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11:20 PM ET, March 12, 2008

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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
The Future is Web Services, Not Web Sites  —  Remember The Graduate when Benjamin Braddock was advised to go into plastics.  The clip is here.  It seemed like a safe bet at the time - and it was.  —  Today the web maybe “the new plastics.”  It seems like every brand is building a new site or microsite.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
YouTube: The Platform  —  (Update: Comment from YouTube added below).  In case there was still any doubt that Google wants to use YouTube to host all the video on the Web, it's announcement earlier today to broaden its APIs makes it clear that is its goal.  Once again, instead of making …
YouTube:
YouTube Everywhere  —  We try really hard to make YouTube as open as possible.
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Iphone to go x86  —  Moorestown is fruity  —  THE IPHONE IS going to go x86 in a year or two, and Moorestown is set to be the lead vehicle.  A year of whispers was finally nailed down a few days ago with a comment and a slide.  —  First let me say that the rumour mill has been running amok since …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Insanely Great Mac
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Mike Schramm / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:   Rumor: iPhone may get x86 processor, and pigs might fly
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Disney: $123 Million From iTunes Since 2006 (AAPL)  —  Disney CEO Bob Iger tells the audience at the Digital Hollywood Media Summit that he's sold 4 million movies and “40 to 50” million videos through iTunes since he launched the service in 2006.  What does that mean in terms of dollars?  Not much.
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Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
Google could be superseded, says web inventor  —  The next generation of web technology is likely to be far more powerful than the current crop, Tim Berners-Lee said  —  Google may eventually be displaced as the pre-eminent brand on the internet by a company that harnesses the power …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Crgslst: The Endangered, Sexy Craigslist Search Tool  —  Denver, Colorado based Superhero.es has built crgslst, a very slick multi-city search tool for Craigslist.  Craigslist itself doesn't offer a multi-search service.  By combining the publicly available RSS feeds from Craigslist with AJAX …
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
New York Times:
Woman at the Center of Governor's Downfall  —  She left a broken home on the Jersey Shore at 17 and came to New York City to work the nightclubs as a rhythm and blues singer.  Now, at 22, she is the unwitting, and as yet unseen, star of the seamy drama that is the downfall of Gov. Eliot Spitzer of New York.
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Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
Spitzer Scandal Sheds Light On Web Prostitution
Discussion: IP Democracy
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 …
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KMWorld.com:
A Day In The Life  —  Naveen, a new engineer at Google …
Discussion: CNET News.com and beu blog
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Note to self: stop promoting, start thinking again (or “Scoble's Law")  —  It's really hard when you're excited about what you're working on to not talk about it.  Especially on your personal channels like your blog, Twitter account, and Facebook page.  Over the past month I've tried …
Discussion: Valleywag
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
E-mail inventor: I didn't foresee spam  —  Thirty-seven years after the first e-mail was sent, its creator says he never imagined it would become a tool for criminals  —  Ray Tomlinson does not recall the contents of the first e-mail that was ever sent.  —  He thinks it was probably QWERTY …
Discussion: WebProNews, WebGuild and JD on EP
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Latest Product Launch is a Couple of Facebook Apps  —  Amazon has now officially joined the Facebook craze.  It has launched two of its own Facebook applications: Amazon Giver and Amazon Grapevine.  —  Amazon Giver shows your Amazon wishlist on your Facebook page.
Discussion: All Facebook and Geek Madness
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft buys virtualization player Kidaro  —  Updated at 10:30 a.m. PDT with comments and further details from Microsoft.  —  In its latest move into virtualization, Microsoft said on Wednesday that it has bought Kidaro, a company that helps businesses manage their collection of virtual machines.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay to Hollywood: Open your Own Torrent Site  —  Peter Sunde and Fredrik Neij from The Pirate Bay recently did a video interview which resulted in some great quotes.  One such quote comes from Fredrik, he suggests that the movie and music industry should set up their own torrent site, and monetize it through advertisements.
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo To Join OpenSocial in April, Microsoft Groans.  —  Following previous reports that Yahoo is talking to Google about joining OpenSocial, we are now hearing that the decision has been made and that it will be announced in April.  OpenSocial is Google's social-networking platform that is a response to Facebook.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Windows 7 gets an outside tester: The government  —  The headline was updated at 3 p.m. to note that it is several states, not the U.S. department of Justice, that are overseeing the compliance of Vista and future Windows versions with the consent decree.  —  Microsoft has said precious little …
Discussion: John Carroll and ZDNet.com.au
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Ex-Googlers launch Rentbits, a mediocre search tool for rentals  —  I'm in the middle of a hunt for a new place to live, and have been using a variety of tools to keep an eye on local openings.  The best offense against the horde of competitors seems to be finding those small, obscure listings …
 
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Fake presidential candidate spam comes to Twitter
Mark Raby / Tom's Hardware Guide:
Blu-ray Player Prices Hit 2008 Highs As Competition Dwindles
Discussion: CrunchGear, Engadget and Gizmodo
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Kevin Rose's parties bid SXSW goodbye
Shel / Global Neighbourhoods:
Twitter at SWSX and Power to the People
Software Freedom Law Center:
Microsoft's Open Specification Promise: No Assurance for GPL
Cade Metz / The Register:
Skype blames eBay for killing ‘our innovation buzz’
Discussion: InfoWorld and VentureBeat
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Open Letter To Google: Do The Right Thing, Divest Yourself Of Performics
Paula Rooney / Open Source:
Gnome 2.2 now available, planned for Ubuntu 8.04, RHEL 6, SLES 11
Discussion: Ars Technica
 Earlier Items: 
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Will IE 8 break the Web?
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Acer's “Blue” Ace: Aspire Gemstone Blue Notebook
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Nine Inch Nails slams Radiohead's ‘bait and switch’
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Sprout's WYSIWYG Flash Editor Now Available to Everyone
Verizon:
Verizon Expands 7 Megabits per Second High Speed Internet Service …
Michal Lev-Ram / Techland:
Hulu goes live
pavlov.net:
Firefox 3 Memory Usage
Discussion: Mozilla Links