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5:00 AM ET, March 14, 2008

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Brad Stone / Bits:
Breaking Google Captchas for $3 a Day  —  In the last two months, several Internet security firms have suggested that spammers had devised a way to bust the “captcha” that is protecting Gmail.  This would allow them to use the popular e-mail service to drown the rest of the Internet …
Michael Weiss-Malik / Google LatLong:
Organizing more than one world's information  —  We like to think big.  Vastly hugely mind-bogglingly big (to paraphrase one of my favorite authors).  And thanks to the flexibility of Google Maps technology and the world wide web, we've been able to work at a universal scale (literally).
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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
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.
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Google's Trojan Horse: Let the Free Ad Serving Begin  —  One of the biggest misunderstandings in much of the discussion about Google's deal to buy DoubleClick is the perception that DoubleClick actually is involved in selling advertising.  —  It's not.  It sells software that advertisers …
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Getting a FriendFeed new friend every minute or so !  —  Welcome to my blog.  Based in San Francisco, I am an entrepreneur and a blogger.  I just started my fifth startup, Seesmic, a community driven video social software.  Here is what TechCrunch says about it.
Discussion: TechCrunch and SheGeeks
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Frederic / The Last Podcast:
Big Day for FriendFeed
Discussion: Scripting News and Scobleizer
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google claims ‘Non-existent’ Android beats everything but the Jesus Phone  —  $10,000 Panda Challenge - are you really protected?  —  eComm One day, Google believes, software developers will love its “non-existent” Android handset just as much as they love the iPhone - and maybe more.
Discussion: Slashdot
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Paul Krill / PC World:
Google Exec Praises, Criticizes Apple iPhone
Discussion: CenterNetworks
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 …
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.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Two more Microsoft execs fly the coop
Discussion: Tech Tracks
AppleInsider:
Apple TV DVR interface revealed in patent filings  —  A series of Apple patent filings published this week reveal a version of the Apple TV media device capable of browsing and recording live television programming in addition to serving up pre-aired content from the company's iTunes Store.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hummer Winblad Partner Will Price Resigns To Head WidgetBox  —  It's not often a partner at a successful venture capital fund leaves to do anything except retire (although there is some evidence to the contrary).  But Will Price, a general partner at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Andersen attorney on RIAA suit: “They can't run now”  —  Friday may mark a significant milestone in the RIAA's legal campaign against file-sharing, as it is the deadline for exonerated RIAA defendant Tanya Andersen to refile her malicious prosecution lawsuit against the record labels.
Discussion: Computerworld
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 …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Where Have the YouTube Watermarks Gone?  —  You know how YouTube has its little logo overlaid in white in the bottom right corner of all its videos?  Well, it seems to have gone missing.  On both videos on and off the site, the files are playing free of any YouTube branding on top of the videos themselves.
Discussion: Beet.TV
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 …
 
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Nathan / FlowingData:
17 Ways to Visualize the Twitter Universe
Discussion: Adaptive Path
Sean Fallon / Gizmodo:
Mac Pro...Mini?  —  The steampunk mac mini mod was great …
Wall Street Journal:
EA's Take-Two Saga Turns Hostile
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
For a New Brand, Pepsi Starts the Buzz Online
Discussion: Lost Remote
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Reznor: Radiohead offering was insincere, industry is inept
Discussion: Turn It Up
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Arcot brings two-factor authentication to Google Apps
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Blogging and Newspapers, a Lesson in How Not to Brand and Market
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
$5 a month for legal P2P could happen sooner than you think
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Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
Searching for AMD's Triple-Core Phenom
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
First Video of Hacked iPhone 2.0 In Action
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Updated Google Quality Rater Guidelines
Discussion: beu blog
Associated Press:
Yahoo Moves Its European HQ
Discussion: paidContent.org and TechCrunch
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Track Your Google Docs With Analytics
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Apple may have delayed iPhone SDK for dramatic effect
Discussion: Byte of the Apple
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
OpenSocial Beta Apps Go Live on MySpace
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
The Lost Features of Google
Discussion: Forever Geek