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11:50 AM ET, March 24, 2008


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mike Shields / Mediaweek:
ESPN Turns Off Ad Nets  —  Moves to protect brand, content; other publishers mull  —  Top Web publishers are planning a revolt.  Even as more prominent sites experiment with selling remnant inventory through online ad networks, and in some cases ad exchanges, is saying thanks, but no thanks.
David Kaplan /
ESPN Pulls The Plug On Ad Network; Millard Warns About Treating Ads Like Pork Bellies  —  With nearly every media company getting in the ad network game—the latest entrant being Forbes—one major player is bucking the trend.  ESPN (NYSE: DIS) has ended its arrangement with Specific Media …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Media cos. battle Web portals on ads
Discussion: Contentinople
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
How I Blew My Google Interview  —  Another form of web literature is emerging: stories of job applicants rejected by Google (GOOG).  Google makes all applicants sign NDAs, of course—can't have future applicants boning up!—but unlike the standard Googleplex NDAs, these apparently don't bar tales …
Discussion: Susan Mernit's Blog and PSFK
Corey Trager / Bug Tracker Blog:
Google interview … Last summer I was interviewed at Google's Chicago office but I was not given an offer.  —  Others rejected by Google have written about their experiences:  — archive/2005/09/04/424378.aspx  — 12/30/my-interview-with-google/
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Mozilla vs. Apple on Safari flap: It's about the Google search box  —  Apple pushes Safari to you when you update iTunes.  Mozilla CEO John Lilly blasted the move.  Meanwhile, there's enough hubbub to last a few weeks over these dueling point of views.  But what this spat really comes …
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 …
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 and Evolving Web
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Quotably: The Perfect Tool To Make Sense Of Twitter
Discussion: Compiler
Grace Won / AVING:
All-in-one device ‘Hybrid Dual Portable Computer’  —  SEOUL, Korea (AVING) — <Visual News> MIU( introduced its new wireless IP-based hybrid portable device dubbed ‘HDPC (Hybrid Dual Portable Computer)’ in Korea market, which is equipped with dual OS(Windows XP/Windows CE 5.0 or Linux Qplus).
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Is OpenID Being Exploited By The Big Internet Companies?  —  OpenID, a distributed single sign on solution that allows people to sign into different services with the same login credentials, gained significant momentum over the last year as Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL all pledged their support for the initiative.
Discussion: and The Real McCrea
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Heavens!  Professor Imperils Blu-Ray's Future  —  The latest outrage circulating in the blogosphere is over the US International Trade Commission's (ITC) announcement Thursday that it is investigating numerous companies involved in the development of Blu-ray disc players …
Discussion:, Joystiq and Switched
Sam / Go Big Always:
Media execs are asleep at their own wheel  —  Why media execs still don't get social media is beyond me.  —  Yes, I get their business model: serve as many pages as possible so they can have enough media “inventory” to sell lots of ads.  And then there is subscription.
Discussion: Online Media Cultist
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.
Matt Asay / CNET
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.
Discussion: broadstuff
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Review: T-Mobile's Blackberry 8820  —  What isn't there to love about T-Mobiles UMA VoIP Wi-Fi solution?  Like mini-bar cashews and a nice upgrade to business class, T-Mobile knows what makes travelers happy, especially international financiers with a Spitzerian mistress in every port and a burgeoning Falstaffian gut.
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The Need For the Social Media Manager
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
PS3 2.20 update to offer portable copy of Blu-ray films to PSP?
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Elinor Mills / CNET
Google-DoubleClick: The next phase
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Can Microsoft make Silverlight shine?
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo inks cloud computing research pact with Tata unit
Discussion: Business Wire
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Microsoft confirms Word attacks
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Elinor Mills / CNET
MetaCarta: Mapping the news
Discussion: Screenwerk and All Points Blog
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
JPMorgan in Negotiations to Raise Bear Stearns Bid
Fujitsu plans speedy 320GB laptop drive
James Chapman / Daily Mail:
Lost in MySpace: How a generation of children are being raised …
Discussion: and Digg
Web host suspends site planned for anti-Koran film
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
My Lack of Confidence in Vista SP1
Discussion: Computerworld
Grant Gross / IDG News Service:
Tech Workers Favor McCain, Obama
Discussion: A VC, Slashdot, Valleywag and Digg