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5:00 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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
FCC: Verizon Wireless a big 700 Mhz auction winner; Now what?  —  Updated: Verizon Wireless was the biggest winner in the Federal Communication Commission's 700 Mhz auction.  —  FCC Chairman Kevin Martin revealed Verizon Wireless as the biggest winner of spectrum.
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 …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Verizon, AT&T Big Winners In 700 MHz Auction; Verizon Wins Much-Discussed C Block; No Spectrum For Google  —  Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) are the big winners in the FCC's 700 MHz spectrum auction, the commission disclosed today.  —  Verizon, as many had expected, was the biggest spender.
Discussion: Verizon, GigaOM and CrunchGear
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.
Mark Evans:   How LinkedIn Got Its Groove Back
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.
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 to offer cheap and easy infrastructure for all kinds of other activities.
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.
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: 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 …
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.
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 …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:   Apple: AmTech Ups Ests On Strong Macs, Cheap NAND
Elinor Mills / CNET
eBay to cut 125 jobs worldwide  —  eBay will lay off about 125 people worldwide as part of a reorganization to focus on the company's core business, a spokesman confirmed on Thursday.  —  “The company reorganized to align with the business priorities we outlined in January to focus …
Discussion: WebProNews
Ebay restructuring worldwide, cuts jobs
Discussion: CNET and Searchviews
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.
Nick Denton / Gawker:
Page Six Shutters Web Site After Three Months  —  This could be the first harbinger of the web gossip bust., Rupert Murdoch's entertainment news site, is being shuttered, effective today.  The URL already redirects to the New York Post's main website.
Rafe Needleman /
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.
David Carnoy / CNET
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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Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Mozilla says Firefox 3 ready for prime-time
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
MPAA to Congress: Filtering is in colleges' best interests
Discussion: The Chronicle
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Antigua Says It's Going To Start Ignoring US Copyrights (For Real This Time)
Discussion: Variety and Valleywag
Luigi Lugmayr / I4U News:
New Samsung Hauzen VC-RE70V Robot Vacuum Cleaner
Discussion: Crave, Gizmodo and Engadget
Matt Richtel / Bits:
First The Insurance, Then The Car  —  Hyper fuel efficiency …
Discussion: Computerworld
Jennifer Chappell / TreoCentral:
Sprint Customers Getting a PC-Like Experience of the Open Internet on Their Phones
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Adobe: Woops, ixnay on AshFlay for iPhone-ay
Discussion: eWeek, Macworld and CNN
China publishes ‘blacklist’ of video Web sites
 Earlier Items: 
Michal Lev-Ram / Techland:
Intel brings low-cost laptops to the U.S.
Discussion: Ars Technica, LinuxInsider and Bits
Paul McDougall / iTNews Australia:
Windows Vista SP1 wreaks havoc on some PCs, users complain
Louise Story / New York Times:
A Company Promises the Deepest Data Mining Yet
Discussion: Bits and Wikinomics
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sequoia's Gospel of Startups More True Than Ever
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