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2:20 PM 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 …
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 …
Stephanie Liu / YouTube API Blog:
Something to write home about  —  Since the initial YouTube Data API launch back in August, the team has been hard at work completing a whole suite of tools and features to make it possible for you to fully integrate YouTube into your sites and applications.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
YouTube To Publishers: Make Your Own YouTube
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Micro Persuasion
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
YouTube Adds Publisher Services; TiVo, EA Already On Board
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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Olga Kharif / Business Week:
The Search for the Killer iPhone App  —  Many developers are hard at work building tools for Apple's popular phone, despite what some consider limits on their ability to collaborate  —  Executives at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers had a running bet as they announced …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's Nightmare Scenario, Part 1  —  Here's what many people within Yahoo (YHOO), 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 …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Disaster Scenario: Blowing Q1  —  Kara Swisher revives an issue we raised a few weeks back: What happens if Yahoo (YHOO) blows Q1?  This question has no doubt been bandied about in Microsoft (MSFT) conference rooms as an exasperated Steve Ballmer watches Yahoo's molasses-like response to its bid.
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.
Discussion: Texas Startup Blog
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
Keith J. Winstein / Wall Street Journal:
Heart-Device Hacking Risks Seen  —  Medical devices that control the human heart may need safeguards to protect against remote-control hacking that could deliver electrical shocks to patients, researchers said.  —  Millions of Americans have a pacemaker, which keeps hearts beating regularly …
Discussion: Engadget and Valleywag
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Rush Limbaugh gets special treatment from Apple  —  Here's one way to get moved to the head of the genius line: complain about your problem on a radio show carried by 650 stations across the U.S.  —  On Feb. 12, Rush Limbaugh, a self-proclaimed “big Mac guy,” talked about two problems …
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RushLimbaugh.com:
Rush Thanks the Apple People
Discussion: MacDailyNews
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 …
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone 2.0 Unlocked, Runs All Apps
Discussion: iPhone Central
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.
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 …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Did DivX close Stage6 to duck copyright litigation?  —  DivX, parent company of defunct video-sharing site Stage6, on Tuesday disclosed how it came to the decision to shutter the service rather than to sell.  —  “Potential copyright litigation” was one of management's top considerations leading …
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
UN backs out of virtual protest against Internet censorship
Discussion: Inquirer
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft buys virtualization player Kidaro
Discussion: Microsoft
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Interview: Jason Kilar, CEO, Hulu: ‘Distribution Business Already Works’
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
At Apple thin is in, sometimes too much
Discussion: The Register and PalmAddicts
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Can Someone Give Michael Eisner A History Lesson On Copyright And Patents?
Discussion: The Social
Reuters:
Internet for pornography, not voting: Ex Polish PM
Discussion: Engadget, Switched and Gadget Lab
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
E-mail inventor: I didn't foresee spam
pavlov.net:
Firefox 3 Memory Usage
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Study: amount of digital info > global storage capacity
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Next New Networks raises $15M more for video channels
John Ribeiro / IDG News Service:
India Scrutinizes BlackBerry Security
Microsoft:
Bill Gates Asks Congress to Act Now to Maintain U.S. Innovation Lead
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
Intel Nettop is all about cost cutting
Discussion: Engadget and jkOnTheRun
Google Earth Blog:
How Nanaimo Became Best Known Google Earth Town
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Why the Wal-Mart “snub” should be a big deal for gOS
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Tech's Late Adopters Prefer the Tried and True