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12:30 PM ET, March 31, 2008


 Top Items: 
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Publish2 raises a round, aims to bring more journalists to the web  —  In recent years, many journalists (including myself) have experimented with web services intended to help journalism go online, and those efforts have failed.  —  We'd hoped that things like better newsroom software …
Rafat Ali /   News Aggregation Service Publish2 Gets $2.75 Million Funding
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Publish2 To Launch Digg Variation As Journalist Resource
Scott Karp / Publish2 Blog:
Publish2 Gets Funded By Velocity Interactive Group
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: How Apple sells 45 million iPhones in 2009  —  Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster took a lot of heat back in June 2007 when he predicted, three weeks before Apple even began selling the iPhone, that the company would be shipping them at the rate of 45 million a year by 2009.
Brandon Holley / Yodel Anecdotal:
Hear us roar  —  This isn't exactly a secret, but we've unveiled a new website for women today, called Yahoo! Shine.  —  When our editorial team — which includes editors that hail from Lucky to Jane to the Wall Street Journal — sat down to conceive it, we wanted to avoid all of the buckets …
Juliette Garside / Telegraph:
Virgin Media takes fight to illegal downloaders  —  Virgin Media looks set to become the first British internet company to crack down on customers who download music illegally.  —  Record labels are lobbying for a “three strikes” regime that would see those who collect pirated material disconnected …
Chris Williams / The Register:
Virgin Media in talks to trial three strikes regime against P2P
Discussion: Ars Technica
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:   ISP To Voluntarily Disconnect File-Sharers, Offers Free Usenet
Doc Searls Weblog:
Getting airports and hotels out of the pay toilet business  —  I upload a lot of photos.  It's almost always an ordeal unless I'm at home or work.  That's because I get fast upload speeds in both places.  At home I have a fiber connection to the Net with 20Mb symmetrical service — a rare and good thing.
Denise Howell / Lawgarithms:
Sparks fly over copyright at Tech Policy Summit  —  The group of copyright scholars and advocates gathered Wednesday at the Tech Policy Summit in Hollywood demonstrated that while copyright must function in a converged world, opinions on how it should function are as divergent as ever.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Chumby Picks Up $12.5 Million Series B Funding  —  Chumby Industries (love the name), makers of the Chumby Internet connected device, have picked up $12.5 million in Series B funding today.  The lead investor was JK&B Capital, and other participants included existing venture investors …
Discussion: The Social
Richard Thurston / The Register:
Apple ‘most successful world brand’  —  $10,000 Panda Challenge - are you really protected?  —  Apple is the most successful brand in the world, according to an international online poll of marketers.  —  The Mac maker topped the majority of categories in the poll, which asked marketers …
Discussion: eWeek and CNET
Charles Knight / Alt Search Engines:
APRIL 1st is THE ANNUAL DAY WITHOUT GOOGLE!  —  Editor's note: This blog is not anti-Google.  —  All we're asking is that for One Day you try one of the Top 100 Alternative Search Engines to be posted here tomorrow for One Day - April 1, 2008.  And no, it's not a joke, we're very serious.
Discussion: Andy Beard and Quintura blog
Jim Thompson /
Brandjunkies on the Influence of Brands: The 2008 Brandjunkie Survey Results  —  So, just what does a man in Algeria between the ages of 40 and 45 feel about the McDonald's brand?  Or what does a woman in the Philippines between the ages of 26 and 30 think of Google's brand?
Discussion: MacUser, p2pnet and MacDailyNews
The blogosphere as high school, part XVII  —  My friend Mark Evans has a post about the lack of original thought in the blogosphere — or at least the pressures that tend to keep original thought from appearing — and as the closest thing to what MG Siegler calls a “bitchmeme” this weekend, it has grabbed a bunch of links.
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Trying to cure blogorrhea
Discussion: PR 2.0 and The Last Podcast
Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
ProBlogger Launches PayPerTweet  —  ProBlogger Launches PayPerTweet  —  Over the last two years Twitter has grown exponentially in it's use by tens of millions of people around the world.  Even ProBlogger's founder Darren Rowse is Tweeting Here.  —  With millions now using Twitter …
Discussion: Online Media Cultist
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
Intel Spins Off Its NOR Flash Business  —  In addition to creating a new company - Numonyx - Intel will also trim 2,500 employees from its payroll.  —  Intel is officially spinning off its NOR flash business.  —  The chip maker and STMicroelectronics wrapped up work on creating the new company, Numonyx, March 31.
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
CIA enlists Google's help for spy work  —  US intelligence agencies are using Google's technology to help its agents share information about their suspects  —  Google has been recruited by US intelligence agencies to help them better process and share information they gather about suspects.
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Rich / Attributor Blog:
Get your fair share of the ad network pie
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone vs. BlackBerry 9000: The keyboard wars, round 2
Danny Dumas / Wired News:
Cellphone Makers Realize: It's the Software, Stupid
Discussion: Mobile Entertainment and Digg
David Kaplan /
ZenithOptimedia Upgrades Online Ad Spend To 23.4 Percent In '08
Greg Sandoval / CNET
SpiralFrog's deal with Warner Music is half-baked
Jackson West / Valleywag:
Technorati needed a new systems adminstrator, like, yesterday
Peter Sayer / InfoWorld:
Adobe joins Linux Foundation, develops AIR for Linux
Discussion: eWeek, Ryan Stewart and Slashdot
Bonnie Cha / Crave: The gadget blog:
Lime-green Motorola Q9c adds twist to Alltel and U.S. Cellular
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
 Earlier Items: 
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Opening Up the Open-Source List
Egan Orion / Inquirer:
Sony sued for nicking software
Discussion: Listening Post and p2pnet
Andrew Wallenstein / Reuters:
Sony films headed to mobile phones
Sean Ammirati / ReadWriteWeb:
Picking a Platform: 5 Issues to Consider
Ellen Lee / San Francisco Chronicle:
Social gaming picks up momentum
Paul Buchheit:
Ideas vs Judgment and Execution: Climbing the Mountain
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Why would Google Web Services cost $0?