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12:05 PM ET, March 7, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google, Microsoft Said To Be Preparing Bids For Digg  —  User-generated news site Digg has been working with influential investment bank Allen & Co. (the ones that recently got Slide a half billion dollar valuation) for a few months now, and pitching big tech and media companies on a sale.
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft's Google Obsession, MicroHoo's Asian Outlook And Competing For Digg  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is perhaps showing signs of a mildly unhealthy obsession with rival Google.  At Microsoft's MIX08 online technology conference in Las Vegas yesterday he told interviewer Guy Kawasaki …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:   Report: Google, Microsoft, and two media companies bidding on Digg
Jason / Signal vs. Noise:
iPhone SDK, Apple's Touch Platform, and The Next Two Decades  —  What we saw today was the spark.  The explosion will continue for twenty years.  We will all feel the warmth.  —  What we saw today was the beginning of two-decades of mobile domination by Apple.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
iPhone in your business: Pondering the ROI case  —  Apple has dressed the iPhone up in a business suit, but the real work is just beginning.  Apple needs to convince chief information officers that there's a return on investment in a switch to the iPhone.  —  The day after an Apple event is always the analysis day.
Ken / Mac Daddy World:
iPhone SDK first thoughts  —  I haven't even downloaded the SDK yet, but many of my questions can be answered from simply reading the documentation and license agreement.  —  1) How does File System access work?  —  From the FAQ:  —  How do I write information locally?
Rob Griffiths / Macworld:
The iPhone SDK has all the right answers
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Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
Facebook Study Group Could Get Student Expelled
Discussion: Inquirer
David Hayes / www.kansascity.com:
Analysts say T-Mobile may acquire Sprint  —  Sprint Nextel may be a takeover target, according to one of the nation's largest investment banking firms.  —  Deutsche Telekom, owner of T-Mobile and the world's sixth largest phone company, may consider acquiring Overland Park-based Sprint …
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Kent German / CNET News.com:
Rumor: Sprint will spin off Nextel  —  Rumors are swirling today over the future of Sprint.  First off, Seeking Alpha is reporting that Sprint has hired Morgan Stanley for a possible spin-off of its Nextel brand.  Sprint's ongoing troubles have been widely reported over the last few months …
Discussion: localmobilesearch.net
Om Malik / GigaOM:
T-Mobile, Sprint Together?  Just Say No...Now — Merrill Lynch …
Discussion: Electronista and Out of the Box
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Happy now, bitches?  —  Yeah, we rocked your friggin world, right?  I mean 29 June 2007 might be the day the world changed, but today it just changed again.  BlackBerry is dead.  Microsoft is dead.  Windows Mobile is dead.  Amazon is dead.  Kindle is dead.  Nokia is dead.
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Google mappers banned from U.S. bases  —  The Web firm says it erred in posting images of Fort Sam Houston.  The Pentagon cites security concerns.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google Inc. found itself at the center of a national security controversy Thursday.  —  The Pentagon banned …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Tests More TV Ads With AdWords Integration  —  Google Integrates TV Ads Into Adwords Platform by Pinny Cohen shows screen captures of AdWords reports with TV ad integration.  Pinny said that Google sent out more invitations for AdWords advertisers to test out TV ads within the Google AdWords system.
Discussion: Screenwerk
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Pinny Cohen / Life of an Internet Entrepreneur:
Google Integrates TV Ads Into Adwords Platform
Discussion: MarketingVOX and VoIP Blog
Richard Wray / Guardian:   Google service for advertisers to view viewers may come to UK
Anthony Rose / BBC Internet Blog:
BBC iPlayer On iPhone: Behind The Scenes  —  Today was a big day for BBC iPlayer: it's the day that it first became available on a portable device.  BBCiPlayer is now available on iPhone and iPod touch.  —  To play BBC programmes on your iPhone or iPod touch, you'll need to be online via …
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Microsoft partners cosy up on interoperability  —  Microsoft yesterday announced an alliance with vendors as the first step towards its brave, new world of interoperable software.  —  The company said existing partners, DataViz, Quickoffice, and Novell were all working on the new …
Discussion: Ars Technica and iso.org
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Launches Document Interoperability Initiative
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
AOL And CBS Merge Radio Networks; CBS To Manage Ad Sales Across 350 Channels  —  CBS (NYSE: CBS) Radio and AOL Radio will combine their online radio networks into one, the companies tell us.  The deal calls for CBS Radio's sales team to handle ads across both networks.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
MIX08 - Steve Ballmer screams “Web developers.  Web developers.  Web developers”  —  On the second day of Microsoft's MIX 2008 conference in Las Vegas for web developers and designers, Rafael Rivera - my liveblogging companion and Bryant Zadegan's cameraman, took the rare opportunity to stand …
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Joshua Allen / MIX Online:
WATCH STEVE BALLMER AND GUY KAWASAKI LIVE
Karl / DSLreports:
MobiTV Threatens HowardForums Shutdown - Because they couldn't be bothered to secure their own content  —  The great cellphone-centric resource HowardForums is being threatened by the creatively named mobile TV provider MobiTV.  According to this post by site owner Howard Chui …
Vivian / Inside AdWords:
Landing page load time will soon be incorporated into Quality Score  —  As part of our continuing efforts to improve the user experience, we will soon incorporate an additional factor into Quality Score: landing page load time.  Load time is the amount of time it takes for a user to see the landing page after clicking an ad.
 
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Sea Launch Prepares for the Launch of DIRECTV 11
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The unfiltered Steve Jobs
Gamasutra:
Microsoft Excel: Revolutionary 3D Game Engine?
Discussion: Kotaku
Jan Libbenga / The Register:
Police raid CeBIT stands
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Trevor / Inside AdWords:
Category Exclusion for the Content Network
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Apple to Allow VoIP Over WiFi
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
PollDaddy Attempts to Create Yahoo Answers for Polls
BBC:
In the Mix  —  Web developers have gathered in Las Vegas …
Rick Martin / Little Red Blog:
Hot potato! Tudou shutdown because of porn?
Charlene Li / Groundswell:
The future of social networks: Social networks will be like air
Long Tran / Yanko Design:
Another Touchscreen Phone But Wait, This One Has A Surprise!
 

 
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Tom Friend / Sports Business Journal:
Sources: the NBA is formalizing deals with Disney, NBC, and Amazon, which may prompt WBD to sue; ESPN may pay $2.8B annually, NBC $2.6B, and Amazon $1.8B to $2B

Max Tani / @maxwelltani:
[Thread] In a meeting, Washington Post CEO Will Lewis told staff that the paper lost $77M over the past year, and saw a 50% drop off in audience since 2020

Wall Street Journal:
As TV audiences get older, media executives are focusing more on the mass-market reach of TV, and playing down the importance of age for advertisers

 
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