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5:10 PM ET, March 25, 2008

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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 non-profit OpenSocial Foundation  —  This post was expanded at 10:49 AM PT to add comment from the OpenSocial Foundation conference call.  —  It's like the Justice League of social media: Google, Yahoo, and News Corp.'s MySpace.com announced on Tuesday …
Wade Chambers / Yodel Anecdotal:
Announcing the OpenSocial Foundation  —  From our travels across cyberspace, it's pretty clear that the social part of the Internet is becoming more and more important to people.  From chat to games to messaging to sharing things like news, entertainment, pictures, maps, movies and other …
Dan Peterson / Official Google Blog:
OpenSocial continues to grow: Welcome, Yahoo!
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
The Birth of the OpenSocial Foundation
Discussion: AppScout
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Liveblogging the OpenSocial.org Conference Call
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.
Windows Live Dev:
Microsoft Partners with Top Social Networks to Put Users at the Center of their Data  —  Hey folks, John Richards here, Director of Windows Live Platform.  —  Today Microsoft is announcing some significant developments to the Windows Live platform that demonstrate Microsoft's commitment …
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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.
Discussion: Google Watch and All Facebook
CNN:
Sony BMG plans online music subscription service  —  Mar. 25, 2008 (Thomson Financial delivered by Newstex) —  BERLIN Thomson Financial - Music company Sony (NYSE:SNE) BMG wants to launch a subscription plan to give clients unlimited access to its digital catalogue, chief executive Rolf Schmidt-Holtz said.
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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 and CyberNet
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!
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
Gamerscore Correction  —  I wanted to follow up and let you know where we are on the post I made a few months ago on Gamesave Tampering.  Today we took action on some of the accounts we have identified as the most serious offenders who have violated the Xbox LIVE Terms of Use by tampering with their Gamerscore and Achievements.
InfoWorld:
Amazon's cloud computing service fuels startup's launch  —  A startup called Elastra is launching Tuesday with software that helps customers build database management systems and other applications that can be deployed on top of Amazon's EC2 cloud computing service.
Discussion: GigaOM
InfoWorld:
Apple's Safari browser likened to malware  —  Mozilla chief executive John Lilly has lambasted Apple for its use of iTunes to offer the Safari web browser to Windows users, saying the technique “borders on malware distribution practices” and undermines the security of the Internet.
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: TechCrunch, Beet.TV and Mashable!
InfoWorld:
Airspan blames customer for poor WiMax performance  —  After Australian broadband operator Buzz Broadband slammed WiMax as a “disaster,” its equipment supplier Airspan has hit back, saying the performance issues were not its fault.  —  The controversy started at a WiMax conference in Bangkok.
 
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InfoWorld:
Citigroup: Microsoft likely to raise bid for Yahoo
Discussion: Techland and Epicenter
Shane Richmond / Telegraph Blogs:
Predictions aren't what they used to be  —  “It's 8am, Tuesday …
Discussion: Modern Mechanix and Mashable!
MacNN:
Apple granted patents for iPod Click Wheel, iMac Flex Arm, more
Discussion: One More Thing
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Indian Blackberry network given 15 days to allow government snooping or shut down
Discussion: Electronista and SMS Text News
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Mogulus, Looking For Revenue, To Try Charging ‘Lifecasters’
Discussion: The Social Times and Mashable!
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Save the Developers! Stop Using Internet Explorer 6
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Hackers Forcing Sites to Cloak Search Engines with Link Spam
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Open Source Software Made Developers Cool. Now It Can Make Them Rich
IDG News Service:
Samsung Launches Touch-Screen Cell Phone
Rosemary Bennett / Times of London:
Plea to ban employers trawling Facebook
Discussion: Blogspotting and All Facebook
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Is DoubleClick a profit margin killer for Google?
Simon Avery / Globe and Mail:
Patriot Act haunts Google service
Discussion: Techdirt and Download Squad
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