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1:50 PM ET, March 20, 2008

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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: TECH.BLORGE.com and 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.
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 …
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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Smelling Trouble Behind AOL's $850 Million Bebo Deal  —  When AOL bought Bebo for $850 million last week, CEO Randy Falco and COO Ron Grant believed the social network would help save AOL from its downward spiral.  Social networks are where pageviews are generated these days …
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.
Discussion: Web Worker Daily
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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.
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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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
PS3 firmware 2.20 bringing BD-Live interactive Blu-ray this month
Discussion: The Register, Switched, Engadget HD and Digg
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PLAYSTATION(R)3 To Support New Interactive Blu-ray Movie Features …
Discussion: Digital Trends, Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
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.
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.
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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: Electronista, Gearlog and Engadget
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Finally: Airport Extreme + USB Disk = Time Machine Backup  —  After yesterday's Airport updates, folks starting noticing that USB drives plugged in to Airport Extreme Base Stations were suddenly recognized by Time Machine as valid backup drives.  The collective “Huzzah!” was heard 'round the world, mostly via Twitter.
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Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Update allows Time Machine backups on AirPort Extreme
Discussion: MacUser and O'Grady's PowerPage
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.
Discussion: Cult of Mac and Tech Trader Daily
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Gartner flips its iPhone bozo bit, gives IT the green light
Discussion: Infinite Loop and broadstuff
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: Epicenter and One More Thing
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sequoia's Gospel of Startups More True Than Ever  —  If you are an entrepreneur seeking a moment of clarity, there is no better place to start than Sequoia Capital's Elements of Sustainable Companies.  —  It's not new - these are the principles that have driven Sequoia's investment strategies for decades.
Discussion: FoundRead
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 Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
XM, Sirius Rise; Stifel Says FCC Drafting Approval Papers
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Mininova to Launch BitTorrent Video Streaming
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: Apple appears ‘recession proof’
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Stephen Lawson / InfoWorld:
Sprint aims for unified architecture for networks
Discussion: Electronista
Reuters:
Ebay restructuring worldwide, cuts jobs
Discussion: CNET News.com
Sydney Morning Herald:
Vetting would spoil YouTube: creator
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Valleywag
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
German Court Decision Hands Big Win to File-Sharers
Discussion: p2pnet
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Bruce is back, does OSI still want him?
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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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Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
Inside the Twisted Mind of the Security Professional
Knowledge@Wharton:
The Experts vs. the Amateurs: A Tug of War over the Future of Media
Louise Story / New York Times:
A Push to Limit the Tracking of Web Surfers' Clicks
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
AMD makes massive layoffs
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Adobe realizes SDK not enough for Flash on iPhone
 

 
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