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12:15 PM ET, March 20, 2008

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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google data watch: Enough with the overanalysis  —  ComScore's latest search data showing Google queries declined has caused concern and a good bit of overanalysis.  But everyone needs to take a deep breath when it comes to analyzing every little Google twitch.
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Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Google February search share down globally
Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
FBI posts fake hyperlinks to snare child porn suspects  —  Screen snapshot: This now-defunct site is reportedly where an FBI undercover agent posted hyperlinks purporting to be illegal videos.  Clicking the links brought a raid from the Feds.  —  The FBI has recently adopted …
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Addy Dugdale / Gizmodo:
HTC Calls Android Phone Dream, Feels Like One Already  —  More details of HTC's Google phone are emerging, it seems.  The handset is to be called “Dream”, will be touchscreen and have a large QWERTY keypad.  So, what else do we know?  And, more importantly, when is it coming out?
Discussion: Electronista
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Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
HTC names Google phone, ‘Dream’  —  San Francisco - The mobile phone High Tech Computer (HTC) has been developing to run on the Android software from Google will be called “Dream,” have a large touchscreen and full QWERTY keypad, a person close to the situation said Thursday.
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”.
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: Bits, Rough Type and Screenwerk
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
NY Legislator Looks To Outlaw Behavioral Targeted Ads Without Opt-In
Discussion: DSLreports
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Diigo 3.0: The all-powerful personal and social bookmarking service  —  I was impressed by the preview I got in September of the bookmarking and Web annotation tool Diigo 3.0.  It's taken the company until this morning to release this version to the public.  In the interim the team has added features and tweaked the design.
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.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Gartner flips its iPhone bozo bit, gives IT the green light
Discussion: Infinite Loop
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.
Ina Fried / Crave: The gadget blog:
Are Apple ads hurting Microsoft's brand?  —  A new ranking of global brands shows Microsoft's reputation sinking in recent years.  Among the possible factors: Apple's “I'm a Mac” ads.  —  Microsoft lands at No. 59 in the rankings for 2007, down from No. 11 in 2004, according to the survey from CoreBrand released Wednesday.
Discussion: One More Thing and Ars Technica
Knowledge@Wharton:
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 …
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 …
Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Update allows Time Machine backups on AirPort Extreme  —  In the aftermath of Wednesday's release of updates to Apple's AirPort Extreme wireless base stations and Time Machine on Wednesday, users now have the ability to use disks attached to the AirPort Extreme as a Time Machine-compatible backup drive.
Discussion: MacUser and O'Grady's PowerPage
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David Carnoy / CNET News.com:
Bezos: Sorry for the delays, more Kindles on the way  —  If you happened to have visited Amazon's Web site today, you might have noticed that a large message from Amazon's CEO, Jeff Bezos, was plastered across the home page of the site.  Basically, it was a big fat apology for Amazon's inability …
Discussion: Gearlog
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL: Many Senior Managers Were Against Bebo Buy  —  Many senior AOL (TWX) managers did not want to buy social-networking site Bebo, sources tell us.  Among the concerns, they did not (and do not) believe Bebo will hit the revenue and profit targets used to justify the $850 million purchase price.
 
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Reuters:
Ebay restructuring worldwide, cuts jobs
Discussion: CNET News.com
Leander Kahney / Wired News:
Breaking the Rules: Apple Succeeds By Defying 5 Core Valley Principles
Sydney Morning Herald:
Vetting would spoil YouTube: creator
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Valleywag
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
German Court Decision Hands Big Win to File-Sharers
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Bruce is back, does OSI still want him?
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Of All The Reasons To Say No To Internet Voting, Wouldn't Porn …
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Vista SP1 collateral damage not as bad as I had expected
Discussion: WinBeta and Engadget
Zach Epstein / The Boy Genius Report:
New Pics of BlackBerry Curve 8330 for Sprint; Memory Upgrade?
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
PS3 firmware 2.20 bringing BD-Live interactive Blu-ray this month
Discussion: Switched, Engadget HD and Digg
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Debating The Unlikely: Should Google Buy Apple?
Discussion: CNET News.com and Google Watch
Waxy.org:
Abort, Retry, or EPIC FAIL
Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
Inside the Twisted Mind of the Security Professional
Darren Waters / BBC:
‘Beeb’ creators reunite at museum
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Verizon Wireless: Open In Name Only?
Discussion: MobHappy, VentureBeat and CNN
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
AMD makes massive layoffs
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Y Combinator Demo Day - which one will be the next Google?
 

 
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