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10:00 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 …
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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 …
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
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
NY Legislator Looks To Outlaw Behavioral Targeted Ads Without Opt-In
Discussion: DSLreports
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
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”.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch and ReadWriteWeb
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
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Roger Cheng / CNN:
2nd UPDATE: Verizon Wireless Unveils Open Network Specs
Discussion: VentureBeat and mocoNews.net
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?
Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
Inside the Twisted Mind of the Security Professional  —  Uncle Milton Industries has been selling ant farms to children since 1956.  Some years ago, I remember opening one up with a friend.  There were no actual ants included in the box.  Instead, there was a card that you filled in with your address …
Nir Bar-Lev / Google Code Blog:
Introducing the Google Visualization API  —  We spend a fair amount of time on data display and visualization projects at Google, and we have found that the “last mile” of these projects tend to become full projects in and of themselves.  —  Thus when we acquired Gapminder last year …
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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) …
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Heather Havenstein / Computerworld:   Microsoft forges first official link to Eclipse
 
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
UStream + GPS = Seero
Reggie / inxperia:
More XPERIA X1 Details from its Official White Paper
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Debating The Unlikely: Should Google Buy Apple?
Discussion: Google Watch and CNET News.com
Waxy.org:
Abort, Retry, or EPIC FAIL
Richard Koman / ZDNet Government:
FCC to hold Comcast hearings at Stanford
Times of London:
On your mobile now, Madonna's latest album
Discussion: Crave, Gadgetell, geeksugar and AppScout
GigaOM:
Level 3 Adds IBM's CDN Patents to Its Portfolio
Mark Spoonauer / LaptopMag.com:
HTC Shift X9000
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
White House Taps Tech Entrepreneur For Cyber Defense Post
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Is Facebook Playing Favorites With App Developers?
Discussion: All Facebook
Dennis Howlett / Irregular Enterprise:
The end of software...
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
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 Rose / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Is your Airport Extreme suddenly Time Machine-happy?
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
VC confab: Please, no more social networks
Discussion: broadstuff and HipMojo.com
Fred / A VC:
Thoughts On FriendFeed  —  I know I am late to this discussion …
Discussion: Andy Beard and broadstuff
 

 
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Politico's Laura McGann Joins Vox To Lead Political Coverage

 
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