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11:35 PM ET, March 25, 2008


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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.
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 …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Yahoo, Google, MySpace form nonprofit OpenSocial Foundation
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
FriendFeed Launches API - This Should be 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 will now be accessible …
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.
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] …
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: VentureBeat and Coop's Corner
Red Hat: Open source benefits from U.S. unpopularity
Discussion: VentureBeat
Paula Rooney / Open Source:   Microsoft partners with open source Jaspersoft, Sourcesense
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 …
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 …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Recommends No Vote On Human Rights, Anti-Censorship Proposals
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Haochi / Googlified:
GMail Trends  —  Mihai Parparita, a developer at Google (mostly on Google Reader) and author of many cool things that you have heard of or used, released a Python program today called Mail Trends that “let's you analyze and visualize your email.”  The program will generate a page …
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.
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
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 …
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Blip.TV Gets ‘Diggnation,’ ‘GILF’  — signed distribution deals with two of the bigger digital video studios: Revision3 and 60 Frames.  The deal allows to distribute all series produced by the two production companies, including Revision3's “Diggnation” and 60 Frames' “GILF.”
Discussion: Beet.TV and Mashable!
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Revision3 Strengthens's Roster With Syndication Deal
Discussion: and Dembot
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
Emily /
SKULLPHONE HIJACKS DIGITAL BILLBOARDS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA  —  Southern California is all abuzz the hijacking of digital billboards.  —  Silenced Majority Portal, reports that last Thursday, 18 year old graffiti artist Skullphone hacked into 10 of ClearChannel's digital billboards in Hollwood …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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: Slashdot and Mashable!
Karl / DSLreports:
Bell Canada Confirms Throttling - Tells wholesalers: too bad, so sad...  Techdirt, Slashdot and Canadian law Professor Michael Geist all discuss our report yesterday on Bell Canada's decision to start throttling traffic of their residential wholesalers before it hits their networks without telling those ISPs they were doing so.
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Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Call to keep the internet faith despite downturn
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
YouTube finally starting to “Get Smart” about advertising?
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Vista Capable plaintiffs subpoena PC titans
Discussion: Ars Technica and Beyond Binary
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
Sloan Foundation gives Wikimedia Foundation $3 million
New switch wraps Wi-Fi in 802.11n blanket
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Hearst Buys Relationship Advice Site Answerology
Discussion: Mashable!
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Sony-BMG's Music Subscription Idea Won't Work
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Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Facebook traffic back to Christmas peak
Karen D. Schwartz / eWeek:
Report: 9 of 10 Sites Are Sitting Ducks
Joseph Weisenthal /
Clear Channel Sale ‘Near Collapse’: Report
Apple's Safari browser likened to malware
Amazon's cloud computing service fuels startup's launch
Discussion: GigaOM
Apple granted patents for iPod Click Wheel, iMac Flex Arm, more
Discussion: One More Thing
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Save the Developers! Stop Using Internet Explorer 6
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Yahoo Redesign With Centered Logo
Discussion: Valleywag, PC World and CyberNet