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12:55 AM ET, March 19, 2008

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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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Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Unlimited iTunes subscription coming?  —  The Financial Times is reporting that Apple is in negotiations with the big record companies to offer an unlimited subscription model.  The deal would give customers access to the entire iTunes music Library in exchang efor a premium price put on Apple devices (iPod, iPhone, etc).
Discussion: MacRumors, Electronista and Engadget
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook fires up IM, ratchets up privacy  —  CNET News.com's Dan Farber co-wrote this report.  —  Social network Facebook will roll out more extensive privacy controls Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, as well as an instant-messaging service soon after, representatives from the company announced during …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook To Launch New Privacy Controls; Confirms Chat Is Coming  —  Facebook announced new privacy controls at a press event at their downtown Palo Alto headquarters today, and also demoed their new chat application - called Facebook Chat - that has been rumored since last week.
Discussion: FaceReviews and Between the Lines
Facebook Press Releases:
Announcement: Facebook Updates Privacy Controls
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Exclusive Video of Facebook Chat Demo
Discussion: Somewhat Frank
Michal Lev-Ram / Techland:
Wireless spectrum auction comes to a close  —  After nearly eight weeks and 261 rounds of bidding, the government's spectrum auction finally ended Tuesday.  —  In January, the Federal Communications Commission began auctioning off the coveted 700MHz spectrum, which is particularly suited …
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Molly Peterson / Bloomberg:
U.S. Airwaves Bids Total $19.6 Billion; Auction Ends  —  The most lucrative airwaves sale in U.S. history ended today with bids totaling $19.6 billion, underscoring demand from AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless for spectrum that will bolster Internet services on mobile phones.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
700MHz spectrum auction wraps up, tops $19.5 billion
Discussion: Gearlog, Bits, New York Times and TechSpot
Dan Meyer / RCR Wireless News:
IT'S OVER: 700 MHz auction ends after 38 days, 261 rounds
Apple:
About Security Update 2008-002  —  This document describes Security Update 2008-002, which can be downloaded and installed via Software Update preferences, or from Apple Downloads.  —  For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until …
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Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Windows Vista SP1 Released to Windows Update  —  Today, you can now download Windows Vista SP1 via Windows Update.  For those of you eager to receive the benefits of Windows Vista SP1 - you can now do so!  We've seen quite a bit of questions in our comments so we want to communicate …
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Fred Wilson / Union Square Ventures:
Disqus  —  We are in the middle of a disruptive change in the media landscape brought on by two-way interactive media.  No longer do we simply rely on the New York Times for national news, Dow Jones or Bloomberg for business news, Ziff Davis for technology information, or Entertainment Tonight for the comings and goings in Hollywood.
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Disqus and the comment-o-sphere
Discussion: GigaOM, WinExtra and TechCrunch
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Ready To Pass MySpace In Worldwide Traffic  —  New comScore data shows U.S. traffic at Facebook and MySpace (NWS) dropping slightly during February.  But ignore those numbers: February is a short month, so a decline from January isn't surprising.  What's more interesting …
Discussion: All Facebook, VentureBeat and Mashable!
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The TechMeme killer or the Google Reader killer?  —  I just switched all my home pages off of TechMeme to FriendFeed.  —  I find that TechMeme has become a Google News killer.  All I see on it is big media companies (including me, who works at Fast Company).
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Frederic / The Last Podcast:   Friendfeed: It's not about killing Techmeme or Google Reader
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Non-Profit Portal  —  Google has launched a dedicated portal of Google services for non-profit organizations.  —  Google for Non-Profits offers “a one-stop shop for tools to help advance your organization's mission in a smart, cost-efficient way.”
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Chris Busselle / Official Google Blog:
Google for Non-Profits  —  Many of you spend your days making …
Discussion: Profy.Com
Ravi Nessman / Associated Press:
Writer Arthur C. Clarke dies at 90  —  COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Arthur C. Clarke, a visionary science fiction writer who won worldwide acclaim with more than 100 books on space, science and the future, died Wednesday in his adopted home of Sri Lanka, an aide said.  He was 90.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Taaz Gives Me A Reasonable Excuse To Post Pictures Of Angelina Jolie  —  On the left is a picture of plain old Angelina Jolie.  But on the right...well we've got Angelina after she's been through the Taaz virtual makeover service.  —  The service, which launches today …
Discussion: Webware.com
James Lewin / Podcasting News:
Largest Podcasting Host Announces Record Profits  —  Wizzard Software, the parent company of Liberated Syndication and several podcast hosting services, announced today that revenues for the fourth quarter of 2007 were $1,540,992, a 108% increase over revenues of $739,551 in the fourth quarter of 2006.
Discussion: Mashable!
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The Disruptive Entrepreneur's Dilemma  —  Andrew Mobbs, managing director of the Hatchery, has a big dream.  He wants to move the world off of credit cards and onto using their cell phones to pay for things.  He's not the first to have that dream, but I think he's thought through …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
A Good Day for Internet TV  —  Internet TV is on a roll today!  For starters, the day began with Apple sending out emails to their Season Pass subscribers, offering them credits for missed episodes.  Later on, there was breaking news from the OMMA Global Hollywood conference …
Discussion: PC World, Apple and Apple Gazette
 
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
KidZui: No Pornography Here  —  The launch of KidZui could be viewed …
Discussion: CNET News.com and TechCrunch
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Songkick helps you discover new bands and their upcoming shows
Discussion: TechCrunch and AppScout
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Buy a Porsche cheap from failed startup
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VLC Player Vulnerable to Remote Hijack
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CBC To Release Program DRM-Free Via BitTorrent
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Scott Steinke / MapQuest Blog:
Announcing MapQuest Traffic
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Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Intel and Microsoft Pony Up $20M for Parallelism
Discussion: GigaOM
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPhone firmware 2.0 hands-on
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 Earlier Items: 
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Does FriendFeed Solve a Problem, or Highlight One?
Discussion: Webware.com
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Another Musician Who Recognizes The Concept Of True Fans
Discussion: Mike Cane 2008
Ramesh Balakrishnan / Google LatLong:
It's your world. Map it.
Tom Abate / San Francisco Chronicle:
Fear and doubt spread in Silicon Valley
Vauhini Vara / Wall Street Journal:
Pleasing Google's Tech-Savvy Staff
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Is venture capital's love affair with Web 2.0 over?
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