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6:05 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?
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Verizon SuperPages.com joins Google AdWords  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—Google and Verizon SuperPages.com have signed a deal under which the classified ad provider will help its tens of thousands of marketers get ads onto Google search result pages, the companies said Monday.
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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 …
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.
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.
Jennifer Slegg / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Official Google Blog Deleted, Blogger Registers googleblog.blogspot.com  —  Back in April 2004, Google launched their blog at googleblog.blogspot.com.  But somehow, in the past few hours, that blog has been completely deleted from the Blogger servers, and users are instead seeing a "Not Found.
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makezine.com:
The Future of Credit Cards - Earning virtual currency for spending in the real world & other world bridging  —  Very soon, credit card companies and game makers will reward their customers who spend money in the real world using private label "rewards" credit cards.
Discussion: WOW Insider, InterMedia and Scobleizer
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:
Chris Suellentrop / Wired News:
Global Gaming Crackdown  —  Last fall, a group of World of Warcraft players in China committed mass suicide.  They wanted to draw attention to the latest restriction on their liberty: The same government agency that censors newspapers and bans books had just mandated a system of disincentives …
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.
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
Stephen Bryant / Online Journalism Review:
Syndicate this!  Linking old media to new  —  A new service called BlogBurst aims to get newspapers republishing syndicated blog content.  Will it work?  Who will benefit?  —  Blogs and newspapers have been getting cozy of late.  The successful journaling experiments at dailies …
Discussion: InterMedia
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.
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
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.
Rob Bushway / GottaBeMobile.com:
Being honest about Tablet PCs  —  I've noticed a growing trend in forum and blog posts since the UMPC / Origami was announced - the number of people who have said: I'd get one because I just don't take my Tablet PC with me to the places I really need it - which really means " …
 
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Joe / Techdirt:
France Demonstrates Benefit Of Broadband Laissez-Faire
Discussion: Nyquist Capital and GigaOM
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Robert Scoble: Poster child for good corporate blogging
Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
Passionate Microsofties  —  The most interesting perspective I've seen …
Discussion: Burningbird and Scobleizer
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
Phone Scoop:
Cool.Prepaid in Hot Water
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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
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
i-Phono, PSP Bluetooth Transmitter
Discussion: Tech Digest and Ubergizmo
David / weblog.rubyonrails.org:
Rails 1.1: RJS, Active Record++, respond_to, integration tests …
Christopher / ATRACLife:
New NW-A (002, 003, 005) Series to Debut Soon
Alan Saracevic / The Technology Chronicles:
Adios Avie  —  Avadis "Avie" Tevanian, Apple Computer's Chief …