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3:14 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.
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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
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.
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InfoWorld:
Citigroup: Microsoft likely to raise bid for Yahoo  —  Microsoft will most likely increase its initial $44.6 billion bid for Yahoo, according to a Citigroup Investment Research analyst.  —  “We believe that a Yahoo sale to Microsoft — at a price higher than the initial $31 [per share] …
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 …
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 News.com
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Open source: Microsoft lawyer on patent question  —  If everything is on schedule, Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith should be concluding his appearance at the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco right about now — including a full hour of questions from a panel and the audience.
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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 …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Recommends No Vote On Human Rights, Anti-Censorship Proposals
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.
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
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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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Comcast, Time Warner, Sprint, and Clearwire could join forces …
Discussion: dailywireless.org
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.
Discussion: Boing Boing
Emily / textually.org:
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Karl / DSLreports:
Bell Canada Confirms Throttling - Tells wholesalers: too bad, so sad...  Techdirt, Slashdot and Canadian law Professor Michael Geist all discuss our report yesterday on Bell Canada's decision to start throttling traffic of their residential wholesalers before it hits their networks without telling those ISPs they were doing so.
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.
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 …
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: Beet.TV and Mashable!
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Revision3 Strengthens Blip.tv's Roster With Syndication Deal
Discussion: CNET News.com and Dembot
 
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Jeff / Venture Chronicles:
Incrementalism and The New New Thing
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Erik Sofge / Popular Mechanics:
Shooting for Realism: How Accurate are Video-Game Weapons?
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Tim Arango / New York Times:
Social Site's New Friends Are Athletes
Discussion: paidContent.org and Mashable!
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Call to keep the internet faith despite downturn
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
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
Sloan Foundation gives Wikimedia Foundation $3 million
InfoWorld:
New switch wraps Wi-Fi in 802.11n blanket
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Pocket-lint.co.uk:
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
Karen D. Schwartz / eWeek:
Report: 9 of 10 Sites Are Sitting Ducks
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Windows XP may get another reprieve
Erika Morphy / E-Commerce Times:
Domain Name Registrars: The Weakest Link in Online Free Speech
MacNN:
Apple granted patents for iPod Click Wheel, iMac Flex Arm, more
Discussion: One More Thing
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Innocent man pinched by RIAA asks SCOTUS for attorney's fees
Discussion: Mashable!, Slashdot and Digg
 

 
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