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10:20 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. …
Discussion: Mashable!
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   Wowza! TNS Acquires Compete for $75 Million - $150 Million
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
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
Bill Ray / The Register:
T-Mobile sinks money into femtocells  —  Tiny cell vendor finds room for operator cash  —  T-Mobile Ventures, the investment arm of the network operator, has announced a strategic investment in Ubiquisys, the femtocell manufacturer that already counts Google among its backers.
Discussion: TechCrunch UK and Ubiquisys
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Facebook's German version may not impress the locals after all  —  EUROPE: Facebook launches in German this week thanks to 2,000 users who helped translate it for freee using a Facebook application which also now covers Spanish and French.  User can set their language to German …
Discussion: Reuters
Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
Faux Facebook fatigue
Discussion: michael parekh on IT
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
DailyTech:   Thinking Small: New Intel Architecture Champions Sub 1 Watt x86
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 …
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 …
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Sun hires two key Python developers  —  San Francisco - Sun Microsystems is looking to bolster its stance in the Python programming realm with the hiring of two prominent developers in this space.  —  The company today is announcing the hiring of Ted Leung, long-time Python developer …
Discussion: eWeek
Michael Kanellos / CNET
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: The Raw Feed
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Acquia Dresses Up Drupal for Corporate Users  —  Acquia, a North Andover, Mass.-based startup, is announcing a supported product using Drupal, the open-source programming language that underlies many of the community aspects on the web, from sites such as Fast Company to The Onion.
Discussion: InfoWorld
Business Wire:
Mitsubishi Electric to Terminate Mobile Handset Business and Strategically Shift Resources to Strong Businesses  —  TOKYO—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (President and CEO: Setsuhiro Shimomura) announced today that the company has decided to no longer continue …
Discussion: GigaOM and Engadget
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
Torrent P2P torrent on the iPhone, a sad tale of woe, misery …
Discussion: IntoMobile
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Wal-Mart Tastemakers Write Unfiltered Blog  —  Microsoft is one of Wal-Mart's biggest suppliers.  But that did not stop the Wal-Mart employee in charge of buying computers from panning Microsoft's newest operating system, Vista.  —  “Is it really all that and a bag of chips?” he wrote on his blog.
Discussion: The Stalwart
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 …
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Microsoft dismissed enthusiasts in Vista marketing, company e-mails show
New York Times:
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Discussion: Techdirt
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John Hagel / Edge Perspectives with John Hagel:
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Enterprise Community Provider Mzinga Swallows Propsero
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Publishers Phase Out Piracy Protection on Audio Books
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
RIAA plays both sides of the street in music royalty debate
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Hollywood, Silicon Valley and AT&T? It's a Deal