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4:25 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 and The Guidewire
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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Official Google Blog:
Opening Google Docs to users and developers via Gadgets and Visualization API
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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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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Yi-Wyn Yen / Techland:
Alibaba wants to buy out Yahoo's shares
Discussion: Money Out Blog, Valleywag and BoomTown
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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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.
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’?
Discussion: CNET News.com and Seeking Alpha
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 …
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?
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.
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
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.
Dave Bullock / Wired News:
The Internet Archive Keeps Book-Scanning Free  —  SAN FRANCISCO — While Google has made headlines over the last two years for scanning thousands of copyrighted works for its Book Search project, the Internet Archive is quietly digitizing around 1,000 public domain titles every day.
Discussion: The Chronicle
 
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Mefeedia Launches Extensive Multimedia Search
Discussion: Webware.com and Mefeedia Blog
Paula Rooney / Open Source:
Novell's SUSE Linux 11 to come in appliance, embedded, real-time editions
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Google launches tool portal for nonprofits
Discussion: WebProNews
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
FCC approves new method for tracking broadband's reach
Discussion: Parks Associates
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Whatever happened to Microsoft's ‘other’ mesh projects?
Mike Ash / Under The Microscope:
Security Update 2008-002 Compatibility Fix
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
Discussion: The Social Times
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
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Using Friendfeed's Imaginary Friends as a Master Aggregator
 

 
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Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Justices test Aereo on copyright issue but raise concern about harming cloud services

Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
NBC turnaround and Winter Olympics help lift Comcast earnings

Robin Givhan / New York Magazine:
The Golden Era of ‘Fashion Blogging’ Is Over

 
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