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10:30 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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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”.
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.
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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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...
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 …
Ellen Lee / The Technology Chronicles:   iPhone announcement Thursday
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Apple stabs Adobe in the back
Discussion: MarketingVOX
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Steve Jobs pans Flash on the iPhone
Discussion: Infinite Loop
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
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.
Discussion: Download Squad and GottaBeMobile
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Synchronize Google Calendar With Outlook
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.
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
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 next.yahoo
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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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Oops!  Google Forgot To Renew Their SSL Certificate  —  Everyone is noticing that when they go to their Google Account through AdWords, AdSense, Analytics, or any Google page that requires SSL, they are being prompted with a security warning.  Typically, not a major deal, right?
Discussion: timgross.com and Mashable!
Official Google Blog:
Search within a site: A tale of teleportation  —  Have you ever forgotten the exact address of a site that you wanted to visit?  Not a problem - just type the name of the site into the Google search box and hopefully it appears at the top of the search results page.
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: Bits and Mashable!
 
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Brad Stone / Bits:
New Patentable Idea: A Way to Invalidate Vague Patents
The Technium:
Why Leapfrogging is Rare  —  Two years ago I posted my skepticism …
Sebastian Kanthak / Official Google Data APIs Blog:
3. 2. 1. Contact. The API has landed
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Nielsen: YouTube Views Down
Discussion: PC World
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
FT.com To Give Facebook Students Free Four-Year Subs
Discussion: All Facebook and Valleywag
Computerworld:
Computer science graduating class of 2007 smallest this decade
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Source: Federated Media to raise second round of funds
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Sandberg leaves for Facebook.  Let's all recite Eric Schmidt's Serenity Prayer.
Discussion: MarketingVOX and Valleywag
 Earlier Items: 
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
What piracy crisis? MPAA touts record box office for 2007
Discussion: Slashdot
Michael Booth / The Seattle Times:
Denver airport Wi-Fi blocks popular magazine Web sites
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Intel: Otellini Says 53% Drop In NAND Pricing In Q1; Sharp Fall …
Discussion: Big Tech, PC World, VentureBeat and Bits
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Sony CEO: $200 Blu-ray Players Coming
Jonathan Cassell / iSuppli:
Dell and Apple Make Gains in Q4 PC Market
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Reznor makes $750,000 even when the music is free
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: Apple to exceed 10 million iPhone goal by nearly 30%
Waxy.org:
New Video Overtakes “Evolution of Dance” for #1 Spot on YouTube