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9:30 AM ET, March 5, 2008

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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 …
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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.
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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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
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
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Zazzle Launches Social Networking Profile Cards
Discussion: Mashable!
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Singularity: Microsoft's research OS available for download
Discussion: Computerworld and eWeek
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:
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
Discussion: raganwald and Venture Chronicles
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL Gets It Right With Open AIM 2.0 - Embraces Meebo and eBuddy  —  AOL is pushing their two year old OpenAim initiative much further this morning with OpenAIM 2.0.  —  There are three key changes of note.  First they are now embracing services that they previously tried to stop …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Indefinite Hiatus  —  I've been writing a personal weblog for almost seven years.  It's weird to go back and read some of the posts in my old kuro5hin diary such as my early postings about interning at Microsoft and see how much my perspectives have changed in some ways and stayed the same in others.
BBC:
Memory trick breaks PC encryption  —  Encrypted information held on a laptop is more vulnerable than previously thought, US research has shown.  —  Scientists have shown that it is possible to recover the key that unscrambles data from a PC's memory.  —  It was previously thought …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Ubergizmo
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.
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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Richard Koman / Between the Lines:
iPhone insecurity leaves sour taste for enterprise IT
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
Associated Press:
Nike, Apple bring iPod to gym near you
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Omniture Unifies Marketing Suite, Adds Video Analytics
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Will Price
Stephen J. Dubner / Freakonomics:
What Are the Lessons of the Blu-Ray/HD-DVD Battle?  A Freakonomics Quorum
Discussion: Voices and Slashdot
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Ask.com Scales Back in Makeover
Roi Carthy / TechCrunch:
Monetize Your Search Box with PredictAd
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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
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Warning: Your iPod may get you mugged
Discussion: Techdirt and Associated Press
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
ETech: Google Prediction Market Datamining Shows Meatspace Matters
Discussion: BoomTown, All Points Blog and Pimm
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?
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Office Live Workspace vs Google Docs: Feature-by-Feature Comparison