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1:10 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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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Apple stabs Adobe in the back
Discussion: MarketingVOX
Charles Cooper / CNET News.com:   Adobe bites its tongue after iPhone Flash jab
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 …
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.
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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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: WebProNews and Coolfer
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Facebook asks labels about music service
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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.
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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.
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
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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:
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 …
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
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Analytics Benchmarking Feature, Data Sharing & Audio Ad Charting  —  Google Analytics has added three major features today, two of those features are related and the third is a standalone feature.  Google Analytics users can now have the option of comparing their site's data to industry benchmarks.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Sources: Microsoft readying sphere-shaped Surface  —  Microsoft's touch-sensitive tabletop is about to get a spherical makeover.  —  Microsoft officials have been talking up the company's plans to introduce more consumer-focused form factors of its Surface multi-touch tabletop.
 
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ZDNet:
Sony: U.S. electronics sales still solid
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Library Takes ‘Talking Books’ Digital
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Internet Explorer 8 features uncovered, public beta coming today?
Chris Williams / The Register:
BT targets 10,000 data pimping guinea pigs
John Leyden / The Register:
Networks left open to SNMP scans
Chris Williams / The Register:
Microsoft offers free Office storage to web plebs
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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: Mashable!
Richard Koman / Between the Lines:
iPhone insecurity leaves sour taste for enterprise IT
BBC:
Memory trick breaks PC encryption
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Ubergizmo
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