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5:50 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.
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.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
TechCrunch Wants to Merge With Blogosphere, Kill CNET
Discussion: ben barren and The Guidewire
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 …
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 …
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.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:   Google Spreadsheet Gadgets and More
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 …
Greg Sandoval / CNET
eMusic: Apple's bundled-music device would be anticompetitive
Discussion: Bit Player and Michael Gartenberg
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Apple Will Listen to Universal's Music Subscription Pitch
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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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) …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Ad network Federated Media close to raising $30M round, valued at $200M  —  Online ad network Federated Media, which serves Web sites like VentureBeat and hundreds of others with ads it gets from large companies, is close to raising a $30 million round at a $200 million pre-money valuation, according to a well-placed source.
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Time Machine/AirPort Updates improve Time Capsule compatibility
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Intel unveils prices for notebook WiMAX/Wi-Fi modules
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
HTC Shift Vista UMPC Coming in EV-DO Flavor
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Advertising Is Content; Content Is Advertising
Dan Goodin / The Register:
So what's the easiest box to hack - Vista, Ubuntu or OS X?
Discussion: Computerworld
Chris Williams / The Register:
How the BBC plans to save your ISP
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Google launches tool portal for nonprofits
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
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Elinor Mills / CNET
Yahoo turns to radio ads to lure Google Web searchers
Microsoft Help and Support:
After you install security update 943985, Excel 2003 calculations …
Discussion: MSRC and Security Watch
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
First iPhone Developer acceptances confirmed
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