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10:25 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.
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Company Note: Wrong On All Counts
Dylan Tweney / Epicenter:   Blogger: We Should Team Up to Take On Big Media
comScore:
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 …
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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).
Discussion: WebProNews, Searchviews and GigaOM
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 …
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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 …
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Time Machine/AirPort Updates improve Time Capsule compatibility
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, TidBITS and MacRumors
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.
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Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
Flaws emerge in Facebook's new privacy controls
Discussion: Threat Level
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) …
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Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Microsoft working with Eclipse on Vista, ID links
Discussion: eWeek and OSDir.com
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.
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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
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 …
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
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.
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
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
eMarketer:
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 …
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
SugarSync: Most useful sync tool ever.  But you'll pay for it.  —  Today, Sharpcast is launching the public beta of its new file synchronization product, SugarSync.  Like other sync tools (FolderShare [recently updated] and BeInSync), it performs the useful service of automatically keeping the data on one PC the same as on another.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
 
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Dennis Howlett / Irregular Enterprise:
The end of software...
Sandisk:
SanDisk Promotes DRM-Free Music from More than 50 Emerging …
Frank / Mefeedia Blog:
Announcing Video Search - Search across 15,000 Video Sites
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay to BBC: We Don't Want To Be Information Slaves
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CNET Soap Opera Continues; CEO Neil Ashe May Be Fighting For His Job
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Craig Harris / IGN:
Exclusive Reveal: Guitar Hero DS
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple and Adobe: Who needs whom?
Robert Vamosi / Defense in Depth:
Technical details remain light in supermarket data breach
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Verizon Wireless opens its network
Discussion: Gearlog
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
HTC Shift Vista UMPC Coming in EV-DO Flavor
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Advertising Is Content; Content Is Advertising
Discussion: Going Social Now
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
FCC approves new method for tracking broadband's reach
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Mahalo Launches Reviews and Ratings; CEO Shares Company Stats
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Ad network Federated Media close to raising $30M round, valued at $200M
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
The reality of the RDF: how Apple motivates us to creativity
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How Apple Got Everything Right By Doing Everything Wrong
 

 
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