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8:10 PM ET, March 25, 2008


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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  —  This post was expanded at 10:49 a.m. PDT to add comment from the OpenSocial Foundation conference call.  —  It's like the Justice League of social media: Google, Yahoo, and News Corp.'s announced on Tuesday …
Windows Live Dev:
Microsoft Partners with Top Social Networks to Put Users at the Center of their Data
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] …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Google Watch and All Facebook
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: Computerworld
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:   Network Solutions in crosshairs over web site takedown
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
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
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: PC World, Valleywag and CyberNet
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
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 improve FriendFeed or integrate FriendFeed into other applications.
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Last Podcast
Rafat Ali /
Hearst Buys Relationship Advice Site Answerology  —  Hearst has bought out online relationships advice site, we have learned, and now confirmed through the company.  The site, based in New York City and founded in 2005 by Matt Milner, differs from other general Q&A sites …
Discussion: Mashable!
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Discussion: The Seattle Times and Switched
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
LG-SH240: Touch my keypad, it feels like real skin, seriously
Discussion: MobHappy and Engadget
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Facebook traffic back to Christmas peak
Karen D. Schwartz / eWeek:
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 Earlier Items: 
Apple's Safari browser likened to malware
Amazon's cloud computing service fuels startup's launch
Discussion: GigaOM
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Mogulus, Looking For Revenue, To Try Charging ‘Lifecasters’
Discussion: The Social Times and Mashable!
Airspan blames customer for poor WiMax performance
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Save the Developers! Stop Using Internet Explorer 6
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
Gamerscore Correction
Daniel Roth / Wired News:
Open Source Software Made Developers Cool. Now It Can Make Them Rich
Rosemary Bennett / Times of London:
Plea to ban employers trawling Facebook
Discussion: Blogspotting and All Facebook