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4:10 PM ET, March 20, 2008

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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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Deal Radar 2008: TechCrunch
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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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Mark Evans:
How LinkedIn Got Its Groove Back  —  While FriendFeed and Twitter may be getting a lot of attention these days, it appears that LinkedIn also has the wind in its sails.  —  From a personal perspective, the number of LinkedIn invitations hitting my inbox has jumped over the past couple …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Smelling Trouble Behind AOL's $850 Million Bebo Deal
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.
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 …
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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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
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: Apple appears ‘recession proof’  —  With less than two weeks before the end of Apple's March quarter, Shaw Wu of American Technology Research expects the company to shake off the doldrums that are dragging down the rest of the U.S. economy.  —  “Our sense is that the Mac business …
Discussion: Coop's Corner and Epicenter
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:   Apple: AmTech Ups Ests On Strong Macs, Cheap NAND
Ryan Naraine / eWeek:
Microsoft Buys Rootkit Detection Startup  —  Microsoft gets a key piece of technology to beef up its enterprise security offerings and a major entry point into government markets.  —  Looking to beef up the anti-malware protection capabilities in its enterprise and consumer security products …
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Larry Dignan / Zero Day:
Microsoft acquires rootkit specialist Komoku; DoD now a customer
Discussion: Forefront Team Blog
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
FCC: Verizon Wireless a big 700 Mhz auction winner; Now what?  —  Verizon Wireless was the biggest winner in the Federal Communication Commission's 700 Mhz auction.  —  According to the Wall Street Journal, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin revealed Verizon Wireless as the biggest winner of spectrum.
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.
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 …
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 and Brij's One More Idea
Reuters:
China publishes ‘blacklist’ of video Web sites  —  SHANGHAI — Chinese authorities ordered 25 video-sharing Web sites to halt operations and issued warnings to dozens of others today, tightening their grip on online content in a move which could scare away future investment in the sector.
Discussion: paidContent.org
 
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Reuters:
Ebay restructuring worldwide, cuts jobs
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Google data watch: Enough with the overanalysis
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The Experts vs. the Amateurs: A Tug of War over the Future of Media
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Gartner Changes Its Enterprise iPhone Recommendations
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