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7:45 AM ET, March 26, 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.
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 …
Discussion: Ryan Stewart
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Friendfeed, the site for conversations, launches API and keeps getting more relevant
Discussion: The Last Podcast
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Craigslist Is Our Mirror, Nothing Better (Or Worse)  —  I flipped on the news today (yes, my actual television, not sure why) and the big story was Craigslist gone wrong.  Someone placed an ad on Craigslist saying that anything at a home in Jacksonville, Oregon was up for grabs.
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 …
Discussion: Switched and CNET
Japan: URL's Are Totally Out  —  If you hadn't heard via Twitter (and why would you?), I just returned from over two weeks of quality time in Japan.  A lot of business and business planning, but also a whole lot of fun.  The truly watershed event: this time, I had Steve along.
Discussion: Snipperoo and Boing Boing
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
Om Malik / GigaOM:
CableCos Join The $3 Billion US WiMAX Rescue Act  —  WiMAX in the US has been a bit on the ropes, but it isn't dead yet.  And if you believe The Wall Street Journal a miraculous comeback maybe in the offering, thanks to some deep pocketed cable companies' willingness to write mega-million dollar checks.
Rafat Ali /
Comcast & Time Warner Talking To Clearwire & Sprint on National WiMax Network
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Associated Press:
Google execs: $1 in pay, $13B in stock  —  Giant stakes enrich Brin and Page, but value of their shares decline by billions as company stock falls.  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Google Inc. co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page each took home their customary $1 annual salary again in 2007 …
Discussion: VentureBeat and BloggingStocks
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Social Site's New Friends Are Athletes  —  Late last year, Pamela Firestone, the mother of Tony Parker, the San Antonio Spurs point guard, went rooting through her home in Paris and dug up a VHS tape of a 9-year-old Tony on a Parisian basketball court with his two brothers.
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 …
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
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.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo Is Joining an Alliance That Has Google as Leader
Discussion: Epicenter and Publishing 2.0
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 …
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek to roll out second-generation Eee PC with touchscreen panels and possibly GPS support in May or June  —  Asustek's 8.9-inch second-generation Eee PC lineup will include touchscreen panels and possible GPS support, with shipments expected to begin in May or June, according to Kevin Lin …
Discussion:, Engadget and Gizmodo
Mark Ward / BBC:
Online gamble  —  Technology Correspondent, BBC News website  —  Good gambling strategies can pay off for websites  —  Running an online shop can be a brutal business because the net is the ultimate level playing field.  —  The sheer number of competitors selling any and every product …
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Phil Manchester / Reg Developer:
AJAX patent threat to giants under the hammer
Discussion: Techdirt
Steve Gillmor / NewsGang:
Swarmtracking  —  Lifestreaming has been a favorite swarm …
Drew Cullen / The Register:
Wikipedia scores $3m donation
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
SlySoft on Blu-ray BD+ crack: next time it will be easier
Discussion: Digg
4-Port USB Car Charger
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Turn Your PC into a DVD Ripping Monster
Discussion: GeekBrief.TV and Digg
Jeff / Venture Chronicles:
Incrementalism and The New New Thing
Discussion: GigaOM
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Call to keep the internet faith despite downturn
 Earlier Items: 
Karl / DSLreports:
Bell Canada Confirms Throttling - Tells wholesalers: too bad, so sad...
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Open source: Microsoft lawyer on patent question
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
New switch wraps Wi-Fi in 802.11n blanket
Windows Mobile 6.1 to be released on 1 April
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Sony-BMG's Music Subscription Idea Won't Work
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Facebook traffic back to Christmas peak

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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
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