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5:40 PM ET, March 17, 2008

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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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Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Patent application hints at “iPhone nano”
Discussion: MacRumors
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Apple patent application hints at iPhone flip phone
Discussion: CyberNet and textually.org
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.
Discussion: STARTUP CHATTER
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
eBay cuts out the middle-man, moves affiliates in-house
Discussion: Cost Per News and CenterNetworks
Associated Press:
ValueClick to pay $2.9M in spam case
Discussion: InfoWorld and ReveNews
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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Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
Justices turn down Microsoft appeal
Discussion: Macsimum News
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
CBS to bloggers: Install our widgets, and we'll split the profits  —  CBS Television Stations has launched a new program to get its local news headlines onto blogs and social-media sites, the CBS division said Monday.  —  Called the CBS Local Ad Network, it's a way for participating region-focused blogs …
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Big media in little places: CBS, DoubleClick, expand widget ad options  —  Big media is getting into widget advertising, in order to reach people on sites across the web.  One example: Media conglomerate CBS is launching a local widget ad network today, with the goal of drawing more traffic …
Discussion: All Points Blog
Reuters:
Google says Microsoft's Yahoo buy might hurt Internet  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - Google Inc, the world's leading search engine, said on Monday it was concerned about the free flow of information on the Internet if Microsoft Corp were to succeed in acquiring Yahoo Inc.
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Early Yahoo Postmortem, And Google CEO Eric Schmidt On The Prospect Of MicroHoo  —  If the Microsoft acquisition of Yahoo does happen the “postmortems” on Yahoo will come fast and furious.  Perhaps the first of these is from the Mercury News, which recounts the history of Google …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Adopts Flash Lite For Windows Mobile As a Stopgap Measure  —  Flash Lite for mobile phones might not be good enough for Steve Jobs, but Microsoft is less picky.  It is licensing Flash Lite for Windows Mobile.  This is an acknowledgment of two things: there are a lot of developers …
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Adobe:
Adobe Flash Lite and Reader LE Licensed by Microsoft
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
10 Things I Warned Microsoft About Windows Vista  —  The imminent real release of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 is reason enough to broach the question.  SP1 is an important milestone for an operating system that bloggers and other critics consistently ridicule.
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Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Vista SP1 Consumer Rollout Coming Tomorrow
Discussion: The Register, Gizmodo, TechSpot and Engadget
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.
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.
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Web creator rejects net tracking  —  The creator of the web has said consumers need to be protected against systems which can track their activity on the internet.  —  Sir Tim Berners-Lee told BBC News he would change his internet provider if it introduced such a system.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Makes DoubleClick Employees Apply To Keep Their Jobs  —  Nothing like a short honeymoon.  A secondhand source reports that Google has devised a new way to welcome employees of acquired companies into the fold: Make them apply to keep their jobs.  —  Last week, Google CEO Eric Schmidt …
Phil Wainewright / Software as Services:
Ozzie signals Microsoft's surrender to the cloud  —  Publicly, Microsoft talks up the merits of its ‘software-plus-services’ strategy.  In my view the message is bunkum, even though it reflects the reality of Microsoft's business today: mostly software, with a few early-stage service offerings.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Spitzer Call Girl Threatens News Outlets Over Copyright  —  from the it-all-comes-back-to-copyright dept  —  Well, it had to happen sooner or later.  With the press going nuts printing photos of the call girl at the center of the Eliot Spitzer affair, her lawyers are suddenly making …
 
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Paul Buchheit:
Is fragmentation bad?  —  Imagine that you've just finished watching …
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
CNET establishes Spanish language presence
Discussion: Valleywag
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Online Games by the Hundreds, With Tie-Ins
Robert McMillan / IDG News Service:
New Retailer Data Breach May Affect Thousands of Shoppers
Discussion: Computerworld
Smoritz / Techland:
Nacchio's Conviction Tossed Out
Discussion: CNET News.com and Valleywag
Joseph Nasr / Reuters:
Facebook gets entangled in Middle East conflict
Discussion: All Facebook
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 …
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Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
News media needs to have consumers pay
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
WHAT'S THIS FASCINATION WITH AD NETWORKS? …
Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Toshiba Dynabook SS RX1 Laptop First to Have 128GB SSD, Apparently
Tom Hogarty / Lightroom Journal:
Important Lightroom 1.4 and Camera Raw 4.4 Update
Steve Eisenstadt / Eclipse.org:
Eclipse Announces New Runtime Initiative around Equinox
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Firefox 3 goes on a diet, eats less memory than IE and Opera
Discussion: Christopher Blizzard and Digg
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Explore Your Interactions with Google Reader
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
802.11n officially makes its way to the Airport Express