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7:20 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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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.
John Dunbar / Associated Press:
Winners of Airwaves Auction Announced
Discussion: TechCrunch and Slashdot
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Verizon wins ‘open access’ licenses in FCC auction
Discussion: Business Week and Out of the Box
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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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
TechCrunch Raising $15 Million at $35 Million Pre-Money Valuation*  —  TechCrunch, the tech blog network whose proprietor Michael Arrington recently advised all other tech blogs not to raise any capital (so he could snap them up for peanuts), has hired Allen & Co. to raise $15 million …
Sramana Mitra / Sramana Mitra on Strategy:
Deal Radar 2008: TechCrunch
Discussion: HipMojo.com and WebProNews
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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Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:   Next PS3 firmware one more reason to buy console as Blu-Ray player
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Jennifer Chappell / TreoCentral:
Sprint Customers Getting a PC-Like Experience of the Open Internet on Their Phones  —  Overview  —  Update Hmmm, seems I should have looked further into OpenWeb.  One of our readers wrote in and pointed me to a TreoCentral Forum thread in which this OpenWeb is discussed.
 
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Tibet Missing on Google News China Homepage
Discussion: Valleywag
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
DiggSuggest tells you what you should read on Digg
Discussion: Mashable! and Digg
Alexander Haislip / PE Hub Blog:
YouTube Founder Launches VC Fund
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Mashable!
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Five Methodologies to Deal with Email Overload
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Want To Work For Facebook? Can You Sell Ads?
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
PC game developer has radical message: ignore the pirates
Discussion: The Tech Report and Digg
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
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Antigua Says It's Going To Start Ignoring US Copyrights (For Real This Time)
Discussion: Variety and Valleywag
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Adobe: Woops, ixnay on AshFlay for iPhone-ay
Discussion: Macworld and eWeek
Reuters:
China publishes ‘blacklist’ of video Web sites
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Starbucks listens - at last  —  Following Dell's Ideastorm …
Discussion: Media Bullseye
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: Apple appears ‘recession proof’
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sequoia's Gospel of Startups More True Than Ever
David Carnoy / CNET News.com:
Bezos: Sorry for the delays, more Kindles on the way
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Are Apple ads hurting Microsoft's brand?
 

 
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