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1:25 PM ET, April 4, 2008

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Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
20 reasons why Seesmic acquired Twhirl  —  As TechCrunch just announced, Seesmic just acquired Twhirl.  And here are 20 ways it will benefit the Seesmic community  —Staying in touch with your friends using microblogging is much easier using a client than through your browser
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
21st (and Real) Reason Why Seesmic Bought Twhirl  —  Seesmic founder Loic Le Meur outlines 20 reasons why his company bought Twhirl, an Adobe AIR-based Twitter client that is preferred by the self-obsessed net-set (including yours truly).  Some see it as a future-of-the-web move.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
AT&T's 700 MHz Strategy: LTE  —  The open access restrictions mandated by the Federal Communications Commission on portions of the recently auctioned 700 MHz spectrum were among the main reasons AT&T chose not to bid for that spectrum but opted instead to pay more for that of the B-Block …
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Verizon's spectrum plans: Speedier wireless broadband  —  Verizon executives on Friday said that a valuable chunk of newly purchased analog TV spectrum is a “transformative opportunity” that's expected to allow for delivery of vastly speedier wireless broadband service within the next three years.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
An Auction That Google Was Content to Lose
Discussion: Tech Watch
Google Public Policy Blog:
Cone of silence (finally) lifts on the spectrum auction
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
A SaaSy SAP vs. Salesforce debate: Is Benioff overestimating his platform?  —  Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff and SAP Chairman Hasso Plattner dueled at the Churchill Club in a debate about the future of software and the generation gap couldn't be larger.  —  Benioff brought the bluster …
Discussion: deal architect
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Fred / A VC:
Something Important Is On The Horizon In The Music Business  —  Having ceded the file based music opportunity (mp3s and drm'd file formats) to Apple, the recorded labels are now getting hip to the much bigger opportunity, streaming music.  —  Yes, it's true that listeners will still want to own files for a few more years.
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog and The 463
Ashish Thapliyal / Ashish Thapliyal's Blog:
Silverlight Roadmap questions  —  Silverlight is about 7 month old kid but it is already making such a big buzz.  One of my colleague Rahul did excellent job in terms of putting up a FAQ regarding the roadmap  —  1. When exactly will Silverlight support all the codecs that a standard Windows Media Player support?
Discussion: All about Microsoft
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:   Silverlight 2 targeted for “late summer” release
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Mobile Phone Industry Takes Aim at the iPhone  —  LAS VEGAS — Last year, the wireless industry obsessed over the iPhone.  This year, the industry is buzzing about how to beat it.  —  Touch screens, the mobile Internet and devices packed with multimedia capabilities dominated the discussion …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Craigslist to fan blog: Give us your domain, now  —  You don't mess with Craigslist, apparently.  —  A fan-run blog called Craigslist Blog has been served a takedown notice from the massive classifieds site, according to a post from blogger Tim White on Thursday.
Discussion: craigslist blog and WebProNews
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
The Vista license “loophole” that isn't  —  Software licensing is often hard to understand.  But that's no excuse for so-called Windows experts to deliberately publish sensational stories that turn the facts upside-down.  —  I'm talking about the fuss that Scott Dunn and Brian Livingston kicked …
Jason Hill / Screen Play:
GTA IV edited for Australia  —  Rockstar has produced an edited version of Grand Theft Auto IV for Australia in order to obtain an MA15+ rating.  —  The Office of Film and Literature Classification awarded the game an MA15+ rating on December 11 last year, advising consumers that the game contains …
Yi-Wyn Yen / Techland:
Microsoft and Yahoo meet again, then walk away  —  Yahoo and Microsoft executives have reached an impasse.  Executives from both sides met this week near Yahoo's headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif., but failed to reach an agreement, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Xssniper / Billy (BK) Rios:
Insecure Content Ownership  —  Taking ownership of someone else's content is always a tricky deal.  Nate McFeters and I spoke about some of the issues related to taking “ownership” of someone else's content last year at Defcon, but we continue to see more and more places willingly accepting …
Discussion: Zero Day
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
MySpace Music leaves creators cold  —  $10,000 Panda Challenge - are you really protected?  —  What a pity that while raging against the (dying) major record label, keyboard warriors are content to see them gain more power over creators than ever before.  MySpace announced …
 
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Daniel Jacobs / International Business Times:
Apple iPhone Users Do All but Talk
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Microsoft Unveils Web Series Slate
Discussion: NewTeeVee and paidContent.org
Hank Williams / Silicon Alley Insider:
“Free” is Killing Us—Blame The VCs
Discussion: Profy.Com
IDG News Service:
Lenovo Completes Sale of Handset Unit
Discussion: Electronista
Arn / MacRumors:
Mac OS X 10.5.3 9D12 Seeded
Discussion: Insanely Great Mac
Digital Home:
Rogers Cable set to begin compressing HD Signals
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Study: more couch potatoes parked in front of PC to watch TV
Discussion: DailyTech and WebProNews
Mikael Ricknäs / Computerworld:
IPhone price cut in Germany
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Ruling: No safe harbor when the questions discriminate
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Judge kills RIAA subpoena: making available not infringement
Discussion: CrunchGear and Digg
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
How to survive the next-gen confab
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
New Middle-of-page Google Onebox Type?
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
DimDim's No Duh, Recession-Proof Proposition
Richard Thurston / The Register:
Creative climbs down over home brew Vista drivers
Discussion: Techdirt
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Google's Android work far from finished
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
Griffin ClearBoost for iPhone