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6:05 PM ET, March 20, 2008

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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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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Verizon, AT&T Big Winners In 700 MHz Auction; Verizon Wins …
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Discussion: Gizmodo
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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Howard Lindzon:
The REAL Problem with Mike Arrington and Robert Scoble...  These two f@#tards think they invented something.  —  If you live in the financial world you know that Cramer invented blogging- in 1997 - at least as compared to their view of when blogging started.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
TechCrunch Raising $15 Million at $35 Million Pre-Money Valuation*
Discussion: Pro Blogging News
Sramana Mitra / Sramana Mitra on Strategy:   Deal Radar 2008: TechCrunch
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.
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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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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Sony makes its Playstation 3 the most advanced Blu-ray player
Discussion: TGDaily.com
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:   Next PS3 firmware one more reason to buy console as Blu-Ray player
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
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
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 …
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Diigo 3.0: The all-powerful personal, 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.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Diigo Tackles Recommendations
Discussion: Download Squad and Somewhat Frank
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Mozilla says Firefox 3 ready for prime-time  —  BOSTON (Reuters) - A new version of Mozilla's popular Firefox Web browser is ready for download with improved security and memory use as the tiny company takes a stab at Microsoft Corp's dominant Internet Explorer.
Louise Story / New York Times:
A Company Promises the Deepest Data Mining Yet  —  Amid debate over how much data companies like Google and Yahoo should gather about people who surf the Web, one new company is drawing attention — and controversy — by boasting that it will collect the most complete information of all.
Discussion: Bits and Wikinomics
Nick Denton / Gawker:
Page Six Shutters Web Site After Three Months  —  This could be the first harbinger of the web gossip bust.  Pagesix.com, Rupert Murdoch's entertainment news site, is being shuttered, effective today.  The URL already redirects to the New York Post's main website.
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 …
 
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
BitTorrent to Comcast: Let's be friends
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
PC game developer has radical message: ignore the pirates
Discussion: The Tech Report and Digg
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Sharing Some Exciting CenterNetworks Expansion Plans
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Sequoia's Explanation, and Why It's Not the Whole Story
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Google's AJAX Translation API
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Antigua Says It's Going To Start Ignoring US Copyrights (For Real This Time)
Discussion: Variety and Valleywag
Jennifer Chappell / TreoCentral:
Sprint Customers Getting a PC-Like Experience of the Open Internet on Their Phones
Reuters:
China publishes ‘blacklist’ of video Web sites
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 Earlier Items: 
InfoWorld:
E-voting vendor's Web site hacked
Discussion: Defense in Depth
Michal Lev-Ram / Techland:
Intel brings low-cost laptops to the U.S.
Discussion: Ars Technica, Bits and LinuxInsider
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Starbucks listens - at last  —  Following Dell's Ideastorm …
Discussion: Media Bullseye
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
Relationships are complicated  —  I've noticed a few interesting …
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Finally: Airport Extreme + USB Disk = Time Machine Backup
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: Apple appears ‘recession proof’
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sequoia's Gospel of Startups More True Than Ever
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Are Apple ads hurting Microsoft's brand?
 

 
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