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7:25 AM ET, March 5, 2008

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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Love Him or Hate Him, Fortune Cannot Make Up Its Mind About Steve Jobs  —  Once again, Steve Jobs is on the cover of Fortune magazine.  He is there because Apple is the most admired company in America.  No, wait.  He is there because investigative reporter Peter Elkind wrote a 12-page takedown of his Steveness.
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Investors probe Apple's Jobs on successor, games, future products  —  AppleInsider joined Apple investors, some of whom traveled from as far away as Europe, at the company's annual shareholders meeting in Cupertino on Tuesday, where Steve Jobs and his executive team were both grilled and lauded …
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs and MacRumors
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Tests Additional Search Box Within Search Results  —  Tamar tipped me off to people seeing secondary search boxes in the Google search results.  I see them myself now.  For example a search on amazon returns this search box directly under the snippet but above the URL, here is a picture:
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Offers Secondary Search Boxes
Matt / Photo Matt:
Backing BuddyPress  —  Some of you may remember when I wrote about Chickspeak, a WordPress MU-based social network.  Andy Peatling, the fellow behind it, later decided to recreate the work he had done as an Open Source effort he called BuddyPress.  And it was good.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
WordPress: The Social Network  —  Can WordPress become the basis of a social network?  Automattic founder and WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg hinted today on his blog that WordPress might go in a more social direction.  He announced a new hire, Andy Peatling, the developer behind BuddyPress …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:   Wordpress: Going after Ning.com?
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Searches for Options  —  Yahoo and Time Warner stepped up talks on creating an alternative to Microsoft's bid for Yahoo.  A possible deal would fold AOL into Yahoo.
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Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Yahoo Looks at New Way to Survive  —  As it scrambles to avoid defeat in its battle with Microsoft, Yahoo may try to put a little more time on the clock.  —  Microsoft, whose offer for Yahoo is now worth $41.2 billion, was preparing to escalate its takeover fight by starting a proxy contest next week.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Nancy Gohring / PC World:
Microsoft Develops New Operating System From Scratch  —  Microsoft Research unveiled the new operating system, Singularity, as a prototype aimed at academics and researchers.  —  Microsoft showed off a new operating system on Tuesday, but don't get too excited.
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Singularity: Microsoft's research OS available for download
Discussion: eWeek and WinBeta
The Technium:
1,000 True Fans  —  The long tail is famously good news for two classes of people; a few lucky aggregators, such as Amazon and Netflix, and 6 billion consumers.  Of those two, I think consumers earn the greater reward from the wealth hidden in infinite niches.  —  But the long tail is a decidedly mixed blessing for creators.
Discussion: BUZZYEAH and Robin Good's
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Q&A with Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, on hiring, growth, and its platform  —  Facebook has just hired a new COO, Sheryl Sandberg of Google (our coverage).  So I talked with Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg today, to get some more context on her hire and how it fits in with the company's larger plans.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Sheryl Sandberg Will Become COO of Facebook
Steven Hodson / WinExtra:
The economy of Friending  —  Just about every part of the Web 2.0 evolution that has occurred over the last while has all been based on the success of one thing - the likelihood of people willing to mark some-one that they may or may not know from either mutual reputation or mutual interests as a friend.
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Warning: Your iPod may get you mugged  —  A friend of mine got her throat sliced in a daytime iPod mugging a year and a half ago.  Even the police were amazed at the violent nature of the attack.  Fortunately, the cut didn't go too deep and she is fine except for the scar and possibly some lingering post-traumatic-stress symptoms.
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Brian Bergstein / Associated Press:
Did IPods Cause a Crime Wave?
Discussion: Techdirt
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Office Live Workspace vs Google Docs: Feature-by-Feature Comparison  —  Today, Microsoft announced that the Office Live Workspace beta is publicly available for everyone to access.  The site, a free web-based extension of Microsoft Office, lets you access your documents online and share your work with others.
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
CAPTCHA is Dead, Long Live CAPTCHA!  —  In November 2007 I called these three CAPTCHA implementations “unbreakable”:  —  2008 is shaping up to be a very bad year indeed for CAPTCHAs:  — Jan 17: InformationWeek reports Yahoo CAPTCHA broken  — Feb 6: Websense reports Hotmail CAPTCHA broken
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
ETech: Google Prediction Market Datamining Shows Meatspace Matters  —  For the past two and half years, Google employees have bet on internal company projects — a tool known as a prediction market -, providing plenty of data for the company to mine to figure out how information flows internally.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Demand Media Buys Pluck for $75 million  —  Demand Media, a big buyer and operator of Internet domain name companies, completed negotiations to acquire Austin-based Pluck last night after about two months of negotiations.  The price is not being disclosed but is rumored to be in the $50 million range.
 
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
7digital's Warner deal for DRM-free tracks confirms it as the UK …
Lori Grunin / Crave: The gadget blog:
Olympus revs its entry-level dSLR
Discussion: Newlaunches.com
Anything But iPod:
SanDisk Sansa Fuze in the Makings?
Associated Press:
Nike, Apple bring iPod to gym near you
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL Gets It Right With Open AIM 2.0 - Embraces Meebo and eBuddy
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Omniture Unifies Marketing Suite, Adds Video Analytics
Discussion: Will Price
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Indefinite Hiatus  —  I've been writing a personal weblog for almost seven years.
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Ask.com scales back in makeover
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
EveryScape takes on Google Streetview and raises $7 million
Roi Carthy / TechCrunch:
Monetize Your Search Box with PredictAd
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Generate, a video creation shop, joins Velocity's digital media portfolio
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
A Wave of the Watch List, and Speech Disappears
InfoWorld:
Samsung's new drives can give laptops 1TB of storage
Stuart Elliott / TV Decoder:
Firebrand Burns Out  —  The fire has been banked in an experiment …
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
When the music costs nothing, why do freetards prefer to leech?
comScore:
Number of U.S. Computers Accessing the Internet Via Mobile Broadband …