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8:50 AM ET, March 21, 2008

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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
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.
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Jim Finkle / Reuters:   Mozilla says Firefox 3 ready for prime-time
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 …
Discussion: Hardware 2.0, 9 to 5 Mac and OhGizmo!
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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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).
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 …
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 …
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
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
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 …
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: eWeek, Reuters, Inquirer and Gizmodo
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 …
David Pogue / New York Times:
Camcorder Brings Zen to the Shoot  —  Well, this is a little embarrassing.  One of the most significant electronics products of the year slipped into the market, became a mega-hit, changed its industry — and I haven't reviewed it yet.  —  Lately, my guilt has deepened every time someone whips this thing out to show off.
Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
Get BitTorrent on Your TV with Myka  —  Until recently, if you've wanted to play videos you've downloaded on your TV, you either needed to hook it to your PC, buy an AppleTV, or use an Xbox.  Now, one company aims to add another option - one which can get the videos itself, via BitTorrent.
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Venture Hacks Branches Out From Blogging, Launches Recommendations System  —  Venture Hacks, a blog dedicated to helping entrepreneurs navigate the world of venture capital, has launched a new social network of sorts around the idea of professional recommendations.
 
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Steven Clift / MediaShift Idea Lab:
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Sophie Taylor / Reuters:
China publishes “blacklist” of video Web sites
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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CNN:
EBay Cuts 125 Jobs To Centralize US, European Operations
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Our Master Plan  —  I enjoy watching how a midnight rant …
Ben Lisbakken / Google AJAX Search API Blog:
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