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2:25 PM ET, March 3, 2008

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tnsglobal.com:
TNS extends digital capability through acquisition of Compete  —  London  —  TNS extends digital capability through acquisition of Compete  —  Taylor Nelson Sofres plc (TNS), a world leader in market information and insight, announces that it has agreed to acquire Compete, Inc. …
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Compete Blog:
Brilliant!  TNS buys Compete  —  This has already been a great year at Compete, and it's about to get even more exciting.  Earlier today it was announced that we are becoming part of TNS, the global market research giant.  You can click here to read the press announcement that went over the wire in the UK this morning.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Andrew Girdwood / Andrew R H Girdwood:
Compete.com bought for $75m
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   TNS Buys Compete For Up To $150 Million
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Wowza! TNS Acquires Compete for $75 Million - $150 Million
Discussion: Mark Evans
Dan Warne / APC:
Steve Wozniak's frustrations with iPhone, Apple TV and MacBook Air  —  Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says he wishes Apple hadn't released a 2G version of the iPhone; that the Apple TV is frustrating to use, and that the MacBook Air won't be a hit.  —  Wozniak was in Sydney this morning …
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Sydney Morning Herald:
Woz finds flaws in Apple's latest offerings  —  Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, in Sydney today.  —  Asher Moses  —  Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak heaped less than lavish praise on the company's iPhone, MacBook Air and Apple TV products when visiting Sydney this morning.
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
A busy schedule for Microsoft this week  —  Lots of items on Microsoft's public agenda in the coming days.  Highlights:  — Bill Gates speaks Monday morning at Microsoft's SharePoint conference in Seattle.  As part of the event, the company announced plans to expand its online offerings …
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Microsoft CFO: No one asked but...
Discussion: Associated Press and Tech Tracks
Microsoft:
Microsoft to Expand Microsoft Online Services for Businesses of All Sizes
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Hands-on with the 9-inch Eee PC  —  If you hadn't guessed from the headline, and as rumored just an hour ago, there's 9-inches of LCD on this thing.  Actually, 8.9, but who's counting?  We found out that and a few other little tidbits about this Eee PC “New Generation” at the ASUS booth just now …
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Brad Linder / Eee Site:
Asus announces next generation Eee PC
Peer Pressure:
AllPeers Service Shutting Down Today  —  It is with deep regret that we inform our users, friends and fans that we will be shutting down the AllPeers service today.  We are tremendously proud of the product that our team has built, and we remain convinced of the potential of adding social features like file sharing to the web browser.
Discussion: CNET News.com, GigaOM and TechCrunch UK
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Much Hyped AllPeers To DeadPool
Discussion: Profy.Com
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Ballmer Confirms Microsoft-Yahoo “Dialogue"*  —  At a news conference in Germany, Steve Ballmer seems to confirm SVP Jean-Philippe Courtois's remark last week that Microsoft (MSFT) and Yahoo (YHOO) are in talks.  Or at least that's how we read Steve's latest remarks (via Reuters).
Discussion: Between the Lines
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InfoWorld:
Ballmer: Yahoo still in Microsoft's sights
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
John Markoff / Bits:
Reading Steve Jobs  —  Second guessing Steve Jobs — or actually first guessing — is Silicon Valley's most popular spectator sport.  Dozens of Web rumor sites pour over every one of his pronouncements as if he were the Pope, looking for product and strategy hints.
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Actual Performance, Perceived Performance  —  If you've used Windows Vista, you've probably noticed that Vista's file copy performance is noticeably worse than Windows XP.  I know it's one of the first things I noticed.  Here's the irony— Vista's file copy is based on an improved algorithm …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
FastCompany.TV launches  —  DISCLAIMER: Please be patient, during launch we'll probably have some technical difficulties — our engineers have been up all night optimizing databases and getting things turned on.  If you're not having a good experience, please check back later in the day.
Discussion: FastCompany.TV and bytes|genes
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Fast Company TV is Live - Scoble Welcomes Us
Discussion: 1938 Media and SEO and Tech Daily
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
When Will We Have Our First Valleywag Suicide?  —  Today I read all the sordid details about the alleged sexual encounter between a notable technology visionary and a woman who appears to be looking for as much publicity as possible.  Where did I read it?  On the Silicon Valley gossip blog Valleywag.
Judi Sohn / Web Worker Daily:
What Do You Think of the “New” LinkedIn?  —  It used to be simple.  —  You did your “play” networking on Facebook, and you built your “work” networking lists on LinkedIn.  Facebook was everything LinkedIn was not...chatty and time-killing.  On LinkedIn, you didn't learn what your connections …
Discussion: Furrier.org
global.acer.com:
Acer to acquire E-TEN, the Taiwan-based manufacturer of smart handheld devices  —  Acer Inc. (TWSE 2353), the world's third-largest branded PC vendor (Source: Gartner 4Q 2007) today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire E-TEN Information Systems Co., Ltd. (TWSE 2432) …
Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Blog:
The World's Largest Supercomputing Cloud  —  I had no idea the Hubble telescope could see only 12 billion years into the past.  —  Frankly, I'd never really thought about telescopes looking into the past until Dr. Michael Norman, a researcher from UCSD gave me a basic education in astronomy …
Discussion: Between the Lines
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Charlene Li At Graphing Social Patterns  —  Today and tomorrow I will be at the Graphing Social Patterns conference in San Diego.  There are a lot of great speakers speaking at the event.  If you are here, definitely stop by and say hello!  Right now Charlene Li of Forrester Research is speaking on stage.
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
iPhone SDK details leak, confirm assumptions  —  Apple's highly-anticipated iPhone/iPod touch SDK announcement is just around the corner, but anonymous sources area already doing what they do best. iLounge's Jeremy Horwitz says a couple caged birds sang and confirmed a number of assumptions …
 
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