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7:30 AM ET, March 6, 2008

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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”.
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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.
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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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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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
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
Discussion: CNET News.com and Engadget
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) …
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.
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 …
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Jimmy Wales is not Wikipedia
Brad Stone / Bits:
New Patentable Idea: A Way to Invalidate Vague Patents  —  There's not much love in legal circles for the so-called “business method” patent, an exclusive intellectual property right over a novel way of doing business.  Critics of such patents - think Amazon “One Click” or Priceline's …
Discussion: Feld Thoughts
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 …
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 …
Discussion: FaceReviews
Jonathan D. Glater / Bits:
Bank Moves to Withdraw Its Suit Against Wikileaks Site  —  A Swiss bank on Wednesday moved to withdraw a lawsuit that it had filed against a Web site that it claimed had displayed stolen documents revealing confidential information about the accounts of the bank's clients.
Discussion: Associated Press and Memex 1.1
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Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
Swiss bank in Wikileaks case abruptly abandons lawsuit
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.
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Facebook viral marketing: When and why do apps “jump the shark?”  —  Excel spreadsheet download  —  For those of you who are interested in the gory details, please download the following spreadsheet here:  —  Viral and Retention Excel Model (Click to download)  —  Math warning!
Felix Salmon / Portfolio.com:
Blogonomics: Exit Through Acquisition  —  Breakingviews, one of the least web-savvy websites in the world, ran a column by Jeff Segal on Monday about blog valuations.  And given that breakingviews tries to disable copying and for all intents and purposes bans hyperlinks …
Discussion: HipMojo.com, Gawker and The Open Road
 
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Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Whistle-Blower: Feds Have a High-Speed Backdoor Into Wireless Carrier
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Cutting-edge PDP Tech Leaked to Chinese Firm
Stephanie Rosenbloom / New York Times:
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Google/DoubleClick Merger To Receive Approval From European Regulators …
Louise Story / New York Times:
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Ellen Lee / The Technology Chronicles:
iPhone announcement Thursday
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Oops! Google Forgot To Renew Their SSL Certificate
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
FT.com To Give Facebook Students Free Four-Year Subs
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Rafe Needleman / CNET News.com:
Web 2.0 VC to start-ups: Your income is “noise”
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Reznor makes $750,000 even when the music is free
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's “Twitter For Location” Goes Into Private Beta With Near Zero Functionality