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12:05 PM ET, March 16, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Video Coming To Flickr Soon.  Really.  —  In mid 2005 I profiled YouTube for the first time.  As Steve Rubel noted, the best way to describe it was “like Flickr, but for videos.”  At the time few people saw the massive upside for YouTube, which was built completely on freely available Flash technology from Adobe.
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
We'll miss Russell Shaw  —  One of our tech journalism colleagues, Russell Shaw, passed away on Friday, March 14.  He was on a reporting trip in San Jose, traveling from his home base of Portland, Ore. I knew Russell first as a blogger at ZDNet, where he covered broadband, VoIP, smartphones, and other topics.
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Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Russell Shaw R.I.P.  —  It is with the most profound sadness that I have to report the the untimely passing of Russell Shaw, a blogger, journalist and friend.  —  Russell passed away suddenly in his hotel room in San Jose Thursday night or early Friday morning.
Times of London:
Making a mint as the laidback king and queen of gossip central  —  PROFILE: Michael and Xochi Birch  —  This is the story of a couple of struggling computer entrepreneurs who met in a London bar and moved to California without enough money to pay for their accommodation.
Discussion: Mashable! and paidContent.org
Daily Yomiuri Online:
Winny copiers to be cut off from Internet  —  The nation's four Internet provider organizations have agreed to forcibly cut the Internet connection of users found to repeatedly use Winny and other file-sharing programs to illegally copy gaming software and music, it was learned Friday.
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Japanese ISPs Agree to Ban Pirates from the Internet  —  Following a huge increase in complaints from the music, movie and software industries, the four major Japanese ISP organizations have agreed that they will work with copyright holders to track down copyright infringing file-sharers and disconnect them from the internet.
Agence France Presse:
Japan to strip Internet for illegal downloaders: report
Discussion: Digg
Wired News:
Swedes Clear a Path for File Sharing Crackdown
Discussion: WebGuild
David Sarno / Los Angeles Times:
A Marine apparently throws a puppy off a cliff, and a virtual lynch mob forms  —  VIDEO: The Marine holds the puppy before apparently throwing the animal off a cliff  —  Forget due process.  Online hordes act like judge and jury.  —  THROWING a puppy off a cliff?  It would be hard to invent a better metaphor for cruelty.
Muhammad Saleem / muhammad.saleem:
friendfeed versus socialthing: why i'm backing socialthing  —  before you read my opinion on the two relatively similar services, i would recommend checking out read/writeweb's look at friendfeed versus socialthing.  while i think the article has a great overview and good points, i do have to disagree with the conclusion.
Discussion: GO2WEB20 Blog and Darren Herman
Dion Almaer / techno.blog:
Google Code Source Code Browser Released  —  Jason Robbins and Jenan Wise have released a new Ajax source code browser for Google Code project hosting: … The new system certainly feels fast, and uses jQuery to flip around in short order, jumping through the revisions of your system, expanding into new directories, etc.
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
Online Business Networking: 2 Horse Globalization Race  —  Increasingly people accept that Facebook serves a different function than LinkedIn.  In simple terms: deals on LinkedIn, dates on Facebook.  This simple reality was obscured for a while, because the Silicon Valley crowd use Facebook …
Richard Morgan / New York Times:
A Crash Course in Online Gossip  —  THE post that appeared on a Juicy Campus message board on Feb. 25 was blunt and decidedly extracurricular.  —  It identified a Yale sophomore, by name, as having appeared in a pornographic movie, and linked to a Web site that showed him engaging in explicit acts with three other men.
Discussion: Gawker
Ben DuBose / Los Angeles Times:
Piracy provision aims at universities  —  A House bill to make college more affordable contains a mandate that campuses develop plans to prevent illegal downloads.  Schools say they're a minor part of the problem and unfairly targeted.  —  WASHINGTON — Colleges and universities that take part …
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Duncan Riley: Lessons in diplomacy  —  I was going to title this post “Duncan Riley: Lessons in how to be an a**hole,” but then I thought that would bring me down to the same level as Duncan, and I really don't want to do that.  I suppose it wouldn't be a weekend without a Techmeme bitchfest …
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Andy Beard / Niche Marketing:
FriendFeed Flaws - The Wrong Kind Of Attention Grabbing
 
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Jennifer Guevin / CNET News.com:
Craigslist cleared on discrimination claims
Discussion: Inquirer and Mashable!
Lisa Hoover / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPods rock the Space Shuttle
Discussion: Cult of Mac and About Mobility
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Tanja Aitamurto / VentureBeat:
Robotics start-up Willow Garage believes open source OS will soon …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Revisiting Apple's iPhone strategy
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Ustream.tv may turn down Microsoft's $50 million
Discussion: WebGuild
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple to 100,000 iPhone developers: don't call us, we'll call you