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7:30 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
CNET News.com:
Apple pushes Safari on Windows via iTunes updater
Discussion: Macsimum News
Mike Schramm / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Is Apple pushing Safari 3.1 on Windows users?
Discussion: Apple Gazette, Gizmodo and CyberNet
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 …
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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.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Sony drops its $49 “no crapware” fee  —  The blogosphere is buzzing today with contempt for Sony, which just outlined its Fresh Start program and immediately ran into a buzzsaw of criticism for its plan to charge $49 for the privilege of getting a crapware-free PC.
Peter Sayer / IDG News Service:   Sony Removes Bloatware—for a Fee
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
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 …
Discussion: Todd Watson and TechCrunch
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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
Giveaway of the Day:
Capture and find anything!  —  Evernote Beta lets you capture any information from your real and digital life and then find it all easily anytime.  —  The latest version of Evernote, currently an invitation-only beta, gives users more options than ever before to create and find their memories …
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Signup for Evernote for free - today only
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
CBS Sports Facing March Madness Backlash on Facebook.  “This App Blows.”  —  Don't mess with March Madness.  CBS Sports is learning that lesson the hard way on Facebook, where a major backlash is happening over its NCAA basketball bracket application.  Yes, this is the same application …
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 and Mashable!
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.
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
 
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Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Rumor: new Mac mini in development
Discussion: MacRumors and Gizmodo
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Robin ‘Roblimo’ Miller / Linux.com:
From GNOME to KDE and back again: old computing habits are hard to break
Discussion: Slashdot
Zach Epstein / The Boy Genius Report:
Scheduled BlackBerry Outage; At Least They Told us This Time
Discussion: IntoMobile and Engadget Mobile
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Breaking the Law To Get a Break
Discussion: TeleRead and MediaFuturist
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Don't turn off the life support just yet: Joost coming to the browser
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