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2:25 PM ET, March 20, 2008

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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.
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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
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 …
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 …
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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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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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.
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.
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
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
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.
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.
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
MyBlogLog Launches Topical Meta Lifestreams  —  Blog-centric social network MyBlogLog, which just a few weeks ago added lifestreaming to their app, is today launching a new feature that aggregates lifestreams across the network by topic.  The streams are presented in reverse chronological order.
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Louise Story / New York Times:
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Analyst: Apple appears ‘recession proof’
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sequoia's Gospel of Startups More True Than Ever
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Reuters:
Ebay restructuring worldwide, cuts jobs
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