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6:55 AM ET, March 24, 2008

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Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
A New Tool From Google Alarms Sites  —  Retailers and publishers have fought hard to work their way up in the ranking of Google's search results and refine the search features of their own Web sites to help users once they arrive.  Now, Google is taking a greater role in helping users search within particular sites.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Distorting Info on 20% Time?  —  Commercials lie, including the ones by Google, as a statement by Gmail inventor Paul Buchheit would suggest.  Here's the quote from the commercial by (now ex-Google employee) Joseph O'S.:  —  So innovation comes from the employees often.
Matt Asay / CNET News.com:
The inevitability of the iPhone  —  I walked into my local AT&T Wireless store on Saturday fully expecting and prepared to get a Blackberry 8820.  My Blackberry 8800 died while I was in London last week, and both Visa and American Express tried to protect me from fraud by disallowing my attempts to order a new phone over the web.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The secret to Twitter  —  I've been talking to lots of people about Twitter.  Why is it so addictive?  Why do new tools, shipped for it, like Quotably was tonight, get passed around so fast and talked about so much?  —  I've gone through stages with Twitter.  At some point I thought it was important to get lots of followers.
Discussion: WinExtra
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Reuters:
Web host suspends site planned for anti-Koran film  —  AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A U.S.-based web service, which Islam critic and Dutch right-wing lawmaker Geert Wilders planned to use to show his film critical of the Koran, said on Saturday that it had inactivated the site due to complaints.
Discussion: WebProNews
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
My Lack of Confidence in Vista SP1  —  My friend is a successful entrepreneur who runs a small chain of book stores.  His business could depend on what SP1 might do to his main Vista machine.  I didn't have confidence that the update would install trouble free.  —  My buddy loves Microsoft, but he detests Windows Vista.
Discussion: Computerworld
Evelyn Nussenbaum / New York Times:
The '80s Video That Pops Up, Online and Off  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The women's basketball game at Eastern Washington University on March 8 started out like any other, as the Eagles of E.W.U. faced off against the Montana State Bobcats.  —  But a routine timeout turned into a 1980s flashback …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Rick Rolled to child porn = you're a pedophile, says FBI  —  Everyone has had it happen to them: a “friend” sends you a link in IM or over IRC that purports to be something like a cat in an awkward position with a hilarious caption.  Soon, however, you discover that the link wasn't to a lolcat at all …
Discussion: Digg
Grant Gross / IDG News Service:
Tech Workers Favor McCain, Obama  —  A survey of IT professionals found a roughly even split supporting Obama and McCain, but more than a third have another favorite candidate  —  IT workers seem to like John McCain and Barack Obama equally in the U.S. presidential race …
Discussion: Valleywag and Slashdot
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
2,433 Unread Emails Is An Opportunity For An Entrepreneur  —  Consider this response that I just received (identifying information removed) from a venture capitalist I emailed to discuss a new investment: … I remember the days before email.  For those of you who don't …
James Chapman / Daily Mail:
Lost in MySpace: How a generation of children are being raised online, spending 20 hours a week on the internet  —  A generation of children are effectively being “raised online”, spending most of their free time on social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook, a report warns today.
Discussion: Digg
GeekAlerts:
Super-Slim USB Mouse  —  If you, on the contrary to the 11-Button Multimedia USB Mouse user, feel that two buttons is already one too much, then here's the mouse for you.  —  This black and half-transparent red USB mouse is equipped with a 800dpi optical sensor.
Discussion: Crave, Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Media cos. battle Web portals on ads  —  NEW YORK - Traditional media companies trying to stem the flow of advertising dollars to Google and other large Internet companies are increasingly building ad networks of their own, anchored by their brands.  —  The latest, Forbes Inc. …
Discussion: paidContent.org
 
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Brooks Boliek / Hollywood Reporter:
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Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Keep your hands off the cell phone come July
John Markoff / New York Times:
Replacing Wire With Laser, Sun Tries to Speed Up Data
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Reality, antitrust concerns dog Apple subscription rumors
Discussion: MediaFuturist
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Startup camp for entrepreneurs
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Evidence mounting: Windows 7 going modular, subscription
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
LED patent dispute could block Blu-ray, cellphone imports
Discussion: Digg
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Three Internet Careers That Soon Won't Exist
David Sarno / Los Angeles Times:
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Even at Megastores, Hagglers Find No Price Is Set in Stone
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