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9:55 AM ET, March 14, 2008

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Richard Martin / TechWeb:
Google Exec: Android Will Outsell iPhone  —  Google has not released sales predictions for devices based on its mobile operating system Android.  But that doesn't stop Rich Miner, group manager for mobile platforms at the search giant, from being confident.
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Google claims ‘non-existent’ Android beats everything but the Jesus Phone
Discussion: Slashdot and CenterNetworks
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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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 …
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Rockstar wins Manhunt 2 battle  —  The makers of a video game which was outlawed for being “sadistic, brutal and bleak” have finally had the ban lifted after an extended legal battle.  —  Horror title Manhunt 2, made by the successful British games developer Rockstar, has been granted …
Discussion: GamePolitics.com
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Darren Waters / BBC:
Manhunt 2 wins battle for release
Discussion: BBC NEWS and Destructoid
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.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Acquisition of Rapt  —  Rapt solutions will provide Microsoft with advanced technology and services for digital media publishers.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced plans to acquire Rapt Inc., the leading provider of advertising yield management solutions for digital media publishers.
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone Launches in Austria and Ireland  —  Apple and T-Mobile are now selling the iPhone in Austria.  The iPhone is being sold for 399 euro (8GB) and 499 euro (16GB) with the following plans:  — 39 euro/mo “Classic” - 3GB data / 1000 Minutes / free T-Mobile Wifi
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: Digg
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Leisureblogs / Turn It Up:
Reznor's one-week take for ‘Ghosts’: $1.6 million
Discussion: 901am and Digg
InfoWorld:
Trend Micro hit by massive Web hack  —  Security vendor Trend Micro has fallen victim to a widespread Web attack that splashed malicious software onto hundreds of legitimate Web sites in recent days.  —  A Trend Micro spokesman confirmed that the company's site had been hacked Thursday …
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.
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 …
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.
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
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
EE Times:
AI researchers think ‘Rascals’ can pass Turing test  —  PORTLAND, Ore. — Passing the Turing test—the holy grail of artificial intelligence (AI), whereby a human conversing with a computer can't tell it's not human—may now be possible in a limited way with the world's fastest supercomputer …
Discussion: Slashdot and Engadget
 
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL+Bebo=More Rich Web Entrepreneurs!
Emily / textually.org:
VIRGIN MOBILE TURNS SPITZER WOES INTO AD COPY
Leo Lewis / Times of London:
The glasses that can find anything (except, of course, your missing glasses)
Discussion: Techdirt and The Raw Feed
Matthew Karnitschnig / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Pitches Merger Vision To Yahoo at Meeting
Anything But iPod:
Third Generation Zune in Fall 2009, Europeans Included
Bill Ray / The Register:
Indian gov says no plan to squeeze out Blackberrys
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
MySpace Opens Up The OpenSocial Spigot: App Gallery Goes Live
Discussion: InfoWorld and ReadWriteWeb
Stephen Lawson / Macworld:
Adobe executive leaves for equity firm
 Earlier Items: 
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Getting a FriendFeed new friend every minute or so !
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
The True iPhone Anti-Christ Is Here! Repent!
Discussion: Tech Blog and Digg
Sean Fallon / Gizmodo:
Mac Pro...Mini?  —  The steampunk mac mini mod was great …
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
For a New Brand, Pepsi Starts the Buzz Online
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Where Have the YouTube Watermarks Gone?
Discussion: Beet.TV
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Google's Trojan Horse: Let the Free Ad Serving Begin
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Who wants Windows 7 more, Microsoft or the users?
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
Hello BlackBerry, Meet the iPhone