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3:40 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.
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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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
7-inch Eee PC vs 9-inch Eee PC — ready, fight!
Discussion: DailyTech and Gadgetell
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.
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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 …
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: Webware.com, TechCrunch UK and GigaOM
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Much Hyped AllPeers To DeadPool
Discussion: Profy.Com
Bryan Betts / The Register:
Ballmer deploys greenery in CeBIT charm offensive  —  On his first trip to CeBIT in six years, Steve Ballmer is hoping to fix up Microsoft's somewhat tarnished image in Europe.  —  Tonight, he's at the official CeBIT opening ceremony along with European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso …
Discussion: PC World
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InfoWorld:   Microsoft: Customers demand energy-saving software
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 about Yahoo, but...
Discussion: Associated Press and Tech Tracks
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.
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).
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 …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Microsoft flirts with “cloud"-based applications, still making billions off Earth-bound variety  —  Though they squabble over things such as the rights to control parts of Facebook and Yahoo, the real battle between Microsoft and Google is only just beginning to show itself as the two jockey …
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
An hour and a half with Barack Obama  —  I've tried very hard to keep politics out of this blog — despite nearly overpowering impulses to the contrary — for two reasons: one, there's no reason to alienate people who don't share my political views, as wrong-headed as those people may clearly be …
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
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
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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Ted Leung / Ted Leung on the Air:
The Sun is going to shine on Python
Elizabeth Montalbano / IDG News Service:
Visto, Microsoft Settle Patent Dispute
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Netflix Quadrupling Blu-ray Selection, Possibly Increasing Prices
Discussion: TGDaily.com
Tony Smith / The Register:
Apple's Time Capsule: is its HDD really ‘server grade’?
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: breathe in the Adobe AIR
Discussion: on AIR
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Amazon Ponders The Future of Unbox
Discussion: Download Squad and TechCrunch
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Charlene Li At Graphing Social Patterns
 Earlier Items: 
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Wikileaks Judge: You're Out of Order?!? I'm Out of Order!
Discussion: PC World and Ars Technica
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
iPhone SDK details leak, confirm assumptions
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Vista SP1 - Benchmarking round-up
Discussion: AppScout
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
FastCompany.TV launches  —  DISCLAIMER: Please be patient …
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
The Very Model of a Modern Media Mogul
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
MTV and MySpace band together
Rachael King / Business Week:
Building a Brand with Widgets
Discussion: Portfolio.com
 

 
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Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
A preview of the NetChoice cases to be argued at SCOTUS on February 26, with publishing groups opposing Texas and Florida laws regulating social media content

 
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