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9:05 AM ET, March 26, 2008

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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.
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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 …
cabel.name:
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.
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Screenshot - AdWords Text Ads with Video on Google Homepage  —  Google is now playing video commercials on their homepage.  —  This inline video ad from AT&T appeared on the Google search page for the keyword “phone” - the video clip remains hidden until you click the “Watch Commercial” link.
Discussion: Screenwerk and Google Blogoscoped
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Tests Video Ads Alongside Search Results  —  In February, we found out that Google intends to test video ads next to search results and now we can finally see some examples.  Digital Inspiration spotted an AT&T ad targeted to the query [phone], but there's also an Intel ad when you search for [laptop].
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.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
FriendFeed Launches API - This Should be Interesting
Discussion: Ryan Stewart and The Last Podcast
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Communicate Acquires Y Combinator Startup Auctomatic, Unveils New Business Strategy  —  Communicate.com, a public company in Vancouver, Canada, is announcing the acquisition of Y Combinator startup Auctomatic this morning for $5 million in cash and stock.  The company is also changing its name to Live Current Media, Inc.
Discussion: Damien Mulley
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Canadian media company buys Auctomatic for $5 million  —  If you've been around the Internet long enough, you're bound to see a business model or two come back around.  The business of domain-name roll-ups—once hot in the dot-com boom—are the latest to re-emerge.
Discussion: Mashable!
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.
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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
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
OpenSocial is now neutral: What's the business hook here?  —  OpenSocial is no longer just a Google standard.  Microsoft catches social networking religion.  And most folks are wondering where Facebook will land in this mess.  The larger question: Is there a business hook here somewhere?
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo Is Joining an Alliance That Has Google as Leader
Discussion: Epicenter
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: TECH.BLORGE.com, Gizmodo and Engadget
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 …
Discussion: persistent.info
Phil Manchester / Reg Developer:
AJAX patent threat to giants under the hammer  —  IP 101 for Web 2.0  —  A patent scheduled for sale next month in San Francisco could threaten some of the biggest players on the internet leading Web 2.0.  —  Listed in Ocean Tomo's spring auction catalog as lot number seven …
Discussion: Techdirt
 
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