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2:00 PM ET, March 3, 2008

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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.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
TNS buys Web traffic analysis company Compete for $75M
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   TNS Buys Compete For Up To $150 Million
Brad Linder / Eee Site:
Asus announces next generation Eee PC  —  It looks like the next generation Eee PC will sport a larger display, more RAM, and more storage space.  No real big surprises there, but it's always nice to hear.  —  Blogeee appears to have the scoop for the moment, although we should be seeing a press release pretty soon.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
7-inch Eee PC vs 9-inch Eee PC — ready, fight!
Discussion: DailyTech
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Hands-on with the 9-inch Eee PC
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
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 but...
Discussion: Associated Press and Tech Tracks
Microsoft:
Microsoft to Expand Microsoft Online Services for Businesses of All Sizes
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).
Discussion: Between the Lines
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InfoWorld:
Ballmer: Yahoo still in Microsoft's sights
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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: CNET News.com, GigaOM and TechCrunch UK
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Much Hyped AllPeers To DeadPool
Discussion: Profy.Com
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.
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 …
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Sydney Morning Herald:
Woz finds flaws in Apple's latest offerings
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 …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
FastCompany.TV launches  —  DISCLAIMER: Please be patient, during launch we'll probably have some technical difficulties — our engineers have been up all night optimizing databases and getting things turned on.  If you're not having a good experience, please check back later in the day.
Discussion: FastCompany.TV and bytes|genes
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Fast Company TV is Live - Scoble Welcomes Us
Discussion: 1938 Media and SEO and Tech Daily
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
global.acer.com:
Acer to acquire E-TEN, the Taiwan-based manufacturer of smart handheld devices  —  Acer Inc. (TWSE 2353), the world's third-largest branded PC vendor (Source: Gartner 4Q 2007) today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire E-TEN Information Systems Co., Ltd. (TWSE 2432) …
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
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
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Wikileaks Judge: You're Out of Order?!?  I'm Out of Order! … The U.S. District Court judge who issued the injunction ordering Wikileaks.org disabled has, after a bit of thought, come to view it as privacy and civil rights groups had: overly broad and violative of the whistleblower site's First Amendment rights.
Discussion: PC World and Ars Technica
Robert A. Guth / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Expands Online Services  —  Companies Featured in This Article: Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Salesforce.com, Coca-Cola Enterprises, International Business Machines  —  Microsoft Corp. today plans to begin new tests of business programs offered as online services …
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
 
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Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Sun hires two key Python developers
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Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
MacBook Air aflutter: demand stays strong, sold out often