get the facts is drop me an e-mail.  Instead, you got it wrong on all counts::  TechCrunch reports that our company is looking to raise $2 million to $3 million and that we are also considering selling the company.
Discussion: STARTUP CHATTER
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
TechCrunch Wants to Merge With Blogosphere, Kill CNET  —  We've argued that there will soon be a big blog-network consolidation wave.  We've argued that big media conglomerates will eventually start scarfing up the leading blog networks.  We've argued that someday TechCrunch might sell to CNET for $100+ million.
Discussion: ben barren
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.
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:   Steve Jobs Back To Being A Fan Of DRM In iPhone ‘Bundle’?
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Apple could split device sales with music labels
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
Leander Kahney / Wired News:
How Apple Got Everything Right By Doing Everything Wrong  —  One Infinite Loop, Apple's street address, is a programming in-joke — it refers to a routine that never ends.  But it is also an apt description of the travails of parking at the Cupertino, California, campus.
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Google sees surge in Web use on hot mobile phones  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc has seen an acceleration of Internet activity among mobile phone users in recent months since the company has introduced faster Web services on selected phone models, fueling confidence the mobile Internet era …
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Spreadsheets Adds Gadgets, a Directory of Features  —  Google Spreadsheets, the most mature application from Google's online office suite, has suddenly become much better.  —  Now you can get email notifications when your collaborators make changes or edit some specific cells.
eMarketer:
Online Advertisers To Spend Through Turbulence  —  The shift online will continue in 2008.  —  eMarketer predicts that, despite the economic rough patch, US online advertising will continue to grow through 2008.  Online ad spending will rise by 23%.  —  Yet even that reduced rate of growth …
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Shaking Off Larger Economic Woes, Online Ad Spend To Rise 23 Percent In '08: Report
Discussion: Valleywag
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
The reality of the RDF: how Apple motivates us to creativity  —  Starting back when it was Apple Computer, the company now known simply as Apple has attempted to foster a strong brand identity that's associated with an image of creativity.  Now, a new study (PDF) that will appear …
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Tod / PhysOrg.com:
Logo Can Make You ‘Think Different’  —  Whether you are a Mac person …
Discussion: MacUser
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Adobe developing Flash for iPhone  —  Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen has confirmed his company is now working with Apple with a view to offering Flash support on the iPhone.  —  The move follows Apple's release of the iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK).  Narayen, who was speaking during …
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Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Dell reportedly plans to resume handheld device business  —  Dell reportedly plans to resume its handheld device business and the company may team up with Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) to develop Windows Mobile-based handheld devices, according to market sources in Taiwan.
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Best Buy Pledges $10 Million to Past HD DVD Buyers; Trade-Ins, Too  —  Apparently, the cost of Best Buy declaring Blu-ray the winner is $10 million—at least, that's how much it plans to give away when it issues a $50 gift card to everyone who bought an HD DVD player or HD DVD Xbox drive before February 23.
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Eric Taub / Bits:
HD DVD Owners, Some Stores Want to Make Amends
Gerald Jonas / New York Times:
Arthur C. Clarke, 90, Science Fiction Writer, Dies  —  Arthur C. Clarke, a writer whose seamless blend of scientific expertise and poetic imagination helped usher in the space age, died early Wednesday in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where he had lived since 1956.  He was 90.
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Patricia Sullivan / Washington Post:
Arthur C. Clarke; Sci-Fi Writer Foresaw Mankind's Possibilities
Discussion: IT News Digest and Reason Magazine
Brittany M. / Server and Tools Business …:
Hyper-V RC Released  —  Today Microsoft delivered the Hyper-V release candidate (RC) code broadly to customers and partners.  This is a key milestone signaling that Microsoft is on track to deliver Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V virtualization by August 2008.  —  Hyper-V RC is a feature-complete version …
Discussion: WinBeta and Computerworld
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ClickZ:
The Google Conflict: Search Engine or Destination?  —  Google's search results are evolving into destination pages, marking a change in the way marketers and Google itself will have to do business.  —  That assessment was made by several speakers during a Search Engine Strategies …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Using Friendfeed's Imaginary Friends as a Master Aggregator  —  Like lots of bloggers, my latest fascination these days is Friendfeed.  The site, which opened up to everyone about three weeks ago, has been on fire.  It aggregates the various streams of all your friends from across …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Dell's Latitude XT2 plans revealed  —  That's Dell's product rendering for its second generation Latitude XT convertible tablet.  Expected in November 2008, the XT2 will ship with Intel's latest Montevina, er “Centrino 2” architecture in your choice of ULV or LV CPUs, new UMA graphics supporting Vista Aero …
Discussion: DailyTech, Crave and GottaBeMobile
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
SlideRocket Presentation Web App Enters Private Beta; Get Your Invite Here  —  SlideRocket is another Flash-based presentation app that wants to recreate PowerPoint in the browser and take advantage of the web's sharing and mashup capabilities.  —  There are a handful of companies striving …
Discussion: The Universal Desktop
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Semantic Hacker One-Million Dollar Challenge  —  Semantic startups and projects are hot right now.  (See Radar Networks, Freebase, Blue Organizer, Hakia, even Yahoo).  But what do you do if you are a little-known technology company in Rochester, New York with a powerful semantic-analysis engine …
Discussion: The Semantic Web and hakia Blog
 
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Panasonic's DMC-TZ50: a TZ5 with WiFi and Picasa photo sharing, maybe
Discussion: Gadgetell, Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
John Leyden / The Register:
Japanese malware author admits guilt
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
@ Ad Age Digital: NBCU's Zucker: Microsoft/Yahoo Would Be Good For Business
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Star Banker Returns to Roots With His Own Venture
Discussion: TechCrunch
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Comcast: FCC lacks any authority to act on P2P blocking
Discussion: Slashdot
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
The FCC's 700 MHz Auction Completed; Awaiting Results
Discussion: GigaOM, eWeek and The Register
Brian Heater / Gearlog:
Western Digital Introduces New 640GB Drives
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
New Design for Google Japan
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
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Assessing success in the FCC's 700MHz auction
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Alex Iskold / ReadWriteWeb:
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Royal Pingdom:
Apache dominates the top 100 websites, IIS still far behind
Discussion: The Register
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The Technology That Toppled Eliot Spitzer
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