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8:30 AM ET, March 21, 2008

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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple pushing Safari downloads on Windows users  —  In an apparent bid to rapidly gain share of the online browser market dominated by rival Microsoft, Apple is leveraging its vast iTunes install base to recommend that Windows users also download and install the latest version of its Safari web browser.
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Jim Finkle / Reuters:   Mozilla says Firefox 3 ready for prime-time
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn, Now For Companies  —  LinkedIn, the boring social network that won't find you a date but may land you a job, is expanding beyond people profiles.  —  On Friday morning they will launch company profile pages that partly serve as fact sheets for about 160,000 companies and partly serve …
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
LinkedIn's business directory goes live
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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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Sony hates you, offers $50 “Fresh Start” option to build your laptop crapware-free  —  Sony has quite the history of crippling excellent, beautiful hardware with horrible, useless software.  The company's UX UMPC bluescreened on us the first time we turned it on, and crashed the first time we tried …
Discussion: Hardware 2.0, 9 to 5 Mac and OhGizmo!
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Conversation Has Left the Blogosphere  —  We've seen a lot of new aggregation services and lifestreaming applications come into play recently, and we've questioned whether they're adding to the conversation or just adding to our information overload.  (See our coverage on FriendFeed, for example).
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google's Broken Bookmarking Systems  —  Google hasn't yet launched a proper bookmarking system.  Google Bookmarks was just a small extension of Search History and became more useful after the integration with Google Toolbar.  Notebook lets you clip content from the web …
Discussion: louisgray.com
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Q&A: Battelle talks blog roll-ups, Google, and Federated Media's future  —  John Battelle knows tech booms and busts.  He's been at the forefront of them for nearly two decades.  —  In 1993, he co-founded Wired, a print magazine that set a standard in technology coverage and spawned popular sites …
David Pogue / New York Times:
Camcorder Brings Zen to the Shoot  —  Well, this is a little embarrassing.  One of the most significant electronics products of the year slipped into the market, became a mega-hit, changed its industry — and I haven't reviewed it yet.  —  Lately, my guilt has deepened every time someone whips this thing out to show off.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Little old lady suing Sony, Samsung, Nokia and everyone else for infringing on her laser patents  —  Oh sure, she looks friendly enough.  But don't let her matronly, argyle looks fool you.  Retired Columbia University Professor, Gertrude Neumark Rothschild, is looking to extract some cold …
Discussion: eWeek, Inquirer and Gizmodo
Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
Get BitTorrent on Your TV with Myka  —  Until recently, if you've wanted to play videos you've downloaded on your TV, you either needed to hook it to your PC, buy an AppleTV, or use an Xbox.  Now, one company aims to add another option - one which can get the videos itself, via BitTorrent.
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The 80/20 Business rule.....heck Life  —  Gary Vaynerchuk talks about a secret that he thinks is at the core of much of his success.  —  Links mentioned in todays 120.  — Kathy Sierra on Wikipedia  — horse.pig.cow  —  Keep readin'...  droppa line!  —  send to a friend
Farhad Manjoo / Salon:
The Wall Street Journal's Web site is already (secretly) free  —  Late in January, Rupert Murdoch put an end to speculation that he would set free the Wall Street Journal's subscription-only Web site.  —  While he planned to “expand” the site's free offerings, “the really special things …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ning: All Our Charts Point Up And To The Right  —  Ning certainly continues to rock and roll, at least according to data released by the company and reported by Comscore.  The company, which allows users to easily create social networks, now has over 200,000 social networks on the platform and is adding another 1,000 or so per day.
Glenn Derene / Popular Mechanics:
The 10 Video Formats HD DVD Will Meet in Heaven: Buzzword  —  This year is shaping up  —  to be a year of technology battles-Microsoft vs. Google, iPhone vs. Android-but just last month, we saw the end to a momentous tech showdown.  On Feb. 19, the high-definition disc format war was finally over.
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Sarah Lai Stirland / Threat Level:
Stanford Law Professor Larry Lessig Bets ‘Wikipedia’ …
Sophie Taylor / Reuters:
China publishes “blacklist” of video Web sites
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Venture Hacks Branches Out From Blogging, Launches Recommendations System
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Semantify - Automate Your Semantic Web SEO in Five Minutes
Discussion: Dapper and bytes|genes
Engtech / Internet Duct Tape:
Greasemonkey Script: Filter FriendFeed by Service
Discussion: SheGeeks and WinExtra
CNN:
EBay Cuts 125 Jobs To Centralize US, European Operations
Discussion: Mashable! and TechCrunch
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
MindBites: Where real people teach real things, like knife-throwing
Discussion: NewTeeVee and paidContent.org
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Why is Universal Music cozying up to Apple?
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Blu-ray Disc Protection BD+ Cracked
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft scoops up rootkit finder Komoku
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Our Master Plan  —  I enjoy watching how a midnight rant …
Ben Lisbakken / Google AJAX Search API Blog:
Introducing the AJAX Language API - Tools for Translation and Language Detection
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
DiggSuggest tells you what you should read on Digg
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Mashable! and Digg
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Five Methodologies to Deal with Email Overload