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8:40 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
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Let's Justify Facebook's $300-Per-User Valuation
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:   Even as Bebo's big sale happens, lofty valuations will elude other start-ups
Charlene Li / Groundswell:
AOL buys Bebo: What it means for the future of social networks
Discussion: Techdirt and Silicon Alley Insider
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
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”  —  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.
Discussion: TGDaily.com
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Apple may have delayed iPhone SDK for dramatic effect
Discussion: Byte of the Apple
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.
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple sued over foundation to iPod + iTunes franchise
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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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
Discussion: Tech Tracks
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
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 …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
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Rohit Dhawan / Official Google Blog:
Our solutions for ad serving
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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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
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Track Your Google Docs With Analytics  —  A new option has just appeared in the Google Docs Settings page for tracking your published documents.  Simply enter one of your Google Analytics account tracking codes and you'll apparently be able to view statistics showing when any of your published documents have been viewed.
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Docs to Add a Menu and Print Layout
Discussion: CyberNet
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: Mashable! and TechCrunch
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: PC World, CenterNetworks and Slashdot
afp.com:
DVD failure to cost Toshiba nearly a billion dollars: report  —  TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's Toshiba expects to post nearly one billion dollars in losses this year as it shuts down its HD DVD business after losing to rival Sony's Blu-ray format, a newspaper said Thursday.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Toshiba's price for losing the HD DVD war: $986 million?
Discussion: CNET News.com and Electronista
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Texas Startup Blog
Larry Seltzer / eWeek:
The Secret China-U.S. Hacking War  —  Numerous hacks from the Far East sure look like concerted attacks against U.S. military installations, but nobody's saying for sure.  —  Is the United States under attack again?  —  Recent reports have the U.S. military not quite blaming the Chinese military …
Discussion: Guardian and CircleID
 
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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: TechCrunch and paidContent.org
Steve Johnson / Mercury News:
Building your own YouTube
Brad Stone / Bits:
Breaking Google Captchas for $3 a Day
Discussion: Valleywag
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Announces WWDC 2008 (June 9-13, 2008)
Darren Waters / BBC:
Rockstar is EA ‘primary interest’
Discussion: BBC NEWS
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Best Tools for Visualization
InfoWorld:
Gates: Next decade will bring huge software advances
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
The tech world rejoices: A Congressman who can code
Alt Search Engines:
10 Reasons Why Librarians Should Use Exalead.
Dan Nystedt / IDG News Service:
Windows Eee PC Will Outsell Linux Version, Says Asus
news.harvard.edu:
Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences hacking incident
Vishesh Kumar / Wall Street Journal:
DirecTV to Start On-Demand