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3:05 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  —  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.
Discussion: STARTUP CHATTER
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
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.
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:   Google Spreadsheet Gadgets and More
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 …
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Dan Ackerman / Crave: The gadget blog:   Dell's next tablet laptop leaked
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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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 …
Discussion: One More Thing
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Tod / PhysOrg.com:
Logo Can Make You ‘Think Different’  —  Whether you are a Mac person …
Discussion: MacUser
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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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Steve Jobs Back To Being A Fan Of DRM In iPhone ‘Bundle’?
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: hakia Blog
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Paul Miller / The Semantic Web:
TextWise offers $1million for an American semantic hack
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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.
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 …
Kevin Newcomb / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Mahalo Adds New Social Search Tools  —  Today at Search Engine Strategies New York, Mahalo CEO Jason Calacanis unveiled the latest set of features at the social search engine: My Mahalo.  —  My Mahalo is a service, currently in beta, that allows users to import their ratings and reviews …
Mike Ash / Under The Microscope:
Security Update 2008-002 Compatibility Fix  —  Apple released Security Update 2008-002 yesterday and this led to a problem for some users on Mac OS X 10.5 using our Instant Hijack component.  The Instant Hijack component is optionally installed by Airfoil, Audio Hijack Pro, and Nicecast …
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.
Discussion: The Social Times
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Best Buy Pledges $10 Million to Past HD DVD Buyers; Trade-Ins, Too  —  Apparently, the cost of Best Buy declaring Blu-ray the winner is $10 million—at least, that's how much it plans to give away when it issues a $50 gift card to everyone who bought an HD DVD player or HD DVD Xbox drive before February 23.
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Intel hopes to unwire the world with long-range WiFi  —  Improving the number of people worldwide who have access to the Internet has been a stated goal of nations, international bodies, and NGOs for years, but practical attempts to do so have often faced daunting challenges.
Discussion: TechRadar.com
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
First iPhone Developer acceptances confirmed  —  TUAW has finally been able to confirm actual acceptances into the $99 iPhone developer program.  This is what we have been able to learn:  —  The accepted developers were apparently among the first to apply.
Discussion: Infinite Loop
 
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Magnify Wants to Turn Video Channels Into Social Networks.  Good Luck.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Direct2Dell:
Recent Opinion on SSD Failure Rates Fails to Include the Facts
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Viddyou Debuts High Definition Video and Premium Memberships
Market Wire:
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Microsoft Help and Support:
After you install security update 943985, Excel 2003 calculations …
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More Privacy Options  —  Today, we are introducing privacy changes …
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Brian Heater / Gearlog:
Western Digital Introduces New 640GB Drives
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
New Design for Google Japan
Discussion: Search Engine Land
BBC:
Microsoft releases Vista update
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Using Friendfeed's Imaginary Friends as a Master Aggregator
John Borland / Technology Review:
The Technology That Toppled Eliot Spitzer
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