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10:15 PM ET, March 25, 2008

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Bret Taylor / FriendFeed Blog:
FriendFeed API: Extend and improve FriendFeed  —  We are very excited to announce the launch of the FriendFeed API, which enables developers to interact with the FriendFeed site programmatically.  It's designed to make it possible for anyone to improve FriendFeed or integrate FriendFeed into other applications.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
FriendFeed Launches API - It's About to Get Very Interesting  —  Cross-site activity stream aggregator FriendFeed has answered the loud calls of users and developers and today released the first version of its Application Programming Interface, or API.  The FriendFeed experience …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:   Friendfeed, the site for conversations, launches API and keeps getting more relevant
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft to Raise Yahoo Bid to $34—Citi  —  Two months later, and we're back where we began: Microsoft (MSFT) bids $31 for Yahoo (YHOO), Yahoo counters with $40, and a price in the mid-$30s should get the deal done.  —  True, Yahoo had to explore other options.
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InfoWorld:
Citigroup: Microsoft likely to raise bid for Yahoo  —  Microsoft will most likely increase its initial $44.6 billion bid for Yahoo, according to a Citigroup Investment Research analyst.  —  “We believe that a Yahoo sale to Microsoft — at a price higher than the initial $31 [per share] …
Yahoo!:
Yahoo! Supports OpenSocial; Yahoo!, MySpace and Google to Form Non-Profit OpenSocial Foundation  —  Community Organization to Assure Neutrality and Longevity of  —  Specification for Building Social Applications Across the Web  —  SUNNYVALE & LOS ANGELES & MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Mar 25 …
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Yahoo, Google, MySpace form nonprofit OpenSocial Foundation
The Huffington Post:
New York Apple Stores Sold Out Of iPhones  —  New York may now have three Apple stores, but there's not a single iPhone among them.  —  Apple Store employees at all three New York locations — the original SoHo store, the 59th Street location, and the most recent addition, on West 14th Street …
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
Microsoft looks to cash in on the iPhone  —  Microsoft has a profitable business building software for the Mac; now it has an eye on the iPhone, too.  Image: Apple  —  Tom Gibbons, head of Microsoft's Specialized Devices and Applications Group, said the focus would be on extending Office functions onto the iPhone and iPod touch.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Defection Watch: Google's Director of Social Media Decides It's More Social at Facebook  —  If you are the director of Social Media at Google, wouldn't you rather be working at Facebook?  That is what Ethan Beard decided to do.  The Google executive turned in his resignation last week and will be joining Facebook.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Windows XP may get another reprieve  —  With deference to my colleague (and boss), not ALL roads lead to Vista.  —  Although Microsoft is pushing hard to move everyone to the latest version of Windows, there are some market realities that are going to keep Windows XP around for some time …
Discussion: Download Squad
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Innocent man pinched by RIAA asks SCOTUS for attorney's fees  —  Cliff Thompson, a San Antonio resident sued by the RIAA for copyright infringement, has asked the Supreme Court to decide whether the record labels should be forced to pay attorneys' fees in cases where they voluntarily dismiss copyright infringement cases.
Discussion: Mashable! and Slashdot
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Open source: Microsoft lawyer on patent question  —  If everything is on schedule, Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith should be concluding his appearance at the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco right about now — including a full hour of questions from a panel and the audience.
Discussion: Coop's Corner
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Paula Rooney / Open Source:   Microsoft partners with open source Jaspersoft, Sourcesense
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Blip.TV Gets ‘Diggnation,’ ‘GILF’  —  Blip.tv signed distribution deals with two of the bigger digital video studios: Revision3 and 60 Frames.  The deal allows blip.tv to distribute all series produced by the two production companies, including Revision3's “Diggnation” and 60 Frames' “GILF.”
Discussion: Beet.TV
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Revision3 Strengthens Blip.tv's Roster With Syndication Deal
Discussion: Webware.com and Dembot
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Craigslist Scam Cleans Out Oregon Man: Who Should Pay?  —  Here's today's quiz:  —  If an ad on Craigslist says that someone is giving something away for free, should you be able to take it?  If you put an ad on Craigslist saying someone is giving something away for free but he isn't and someone takes it …
Erika Morphy / E-Commerce Times:
Domain Name Registrars: The Weakest Link in Online Free Speech  —  Protesters have learned to target domain name registrars instead of the actual publishers of offending content, because those usually anonymous Internet players will fold like a tent in the face of an impending storm.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Computerworld
MacNN:
Apple granted patents for iPod Click Wheel, iMac Flex Arm, more  —  On March 25, the US Patent & Trademark Office published four of Apple's newly granted patents respectfully titled Split Edits, Spacing for microphone elements, Computer controlled display device and Touch pad for handheld device.
Discussion: One More Thing
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Yahoo Redesign With Centered Logo  —  The last time the Yahoo homepage saw a major overhaul was in May 2006.  Now, another redesign moves the logo from the left side back into the middle again (Martin in the comments notes this was already rolled out for some time in UK/ Ireland).
Discussion: Valleywag, PC World and CyberNet
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google To Holders: Vote No On Anti-Censorship Proposal  —  Google (GOOG) is once again advising its investors to vote down a shareholder proposal calling for the company to adopt a set of policies to prevent censorship of the Internet.  —  The shareholder proposal, included in the proxy …
 
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Vista Capable plaintiffs subpoena PC titans
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Clear Channel Sale ‘Near Collapse’: Report
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Mogulus, Looking For Revenue, To Try Charging ‘Lifecasters’
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