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10:50 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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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Apple patent application hints at iPhone flip phone
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  —  An editorial to be published in the American Journal of Psychiatry argues that Internet addiction is a common compulsive-impulsive disorder that should be added to psychiatry's official guidebook of mental disorders.
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.
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Associated Press:
ValueClick to pay $2.9M in spam case
Discussion: InfoWorld and ReveNews
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:
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Last Podcast
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
FriendFeed Has 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.
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.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
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
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.
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
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 …
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Vista SP1 Consumer Rollout Coming Tomorrow  —  Customers will be able to download SP1 tomorrow; retail versions will be in stores on Wednesday.  —  Microsoft's long-awaited service pack for Windows Vista is reported to be heading to consumers tomorrow.  The RTM version of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 …
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Jackson West / Valleywag:
A new specter is haunting Valleywag  —  It is high time that I should openly, in the face of the whole world, publish my views, my aims, my tendencies.  The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.  As a proud member of the creative underclass, I'm here to rage!
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 …
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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Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
More on Blogs, The Long Tail and Following vs Leading
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Ning passes 200,000 social networks
Discussion: Digital Podcast
InfoWorld:
Data thieves steal credit card data from supermarket chain
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Report: Mac sales up 60% in February
Heather Havenstein / PC World:
Report: FBI Looks Into Facebook March Madness Betting Pools
Discussion: All Facebook
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Intel's future graphics chip adding a new vector
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
eBay cuts out the middle-man, moves affiliates in-house
Joseph Nasr / Reuters:
Facebook gets entangled in Middle East conflict
 Earlier Items: 
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 …
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
WHAT'S THIS FASCINATION WITH AD NETWORKS? …
Phil Wainewright / Software as Services:
Ozzie signals Microsoft's surrender to the cloud
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Spitzer Call Girl Threatens News Outlets Over Copyright
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Firefox 3 goes on a diet, eats less memory than IE and Opera
Discussion: Christopher Blizzard and Digg
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Makes DoubleClick Employees Apply To Keep Their Jobs
Discussion: Search Engine Land