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9:25 PM ET, March 21, 2008

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John / John's Blog:
Apple Software Update  —  What Apple is doing now with their Apple Software Update on Windows is wrong.  It undermines the trust relationship great companies have with their customers, and that's bad — not just for Apple, but for the security of the whole Web.
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Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Think before you install  —  Look, people, it's 2008: You're responsible for what you install on your PC.  —  The outrage is spewing forth over Apple's move to include Safari 3.1 as part of its Software Update program.  The new twist is that Windows users who never had installed Safari …
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Mozilla CEO says Apple's Safari auto-update ‘wrong’  —  A lot of people appear to be bent out of shape about Apple using its auto-update service to distribute the Safari Web browser on Windows.  The CEO of Mozilla, which makes the rival Firefox browser, calls it bad business.
Discussion: InformationWeek and Clickety Clack
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Apple Takes the Spyware-Style Low Road, Pushing Safari on Windows  —  Debate is raging today over the news that Steve Jobs has made good on his summertime promise and is now sending Apple's browser Safari along for the ride when Windows users are prompted to update iTunes or Quicktime.
Mike Schramm / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Is Apple pushing Safari 3.1 on Windows users?
Discussion: Apple Gazette, Gizmodo and CyberNet
CNET News.com:
Apple pushes Safari on Windows via iTunes updater
Discussion: Macsimum News
Rob Beschizza / Gadget Lab:
Breaking: Sony Won't Charge $50 To Remove Bloatware  —  Responding to a tidal wave of outrage, Sony has reversed a plan to charge $50 to remove all the pre-installed applications — often derided as “bloatware” or “craplets” — from its high-end TZ-series notebooks.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Sony hates you, offers $50 “Fresh Start” option to build your laptop crapware-free  —  Sony has quite the history of crippling excellent, beautiful hardware with horrible, useless software.  The company's UX UMPC bluescreened on us the first time we turned it on, and crashed the first time we tried …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:   Sony realizes $50 crapware removal fee is, well, total crap
louisgray.com:
LinkedIn Company Detail Shows Silicon Valley Carousel  —  How Select Tech Titans Stack Up (Click for larger image)  —  Last night, LinkedIn rolled out a major upgrade to the professionally-oriented social network and career/recruiting database, adding new company profiles …
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Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
What's the Persona of Your Company?  Examining the LinkedIn Company Directory
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Toast?  Hot Today, Dead Tomorrow—Like AOL?  —  For now, Facebook continues to take over the world.  Its global traffic is about to blow past MySpace's, its image (and Mark Zuckerberg's) has recovered from the Beacon fiasco, and it has raised a big enough cash pile that it should be able to power through any downturn.
Farhad Manjoo / Salon:
The Wall Street Journal's Web site is already (secretly) free  —  Late in January, Rupert Murdoch put an end to speculation that he would set free the Wall Street Journal's subscription-only Web site.  —  While he planned to “expand” the site's free offerings, “the really special things …
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Jordan Golson / Valleywag:   Salon shares secrets to get around Wall Street Journal's pay wall — but not its own
Om Malik / GigaOM:
For Bloggers, Legit News Photos For Free  —  PicApp, a San Francisco-based company is offering copyright news and stock photos from large photo banks like Getty Images and Corbis for free.  The company is likely to announce availability of its public beta service later today.
Discussion: Andy Beard, 901am and Mashable!
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Signup for Evernote for free - today only  —  Note taking and organization application Evernote comes in a few forms.  There's a Windows Desktop application, a mobile cleint, a web client, and a beta Mac desktop client.  The Windows app would normally set you back $50 …
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Q&A: Battelle talks blog roll-ups, Google, and Federated Media's future  —  John Battelle knows tech booms and busts.  He's been at the forefront of them for nearly two decades.  —  In 1993, he co-founded Wired, a print magazine that set a standard in technology coverage and spawned popular sites …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Federated Media's Battelle Slams Rival, Hints At Investing In Publishers
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
At Launch, Mytopia Shows Social Networks How To Play Nicely Together  —  There is a new casual gaming network in town that's got some serious cross-platform chops.  Don't be fooled by the cutesy graphics.  Today, Mytopia is simultaneously launching across Facebook, Bebo, MySpace …
Discussion: KillerStartups.com
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Rumor: new Mac mini in development  —  Less than a year ago, AppleInsider, citing sources for whom the site “holds the utmost respect,” declared the “impending demise” of the Mac mini.  Less than three months later, the Mac mini got a drop-in upgrade to Core 2 Duo.
Discussion: MacRumors and Gizmodo
Nivi / Venture Hacks:
Getting Recommended … On April 1st, we started publishing the best damn term sheet hacks we could find.  Why?  Because a lot of entrepreneurs ask the same question: … We're trying to make everything we've learned—from other entrepreneurs, investors, and lawyers—readily available.
Allan Leinwand / GigaOM:
Coming Soon: The Cisco Blade Server?  —  The movement toward blade servers in the enterprise data center has been growing steadily for some time, backed by manufacturers like IBM and HP.  But expect to soon see networking giant Cisco Systems enter this market as well, setting themselves …
 
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