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12:10 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
Discussion: paidContent.org
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 …
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 …
Discussion: CNET News.com
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David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Microsoft Raises Stakes In Online Services
Discussion: Big Tech
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
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.
Discussion: TeleRead and Connecting the Dots
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
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
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: TechCrunch and TechCrunch UK
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 …
usa.canon.com:
PIXMA MX7600  —  Office All-In-One Printer  —  Suggested Retail Price: $399.99†  —  Overview  —  Premium Office All-In-One Featuring Superior Photo Quality and Crisp Text on Plain Paper —==—==—==—== —==—==—==—== —==—  The PIXMA MX7600 All-In-One features high-performance versatility …
Discussion: PC World
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
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Coming soon: Movies on flash memory cards  —  GALWAY, Ireland—PortoMedia is probably the only start-up in the world inspired by the movie Carlito's Way.  —  Company founder Chris Armstrong explains: Four years ago, he set out to his local DVD store to rent a movie.  First, he stopped at the ATM to get cash.
Discussion: CrunchGear and The Raw Feed
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Advocacy groups bash Comcast's “technical-sounding nonsense”
Peter Lauria / New York Post:
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
MTV and MySpace band together
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and TechCrunch UK
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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
Nokia:
T-Mobile and Nokia introduce Nokia 6650 exclusively for T-Mobile customers
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 and TechCrunch UK
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Acquia Dresses Up Drupal for Corporate Users
Discussion: InfoWorld
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Wal-Mart Tastemakers Write Unfiltered Blog
Discussion: The Stalwart and Joho the Blog
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
MacBook Air aflutter: demand stays strong, sold out often