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10:30 PM ET, March 28, 2006

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Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
Facebook's on the Block  —  The owners of the privately held social-networking site hope to fetch as much as $2 billion.  And media giants like Viacom may make a good match  —  Facebook, the Web site where students around the world socialize and swap information, has put itself on the block, BusinessWeek Online has learned.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Facebook: Too Late For $750 Million?
Telis Demos / CNN:
The sleeping giant goes on the offensive  —  Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft is ready to take the offensive.  —  (FORTUNE Magazine) - When Microsoft (Research) went public in 1986, there was no 3-D videogaming, no enterprise software, and no Google (Research).
Randfish / SEOmoz | Daily SEO Blog:
SEOmoz's Web 2.0 Awards  —  I ask those of you for whom the phrase "Web 2.0" is an anethma to refrain from judgement while you read this post and browse the site we've created.  Afterwards, when you've had time to process it, I invite you to comment with as much passion (for or against) as you like.
Stepto / the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:
Third party solutions to the Internet Explorer CreateTextRange vulnerability  —  Hi everyone, Mike Reavey here.  I wanted to make everyone aware of some recent developments regarding the "Create TextRange" IE vulnerability.  First off we're still not seeing increased spread of attacks …
Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
Sue Google, not us, Torrentspy tells Hollywood  —  Torrentspy argues it can't be held liable for actions of visitors once they leave its Web site  —  The Motion (Overview, Articles, Company) Picture Association of America (MPAA) might just as well have sued Google (Profile, Products …
Robert / infOpinions?:
The Worst of PR and WOM - All In One Post  —  T he worst aspects of PR and Word-of-mouth (WOM) were laid bare in one pitiful post this weekend.  Filled with stereotypes and void of character (while masquerading as one), Strumpette busts on the scene and is quickly exposed by - a student.
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
Manage your Xbox Live friends list from the web  —  Just in time for the Xbox free live weekend, the 'My Xbox' section of Xbox .com has been upgraded.  You can now send, receive, or decline a friends request...or remove a friend from your friends lists directly from Xbox.com.
Erick Schonfeld / B2Day:
Rumor of the Week: iPhone Pics!  —  Okay, it's not even April Fool's yet and things are getting out of hand.  Mac OS Rumors is passing off the image at right as: … Well, we here at Business 2.0 can only hope that the real iPhone ends up looking like this mockup, since we commissioned the image for our April, 2005 cover!
Discussion: GigaOM and Rex Hammock's Weblog
determina.com:
Overview & Instructions On Downloading The Free Determina Shield For CVE-2006-1359  —  Based on the same technology used in the VPS LiveShield product, Determina has engineered a standalone fix that provides free and immediate protection to users worldwide that need to protect systems …
Daily Wireless:
Net Neutrality Going Down?  —  In a blow to proponents of "Net Neutrality", Rep. Joe Barton, the Texas Republican who heads the House Energy and Commerce Committee, released new text on the proposed bill today.  —  Phone companies and cable TV operators alike could seek permission to launch video …
hotelchatter.com:
Worst WiFi Hotels 2006  —  A HotelChatter Exclusive  —  While these days most hotels are implementing a wireless connection in their properties, you are still not guaranteed a free connection, a good signal, nor a consistent WiFi solution across all hotels in a particular brand family.
BBC:
EU cracks down on mobile charges  —  Mobile phone users could pay less for making calls from abroad to their country of origin, under proposals put forward by the European Commission.  —  The Commission said it would draft a law to crack down on "unjustified" high charges for using mobile phones abroad.
Discussion: Tech Digest and PalmAddicts
Herschell Taghap / Infinite Loop:
Apple's 30'' Cinema Display gets quiet upgrade  —  Apple's 30'' LCD is a beautiful thing.  The screen's minimalistic design and sleek lines could only be worthy of being designed in Cupertino, California.  But, as we have learned in the company's history, and especially these past couple years …
Discussion: productdose.com and MacInTouch
Om Malik / GigaOM:
5 Years For Nation Wide WiFi  —  In five years, most major metros and suburbs will have ubiquitous Wi-Fi based broadband coverage says Chuck Haas, the co-founder and chief executive officer of MetroFi, a Mountain View, Calif.,-based start-up that is rolling out metro wireless networks.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
SEARCH SHARE  —  From a Bear Stearns report on comScore data, Google continues to gain ground in search share in the US.  Given all that's going on in search and related media, that's impressive.  From the report, which was emailed to me:
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
TabletKiosk UMPC pricing revealed  —  Ok, here we go folks, a UMPC with anannounced price, ready to order.  First from the gates is the TabletKiosk [V-700] or rather,"eo" UMPC v7110.  Now, forget what you heard about these pups dropping for around $500 to help position thembetween the handheld and laptop market, mkay?
Cisco Cheng / Gearlog:
Toshiba's First Gaming Laptop: The Satellite P105-S921  —  It's official folks; Toshiba is set to launch its first gaming laptop along with several other new Satellites.  Why is it a big deal?  Well, the Satellite P105-S921 is launching with Nvidia Corporation, for the first time, unveiling the new GeForce Go 7900 GS.
Discussion: productdose.com
 
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Joe / Techdirt:
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Robert Scoble: Poster child for good corporate blogging
pcpro.co.uk:
Microsoft employees call for Ballmer to go
Discussion: Cathode Tan
Ryan Block / Engadget:
US Gov't to launch investigation into Lenovo "spy" PCs
Discussion: BBC and Boing Boing
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google v. Microsoft: New Search Interfaces
Rali / PaidContent.org:
@ DH: Google Music Council? [by rafat] : Picked up this bit …
Discussion: Googling Google
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Rob Bushway / GottaBeMobile.com:
Being honest about Tablet PCs
Chris Suellentrop / Wired News:
Global Gaming Crackdown
Stephen Bryant / Online Journalism Review:
Syndicate this! Linking old media to new
Discussion: InterMedia
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Researcher: DRM Has Deep Flaws
Discussion: Techdirt
Arshad Mohammed / Washington Post:
Phone, Cable Trade Fire Over Ads
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Justices Will Hear Patent Case Against eBay
makezine.com:
The Future of Credit Cards - Earning virtual currency for spending …