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8:00 AM ET, March 12, 2008

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Rafe Needleman / CNET News.com:
YouTube, once just a destination, is becoming a service too  —  Google's YouTube just announced that it is expanding its API to allow more direct access to the service.  The updates to the API allow developers deeper access into YouTube for video uploading, and allow “chromeless” players …
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YouTube:
YouTube Everywhere  —  We try really hard to make YouTube as open as possible.  Anyone can upload and view videos, which can be embedded anywhere and viewed on all kinds of different devices.  And, of course, anyone can participate in our community by commenting on videos, rating them, and sharing them with friends.
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:   YouTube Expands API Set - Including Upload, Player APIs
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
What Does YouTube Have Up Its Sleeve?  Guess Right, And Win An iPod Shuffle.
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Yahoo May Join Google-Led Social Networking Alliance  —  Yahoo intends to join OpenSocial, a Google-led alliance that is developing a common set of standards so developers can create programs that run on many social networks and other Web sites, according to a person with direct knowledge of Yahoo's plans.
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Client 9 Domains Snatched Minutes After Spitzer Scandal Breaks  —  Just minutes after the New York Times published a story online yesterday about a high-class prostitution ring and the involvement of so-called “Client 9,” Nick Galbreath, a 37 year-old software engineer in Manhattan, registered the client9.com domain for $10.13.
Discussion: Mashable!
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
How an information system helped nail Eliot Spitzer and a prostitution ring  —  New York Governor (for now) Eliot Spitzer's prostitute scandal is all the big news here in New York, but the lesser known tale is how an information system-the U.S. Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network-played a role in his downfall.
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Digital Transition: From Redundant News Coverage To Original Link Journalism
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Fire in the iPod  —  Japan has ordered an investigation of the first generation iPod nano for possible defects after one started emitting sparks while being charged.  According to wire service reports, the problem surfaced in January in Kanagawa Prefecture southwest of Tokyo, and Apple (AAPL) reported it to the government in March.
Discussion: Inquirer
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Yuri Kageyama / Associated Press:
Japan investigating Apple's iPod  —  TOKYO - Japan is investigating a possible defect in Apple Inc.'s iPod after one of the popular digital music players reportedly shot out sparks while recharging, a government official said Wednesday.  —  An official at the trade and economy ministry …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Engadget
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Google Announces Layoffs  —  Granted, the following Google layoffs news is because of the DoubleClick acquisition, but in all the corporate-speak there is something that feels like a kind of augury: … Translation: We're letting people go.  And a bunch of 'em, at that.
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Eric Schmidt / Official Google Blog:
We've officially acquired DoubleClick
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Good Times Go Bad at Google
Discussion: Digital Daily and Epicenter
New York Times:
Amid Hurdles at AOL, Chief of Its Parent Is Open to Deal  —  AOL, the company that introduced millions of people to the Internet, has tried to reinvent itself many times.  The latest effort, like those before it, does not seem to be going well.  —  On Tuesday, Jeffrey L. Bewkes …
Discussion: TechCrunch and paidContent.org
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Time Warner CEO addresses Yahoo-AOL talk
Discussion: BoomTown and MarketWatch
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twine Disappoints After Semantic Web Hype  —  Twine is the most hyped semantic app of the season and recently opened up for some press previews.  General availability of this smart, social bookmarking and research tool may come in a matter of weeks.  —  If that's the case, it will probably be too soon.
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
GoDaddy Silences Police-Watchdog Site RateMyCop.com  —  A new web service that lets users rate and comment on the uniformed police officers in their community is scrambling to restore service Tuesday, after hosting company GoDaddy unceremonious pulled-the-plug on the site in the wake of outrage from criticism-leery cops.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Age Verification at Google Korea  —  As anticipated last year, Google Korea started to comply with the local laws and asks for age verification if your search contains words that could trigger adult websites.  Google hopes to increase its presence in a country where the local search engine Naver …
BBC:
Wiki boss ‘edited for donation’  —  Wikipedia creator Jimmy Wales has been accused of agreeing to edit a page on the online encyclopaedia in exchange for a donation.  —  Former Novell chief scientist Jeffrey Merkey says he donated $5,000 to the Wikimedia Foundation in exchange for changes to his Wikipedia entry.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Joost Gets Live With Ad-Free March Madness  —  Joost will make live-streaming video available to all its users tomorrow; it has also scored a deal with its investor CBS to live stream March Madness.  A new client should be ready for download by about noon ET on Wednesday, the company told NewTeeVee today.
Discussion: The Last Podcast and Mashable!
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPhone Dev Team jailbreaks firmware 2.0... before it's out  —  This is just getting silly, don't you think?  The iPhone Dev Team has once again proven their totally gnarly talents by freeing up the latest firmware before it's even the latest firmware.  Apple, here's our suggestion …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Guy Kawasaki Formally Launches Alltop.  Wow, It's Bad.  —  Last year Guy Kawasaki launched Truemors on the cheap (he spent $13,000), which is at least pointing the right way on Compete.com.  Today he follows up with a sequel, AllTop.  It's a...well, it's a RSS reader I guess.
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Credit crunch hits start-ups: Comerica accounts frozen?  —  The national credit crunch is starting to hit Silicon Valley start-ups.  We've heard that venture-backed companies with Comerica money market accounts have had their accounts frozen, and when we asked Comerica spokesperson Sara Snyder, she didn't deny it.
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Business Wire:
GE Demonstrates World's First “Roll-to-Roll” …
Discussion: CrunchGear, TeleRead and Engadget
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
@ SxSW: A Rowdy Discussion On Ad-Supported Music
Discussion: Valleywag, AppScout and Coolfer
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Content Marketplace Helium Officially Launches
Discussion: Social Media and Mashable!
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Healthline Partners With Aetna For Personalized Medical Portal
Discussion: VentureBeat
Stephen Castle / New York Times:
Europe Backs Google Bid to Acquire DoubleClick
Staska / Unwired View:
Alltell/ LG Glimmer touchscreen slider now official
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Mobile Web Use Growing Faster than Ever
 Earlier Items: 
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Limelight Getting Dimmer?
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
Portable contact lists and the case against XFN
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Paul / Under The Microscope:
iPhone SDK Bug Filing
USA Today:
Venture capital spreads the wealth around the country
Austin Modine / The Register:
Mozilla reaches stage 4 of Firefox 3 beta endurance test
Om Malik / GigaOM:
U.S. In-flight Broadband Is A-gogo by Spring
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Bringing OpenID To The Masses: Clickpass
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Six Apart Takes Aim At Wordpress Users; Wordpress Pissed