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10:00 AM ET, March 12, 2008

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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.
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Rafe Needleman / CNET News.com:
YouTube, once just a destination, becoming a service too  —  Google's YouTube just announced that it is expanding its APIs to allow more direct access to the service.  —  The updates to the APIs, or application programming interfaces, give developers deeper access into YouTube for video uploading …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:   YouTube Expands API Set - Including Upload, Player APIs
Apple:
iPhone SDK Downloads Top 100,000  —  Apple® today announced that more than 100,000 iPhone™ developers have downloaded the beta iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK) in the first four days since its launch on March 6.  The iPhone SDK provides developers with the same rich set …
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Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
100,000 Apple iPhone SDKs Downloaded So Far  —  Apple says that over 100,000 iPhone software development kits have been downloaded since its celebrated unveiling on March 6, not a week ago.  The announcement below is atypical of Apple: following the standard chest-puffing from execs …
Discussion: Guardian and 9 to 5 Mac
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.
Yuri Kageyama / Associated Press:
Japan investigates possible iPod defect  —  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 …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Fire in the iPod  —  Japan has ordered an investigation …
Discussion: Inquirer
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
The Tools Google Uses Internally  —  A web seminar Google held yesterday at KMWorld Magazine offered a great deal of insight into how Google manages projects and communication internally.  The presentation by Google followed an employee through his first few weeks at the company …
Discussion: KMWorld.com, beu blog and Feld Thoughts
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's Nightmare Scenario, Part One  —  Here's what many people within Yahoo, who are not CEO Jerry Yang and the board of directors, are chattering about these days: That the Internet portal will not make a deal, any kind of deal, related to the outstanding unsolicited acquisition offer by Microsoft …
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.
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 …
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.
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Nova / Minding the Planet:
Response to Read Write Web article about Twine
Discussion: The Semantic Web and ReadWriteWeb
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.
Ben Fritz / Variety:
Viacom withdraws ‘Guitar’ suit  —  Activision comes to the bargaining table  —  The videogame battle of the bands has gone to court and quickly left.  —  Viacom-owned Harmonix Music Systems, the developer of the first two “Guitar Hero” games and “Rock Band,” on Monday filed a lawsuit alleging …
New York Times:
Chief of AOL's 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, the chief executive of Time Warner …
Tony Wright / Venture Hacks:
Half-Assed Startup: How do I start my company and keep my day job?  —  [Ed: I enjoyed Tony Wright's contrarian article, Half-Assed Startup, when I first read it on his excellent blog.  Tony, a founder of RescueTime (Y Combinator), argues that you can start a company while you're otherwise employed.
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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Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Good Times Go Bad at Google
 
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Dan Fost / Fortune:
Welcome to Conference 2.0  —  Social media is putting an end …
Discussion: Web Strategy and Wired
Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
Copy and paste for the iPhone, seriously
Discussion: PalmAddicts, Gizmodo and Gadget Lab
Dave Prochnow / Popular Science:
Build It: The Electronic Post-It Note
Business Wire:
Puretracks Announces New DRM-Free Mobile Music Store for the BlackBerry Platform
John Tanaka / IGN:
Hideo Kojima Working on New Title
eWeek:
Indian Mobile Firms, Government May Meet on BlackBerry
Chrisshipley / The Guidewire:
Becoming the Story: A Cautionary Tale
Jay Greene / Business Week:
Gates in D.C.: Expect Visa Talk
Discussion: IT News Digest and Tech Tracks
 Earlier Items: 
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Age Verification at Google Korea
Business Wire:
GE Demonstrates World's First “Roll-to-Roll” …
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
@ SxSW: A Rowdy Discussion On Ad-Supported Music
Discussion: AppScout, Valleywag 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
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Joost Gets Live With Ad-Free March Madness
Stephen Castle / New York Times:
Europe Backs Google Bid to Acquire DoubleClick
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Client 9 Domains Snatched Minutes After Spitzer Scandal Breaks
Discussion: Mashable!