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8:50 PM ET, March 20, 2008

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Corey Boles / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon Wins Key FCC Auctions  —  Verizon Wireless was the biggest winner of communications spectrum in the Federal Communications Commission's recently concluded auction, the agency's chairman said Thursday.  —  The company, which is jointly owned by Verizon Communications Inc. and Vodafone Group Plc …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
FCC: Verizon Wireless a big 700 Mhz auction winner; Now what?  —  Updated: Verizon Wireless was the biggest winner in the Federal Communication Commission's 700 Mhz auction.  —  FCC Chairman Kevin Martin revealed Verizon Wireless as the biggest winner of spectrum.
Google Public Policy Blog:
The end of the FCC 700 MHz auction  —  Posted by by Richard Whitt, Washington Telecom and Media Counsel, and Joseph Faber, Corporate Counsel  —  This afternoon the Federal Communications Commission announced the results of its 700 MHz spectrum auction.  While the Commission's anti-collusion …
John Dunbar / Associated Press:
Winners of Airwaves Auction Announced
Amazon Web Services Blog:
Our Most Fulfilling Web Service Yet  —  The Amazon Fulfillment Web Service (Amazon FWS) allows merchants to tap in to Amazon's network of fulfillment centers and our expertise in logistics.  Merchants can store their own products to our fulfillment centers and then, using a simple web service interface, fulfill orders for the products.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Amazon's Newest Web Service: Shipping Center APIs  —  Amazon wants to do for physical product shipping what it's done for web storage and computing power - leverage its surplus infrastructure built up by Amazon.com to offer cheap and easy infrastructure for all kinds of other activities.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Mike Arrington's dream team has wrong goal  —  Something about Mike Arrington's post yesterday has been bugging me.  This morning it hit: Mike has the wrong goal.  —  What is his goal?  To beat CNET.  —  But does a great business or movement EVER get built on top of a goal like that?  —  No.
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Ben Lisbakken / Google AJAX Search API Blog:
Introducing the AJAX Language API - Tools for Translation and Language Detection  —  The AJAX Search and Feeds team is happy to announce a new member to their API family — the Language API.  This new API boasts two functions, language translation and language detection - which cover 13 languages and 29 translation pairs.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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Eric Lempel / PlayStation.Blog:
Firmware v2.20 bringing BD-Live to PS3  —  Hi again everyone.  Here's a quick preview of the next PLAYSTATION 3 system software update coming up in the next few days.  Firmware v2.20, introduces a number of features to further enhance your PLAYSTATION 3 as the hub of your entertainment center.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Sony makes its Playstation 3 the most advanced Blu-ray player
Discussion: TGDaily.com
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Mozilla says Firefox 3 ready for prime-time  —  BOSTON (Reuters) - A new version of Mozilla's popular Firefox Web browser is ready for download with improved security and memory use as the tiny company takes a stab at Microsoft Corp's dominant Internet Explorer.
Alexander Haislip / PE Hub Blog:
YouTube Founder Launches VC Fund  —  Jawed Karim, the often overlooked co-founder of YouTube, has launched an early stage venture investment group called Youniversity Ventures.  —  Details about the size of the fund were not available.  Karim and the firm's co-founders were not immediately reachable via telephone or email.
Discussion: VentureBeat, NewTeeVee and Mashable!
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
DiggSuggest tells you what you should read on Digg  —  DiggSuggest is a new service created by 20-year-old Digg user who has used the service's API data feed to provide a feature the popular social news site currently doesn't: suggested readings.  —  All you have to do is plug in your Digg username …
Discussion: Mashable! and Digg
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
TechCrunch Raising $15 Million at $35 Million Pre-Money Valuation*  —  TechCrunch, the tech blog network whose proprietor Michael Arrington recently advised all other tech blogs not to raise any capital (so he could snap them up for peanuts), has hired Allen & Co. to raise $15 million …
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.
Louise Story / New York Times:
A Company Promises the Deepest Data Mining Yet  —  Amid debate over how much data companies like Google and Yahoo should gather about people who surf the Web, one new company is drawing attention — and controversy — by boasting that it will collect the most complete information of all.
 
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AppleInsider:
Apple researching autostereoscopic 3-D display hardware
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GamePolitics.com:
BREAKING - Florida Supreme Court Sanctions Jack Thompson
Discussion: Joystiq, Destructoid, Game|Life and Digg
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Tibet Missing on Google News China Homepage
Discussion: Valleywag
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Five Methodologies to Deal with Email Overload
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Want To Work For Facebook? Can You Sell Ads?
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
PC game developer has radical message: ignore the pirates
Discussion: The Tech Report and Digg
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Sequoia's Explanation, and Why It's Not the Whole Story
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Antigua Says It's Going To Start Ignoring US Copyrights (For Real This Time)
Discussion: Variety and Valleywag
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Jennifer Chappell / TreoCentral:
Sprint Customers Getting a PC-Like Experience of the Open Internet on Their Phones
Nick Denton / Gawker:
Page Six Shutters Web Site After Three Months
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Starbucks listens - at last  —  Following Dell's Ideastorm …
Discussion: Media Bullseye
Mark Evans:
How LinkedIn Got Its Groove Back
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: Apple appears ‘recession proof’
David Carnoy / CNET News.com:
Bezos: Sorry for the delays, more Kindles on the way
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Are Apple ads hurting Microsoft's brand?
 

 
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