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6:20 PM ET, March 24, 2008

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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Google outlines proposal for ‘Wi-Fi on steroids’  —  Google on Monday said it has a plan to have American consumers from Manhattan to rural North Dakota surfing the Web on handheld gadgets at gigabits-per-second speeds by the 2009 holiday season.  —  The company, joined by other heavyweights …
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
After 700MHz coup, Google now fronting white space devices  —  Google famously bid on the 700MHz spectrum auction that wrapped up last week, but was outbid by Verizon.  Most observers have characterized Google as an ecstatic loser, since the FCC's open access rules that it wanted so badly will have to be followed by Verizon.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Google's White Space Proposal  —  Google has issued to the FCC its plan for what it would like to do with the airwaves freed up by the upcoming conversion from analog to digital television, and it's pretty optimistic.  You may recall the 700 MHz auction that decided the fate of licensed spectrum …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Google kicks off ‘white space’ race for faster Wi-Fi
Discussion: Engadget and CrunchGear
Associated Press:   Google wants TV ‘white space’ for wi-fi
US Department of Justice:
Statement of the Department of Justice Antitrust Division on its Decision to Close its Investigation of XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.'s Merger with Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.  —  Evidence Does Not Establish that Combination of Satellite Radio Providers Would Substantially Reduce Competition
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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, ESPN.com is saying thanks, but no thanks.
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Are ad networks for loser/weak publishers?
Discussion: WebGuild and paidContent.org
AppleInsider:
Rumor: Digg founder claims 3G iPhone to do video chat  —  Digg founder Kevin Rose, whose first-generation iPhone rumors fell short of their mark last Spring, is citing different sources this year in predicting that the 3G version of the handset will boast video chat capabilities.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
LiveJournal Says Goodbye to Unique Account Structure, Against Wishes of Advisors  —  Groundbreaking social network LiveJournal is no longer allowing new users to sign up for Basic level accounts, which traded a pared-down feature set for an ad and cost free user profile.
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Come on Down to South Park and Watch the Shows Online  —  The web just got a whole lot funnier as the guys behind South Park have made every episode of their hit show available for free online.  That's right — every. episode.  (Take that Hulu, and your five weeks' worth of shows window).
PR Newswire:
KIT Capital Takes Strategic Stake in Viewdle  —  IPTV-focused investment group to accelerate market adoption for facial  —  Business Development Partnership with ROO Group Part of Deal  —  Viewdle, Inc. (http://www.viewdle.com), the facial recognition-oriented video search company …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Roo Group Backers Bet On Face Recognition Software
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
It's Not Exploitation If You Chose To Take Part  —  Well, the buzz of the weekend seems to be around a New York Times op-ed by musician Billy Bragg upset about the sale of Bebo to AOL earlier this month.  Bragg's complaint is an old one that we've heard before: Because musicians chose to put …
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.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Intel's Netbook revealed as the 2go PC  —  Finally, something solid on the recently-rumored Netbook... or should we say, the 2go PC.  The little laptop, manufactured by CTL, will clearly be aimed at the education market, though the specs imply that this will be destined for more than just the classroom.
Discussion: Crave, Gizmodo and dailywireless.org
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.
Mona Elesseily / Search Engine Land:
Is Microhoo A Done Deal?  —  Lately, a merger between Yahoo! and Microsoft is looking more and more probable.  Not only have reports been flying around that Yahoo! and Microsoft are in negotiations, but Yahoo!'s SEC filing last week (Tuesday March 18 2008) has added significantly more fuel to the merger fire.
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
 
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InfoWorld:
Marathon extends fault tolerance to VMs
Discussion: The Register
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Screenshots reveal possible iPhone App Store design
Dane Jasper / Sonic.net CEO Blog:
Sebastopol voids Wi-Fi contract
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Is Twitter About to Have a Big Spam Problem?
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Beer Pong Comes to Facebook
Business Wire:
Yahoo! and Computational Research Laboratories to Collaborate …
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For the young, TV's passivity is passé next to the Internet
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Richard McRoskey / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Kindle Effect? E-book Sales Up 24 Percent (AMZN)
Discussion: WebProNews
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
C2: Microsoft's take on FriendFeed?
Discussion: WinExtra
Fortune:
A half-billion in widgets  —  If Max Levchin's Slide can cure …
Discussion: Valleywag
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
MacBook Air makes a great ultraportable... for Vista
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Google: $300 Million DoubleClick Revs; Must Leverage Buy And Sell …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Report: MySpace nears deal with Sony BMG, Warner Music
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I Need A News Feed For My News Feeds
 

 
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