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6:50 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.
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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:
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
FriendFeed gains search.  Hey Twitter, where's your search?  —  Both FriendFeed and Twitter have seemingly been talked about non-stop in the blogosphere since SXSW ended (our coverage).  That will continue at least one more day as FriendFeed has added search functionality.
Frederic / The Last Podcast:   Interview with Bret Taylor from Friendfeed
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.
Discussion: BoomTown, TechCrunch and ReadWriteWeb
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Charlie Rose Face Plants To Save His MacBook Air  —  Yeah, you read that headline right.  Apple couldn't pay for better press than this.  —  Viewers of the Charlie Rose show tonight were stunned to see the normally composed Rose looking like he'd just been in a bar fight.
Discussion: Salon and Engadget
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
Discussion: VCMike's Blog
Matt / WordPress:
2.5 Sneak Peek  —  A customizable dashboard, multi-file upload, built-in galleries, one-click plugin upgrades, tag management, built-in Gravatars, full text feeds, and faster load times sound interesting to you?  Then WordPress 2.5 might be the release for you.
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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InfoWorld:
Intel: Six-core chip to ship by second half '08
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: WinExtra and mathewingram.com/work
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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Electronista:
Apple patent would allow iPhone clamshell
Discussion: Apple Gazette and Digg
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Does More Than One Monitor Improve Productivity?  —  I've been a multiple monitor enthusiast since the dark days of Windows Millennium Edition.  I've written about the manifold joys of many-monitor computing a number of times over the last four years:  — Multiple Monitors and Productivity
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 …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Slideshare Ramping Up - Leading Online Presentations App?  —  Slideshare is growing and may even have become the leading pure play online presentations app [Update: Zoli Erdos points out in the comments that Slideshare doesn't allow you to create online presentations, only share them …
Discussion: Ryan Stewart
 
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Bill Ray / The Register:
DVB-H is the official mobile-TV standard
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Jessica Dolcourt / Webware.com:
LightPole turns on local services aggregator
Discussion: VentureBeat
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
New Video of BigDog Quadruped Robot Is So Stunning It's Spooky
Paul Shukovsky / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Identity theft brings 51-month prison sentence
Discussion: CNET News.com
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 …
Discussion: IntoMobile
Apple:
Apple Introduces New AirPort Express with 802.11n
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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
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
WordPerfect antitrust case greenlighted by the Supreme Court
Matthew Creamer / AdAge:
Think Different: Maybe the Web's Not a Place to Stick Your Ads
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
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