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4:00 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  —  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 …
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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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! …
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.
InfoWorld:
Ozzie: Microsoft needs Yahoo for Web, advertising plan  —  Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie attempted to clarify Microsoft's Web-based advertising and services strategy and lay a case for why buying Yahoo is integral to that plan on Wednesday.  —  In his keynote at the MIX 08 conference …
Discussion: Business Technology
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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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Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Steve Jobs talks possible successors, cash reserve
Discussion: Apple Gazette and The Mac Observer
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's “Twitter For Location” Goes Into Private Beta With Near Zero Functionality  —  I have big hopes for Yahoo's new FireEagle platform announced in November 2007.  They first described it to me as a Twitter for location.  And it does stream your location information in a similar way that Twitter streams short messages.
Discussion: GigaOM and O'Reilly Radar
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Yahoo's FireEagle location service to launch publicly today
Discussion: GigaOM and ProgrammableWeb
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Allegations swirl around Wikipedia's Wales  —  Jimmy Wales, the Internet whiz famous for creating the online, user-edited encyclopedia Wikipedia, is facing allegations on two fronts that he abused the trust of the community he helped build.  —  Former Wikipedia employee Danny Wool is alleging …
Discussion: Slashdot
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Paul Boutin / Valleywag:   Wikipedians cover up for Jimmy Wales
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Rumors of Facebook music service bubbling again  —  This post was updated at 6:49 a.m. Pacific time to add comment from Facebook.  —  Facebook may be getting closer to launching a music service that competes with Apple's iTunes, the Financial Times reported Wednesday.
Discussion: WebProNews, Financial Times and p2pnet
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
If Facebook Music Really Launches, Will It Get Dissed By 50 Cent?
Discussion: Coolfer and paidContent.org
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 booth closed over iPhone copy? [U]...
Discussion: IntoMobile and Gizmodo
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: Channel 10 and WinBeta
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 …
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.
Discussion: Electronista
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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InfoWorld:
Microsoft opens up Windows Live services
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Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
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David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Microsoft missing the cloud with Windows on a USB stick
Discussion: Engadget
Dade Hayes / Variety:
Diller expresses doubt at event
Discussion: paidContent.org and Valleywag
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Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
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