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4:05 AM ET, March 20, 2008


 Top Items: 
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  —  More fodder to support Google (GOOG) Q1 revenue concerns: Comscore's February report says U.S. query growth decelerated again in February.  —  The good news for Google fans is that it did much better than Yahoo (YHOO), where queries actually declined (per Comscore).
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Report: Google widens Web search lead, again
Discussion: CNET
Roger Cheng / CNN:
2nd UPDATE: Verizon Wireless Unveils Open Network Specs  —  (Recasts first paragraph, includes additional background and executive comments from Verizon, Motorola and Sony, plus the move's impact on consumers.)  —  Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES  —  NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- In unveiling …
Discussion: VentureBeat, MobHappy and
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Y Combinator Demo Day - which one will be the next Google?  —  Paul Graham, Jessica Livingston, and the Y Combinator gang held their Demo Day yesterday for 21 hopeful startups.  In most cases these “companies” are only 3 months old, have two or three founders, and are just launching a beta product/service.
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Adobe realizes SDK not enough for Flash on iPhone  —  Adobe has admitted it can't bring Flash to the iPhone just because it thinks that would be a neat idea.  —  Comments made Tuesday by Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen were widely interpreted this morning as confirmation that Adobe and Apple …
Michael Rose / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Is your Airport Extreme suddenly Time Machine-happy?  —  Update 9 pm ET: Our comrade David Chartier from Ars Technica points out that the 7.1.3 firmware itself may not be necessary for the new functionality to work; he says he tested a 7.1 AEBS with a machine running Time Capsule & Airport 1.0 …
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Time Machine/AirPort Updates improve Time Capsule compatibility
Discussion: MacRumors and TidBITS
Stefanie Olsen / CNET
VC confab: Please, no more social networks  —  REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—The consensus here at the Dow Jones Web Ventures conference this week seems to be that the world doesn't need another social network.  —  That's considering that the advertising model for even the largest social networks …
Discussion: broadstuff and
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) …
Heather Havenstein / Computerworld:   Microsoft forges first official link to Eclipse
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
AMD makes massive layoffs  —  Five per cent cull  —  AMD IS QUIETLY cutting five per cent of its workforce.  Pink slips have been handed out now.  The cuts are going to be across the board, not targeted at any specific group.  —  Whispers also say that this is because the chip maker …
Discussion:, CNET and Engadget
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 …
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: Andy Beard and broadstuff
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 …
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan /
Facebook Should Buy Xobni  —  There was a rumor recently that Xobni was to be acquired by MSFT.  I could certainly see that happening, Xobni is an email inbox on crack... I saw it at TC40... right now, it's compatible with MSFT Outlook alone.  —  While MSFT remains a likely company to buy it …
Discussion: CenterNetworks
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.
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Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
White House Taps Tech Entrepreneur For Cyber Defense Post
Discussion: CNET
Pennsylvania pulls plug on voter site after data leak
Discussion: The Register and Zero Day
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Is Facebook Playing Favorites With App Developers?
Discussion: All Facebook
Louise Story / New York Times:
A Push to Limit the Tracking of Web Surfers' Clicks
Dennis Howlett / Irregular Enterprise:
The end of software...
Frank / Mefeedia Blog:
Announcing Video Search - Search across 15,000 Video Sites
Rafe Needleman /
SugarSync: Most useful sync tool ever. But you'll pay for it.
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechCrunch
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay to BBC: We Don't Want To Be Information Slaves
Discussion: Valleywag
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CNET Soap Opera Continues; CEO Neil Ashe May Be Fighting For His Job
Intel to Sell Classmate PC in U.S., Europe
Craig Harris / IGN:
Exclusive Reveal: Guitar Hero DS
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Advertising Is Content; Content Is Advertising
Discussion: Going Social Now
Anne Broache / CNET
FCC approves new method for tracking broadband's reach
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Mahalo Launches Reviews and Ratings; CEO Shares Company Stats
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Dell's Latitude XT2 plans revealed