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11:50 AM 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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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
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.
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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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   iTunes Unlimited: Does Apple really want to mess with a good thing?
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Adobe developing Flash for iPhone  —  Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen has confirmed his company is now working with Apple with a view to offering Flash support on the iPhone.  —  The move follows Apple's release of the iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK).  Narayen, who was speaking during …
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Adobe Systems Inc. F1Q08 (02/29/2008) Earnings Call Transcript
Discussion: InfoWorld and Seeking Alpha
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Adobe CEO says Flash apps coming to iPhone
Discussion: Gizmodo and Seeking Alpha
AppleInsider:
Adobe begins work on Flash player for iPhone
CNN:
Adobe Working To Bring Flash Player To IPhone
Discussion: Infinite Loop, iLounge and MacDailyNews
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.
ClickZ:
The Google Conflict: Search Engine or Destination?  —  Google's search results are evolving into destination pages, marking a change in the way marketers and Google itself will have to do business.  —  That assessment was made by several speakers during a Search Engine Strategies …
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David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Destination Google, Thanks To Universal Search
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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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.
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Exclusive: Blogdigger Acquired by Odeo  —  Blog search engine Blogdigger will be announcing shortly that it has been acquired by SonicMountain, parent company of Odeo - the podcast network that is currently being rebuilt as a full-fledged platform for digital media.
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Greg Gershman / Blogdigger Dev Blog:
Blogdigger Acquired by Odeo
Discussion: The Social Times
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Sony Ericsson Warns: Mobile Phone Demand Softening  —  There's big trouble this morning in the mobile phone business.  —  Sony Ericsson (SNE, ERIC) this morning warned that its first quarter mobile phone sales would be hit by slowing demand.  The joint venture company in particular warned …
Discussion: Market Wire, Electronista and Crave
John Borland / Technology Review:
The Technology That Toppled Eliot Spitzer  —  Anti-money-laundering software scrutinizes bank customers' every move, no matter how small.  —  If there is a lesson from former New York governor Eliot Spitzer's scandal-driven fall (aside from the most obvious one), it is this …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Assessing success in the FCC's 700MHz auction  —  News.com's Anne Broache co-wrote this report.  —  The Federal Communications Commission generated $19.6 billion in the 700MHz spectrum that ended Tuesday, but the true success of the auction will take months or even years to assess.
Discussion: deal architect and Gearlog
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Carol Pinchefsky / eWeek:
Spectrum Auction Process Disputed
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Techland
BBC:
Microsoft releases Vista update  —  Microsoft has released a service update for all versions of its Windows Vista operating system.  —  The computer giant claims that the update improves the stability, security and performance of the software.  —  The update, or service pack …
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Semantic Hacker One-Million Dollar Challenge  —  Semantic startups and projects are hot right now.  (See Radar Networks, Freebase, Blue Organizer, Hakia, even Yahoo).  But what do you do if you are a little-known technology company in Rochester, New York with a powerful semantic-analysis engine …
Discussion: The Semantic Web and hakia Blog
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Indian Cell Population: 246 Million and Counting
Discussion: Portfolio.com
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Sizing up the NVIDIA-VIA acquisition rumors
Discussion: DigiTimes and Gadgetell
Anupreeta Das / Reuters:
UPDATE 3-Alibaba seeks buyers for Yahoo-owned stake—source
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Microsoft releases ‘near final’ hypervisor for Windows Server
Discussion: Inquirer, Bink.nu and WinBeta
Chris Williams / The Register:
Phorm agrees to independent inspection of data pimping code
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Using Friendfeed's Imaginary Friends as a Master Aggregator
Alex Iskold / ReadWriteWeb:
5 Ways To Have Fun with Twitter When You're Bored
Yuri Kageyama / Associated Press:
Toshiba losing money in HD DVD business
Discussion: Technology Live
 Earlier Items: 
Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
Opera for Helio Ocean gets official
Tod / PhysOrg.com:
Logo Can Make You ‘Think Different’  —  Whether you are a Mac person …
Discussion: MacUser and Slashdot
Royal Pingdom:
Apache dominates the top 100 websites, IIS still far behind
Discussion: The Register
John Markoff / New York Times:
Industry Giants Try to Break Computing's Dead End
Discussion: Intel and Epicenter
louisgray.com:
In Blogging and RSS, Headlines Can be Make or Break
Discussion: Maple Leaf 2.0
Market Wire:
M:Metrics: iPhone Hype Holds Up
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The Disruptive Entrepreneur's Dilemma
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