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9:25 AM ET, March 6, 2008

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Tom Corelis / DailyTech:
Acid3 Test Unleashed, Murders Every Current Browser  —  Putting browser makers on notice, again  —  Just a few months after the announcement that Internet Explorer 8 successfully passed the Acid2 standards compliance test, the Web Standards Project (WaSP) announced last Monday that it unleashed Acid2's successor, Acid3.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Microsoft's hits multiple Internet home runs  —  I just had dinner with a bunch of Italy's top tech bloggers and technologists and Marc Canter.  Plus I've been talking with people all day long.  Microsoft hit major Internet home runs today with its announcements, based on what I'm hearing from formerly-skeptical developers.
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”.
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.
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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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Ziff Davis Files 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
Matthew Newman / Bloomberg:
Google Likely to Get EU Approval to Buy DoubleClick  —  European regulators plan to approve Google Inc.'s proposed $3.1 billion takeover of DoubleClick Inc. without conditions, rejecting complaints by Microsoft Corp. that the deal would hurt competition, according to three people with direct knowledge of the case.
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Matthew Miller / Forbes:
Gates No Longer World's Richest Man  —  Warren Buffett is the richest man on the planet.  —  Riding the surging price of Berkshire Hathaway (nyse: BRK - news - people ) stock, America's most beloved investor has seen his fortune swell to an estimated $62 billion, up $10 billion from a year ago.
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Leelefever / Common Craft:
Video: Twitter in Plain English  —  This 2.5 minute video is a result of feedback from our fans.  We've received a number of requests from people who want their  —  friends to use the micro-blogging service Twitter, but can't seem to explain it well.  We hope this video helps.
Tech Bytes / Tech Bytes at Use Bytes:
Microsoft Blews : A Blogrunner or a Memeorandum or a Sphere ?  —  The BLEWS website at Microsoft research says - “While typical news-aggregation sites do a good job of clustering news stories according to topic, they leave the reader without information about which stories figure prominently in political discourse.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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Matthew Hurst / Data Mining:
Let the TechFest Begin!  —  It is almost exactly a year ago that I joined Microsoft.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Ubergizmo
Business Week:
Zuckerberg on Facebook's Future  —  In a conversation with BusinessWeek.com, the social networking site's CEO holds forth on recent hires and going public  —  As Facebook tries to sustain its supercharged growth, it's bringing in adult supervision.  —  The social networking site hired Sheryl Sandberg …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Is Steve Jobs lying about Flash not working on iPhone?  —  RUMOR ALERT — I have not substantiated this with anyone at either Adobe or Apple, so might turn out to be totally false:  —  Today I got a note from someone I know who works closely with Adobe and Apple.
George Ou / Zero Day:
New tool cracks most enterprise wireless LANs  —  If your company or organization runs an enterprise wireless LAN network, I have some troubling news for you.  Odds are high that your current “enterprise-class” wireless LAN deployment is vulnerable to authentication leakage which not only exposes …
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) …
Glenn Pingul / Search Engine Land:
Online Video Advertising + Search Engines = Opportunity For Small Businesses  —  Much is being written and said these days about the rising future of online video advertising.  Recent articles like one in the NY Times reporting Google's move to test video ads in search results pages shows …
Discussion: Screenwerk
 
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft launches its alternative to Amazon's SimpleDB
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Operation MySpace Has Real Tech Behind It: Debut of Kulabyte
Kate Losse / Facebook Blog:
Political Views  —  Find the Political Views menu on Facebook a little limited?
Discussion: techPresident and TechCrunch
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Musicians still waiting on a YouTube payday
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Facebook viral marketing: When and why do apps “jump the shark?”
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Samsung and Adidas team up to launch F110 fitness handset
Austin Modine / The Register:
You don't know disk about storage failures
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Adam Kaplan / Open:
The New York Times Perl Profiler
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Whistle-Blower: Feds Have a High-Speed Backdoor Into Wireless Carrier
Discussion: Gizmodo
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Craigslist Traffic Nearly Doubles Year on Year
Washington Post:
National Dragnet Is a Click Away
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Felix Salmon / Portfolio.com:
Blogonomics: Exit Through Acquisition
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Gawker
Ellen Lee / The Technology Chronicles:
iPhone announcement Thursday
Brad Stone / Bits:
New Patentable Idea: A Way to Invalidate Vague Patents
Discussion: Feld Thoughts
Rafe Needleman / CNET News.com:
Web 2.0 VC to start-ups: Your income is “noise”