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7:40 PM ET, March 5, 2008

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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.
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Joshua Allen / MIX Online:
FIRST LOOK AT IE8 ACTIVITIES AND WEBSLICES  —  Activities and WebSlices are two of the most exciting new features in IE8.  Watch Jane Kim explain how these features bring the power of mashups to the browser, and how you can tie your web site or service into IE8's chrome using only web standards and no custom C++ code.
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft shows IE8 Activities, ‘WebSlices’
Discussion: UMPC Buzz
CNN:
Adobe's Flash Player Not Suited For IPhone, Apple CEO Says  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Dow Jones)- Adobe Systems Inc.'s (ADBE) popular media player for cellphones simply isn't good enough for Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) iPhone, Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs said Tuesday in the most substantive comments …
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Charles Cooper / CNET News.com:
Adobe bites its tongue after iPhone Flash jab  —  Was Steve Jobs trying to send an unofficial message to Adobe Systems?  Something on the order of “get it in gear, guys, if you want to stay on my VIP list”?  —  As my colleague Tom Krazit reported Tuesday afternoon, Jobs used …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Apple stabs Adobe in the back
Discussion: MarketingVOX
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Steve Jobs pans Flash on the iPhone
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Digg
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Mix Keynote One, Live From Las Vegas  —  11:56: That's a rap. the rumors were wrong, yet still some very impressive demonstrations and info provided.  To be fair I'm not sure it needed 2 1/2 hours, but still, some interesting tech.  —  11:54: Weatherbug says that they tried doing …
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InfoWorld:
Ozzie: Microsoft needs Yahoo for Web, advertising plan  —  Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie attempted to clarify Microsoft's Web-based advertising and services strategy and lay a case for why buying Yahoo is integral to that plan on Wednesday.  —  In his keynote at the MIX 08 conference …
Microsoft Silverlight content:
Silverlight 2 Beta 1 Now Available!  —  Take advantage of all the new features in Silverlight 2 that make building RIA applications with your existing .NET programming skills a breeze.  Start by installing the Microsoft Silverlight Tools Beta 1 for Visual Studio 2008 which includes the Silverlight...
Discussion: Move Networks and WinBeta
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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Paul Boutin / Valleywag:   Wikipedians cover up for Jimmy Wales
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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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Fire Eagle geolocation service: Halfway there
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
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.
Waxy.org:
New Video Overtakes “Evolution of Dance” for #1 Spot on YouTube  —  Yesterday, YouTube refreshed their leaderboards and a strange new video became the Most Viewed Video of All-Time, topping the world-famous Evolution of Dance video.  With 89 million views, the new winner is a fan-made music video.
Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
Swiss bank in Wikileaks case abruptly abandons lawsuit  —  A Swiss bank that successfully sued to yank the Wikileaks.org domain name, and then faced a severe setback in a subsequent court ruling, has given up for now.  —  Bank Julius Baer filed a brief note with a court in San Francisco Wednesday saying …
Discussion: NYT and Mashable!
Financial Times:
EU set to clear Google's DoubleClick acquisition  —  By Richard Waters in Las Vegas and Nikki Tait in Brussels  —  European regulators are set to clear Google's acquisition of online advertising firm DoubleClick, setting the stage for the search giant's push into the broader online advertising market.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: Apple to exceed 10 million iPhone goal by nearly 30%  —  Not much news was committed by Apple (AAPL) at its annual shareholders' meeting Tuesday in Cupertino — although the shareholders did manage to make headlines by passing a referendum (which the company opposed) that gives them a nonbinding say on executive compensation.
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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Denver airport Wi-Fi blocks popular magazine Web sites
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
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Sony CEO: $200 Blu-ray Players Coming
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
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Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Steve Jobs talks possible successors, cash reserve
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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