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6:20 PM ET, March 21, 2008

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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 …
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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.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Apple Really Wants Windows Drones to Use Safari
Discussion: Geek News Central
Computerworld:
Apple pushes Windows Safari via iTunes updater
Mike Schramm / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Is Apple pushing Safari 3.1 on Windows users?
Discussion: Gizmodo, Apple Gazette 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.
Discussion: Download Squad
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 …
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
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 …
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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: Mashable!
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Creating a Googleshare Map With Google Spreadsheets  —  The new gadget feature of Google Spreadsheets makes it easy to add heat maps.  This can be used to create a world map illustrating the Googleshare for a given keyword across different countries; now-Google employee Douwe Osinga called this “Land Geist” a couple of years ago.
Danis Dayanov / The LinkedIn Blog:
The Engineering component |  LinkedIn Company Profiles  —  Over the course of the last years there were several important features that we've brought to you.  The past few months in particular has seen the rapid deployment of features such as these: Profile photos, Redesigned Homepage …
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Report: 95% of Internet video stuck looking longingly at TV  —  Video content online may be growing in popularity, but the vast majority isn't getting anywhere near a TV screen.  New survey results from Macrovision (commissioned by Harris Interactive) say that only a small number of adults …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Gibson turns volume up to 11 with new ‘Guitar Hero’ lawsuit  —  Legendary guitar manufacturer Gibson Guitar has sued six major retailers—Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Target, Amazon.com, Gamestop, and Toys-R-Us—for selling Activision's Guitar Hero video game series, MarketWatch reported Friday.
Robin ‘Roblimo’ Miller / Linux.com:
From GNOME to KDE and back again: old computing habits are hard to break  —  COMMENTARY — I used KDE as my primary desktop from 1996 through 2006, when I installed the GNOME version of Ubuntu and found that I liked it better than the KDE desktop I'd faced every morning for so many years.
Discussion: Slashdot
 
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Zach Epstein / The Boy Genius Report:
Scheduled BlackBerry Outage; At Least They Told us This Time
Discussion: IntoMobile and Engadget Mobile
Brookings Institute:
Voting Technology  —  The Not-So-Simple Act of Casting a Ballot
Discussion: InfoWorld
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Breaking the Law To Get a Break
Discussion: TeleRead and MediaFuturist
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Analytics Benchmarking Live
Washington Post:
FBI Opens Probe of China-Based Hackers
Discussion: Mashable!
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Emirates becomes first airline to allow cellphone calls while in flight
David Thier / Wired News:
World of Warcraft Shines Light on Terror Tactics
Discussion: Destructoid, Kotaku and Massively
Zach Epstein / The Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile BlackBerry 8120 & 8820 Roll Out Details and Schedule
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
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Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
Twitter's political coming of age?
Steve O'Hear / last100:
Don't turn off the life support just yet: Joost coming to the browser
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Firefox 3: So easy a caveman could do it
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Breaking: FCC Confirms that Big Winner in Spectrum Auction is Verizon.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Little old lady suing Sony, Samsung, Nokia and everyone else …
 

 
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