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9:50 AM ET, March 21, 2008

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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 …
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 …
Discussion: TeleRead
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn, Now For Companies  —  LinkedIn, the boring social network that won't find you a date but may land you a job, is expanding beyond people profiles.  —  On Friday morning they will launch company profile pages that partly serve as fact sheets for about 160,000 companies and partly serve …
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
LinkedIn's business directory goes live  —  Professional networking site LinkedIn has launched the beta version of its business directory, called LinkedIn Company PRofiles, with data provided by BusinessWeek and Capital IQ supplementing LinkedIn's member information.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple pushing Safari downloads on Windows users  —  In an apparent bid to rapidly gain share of the online browser market dominated by rival Microsoft, Apple is leveraging its vast iTunes install base to recommend that Windows users also download and install the latest version of its Safari web browser.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Little old lady suing Sony, Samsung, Nokia and everyone else for infringing on her laser patents  —  Oh sure, she looks friendly enough.  But don't let her matronly, argyle looks fool you.  Retired Columbia University Professor, Gertrude Neumark Rothschild, is looking to extract some cold …
Discussion: Reuters, eWeek, Electronista and Inquirer
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U.S. International Trade Commission:
ITC INSTITUTES SECTION 337 INVESTIGATION ON CERTAIN SHORT-WAVELENGTH LIGHT EMITTING DIODES, LASER DIODES AND PRODUCTS CONTAINING SAME  —  The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain short-wavelength light emitting diodes, laser diodes, and products containing same.
Discussion: Computerworld, I4U News and Gizmodo
Google Public Policy Blog:
The end of the FCC 700 MHz auction  —  Posted by by Richard Whitt, Washington Telecom and Media Counsel, and Joseph Faber, Corporate Counsel  —  This afternoon the Federal Communications Commission announced the results of its 700 MHz spectrum auction.  While the Commission's anti-collusion …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Breaking: FCC Confirms that Big Winner in Spectrum Auction is Verizon.
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 …
Sarah Lai Stirland / Threat Level:
Stanford Law Professor Larry Lessig Bets ‘Wikipedia’ Approach Will Transform Congress  —  Stanford law professor Larry Lessig plans to use collaborative software to change Congress.  —  Courtesy Larry Lessig  —  A prominent Stanford law professor on Thursday launched an ambitious project …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Conversation Has Left the Blogosphere  —  We've seen a lot of new aggregation services and lifestreaming applications come into play recently, and we've questioned whether they're adding to the conversation or just adding to our information overload.  (See our coverage on FriendFeed, for example).
Glenn Derene / Popular Mechanics:
The 10 Video Formats HD DVD Will Meet in Heaven: Buzzword  —  This year is shaping up  —  to be a year of technology battles-Microsoft vs. Google, iPhone vs. Android-but just last month, we saw the end to a momentous tech showdown.  On Feb. 19, the high-definition disc format war was finally over.
Discussion: Digg
Zach Epstein / The Boy Genius Report:
FliXee and YouTube Integration Added to Flixwagon  —  Our buddies over at MyFrame have been busy little beavers lately and this morning we finally found out what they've been up to.  For those who aren't familiar with MyFrame's Flixwagon service, it is mobile streaming application …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google's Broken Bookmarking Systems  —  Google hasn't yet launched a proper bookmarking system.  Google Bookmarks was just a small extension of Search History and became more useful after the integration with Google Toolbar.  Notebook lets you clip content from the web …
Discussion: louisgray.com
Steven Clift / MediaShift Idea Lab:
Is Citizen Media Skipping Small Town America?  —  I am on a hunt.  —  While the new EveryBlock.com site uses maps to display aggregated content for three major cities and Outside.in gets local with select geotagging blogs in a number of high population areas, I am looking for tools that display organic …
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
DirecTV DVR clampdown: a sober reminder of DRM suckitude
Andrew Schotz / Herald-Mail:
Proposed Md. bill would make intentional theft of wireless Internet access a crime
Discussion: DSLreports and Slashdot
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Publisher Posts Mac Books on The Pirate Bay
Discussion: MacUser, CrunchGear, Epicenter and Digg
Paul Boutin / New York Times:
So You Want to Be a Blogging Star?
Discussion: Valleywag
Emily / textually.org:
CABDRIVERS RALLY FOR RIGHT TO USE CELL PHONES ON DUTY
Sophie Taylor / Reuters:
China publishes “blacklist” of video Web sites
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Venture Hacks Branches Out From Blogging, Launches Recommendations System
Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
Get BitTorrent on Your TV with Myka
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ning: All Our Charts Point Up And To The Right
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Why is Universal Music cozying up to Apple?
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is Facebook Upgrade Breaking Apps?
The Martha Blog:
My new MacBook Air
David Pogue / New York Times:
Camcorder Brings Zen to the Shoot
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Our Master Plan  —  I enjoy watching how a midnight rant …
Ben Lisbakken / Google AJAX Search API Blog:
Introducing the AJAX Language API - Tools for Translation and Language Detection
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Five Methodologies to Deal with Email Overload
 

 
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