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5:15 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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IEBlog:
Why Isn't IE8 Passing Acid2?
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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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.
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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
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.
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) …
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
Rafe Needleman / CNET News.com:
Web 2.0 VC to start-ups: Your income is “noise”  —  Maybe two years ago, I hosted a panel discussion on the emerging Web 2.0 economy, and I asked my panelists if we were in a bubble.  Because it's clear to me that we are.  Not that it's a bad thing, mind you.
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 …
Washington Post:
National Dragnet Is a Click Away  —  Authorities to Gain Fast and Expansive Access to Records  —  Several thousand law enforcement agencies are creating the foundation of a domestic intelligence system through computer networks that analyze vast amounts of police information to fight crime and root out terror plots.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
Gates dethroned as world's richest man  —  You knew this was going to happen eventually—Bill Gates prepares to step away from full-time work at Microsoft and suddenly he is on the slippery slope to the poor house.  —  Well, maybe not the poor house, but he has lost his position as the world's richest man …
Discussion: Forbes and Silicon Alley Insider
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 and Data Mining
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.
 
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Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Whistle-Blower: Feds Have a High-Speed Backdoor Into Wireless Carrier
Discussion: Gizmodo
donga.com:
Cutting-edge PDP Tech Leaked to Chinese Firm
Stephanie Rosenbloom / New York Times:
Boldface in Cyberspace: It's a Woman's Domain
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Craigslist Traffic Nearly Doubles Year on Year
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Google/DoubleClick Merger To Receive Approval From European Regulators …
Ellen Lee / The Technology Chronicles:
iPhone announcement Thursday
 Earlier Items: 
The Technium:
Why Leapfrogging is Rare  —  Two years ago I posted my skepticism …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Oops! Google Forgot To Renew Their SSL Certificate
Discussion: timgross.com and Mashable!
Official Google Blog:
Search within a site: A tale of teleportation
Discussion: Surf*Mind*Musings
Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
Swiss bank in Wikileaks case abruptly abandons lawsuit
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
What piracy crisis? MPAA touts record box office for 2007
Discussion: Slashdot and Digg
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