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1:25 AM ET, March 22, 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
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Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
What's the Persona of Your Company?  Examining the LinkedIn Company Directory
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Eating our words: Apple's Mac mini to rock on  —  Apple Inc.'s Mac mini, a tiny desktop system previously pegged for extinction, won't fade into the distance after all, at least not yet.  —  Last Memorial Day, AppleInsider cited sources in reporting that it appeared to be the end of the line …
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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
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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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.
Jordan Golson / Valleywag:
Salon shares secrets to get around Wall Street Journal's pay wall — but not its own  —  In an article on Salon's Machinist blog today, Farhad Manjoo gives tips for getting around the Wall Street Journal's paid-subscription barrier.  WSJ.com allows some featured articles to be read for free …
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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.
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
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Did We Just Witness a Twitter Marriage Proposal?  —  Forget statistics and pageviews; marriage proposals, folks, are what really cements a web service as a part of our everyday life.  Now, we've seen Twitter on CSI, but I don't remember seeing anyone propose to someone over it.  —  Until now, that is.
Discussion: ParisLemon and Wired
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google's Design Guidelines  —  Jon Wiley, User Experience Designer for Google Apps, outlined some of the most important principles for designing interfaces at Google.  In his presentation at the WritersUA conference, Jon listed the following guidelines:  —  1. Useful: focus on people - their lives, their work, their dreams.
Fred / A VC:
Ten Things I'd Like FriendFeed To Do  —  1) I want to reply to a comment, like I can in disqus, and not have to use an @ sign  —  2) if the post is an mp3, put a play button like the yahoo or delicious player does  —  3) if the post a photo, put a thumbnail of the photo right in the feed.
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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Cindy Sui / New York Times:
Taiwan Wants to Focus on Building Its Own High-Tech Brands
Scott Gilbertson / Compiler:
Where Are Your Twitter Friends? Find Out With GeoTwitterous
Discussion: Mashable!
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Are VCs threatening lawsuits to stay spotless at TheFunded?
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google wants to fill in the TV white spaces
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Verizon Licks its Cheap Megahertz Pops
Discussion: PC World and TechSpot
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Is Oprah Going to Save the Internet?
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Storming the Campuses  —  This winter, the armies of Yale …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Bits and Gawker
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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
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Breaking the Law To Get a Break
Discussion: TeleRead and MediaFuturist
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Creating a Googleshare Map With Google Spreadsheets
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Swotti - A Semantic Opinions Aggregator
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
CBS Sports Facing March Madness Backlash on Facebook.  “This App Blows.”
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Report: 95% of Internet video stuck looking longingly at TV
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