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11:25 AM ET, March 3, 2008


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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.
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 …
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. …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Wowza!  TNS Acquires Compete for $75 Million - $150 Million  —  Tracking service Compete has been acquired by TNS (Taylor Nelson Sofres plc) out of London.  Initial acquisition price is $75 million with an additional $75 million paid out over 2008-2010 based on meeting certain revenue targets.
Discussion: and TechCrunch
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.
David A. Utter / WebProNews:   Microsoft Raises Stakes In Online Services
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
I Really Hope Microsoft Has More Than This  —  Excitement rose …
Discussion: p2pnet and Microsoft News Tracker
T-Mobile and Nokia introduce Nokia 6650 exclusively for T-Mobile customers  —  Espoo, Finland - Today, at CeBIT 2008, T-Mobile and Nokia announced the Nokia 6650, a stylish and easy to use device optimized for use with T-Mobile services.  Available exclusively for T-Mobile International customers …
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
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: Out of the Box
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
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Advocacy groups bash Comcast's “technical-sounding nonsense”  —  The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Free Press, two of the biggest backers of the FCC's investigation into Comcast's traffic management practices, late last week filed reply comments with the Commission.
Peter Lauria / New York Post:
PARENT CALLING  —  GE RERUN: BACK TO CORPORATE FOR COMSTOCK  —  Beth Comstock, NBC Universal's integrated media boss, is being returned to the General Electric mother ship, The Post has learned.  —  GE Chief Executive Jeffrey Immelt is bringing Comstock back to head marketing and digital media …
Bonnie Cha / CNET
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
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
MacBook Air aflutter: demand stays strong, sold out often  —  It might not be the iPhone, but the MacBook Air is selling much stronger than many of us would have guessed.  After a full month of being on the market, the Macbook Air is still a difficult commodity to obtain in some markets …
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 UK and TechCrunch
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhone gets native P2P torrent software  —  Your iPhone plays audio.  Your iPhone plays video.  Until now, you had to sync those suckers.  Today, the insanely brilliant iPhone Hacker core announced a preliminary version of a Transmission Peer-to-Peer client for iPhone.
Discussion: DSLreports, Gizmodo and Digg
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MTV and MySpace band together
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Wall Street Journal:
Stronger ‘Upfront’ Ad-Sales Season Is Expected
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
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
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft dismissed enthusiasts in Vista marketing, company e-mails show
Business Wire:
Mitsubishi Electric to Terminate Mobile Handset Business and …
Discussion: GigaOM and Engadget
Bill Ray / The Register:
T-Mobile sinks money into femtocells
Discussion: TechCrunch UK and Ubiquisys
 Earlier Items: 
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Acquia Dresses Up Drupal for Corporate Users
Discussion: InfoWorld
Michael Kanellos / CNET
Coming soon: Movies on flash memory cards
Discussion: The Raw Feed
Rachael King / Business Week:
Building a Brand with Widgets
John Hagel / Edge Perspectives with John Hagel:
Shift Happens - The Future of Advertising
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
ASUS busts out 7-inch R70 UMPC at CeBIT
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Enterprise Community Provider Mzinga Swallows Propsero
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Wal-Mart Tastemakers Write Unfiltered Blog
Discussion: The Stalwart and Joho the Blog