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1:10 PM ET, March 14, 2008

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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.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft picks up another ad company; Buys Rapt  —  Microsoft on Friday said it has acquired Rapt, a company that makes software to manage Web advertising yields.  —  In a statement, Microsoft said: … Rapt's technology will be wrapped into Microsoft's Atlas Publisher Suite, which was acquired in the aQuantive purchase.
Discussion: AppScout
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
FriendFeed Is This Years Twitter, But Why?  —  If you haven't been keeping up with the noise, FriendFeed is the hot startup of the minute.  The service launched to the public February 25 and announced $5 million in funding at the same time.  —  The concept of FriendFeed is simple enough.
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Brian Solis / bub.blicio.us:
FriendFeed Appeals to the A-List and the Entire Alphabet-List  —  In case you missed it, Louis Gray recently renewed the fervor over FriendFeed by publishing a list of “elite” bloggers that were using FriendFeed.  Very clever Mr. Gray.  Very clever. *golf clap*  —  I have to say, I really enjoy his posts.
Mark Evans:
What's the Caramilk Secret?
Discussion: SheGeeks and louisgray.com
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Verizon embraces P4P, a more efficient peer-to-peer tech  —  The Distributed Computing Industry Association's P4P workgroup is devising a new protocol for what researchers describe as carrier-grade peer-to-peer file transfer systems.  Verizon reports that a recent test it conducted revealed …
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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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Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
What if Apple really opened up the iPhone?  —  Will Android beat iPhone?  —  Speaking yesterday at the Emerging Communications Conference at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley, Rich Miner, Google group manager for mobile platforms, predicted that sales of Android-based devices will outpace those of the iPhone.
Larry Dignan / Zero Day:
Trend Micro falls victim to Web hack  —  It's not much fun when one of your security vendors falls to a Web attack.  Infoworld reports that TrendMicro was a victim of a recent Web attack that used legit sites to deliver malware.  —  According to InfoWorld Trend Micro removed the infected pages from its Web site.
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InfoWorld:
Trend Micro hit by massive Web hack
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:   Trend Micro's Web site hacked in massive attack
Matthew Karnitschnig / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Pitches Merger Vision To Yahoo at Meeting  —  Senior executives from Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. met Monday to discuss Microsoft's takeover offer for the Internet company, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The meeting, the first since Microsoft …
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo And Microsoft Hold Informal Talks About Combining Companies
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 …
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
I've Acquired ReadBurner: Attention Data is the Future of Social News  —  I'm happy to announce that along with Drew Olanoff (former technology evangelist at Pluggd) and Eric Kerr (creator of TinyLoad), I have acquired ReadBurner, a very cool project launched earlier this year by Alex Marktl.
BBC:
Yahoo makes semantic search shift  —  Yahoo has announced its adoption of some of the key standards of the “semantic web”.  —  The technology is widely seen as the next step for the world wide web and it involves a much richer understanding of the masses of data placed online.
Discussion: MarketingVOX
 
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Electronista:
Analyst: Apple DVR by gen 3, Blu-ray soon
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Del.icio.us: Dropping The Periods, Overhauling Design (YHOO)
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Fifth Element: All-in-one office suite, no flying taxi cabs
Discussion: LinuxWorld.com
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
SSDs in 2008: fast speeds (200MB/sec) over price cuts
Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
First MySpace OpenSocial apps unveiled with very little fanfare
Discussion: Splashcast Blog and Mashable!
Renee Boucher Ferguson / eWeek:
Microsoft GM Gives Peek at Platform-as-a-Service Strategy
Discussion: Enterprise Apps
Rick Broida / Crave: The gadget blog:
Chat hands-free with Motorola H350 Bluetooth headset, $4.99 (after rebate)
Discussion: Gizmodo
David Derbyshire / Daily Mail:
The Smart Goggles that could make lost keys, mobile phones or iPod …
Discussion: textually.org and Engadget
 Earlier Items: 
Dwight / TechBlog:
Behold the strange allure of the Eee PC
Discussion: CrunchGear
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL+Bebo=More Rich Web Entrepreneurs!
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
RIAA Now Open To ‘You Must Be A Criminal’ Tax On ISP Fees
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
One App at a Time  —  One week in, the most controversial aspect …
Discussion: CrunchGear
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone Launches in Austria and Ireland
Nathan / FlowingData:
17 Ways to Visualize the Twitter Universe
Discussion: Adaptive Path
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Reznor: Radiohead offering was insincere, industry is inept
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Blogging and Newspapers, a Lesson in How Not to Brand and Market