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10:20 AM ET, March 20, 2008

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comScore:
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 …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
E-voting vendor blocks security audit with legal threats  —  New Jersey election officials have scrapped plans for an independent audit of Union County voting machines because the vendor, Sequoia Voting Systems, says that unauthorized third-party security reviews would violate the county's license agreement.
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 …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Of All The Reasons To Say No To Internet Voting, Wouldn't Porn And Beer Be Near The End Of The List?  —  There are many, many reasons to be against the idea of allowing political voting via the internet, starting with questions about the security, accuracy and reliability of the technology.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Vista SP1 collateral damage not as bad as I had expected  —  On Tuesday Microsoft opened the door on Windows Vista SP1.  This is a landmark occasion because it marks a transition from where only a select few have had access to the software to where “everyone” can get access to this major system update.
Discussion: Engadget and WinBeta
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.
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
Waxy.org:
Abort, Retry, or EPIC FAIL  —  A few years ago, I wrote an entry about knee-jerk contrarians on the Internet: those delightful people who find fault in anything and everything, dismissing months or years of work with a few words.  —  This is nothing new.  It's as old as communication itself.
 
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Zach Epstein / The Boy Genius Report:
New Pics of BlackBerry Curve 8330 for Sprint; Memory Upgrade?
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
PS3 firmware 2.20 bringing BD-Live interactive Blu-ray this month
Discussion: Switched and Engadget HD
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
UStream + GPS = Seero
Reggie / inxperia:
More XPERIA X1 Details from its Official White Paper
Nir Bar-Lev / Google Code Blog:
Introducing the Google Visualization API
Addy Dugdale / Gizmodo:
HTC Calls Android Phone Dream, Feels Like One Already
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Debating The Unlikely: Should Google Buy Apple?
Discussion: Google Watch and CNET News.com
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Richard Koman / ZDNet Government:
FCC to hold Comcast hearings at Stanford
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
White House Taps Tech Entrepreneur For Cyber Defense Post
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Verizon Wireless: Open In Name Only?
Discussion: MobHappy, CNN and VentureBeat
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?
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
SugarSync: Most useful sync tool ever. But you'll pay for it.
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechCrunch
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
 

 
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