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6:50 PM ET, March 13, 2008

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Bebo: By the (Not So Big) Numbers  —  What's AOL getting for its $850 million in cash to purchase of social-networking site, Bebo?  —  A very attractive social-networking service and a very experienced exec who has been running it.  —  But, perhaps more importantly for those who focus on pesky numbers …
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Business Wire:
AOL to Acquire Global Social Media Network Bebo  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—AOL announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Bebo (http://www.bebo.com), a leading global social media network.  Together with its AIM and ICQ personal communications network …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Let's Justify Facebook's $300-Per-User Valuation  —  Some quick math makes Facebook's $15 billion valuation look even crazier.  Apparently the guys over at Silicon Valley Insider also bothered to crunch the numbers.  — Bebo sold to AOL this morning for $850 million and have about 40 million users, costing $21.25 per user.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:   Even as Bebo big sale happens, lofty valuations will elude other start-ups
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Embraces The Semantic Web - Expect The Internet To Organize Itself In A Hurry  —  Yahoo's embrace of all things open continues today - expect an announcement in an hour or so that they are expanding their Open Search Platform that we wrote about last month.
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Yahoo! Search Blog:
The Yahoo! Search Open Ecosystem  —  A few weeks ago, we began talking about the new Yahoo! Search open platform.  Today, we're releasing more details about two important components of the initiative — the developer platform as well as our support of a number of semantic web standards.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
And Nerds Became Kings: Yahoo! to Announce Semantic Web Support
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple sued over foundation to iPod + iTunes franchise  —  ZapMedia Services, Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Apple Inc., claiming to have conceived the underlying principles of the iPod + iTunes franchise a full two years before the first iPod went on sale.
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
iPhone 2.0 “sneak peek”  —  There has been a lot of talk about the new iPhone firmware and its enterprise capabilities.  Well, the iPhoneDevTeam has cracked the 2.0 (actually 1.2) firmware and created a version of the firmware that works with any GSM SIM card without difficult incantations and installations.
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David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
Hello BlackBerry, Meet the iPhone  —  Before you start reading this, a word of warning: this column is about the iPhone.  If you're one of those people who are sick and tired of hearing about the iPhone, then scroll on while you still can.  —  Then again, if you're one of those people …
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Apple may have delayed iPhone SDK for dramatic effect
Discussion: Byte of the Apple
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
MSN exec Bradford leaving for ad company  —  Microsoft executive Joanne Bradford, who has been a key player in the company's MSN and online advertising units, is leaving to join Spot Runner Inc., according to a news release issued this morning by the Los Angeles-based advertising technology company: PDF, 2 pages.
Discussion: WebProNews, LiveSide and Valleywag
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Senior MSN Exec Joanne Bradford to Spot Runner
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Two more Microsoft execs fly the coop
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
OpenSocial Beta Apps Go Live on MySpace  —  If you've been wondering how the OpenSocial platform will look in MySpace, its biggest implementation, today's the day you can take a first look.  Right on schedule the first batch of apps go live today, one month after the platform was opened to all developers democratically.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Initial Applications Launch on MySpace Developer Platform  —  MySpace has just launched an application gallery, marking the first opportunity users will have to use some of the new apps that have been built on the MySpace Developer Platform.  For now, most of these applications take the form …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Source: Yahoo in informal talks with Microsoft  —  Microsoft and Yahoo are holding informal merger discussions, marking a shift from the “radio silence” that previously existed between the two companies, according to a source familiar with the talks.  —  A lot has changed over the past two weeks …
Marius Oiaga / Softpedia News:
Microsoft Confirms Windows 7 for 2010 - No Word on Windows 7 M2  —  Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 7 is right on track for release in 2010.  Concomitantly with the leaked details associated with Windows 7 Milestone 1 dropped by the Redmond company to select partners in January 2008 …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Who wants Windows 7 more, Microsoft or the users?
Discussion: PC World and Electronista
Rohit Dhawan / Official Google Blog:
Our solutions for ad serving  —  Earlier this week, we completed our acquisition of DoubleClick.  Together, we're now focused on building a full suite of products and tools that help publishers of all sizes improve productivity, manage their inventory, generate additional revenue opportunities …
Discussion: WebProNews and Googling Google
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Google's Trojan Horse: Let the Free Ad Serving Begin
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Launches Free Ad Server for Publishers
Discussion: GigaOM
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
The Lost Features of Google  —  Google created tons of products in the past.  And some of them, they removed again after finding that they didn't work, required too many resources, didn't take off, or were overshadowed by legal concerns.  Here are some of the “lost” Google services and features.
 
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Jane Wakefield / BBC:
Google by design  —  BBC Technology reporter, BBC News website, in Zurich
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Partial List: Microsoft's Nominees For The Yahoo Board
Dan Nystedt / IDG News Service:
Windows Eee PC Will Outsell Linux Version, Says Asus
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Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences hacking incident
Vishesh Kumar / Wall Street Journal:
DirecTV to Start On-Demand
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