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6:25 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  —  eBay today announced the eBay Partner Network, a new affiliate platform launching on April 1st.  The move is expected to give affiliates — and eBay — a chance to make more money.  —  Some of the new features that eBay lists in its announcement include:
Discussion: Tech-Exposed.com and Cost Per 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
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
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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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.
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
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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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.
Joseph Nasr / Reuters:
Facebook gets entangled in Middle East conflict  —  JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Complaints by Jewish settlers angry at Facebook for listing them as residents of “Palestine” prompted the popular social networking Web site to allow users to switch themselves back to Israel.
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Intel's future graphics chip adding a new vector  —  Intel released a few incremental details about its future graphics chip on Monday, but left a lot of unanswered questions about the company's push into uncharted waters.  —  Larrabee, a “many-core” graphics processor scheduled for 2009 or 2010 …
Discussion: TGDaily.com
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 …
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
HP out and proud with 8-socket server beast  —  $10,000 Panda Challenge - are you really protected?  —  HP has jumped back into the beefy 8-socket x86 server game with the new ProLiant DL785 G5.  —  The system will initially run on quad-core Opteron chips from AMD.
Discussion: Inquirer and Computerworld
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.
 
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Jim Garrison / Software Freedom Law Center:
BusyBox Developers Agree To End GPL Lawsuit Against Verizon
Paul Buchheit:
Is fragmentation bad?  —  Imagine that you've just finished watching …
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
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 …
Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
News media needs to have consumers pay
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Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
China blocks YouTube, Yahoo! over Tibet
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
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Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Toshiba Dynabook SS RX1 Laptop First to Have 128GB SSD, Apparently
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:
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
802.11n officially makes its way to the Airport Express