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11:15 PM ET, March 13, 2008

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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 …
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John Biggs / TechCrunch:
iPhone 2.0 “sneak peek”
Discussion: TGDaily.com and iPhone Atlas
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Apple may have delayed iPhone SDK for dramatic effect
Discussion: Byte of the Apple
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.
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
Paul Miller / Engadget:   Microsoft finally confirms Windows 7 for 2010 launch
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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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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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.
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
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.  But Will Price, a general partner at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, has resigned from his firm and, as of today, is the CEO of widget startup Widgetbox.
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.
Discussion: Forever Geek
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
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Steve Johnson / Mercury News:   Building your own YouTube
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Clickety Clack and Valleywag
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.
 
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Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Arcot brings two-factor authentication to Google Apps
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
$5 a month for legal P2P could happen sooner than you think
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony knocks down walls on game businesses
Discussion: GigaOM
afp.com:
DVD failure to cost Toshiba nearly a billion dollars: report
Official Google Blog:
Book info where you need it, when you need it
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Updated Google Quality Rater Guidelines
Discussion: beu blog
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Updated: Video game sales grow 34 percent in February, PS 3 stays ahead of Xbox 360
Associated Press:
Yahoo Moves Its European HQ
Discussion: paidContent.org and TechCrunch
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Diller, Malone In Settlement Talks On IACI, WSJ Says
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Uh oh: The guys controlling the IT budget aren't happy
Discussion: CFO.com
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Best Tools for Visualization
InfoWorld:
Gates: Next decade will bring huge software advances
Larry Seltzer / eWeek:
The Secret China-U.S. Hacking War
Discussion: Guardian, CircleID and DailyTech
Dan Nystedt / IDG News Service:
Windows Eee PC Will Outsell Linux Version, Says Asus