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7:15 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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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 …
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 and Electronista
Financial Times:
Yahoo to quit London offices for Geneva  —  Yahoo, the internet company, is planning to move its European headquarters from London to Switzerland.  —  One person close to the move - understood to be called “Project Yodel” - said it was made for corporate tax reasons.
Discussion: The Register and paidContent.org
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Associated Press:
Yahoo Moves Its European HQ
Discussion: TechCrunch
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Is KickApps Next to Board AOL's Gravy Train?  —  While a lot of focus yesterday has been on the gobs of cash that Time Warner shareholders now have to fork over to social networking site Bebo, which was bought by its AOL division for $850 million in spite of low revenues …
Discussion: TechCrunch, VentureBeat and MediaVidea
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 …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
One App at a Time  —  One week in, the most controversial aspect of the iPhone SDK seems to be the limitation that third-party apps can only run when frontmost — once the user goes back to the home screen or switches to another app, the frontmost app needs to quit.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Who wants Windows 7 more, Microsoft or the users?  —  It seems that barely a day goes by now without a new rumor surfacing about the next iteration of Microsoft's Windows operating system, smartly dubbed Windows 7 (it will be the 7th major version of the software).
Discussion: PC World and Electronista
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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
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
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
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
RIAA Now Open To ‘You Must Be A Criminal’ Tax On ISP Fees  —  This certainly isn't the first time it's been proposed, but it appears that the RIAA is potentially warming up to the idea of a “music surcharge” that would have ISPs pay $5/month in order to allow anyone to share music online.
Discussion: Voices, Macsimum News and DSLreports
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Blogging and Newspapers, a Lesson in How Not to Brand and Market  —  Much is being made of my decision to ban bloggers from the locker room.  To me its pretty amusing.  In particular I find it amusing that there is a presumption that if a blogger works for a big company, they must be better.
Discussion: MediaVidea
Nathan / FlowingData:
17 Ways to Visualize the Twitter Universe  —  I just created a new Twitter account, and it got me to thinking about all the data visualization I've seen for Twitter tweets.  I felt like I'd seen a lot, and it turns out there are quite a few.  Here they are grouped into four categories - network diagrams, maps, analytics, and abstract.
Discussion: Adaptive Path
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Reznor: Radiohead offering was insincere, industry is inept  —  Major musicians are exploring the market potential for directly interacting with their fans and releasing music independently.  Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead both made headlines recently for experimenting with Internet-based releases …
Discussion: Turn It Up
Stephen Lawson / Macworld:
Adobe executive leaves for equity firm  —  The head of Adobe's Platform Division, which oversees Flash Player, PDF (Portable Document Format) and other technologies, has left to join a Silicon Valley private equity firm.  —  John Brennan, who was senior vice president of the division …
 
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Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
Monster finally ships its wireless iPod bridge
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone Launches in Austria and Ireland
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
The True iPhone Anti-Christ Is Here! Repent!
Discussion: Tech Blog
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
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
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First Video of Hacked iPhone 2.0 In Action
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Updated: Video game sales grow 34 percent in February, PS 3 stays ahead of Xbox 360
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hummer Winblad Partner Will Price Resigns To Head WidgetBox
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
OpenSocial Beta Apps Go Live on MySpace