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4:15 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 …
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: All Facebook
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 …
Google Code Blog:
An OpenSocial Foundation  —  Today we are pleased to announce that Google is joining together with Yahoo! and MySpace in the creation of a non-profit foundation for the open and transparent governance of the OpenSocial specifications and intellectual property.
Dan Peterson / Official Google Blog:
OpenSocial continues to grow: Welcome, Yahoo!
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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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, CyberNet and Mashable!
EnterpriseDB:
EnterpriseDB Introduces Postgres Plus Product Family  —  Lightning-Fast, Massively Scalable Databases Ideal for Web 2.0 and Other Advanced Applications  —  SAN FRANCISCO, OPEN SOURCE BUSINESS CONFERENCE  —  Today at the Open Source Business Conference, EnterpriseDB announced the introduction …
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
IBM backs database company EnterpriseDB, squares off against Sun
Discussion: eWeek, Open Source and CNET News.com
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.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
XM, Sirius: Focus Shifts To FCC Concessions, Debt Refi  —  Now that the Justice Department has, at long last, approved the pending merger of XM Satellite Radio (XMSR) and Sirius Satellite Radio (SIRI), investor focus will shift to several additional issues.  The most obvious of these is the …
Discussion: Reuters
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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: Slashdot
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.
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
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Netflix glitch to delay deliveries  —  Update at 6:15 p.m. PDT to add areas that may likely see delays in delivery.  —  Update at 7:55 p.m. to reflect that the site has since come back online.  —  Netflix customers expecting a little red package soon may be disappointed.
 
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Plea to ban employers trawling Facebook
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Is DoubleClick a profit margin killer for Google?
Simon Avery / Globe and Mail:
Patriot Act haunts Google service
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BBC:
Google backs ‘white space’ wi-fi
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