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1:45 AM ET, March 18, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
FriendFeed Adds Search, And Suddenly Feels Like A Destination Site  —  FriendFeed, a service that aggregates social network information, just launched quite a nice little search feature.  Users can search by individual, friends, or all users, and specify the search only to specific services like Twitter or Delicious.
Discussion: WinExtra and WeBreakStuff
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Bret Taylor / FriendFeed Blog:
FriendFeed has search  —  I am extremely happy to announce that FriendFeed now has search.  There is now a search box on the top right of your FriendFeed home page.  You can search over all of your friends' shared items, an individual person's items, or search all of FriendFeed:
Frederic / The Last Podcast:
Interview with Bret Taylor from Friendfeed  —  I have resurrected the Last Podcast podcast again and my first guest is Bret Taylor from Friendfeed.  We talk about this history of Friendfeed, the upcoming API (though Bret was cautious not to give too much away), comments on Friendfeed vs. blog comments …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
FriendFeed gains search. Hey Twitter, where's your search?
Discussion: Mashable!
Staska / Unwired View:
iPhone 2.0, iPhone 3.0 or iPhone Nano - a clamshell/flip phone?  —  When talking about how Apple is gonna take over mobile phone industry, one of the things that is very rarely talked about, is iPhone form factor.  —  There's a reason we have mobile phones in tens of shapes and sizes, and a number of form factors.
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Apple patent application hints at iPhone flip phone
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple snags 14 percent of US-based PC retail sales in February  —  Growth in Apple's personal computer business continued to outpace the industry average last month, with Macs accounting for a 14 percent unit share and 25 percent dollar share of all US-based PC retail sales, according to market research firm NPD.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Report: Mac sales up 60% in February
Discussion: LoopRumors
canada.com:
Recognize Internet addiction as a mental illness, MD urges  —  Users experience cravings, withdrawal, psychiatrist says  —  Compulsive e-mailing and text messaging could soon become classified as an official brain illness.  —  An editorial in this month's issue of the American Journal …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Push To Classify Internet Addiction As a Mental Disorder
BetaNews:
Six-core Intel processors coming this year  —  Advancing its architecture at what most independent observers would now agree is a breakneck pace, Intel offered further details today on how soon it would begin phasing out the Core Microarchitecture it introduced in the summer of 2006.
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Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Intel's future graphics chip adding a new vector
Discussion: IDG News Service, eWeek and TechSpot
InfoWorld:   Intel: Six-core chip to ship by second half '08
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Online Games by the Hundreds, With Tie-Ins  —  For some children, watching “Dora the Explorer” on television is becoming passé.  Now, they want to be Dora.  —  Tapping into this desire, media companies are increasingly entering the marketplace for online games — called casual games …
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:   Nickelodeon's Game Plan: 600 Casual Games Being Developed …
Paul Buchheit:
Is fragmentation bad?  —  Imagine that you've just finished watching a movie and are in the mood to talk about it.  How are you going to do that?  You could chat with random, semi-anonymous people in the movie theater lobby (assume you went to a theater).  You could find a community of people …
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work and WinExtra
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
BLOGGER FOILS GOOGLE'S APRIL FOOLS' JOKE ON MICROSOFT Sneaky blogger Phillip Lenssen uncovered Google's answer to Microsoft's annoying animated assistant, Clippy.  His name is Cliply.  Lessen found him in the source code of a Google Docs document.  Google developers told Lenssen Cliply is an …
Discussion: CyberNet
Jordan Golson / Valleywag:
How I gamed Digg — and laughed all the way to the bank  —  If you make your living publishing content on the Internet, you live and die by the pageview.  One way to drive huge amounts of traffic to your site is through “social news” sites like Digg.  If I write something interesting …
Discussion: Clickety Clack and Profy.Com
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Online advertiser to settle spam charges for record $2.9 million  —  An online advertising company accused of luring customers with deceptive offers of “free” iPhones, laptop computers, plasma televisions, and other goods has agreed to pay a record $2.9 million fine as part of a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Martian Headsets  —  You're about to see the mother of all flamewars on internet groups where web developers hang out.  It'll make the Battle of Stalingrad look like that time your sister-in-law stormed out of afternoon tea at your grandmother's and wrapped the Mustang around a tree.
Matthew Creamer / AdAge:
Think Different: Maybe the Web's Not a Place to Stick Your Ads  —  Matthew Creamer Asks Whether We're All Missing the Point When It Comes to the Internet  —  “Steve Jobs hates the internet.”  So jokes a contact of mine whenever he laments what he regards as Apple's relatively paltry investment in web advertising.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Meebo raising round, valued up to $250 million.  Bear Stearns sold for $236 million  —  Meebo, the site that lets users send instant messages from a single page — across various IM platforms — is trying to raise $25-$30 million at a nose-bleed valuation of between $200 million and $250 million, I'm hearing from multiple sources.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
WordPerfect antitrust case greenlighted by the Supreme Court  —  Microsoft and Novell are partners now, but the companies used to be fierce competitors in the office software space.  We know how that war turned out: Word and Excel gradually squeezed WordPerfect and Quattro Pro out of the market …
 
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Roger L. Kay / Business Week:
Apple's Icarus Effect
Discussion: Cult of Mac
Susan Stellin / New York Times:
Paper Is Out, Cellphones Are In  —  First came the kiosk …
Apple:
Apple Introduces New AirPort Express with 802.11n
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Slideshare Ramping Up - Leading Online Presentations App?
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
More on Blogs, The Long Tail and Following vs Leading
Seth Godin / Seth's Blog:
Why bother having a resume?
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A new specter is haunting Valleywag
InfoWorld:
Data thieves steal credit card data from supermarket chain
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Heather Havenstein / PC World:
Report: FBI Looks Into Facebook March Madness Betting Pools
Discussion: All Facebook
Joseph Nasr / Reuters:
Facebook gets entangled in Middle East conflict
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
Google: We didn't help the NSA (or did we?)
Discussion: ACLU
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
Pay-for-play Yahoo Buzz “blows away” Digg …
Phil Wainewright / Software as Services:
Ozzie signals Microsoft's surrender to the cloud
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Spitzer Call Girl Threatens News Outlets Over Copyright
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Vista SP1 Consumer Rollout Coming Tomorrow
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Adopts Flash Lite For Windows Mobile As a Stopgap Measure