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1:00 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.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   Wowza! TNS Acquires Compete for $75 Million - $150 Million
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   TNS Buys Compete For Up To $150 Million
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.
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Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
After Suicide, Blog Insults Are Debated  —  Advertising blogs churn out some of the Web's more scathing, and personal, vitriol.  Last week, the bloggers absorbed some body blows of their own.  —  Visitors to AgencySpy and AdScam, two sharp-tongued blogs written by advertising industry insiders …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:   Valleywag got a legit story, Mike
Microsoft:
Microsoft to Expand Microsoft Online Services for Businesses of All Sizes  —  Exchange Online and SharePoint Online enter beta.  —  Monday from the annual Microsoft Office SharePoint Conference, Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft Corp., will announce that the company will offer Microsoft Online Services to businesses of all sizes.
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
A busy schedule for Microsoft this week
Discussion: CNET News.com
Robert A. Guth / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Expands Online Services
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.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Nine Inch Nails Uploads New Album on Torrent Sites  —  Nine Inch Nails has just released the first volume of their new album “Ghosts” on BitTorrent sites as a free download.  The band encourages its fans to share the album with friends, post it on websites and play it on podcasts
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The Pirate Bay:
DOWNLOAD THIS TORRENT  —  Hello from Nine Inch Nails.
Discussion: DSLreports
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 …
Discussion: Zoli's Blog and Out of the Box
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: GigaOM, TechCrunch and TechCrunch UK
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
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).
Rachael King / Business Week:
Building a Brand with Widgets  —  The customizable bits of software on Facebook and other social networking sites are the latest trend in viral marketing.  But are widgets here to stay?  —  The cards were stacked against A&E Television Network as it tried to generate positive buzz about its new series, Parking Wars.
Discussion: Portfolio.com
Bonnie Cha / CNET News.com:
TomTom GO 930, GO 730 make their debut  —  Today, TomTom added two new models to its GO series of portable navigation systems: the TomTom GO 930 and the TomTom GO 730.  Both GPS devices feature enhanced user interfaces with new icons and a technology called Alfa Blending that claims to deliver smoother graphics.
Discussion: PC World and Gizmodo
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
MTV and MySpace band together  —  Music channel MTV has struck a deal with social networking site MySpace to create a weekly chart show.  —  The show, called The MySpace Chart, will be shown on the MTV2 channel.  —  It will feature the best music videos as voted for by viewers watching …
 
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Elevator Pitch: Rummble knows where you are and what you like
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Sun hires two key Python developers
Discussion: eWeek
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Facebook's German version may not impress the locals after all
Discussion: Reuters and Global by Design
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft dismissed enthusiasts in Vista marketing, company e-mails show
Bill Ray / The Register:
T-Mobile sinks money into femtocells
Discussion: Ubiquisys, TechCrunch UK and GigaOM
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Coming soon: Movies on flash memory cards
Discussion: CrunchGear and The Raw Feed
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
MacBook Air aflutter: demand stays strong, sold out often