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4:41 AM ET, March 29, 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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook is doing the Skype dance  —  Business Week is reporting that Facebook has turned down a $750 million acquisition offer and is looking for $2 billion.  The blogosphere is buzzing about the news.  —  The source of the information is an executive(s) at Facebook …
Discussion: Vecosys
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Facebook: Too Late For $750 Million?  —  Facebook, the college social networking site, and a phenom I wrote about for Business 2.0 is apparently on the block.  Business Week reports that the company is looking to get close to $2 billion, and had passed on a $750 million offer.
Carlo / Techdirt:
And The Bubble Rolls On... Facebook Wants $2 Billion
Discussion: PaidContent.org
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).
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Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
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 …
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eeye.com:
Exploits Circulating for Internet Explorer Unpatched Vulnerability  —  Internet Explorer SP2 (On Windows XP SP2)  —  Overview:  —  eEye Digital Security is advising customers to the existence of exploit code that targets a critical security vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer.
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 …
Rick Aristotle Munarriz / Motley Fool:
Follow the Money, Honey  —  If you want to make lots of money in Internet stocks, the trick is pretty easy to master.  First, you need to find a growing niche.  Don't rack your brain over that.  I'll nudge you in the right direction by pointing out a few, like online advertising, blogging, social networking, and video streaming.
Discussion: unmediated and PaidContent.org
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 …
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
BBC:
US group wants China 'spy' probe  —  A US agency is calling for an official probe into Chinese computer firm Lenovo's contract to supply 15,000 computers to the US State Department.  —  The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) said it feared the PCs could be fitted with bugging devices to spy on the US government.
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 …
John Carroll / ZDNet.com:
Antitrust frustration  —  I see some scope for antitrust, assuming the people involved in enforcing the rules understand the meaning of proper limits, and don't view antitrust as a flexible club with which to beat large companies into any shape they think conforms to some imaginary vision of perfect competition.
 
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Net Neutrality Going Down?  —  In a blow to proponents of …
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Microsoft employees call for Ballmer to go
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