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8:30 AM ET, March 20, 2008


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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 …
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
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: MobHappy, DSLreports and Gizmodo
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.
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: Screenwerk and Techdirt
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.
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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
BoomTown Decodes TechCrunch's Dream Team Memo (So You Don't Have To)  —  So what prompted TechCrunch Editor Michael Arrington to pen a pugnacious piece on how blogs should not be raising so much venture capital and instead roll themselves into a “Dream Team,” with the unusual title of “More Bloggers Raising Money.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
How Leander Kahney Got Everything Wrong by Being a F**king Jackass  —  A decade ago, Wired was my favorite magazine.  Today, they print mind-numbing tripe like Leander Kahney's 3,500-word cover story, “How Apple Got Everything Right by Doing Everything Wrong”.
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 and Guardian Unlimited
The Experts vs. the Amateurs: A Tug of War over the Future of Media  —  A tug of war over the future of media may be brewing between so-called user-generated content — including amateurs who produce blogs, video and audio for public consumption — and professional journalists …
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
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 …
Heather Havenstein / Computerworld:
Microsoft forges first official link to Eclipse  —  Vendor agrees to help Java developers to write applications that look and feel like Vista  —  Computerworld) Microsoft Corp. today announced its first collaboration with the open source Eclipse Foundation by committing provide engineering support …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Is Facebook Playing Favorites With App Developers?
Discussion: All Facebook
comScore Media Metrix Releases Top 50 Web Rankings for February
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Facebook Should Buy Xobni
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Dennis Howlett / Irregular Enterprise:
The end of software...
SanDisk Promotes DRM-Free Music from More than 50 Emerging …
 Earlier Items: 
Frank / Mefeedia Blog:
Announcing Video Search - Search across 15,000 Video Sites
Rafe Needleman /
SugarSync: Most useful sync tool ever. But you'll pay for it.
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechCrunch
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
Robert Hamilton / Official Google Mobile Blog:
Fast is better than slow