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12:40 AM ET, March 25, 2008

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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Google outlines proposal for ‘Wi-Fi on steroids’  —  Google on Monday said it has a plan to have American consumers from Manhattan to rural North Dakota surfing the Web on handheld gadgets at gigabits-per-second speeds by the 2009 holiday season.  —  The company, joined by other heavyweights …
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Bret Taylor / FriendFeed Blog:
Post your FriendFeed comments back to Twitter  —  For you Twitter users: When you are commenting on a Twitter post in FriendFeed, you now have the option of sending your comment as an @reply in Twitter as well:  —  Happy Tweeting!  —  Ana said...
Discussion: Mashable!
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
FriendFeed moves into TwitterSpace  —  We said a couple of weeks ago that FriendFeed is gaining a lot of traction.  Since then we've started a background conversation and have been giving them a bit of friendly advice (heh, sorry).  Today they added a feature that brings it closer to Twitter …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Finally, FriendFeed Answers The Twitter Conundrum
Steven Hodson / WinExtra:
FriendFeed changed the conversation landscape today
Discussion: FriendFeed Blog
US Department of Justice:
Statement of the Department of Justice Antitrust Division on its Decision to Close its Investigation of XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.'s Merger with Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.  —  Evidence Does Not Establish that Combination of Satellite Radio Providers Would Substantially Reduce Competition
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The DOJ Finally Realizes That A Sirius/XM Radio Merger Isn't a …
Discussion: Reuters, Ars Technica and Electronista
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
What Microsoft can teach Apple about software updates  —  Last summer, I looked at Apple's announced plans for its Safari web browser and wondered out loud, Is Steve Jobs planning a hostile takeover of the Windows desktop?  Apple's decision last week to begin aggressively pushing Safari …
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Come on Down to South Park and Watch the Shows Online  —  The web just got a whole lot funnier as the guys behind South Park have made every episode of their hit show available for free online.  That's right — every. episode.  (Take that Hulu, and your five weeks' worth of shows window).
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
South Park Studios - It's Like AllSP, But Legal
Eric Alterman / New Yorker:
OUT OF PRINT  —  The death and life of the American newspaper. … The American newspaper has been around for approximately three hundred years.  Benjamin Harris's spirited Publick Occurrences, Both Forreign and Domestick managed just one issue, in 1690, before the Massachusetts authorities closed it down.
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Michael Gay / Lost Remote:
HuffingtonPost beats DrudgeReport?
Discussion: Blogcosm
Adam Lusher / Sydney Morning Herald:
Google's free beer and ‘big-ass’ barbies  —  IT STARTED with two students in a garage and became a $A220 billion giant relied upon by 60% of the world's internet users.  —  Now, one of the men at the heart of the Google empire has disclosed the secrets behind its rise from almost nothing 10 years ago …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   The Secret To Google's Success: Free Beer And Sushi
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
Amazon S3 - Backstory for Nerds - Part 2  —  Note to non-nerds - back to English tomorrow; you may want to skip this one.  —  Here's the problem: My broadbandwiki browser application does two things for users: it shows them what broadband access people around them are using and it enables …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Starz to Sell on iTunes  —  Starz will launch on iTunes tonight, said Marc DeBevoise, SVP of business development and strategy for the production company, speaking at a panel at the Future of Television West conference in Hollywood.  —  DeBevoise said that consumers have demonstrated …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Expandable Google Search Box  —  If you entered long queries in a Google search box, you would notice that it's difficult to edit them because Google optimized the size of the box for short queries.  Things have changed and now you can much bigger queries and Google will adjust the search box's size after you perform a search.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Mona Elesseily / Search Engine Land:
Is Microhoo A Done Deal?  —  Lately, a merger between Yahoo! and Microsoft is looking more and more probable.  Not only have reports been flying around that Yahoo! and Microsoft are in negotiations, but Yahoo!'s SEC filing last week (Tuesday March 18 2008) has added significantly more fuel to the merger fire.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and WebMetricsGuru
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
LiveJournal Says Goodbye to Unique Account Structure, Against Wishes of Advisors  —  Groundbreaking social network LiveJournal is no longer allowing new users to sign up for Basic level accounts, which traded a pared-down feature set for an ad and cost free user profile.
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
The Lifestreaming Backlash  —  Backlash is probably too harsh a word, but as the buzz around lifestreaming continues to build, some people are starting to question where it fits into their daily lives.  Last week, we wondered whether sites like FriendFeed solved the problem of information overload, or merely brought attention to it.
Discussion: socialwrite.com and Feld Thoughts
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Australian Company Calls WiMax a Disaster  —  Disaster.  Miserable failure.  Mired in opportunistic hype.  Those were just a few of the descriptors Garth Freeman, the CEO of Australian company Buzz Broadband, recently used to characterize the next-generation wireless technology, WiMax.
Discussion: Ars Technica, Bits and Electronista
 
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Security Lapse Leaves Private Photos Exposed, Even Paris and Zuck's
Discussion: Associated Press and Mashable!
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Sun's head chip guy heads to Juniper
Discussion: The Register
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Googling Gets A Lot More Dangerous: Chrysler Adding In-Car Internet
Discussion: Orbitcast and Hear 2.0
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
New inkjet tech can “print” LCDs using silver nanoparticles
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Screenshots reveal possible iPhone App Store design
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Is Twitter About to Have a Big Spam Problem?
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Beer Pong Comes to Facebook
Business Wire:
Yahoo! and Computational Research Laboratories to Collaborate …
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louisgray.com:
Toluu Offers Gateway to Friends' RSS Feeds, Recommends New Ones
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Intel's Netbook revealed as the 2go PC
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
C2: Microsoft's take on FriendFeed?
Discussion: WinExtra
Fortune:
A half-billion in widgets  —  If Max Levchin's Slide can cure …
Discussion: Valleywag
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
MacBook Air makes a great ultraportable... for Vista
AppleInsider:
Rumor: Digg founder claims 3G iPhone to do video chat
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Fixing the unfairness of TCP congestion control
 

 
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