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8:20 PM ET, March 19, 2008


 Top Items: 
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.
Rafat Ali /
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 and Valleywag
Dylan Tweney / Epicenter:   Blogger: We Should Team Up to Take On Big Media
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
TechCrunch Wants to Merge With Blogosphere, Kill CNET
Robert Hamilton / Official Google Mobile Blog:
Fast is better than slow  —  A few weeks ago, we launched a plug-in for Symbian devices that put a Google search shortcut onto the phone's home screen.  This shortcut reduces the time it takes for you to get answers from Google by eliminating the initial search steps (e.g. finding the browser application …
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 …
comScore Releases February 2008 U.S. Search Engine Rankings  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the search marketplace.  February 2008 saw Americans conduct nearly 10 billion core searches …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Queries Decelerated in February—Comscore
Discussion: GigaOM
Doug Caverly / WebProNews:   Search Engines Shaky In February
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.
Chris Soghoian / CNET
Flaws emerge in Facebook's new privacy controls
Discussion: Threat Level
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 …
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) …
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Microsoft working with Eclipse on Vista, ID links
Discussion: eWeek, and InfoWorld
Official Google Blog:
Opening Google Docs to users and developers via Gadgets and Visualization API  —  Whenever we're asked “how do people use Google spreadsheets?”, we always struggle with where to start.  It's not that we can't think of examples, it's just that the examples are all so different, so unique.
Fred / A VC:
Thoughts On FriendFeed  —  I know I am late to this discussion and that many bloggers have already weighed in on this topic already.  —  Back a few months ago, the New York Times covered FriendFeed and after reading the story I set up my FriendFeed.  I have always been a fan of aggregation and life streaming.
Discussion: broadstuff
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 …
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 …
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.
Elinor Mills / CNET
Yahoo turns to radio ads to lure Google Web searchers  —  Updated 10 a.m. PDT with quotes from radio ad.  —  Yahoo is running radio ads in the San Francisco Bay Area and several other markets in an effort to get more people to use its search engine instead of Google's.
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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CNET Soap Opera Continues; CEO Neil Ashe May Be Fighting For His Job
Michael Rose / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Is your Airport Extreme suddenly Time Machine-happy?
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Red Hat:
Source Code for Red Hat Certificate System Released
Craig Harris / IGN:
Exclusive Reveal: Guitar Hero DS
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple and Adobe: Who needs whom?
Stefanie Olsen / CNET
VC confab: Please, no more social networks
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
HTC Shift Vista UMPC Coming in EV-DO Flavor
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Advertising Is Content; Content Is Advertising
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Goodin / The Register:
So what's the easiest box to hack - Vista, Ubuntu or OS X?
Discussion: Computerworld
Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:
The long awaited HTC Shift is now coming to you from Sprint, 140+ hands-on photos
Chris Williams / The Register:
How the BBC plans to save your ISP
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Google launches tool portal for nonprofits
Discussion: WebProNews and Google LatLong
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Whatever happened to Microsoft's ‘other’ mesh projects?
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Ad network Federated Media close to raising $30M round, valued at $200M
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
First iPhone Developer acceptances confirmed
Leander Kahney / Wired News:
How Apple Got Everything Right By Doing Everything Wrong