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7:10 AM ET, March 20, 2008


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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).
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Google February search share down globally
Discussion: CNET, TechSpot and Digg
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:   Report: Google widens Web search lead, again
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Adobe realizes SDK not enough for Flash on iPhone  —  Adobe has admitted it can't bring Flash to the iPhone just because it thinks that would be a neat idea.  —  Comments made Tuesday by Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen were widely interpreted this morning as confirmation that Adobe and Apple …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Verizon Wireless: Open In Name Only?  —  from the this-is-not-the-'open'-you-were- thinking-of dept  —  Verizon Wireless got plenty of attention a few months back for announcing that it would be opening its network.  This was a bit of a surprise, as Verizon Wireless has been among the most closed …
Discussion: DSLreports and MobHappy
Roger Cheng / CNN:
2nd UPDATE: Verizon Wireless Unveils Open Network Specs
Discussion: VentureBeat and
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Y Combinator Demo Day - which one will be the next Google?  —  Paul Graham, Jessica Livingston, and the Y Combinator gang held their Demo Day yesterday for 21 hopeful startups.  In most cases these “companies” are only 3 months old, have two or three founders, and are just launching a beta product/service.
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
AMD makes massive layoffs  —  Five per cent cull  —  AMD IS QUIETLY cutting five per cent of its workforce.  Pink slips have been handed out now.  The cuts are going to be across the board, not targeted at any specific group.  —  Whispers also say that this is because the chip maker …
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) …
Heather Havenstein / Computerworld:   Microsoft forges first official link to Eclipse
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Microsoft working with Eclipse on Vista, ID links
Discussion: eWeek, and InfoWorld
Stefanie Olsen / CNET
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 and
Ken Dulaney / Gartner:
Gartner Changes Its Enterprise iPhone Recommendations  —  The iPhone will soon be tailored for enterprises.  Gartner recommends “appliance-level” support status once firmware 2.0 and improvements are released. iPhone will become a popular tool alongside BlackBerry and Microsoft devices.
Louise Story / New York Times:
A Push to Limit the Tracking of Web Surfers' Clicks  —  AFTER reading about how Internet companies like Google, Microsoft and Yahoo collect information about people online and use it for targeted advertising, one New York assemblyman said there ought to be a law.
Discussion: Techdirt
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 …
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.
Darren Waters / BBC:
‘Beeb’ creators reunite at museum  —  The creators of the BBC Micro are reuniting at the Science Museum in London to discuss the legacy of the computer known fondly as “the Beeb”.  —  Hermann Hauser and Steve Furber, who worked at Acorn, will be joined by former BBC staff John Radcliffe and David Allen.
Discussion: BBC NEWS
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Is Facebook Playing Favorites With App Developers?  —  Facebook has taken steps to limit application spam numerous times in the past.  One of the recent steps they took was to specifically limit the number of daily invitations that users could send out to others - going from a hard cap of 20 …
Discussion: All Facebook
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
White House Taps Tech Entrepreneur For Cyber Defense Post  —  The Bush administration is planning to tap a Silicon Valley entrepreneur to head a new inter-agency group charged with coordinating the federal government's efforts to protect its computer networks from organized cyber attacks.
Discussion: CNET
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
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Discussion: The Register and Zero Day
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Facebook Should Buy Xobni
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Dennis Howlett / Irregular Enterprise:
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Frank / Mefeedia Blog:
Announcing Video Search - Search across 15,000 Video Sites
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SugarSync: Most useful sync tool ever. But you'll pay for it.
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechCrunch
 Earlier Items: 
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay to BBC: We Don't Want To Be Information Slaves
Discussion: Valleywag and Digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CNET Soap Opera Continues; CEO Neil Ashe May Be Fighting For His Job
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Advertising Is Content; Content Is Advertising
Discussion: Going Social Now
Fred / A VC:
Thoughts On FriendFeed  —  I know I am late to this discussion …
Discussion: Andy Beard and broadstuff
Chris Williams / The Register:
How the BBC plans to save your ISP
Robert Hamilton / Official Google Mobile Blog:
Fast is better than slow
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple may bundle unlimited iTunes with iPods
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Mahalo Launches Reviews and Ratings; CEO Shares Company Stats