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4:40 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 and The Guidewire
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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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Sees “Watershed Moment” For Mobile Usage  —  Google is now reporting that it is seeing a rapid increase in mobile Internet search and usage on several platforms.  According to an interview with Reuters, Google mobile product manager Matt Waddell said, “We have very much hit a watershed moment in terms of mobile Internet usage.
Robert Hamilton / Official Google Mobile Blog:
Fast is better than slow
Discussion: eWeek and Pocket PC Thoughts.com
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.
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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 …
Discussion: One More Thing
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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.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Mahalo Launches Reviews and Ratings; CEO Shares Company Stats  —  Today at the Search Engine Strategies conference in NYC, Mahalo CEO Jason Calacanis is launching a new feature: product/service reviews and ratings.  I sat down with Jason yesterday to discuss the new feature and here are my notes.
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 …
Naomi Gleit / Facebook Blog:
More Privacy Options  —  Today, we are introducing privacy changes that work towards our goal of giving you the control you need in order to share information comfortably on Facebook.  There are two ways we've changed things: a standardized privacy interface across the site, and new privacy options available through this interface.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Google about to drop the other Enterprise shoe on Microsoft?  —  I'm hearing about a few things that Google is planning to do to newly compete with Microsoft's enterprise offerings.  —  Several people have told me about an offline version of Gmail, coming soon.
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Google's app war vs Microsoft: About to ramp?
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 …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple may bundle unlimited iTunes with iPods  —  A report by the Financial Times (registration required) cites unnamed executives who say that Apple is in talks with record labels to offer access to the entire iTunes music library for a lump sum price.  The fee would be added as a premium option …
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Steve Jobs Back To Being A Fan Of DRM In iPhone ‘Bundle’?
Discussion: CNET News.com and TechCrunch
Yi-Wyn Yen / Techland:
Alibaba wants to buy out Yahoo's shares  —  Alibaba Group, the Chinese Internet giant that is part-owned by Yahoo, is reportedly in advanced talks with investors to buy back the shares owned by Yahoo, according to a Wall Street Journal report.  —  Concerns of a Microsoft (MSFT) …
Discussion: Money Out Blog, Valleywag and BoomTown
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Port 25:
Supernova  —  I'm writing this from EclipseCon in Santa Clara, California, where I'm going to announce the beginning of Microsoft's collaborative work with the Eclipse Foundation.  —  This started about a year ago when I met Mike Milinkovich at an open source event (the Open Source Software Think Tank 2007) …
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
First iPhone Developer acceptances confirmed  —  TUAW has finally been able to confirm actual acceptances into the $99 iPhone developer program.  This is what we have been able to learn:  —  The accepted developers were apparently among the first to apply.
Mike Ash / Under The Microscope:
Security Update 2008-002 Compatibility Fix  —  Apple released Security Update 2008-002 yesterday and this led to a problem for some users on Mac OS X 10.5 using our Instant Hijack component.  The Instant Hijack component is optionally installed by Airfoil, Audio Hijack Pro, and Nicecast …
 
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
So what's the easiest box to hack - Vista, Ubuntu or OS X?
Discussion: Computerworld
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Report: Google widens Web search lead, again
Discussion: CNET News.com
Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:
The long awaited HTC Shift is now coming to you from Sprint, 140+ hands-on photos
Fred / A VC:
Thoughts On FriendFeed  —  I know I am late to this discussion …
Chris Williams / The Register:
How the BBC plans to save your ISP
Dave Bullock / Wired News:
The Internet Archive Keeps Book-Scanning Free
Direct2Dell:
Recent Opinion on SSD Failure Rates Fails to Include the Facts
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo turns to radio ads to lure Google Web searchers
 Earlier Items: 
Microsoft Help and Support:
After you install security update 943985, Excel 2003 calculations …
Discussion: MSRC and Security Watch
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Ad network Federated Media close to raising $30M round, valued at $200M
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
SlideRocket Presentation Web App Enters Private Beta; Get Your Invite Here
Brian Heater / Gearlog:
Western Digital Introduces New 640GB Drives
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Best Buy Pledges $10 Million to Past HD DVD Buyers; Trade-Ins, Too
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
New Design for Google Japan
Discussion: Search Engine Land
BBC:
Microsoft releases Vista update
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Using Friendfeed's Imaginary Friends as a Master Aggregator
 

 
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