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1:50 PM ET, March 5, 2008

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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  —  On a week when Microsoft landed a big deal to put Silverlight on Nokia phones, Apple's CEO, Steve Jobs, tells Adobe that there won't be Flash on the iPhone.  —  This is a real bummer for Adobe and many users and developers, because most of the world's casual games are written for Flash.
Discussion: MarketingVOX
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Mix Keynote One, Live From Las Vegas
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Searches for Options  —  Yahoo and Time Warner stepped up talks on creating an alternative to Microsoft's bid for Yahoo.  A possible deal would fold AOL into Yahoo.
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Business Wire:
Yahoo! Extends Deadline for Nominating Directors to Board  —  Board Continues to Explore Alternatives to Maximize Value  —  Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company, today announced that it has amended the Company's bylaws to extend the deadline for nominating directors to Yahoo! …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo ditches March 13 Microsoft proxy war deadline  —  The Microsoft-Yahoo proxy war clock has stopped.  —  In an SEC filing on Wednesday Yahoo said it has changed the due date to nominate board of directors.  Instead of March 13 being the last day you could make a pitch for Yahoo's board …
Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:
Yahoo scrambles to stave off Microsoft bid
Discussion: TechSpot News
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.
Discussion: Insanely Great Mac
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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.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Rumors of Facebook music service bubbling again  —  Facebook may be getting closer to launching a music service that competes with Apple's iTunes, the Financial Times reported Wednesday.  —  Sources told the publication that Facebook has been approaching major record labels about licensing deals …
Discussion: TechCrunch, WebProNews and Coolfer
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Financial Times:
Facebook asks labels about music service
Discussion: All Facebook and p2pnet
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Nine Inch Nails Fashions Innovative Web Pricing Plan  —  LOS ANGELES — Since being released from its major-label recording contract last year, Nine Inch Nails has joined the growing ranks of prominent artists who are navigating the digital wilderness on their own.
Discussion: Ars Technica and last100
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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 …
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Mint Gets A Mint  —  Silicon Valley based Mint, an “online Quicken” that also suggest to users different ways to save money by searching for deals on credit cards, bank accounts, etc., will announce a third round of funding today - $12.1 million from new investor Benchmark Capital and all previous investors …
Discussion: CNET News.com and FoundRead
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Obit: A West Coast Digerati Deadpools Ask.com  —  Goodbye, Ask.com.  You caught my eye back in 1997 as an unusual meta search engine that asked questions to get answers.  By 1998, I counted you alongside Google and Direct Hit as shining examples of what to watch in search.
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.
Discussion: Channel 10
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Meizu CeBIT booth shut down by German authorities  —  Remember how the folks at the Meizu booth swore up and down that the M8 Mini One wasn't that similar to the iPhone?  Well apparently the Hanover police think otherwise.  According to a report, the booth (shown above in its vacated state) …
 
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Dade Hayes / Variety:
Diller expresses doubt at event
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Adds Page Load Time To Quality Score Algorithm
ZDNet:
Sony: U.S. electronics sales still solid
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Christopher Lee / Washington Post:
Library Takes ‘Talking Books’ Digital
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Analytics Benchmarking Feature, Data Sharing & Audio Ad Charting
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Internet Explorer 8 features uncovered, public beta coming today?
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
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Chris Williams / The Register:
Microsoft offers free Office storage to web plebs
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
XM, Sirius Deal Now Appears “Less Likely,” Analyst Says
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
AT&T To Invest $1B This Year In Global Network; Rare Good News …
Adam Hartley / All News Feeds:
Xbox 360 price cut 14 March
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Zazzle Launches Social Networking Profile Cards
Discussion: FaceReviews and Mashable!
BBC:
Memory trick breaks PC encryption
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Ubergizmo
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