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3:25 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
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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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:   Google Spreadsheet Gadgets and More
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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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 …
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Dan Ackerman / Crave: The gadget blog:   Dell's next tablet laptop leaked
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.
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Kevin Newcomb / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Mahalo Adds New Social Search Tools
Discussion: Search Engine Watch
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.
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:   Report: Dell getting back into handhelds
Guinevere Orvis / Canada's Next Great Prime Minister:
CBC TO BITTORRENT CANADA'S NEXT GREAT PRIME MINISTER  —  We've got a big announcement for the fans of our show!  On March 24th after the broadcast of Canada's Next Great Prime Minister (airs March 23rd at 7 pm on CBC Television) we'll be the 1st major broadcaster in North America to release a high quality …
Discussion: Miro and Slashdot
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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) …
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
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 …
Microsoft Help and Support:
After you install security update 943985, Excel 2003 calculations return an incorrect result when a Real Time Data source is used in a user-defined Visual Basic for Applications function  —  View products that this article applies to. … SYMPTOMS  —  You install security update 943985 …
Discussion: MSRC and Security Watch
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.
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.
Discussion: Infinite Loop
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.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Ad network Federated Media close to raising $30M round, valued at $200M  —  Online ad network Federated Media, which serves Web sites like VentureBeat and hundreds of others with ads it gets from large companies, is close to raising a $30 million round at a $200 million pre-money valuation, according to a well-placed source.
 
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google's app war vs Microsoft: About to ramp?
Discussion: Scobleizer
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Whatever happened to Microsoft's ‘other’ mesh projects?
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Al Gore: business is ahead of government on climate change
Discussion: eWeek
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Intel hopes to unwire the world with long-range WiFi
Mike Ash / Under The Microscope:
Security Update 2008-002 Compatibility Fix
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Magnify Wants to Turn Video Channels Into Social Networks.  Good Luck.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Viddyou Debuts High Definition Video and Premium Memberships
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo turns to radio ads to lure Google Web searchers
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Market Wire:
Sony Ericsson sees moderating growth of mobile phone units …
Brian Heater / Gearlog:
Western Digital Introduces New 640GB Drives
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
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Semantic Hacker One-Million Dollar Challenge
John Borland / Technology Review:
The Technology That Toppled Eliot Spitzer
Discussion: Epicenter
 

 
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