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2:50 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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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
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 …
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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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.
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Internet Explorer 8 features uncovered, public beta coming today?
Discussion: LiveSide, Microsoft Watch and Compiler
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.
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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.
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 …
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Scott Gilbertson / Compiler:
AOL Opens Up the AIM Instant Messaging Network
Discussion: paidContent.org and rc3.org
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Mix Keynote One, Live From Las Vegas  —  11:32: they're using custom front end to a DB  —  11:30: Krista Monson from Cirque Du Soleil on stage to talk about what they're doing with it all.  —  10:27: Scott Guthrie making some wrap up comments on Microsoft's web development suite …
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Ozzie opens Mix with Yahoo mention
Discussion: Microsoft Watch
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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Electronista:
Meizu forced to close booth over iPhone copy
Discussion: Gizmodo
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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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...
Discussion: WinBeta
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
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
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 …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Adds Page Load Time To Quality Score Algorithm  —  A WebmasterWorld thread tipped both Search Engine Watch and Search Engine Roundtable (that's me) off on the fact that Google has added an additional quality score factor to the AdWords ranking algorithm.  —  The new factor is page load time.
 
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