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3:30 AM ET, March 6, 2008

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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Internet Explorer 8 Has Arrived  —  Microsoft's next-generation web browser, Internet Explorer 8, has arrived.  In a surprising move, after the demo of IE8 and its new features at today's session of the MIX08 conference, the startling announcement was made: “It's available for download now”.
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Larry Larsen / Channel 10:
First Look: Internet Explorer 8  —  Surprise!  IE8 beta is going to be available for download starting today at 12:00 PST.  Matthew Lapsen from the IE team gave me a spur of the moment demo for you all showing us some of the core features that power users will enjoy.
Sebastian Kanthak / Official Google Data APIs Blog:
3. 2.  1. Contact.  The API has landed  —  Have you ever been on a web-site that asked you for your Google username and password so that it can import your Gmail contact list?  Did you think twice before giving out that information, hoping the web-site would not use it to access …
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Releases an API for Contacts  —  Google wants to make everyone happy today.  After releasing a calendar sync tool, Google makes it possible to sync other valuable data: your contacts.  The new Contacts Data API “allows client applications to view and update Contacts content in the form of Google Data API feeds.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and Mashable!
Shirin Oskooi / Official Google Blog:
Google Calendar Sync  —  I've suffered major headaches trying to sync all my calendars.  I used the Microsoft Outlook calendar on my desktop computer at home, but since I wanted to be able to access my schedule from anywhere, I also kept a copy of it on Google Calendar.
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Synchronize Google Calendar With Outlook  —  Google Calendar Sync is a new Google tool synchronizing your Google Calendar with MS Outlook.  You can adjust the synchronization frequency, Google says, as well as the direction of information flow.  Only syncing with your primary Google Calendar is supported for now.
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:   Sync your Google and Outlook calendars
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Ziff Davis Planning To File For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection  —  Ziff Davis, the troubled trade media company which sold off its enterprise division last year, is now close to filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, we have learned.
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Vinnee Tong / Associated Press:
Ziff Davis Media Files for Bankruptcy
Discussion: CNET News.com and Engadget
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Allegations swirl around Wikipedia's Wales  —  Jimmy Wales, the Internet whiz famous for creating the online, user-edited encyclopedia Wikipedia, is facing allegations on two fronts that he abused the trust of the community he helped build.  —  Former Wikipedia employee Danny Wool is alleging …
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Jimmy Wales is not Wikipedia
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Analytics Data Sharing  —  Site stats program Google Analytics offers a new opt-in data sharing setting.  Log-in and you'll see a message dialog, and somewhere below it a link reading “Edit Account and Data Sharing Settings”.  That link takes you to the settings page (see screenshot) …
Discussion: Mashable!
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's “Twitter For Location” Goes Into Private Beta With Near Zero Functionality  —  I have big hopes for Yahoo's new FireEagle platform announced in November 2007.  They first described it to me as a Twitter for location.  And it does stream your location information in a similar way that Twitter streams short messages.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Location Aware: Smart Rollout for Yahoo! Fire Eagle
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb and GigaOM
Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
Gates dethroned as world's richest man  —  You knew this was going to happen eventually—Bill Gates prepares to step away from full-time work at Microsoft and suddenly he is on the slippery slope to the poor house.  —  Well, maybe not the poor house, but he has lost his position as the world's richest man …
Discussion: Forbes and Silicon Alley Insider
Rafe Needleman / CNET News.com:
Web 2.0 VC to start-ups: Your income is “noise”  —  Maybe two years ago, I hosted a panel discussion on the emerging Web 2.0 economy, and I asked my panelists if we were in a bubble.  Because it's clear to me that we are.  Not that it's a bad thing, mind you.
Discussion: LucaFiligheddu.com and HipMojo.com
Felix Salmon / Portfolio.com:
Blogonomics: Exit Through Acquisition  —  Breakingviews, one of the least web-savvy websites in the world, ran a column by Jeff Segal on Monday about blog valuations.  And given that breakingviews tries to disable copying and for all intents and purposes bans hyperlinks …
Washington Post:
National Dragnet Is a Click Away  —  Authorities to Gain Fast and Expansive Access to Records  —  Several thousand law enforcement agencies are creating the foundation of a domestic intelligence system through computer networks that analyze vast amounts of police information to fight crime and root out terror plots.
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Craigslist Traffic Nearly Doubles Year on Year  —  Craigslist traffic just keeps climbing.  Year on year last week, share of US visits to Craigslist.org were up 93%.  And it's not just traffic to the main Craigslist page, share of US Internet visits to the Hitwise Classifieds category …
Discussion: cheezhead
Brad Stone / Bits:
New Patentable Idea: A Way to Invalidate Vague Patents  —  There's not much love in legal circles for the so-called “business method” patent, an exclusive intellectual property right over a novel way of doing business.  Critics of such patents - think Amazon “One Click” or Priceline's …
Discussion: Feld Thoughts
 
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Official Google Blog:
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Source: Federated Media to raise second round of funds
Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
Swiss bank in Wikileaks case abruptly abandons lawsuit
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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Discussion: Slashdot and Digg
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Reznor makes $750,000 even when the music is free