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9:00 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
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Patent application hints at “iPhone nano”
Discussion: MacRumors
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
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.
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.
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
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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 …
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 …
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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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.
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 …
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 …
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
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
Google: We didn't help the NSA (or did we?)  —  Google is now the first of the major search engines and e-mail providers to make a firm statement on the issue of the National Security Agency's wholesale surveillance of Internet content.  —  Google has stated it didn't help the NSA search your e-mails.
Discussion: ACLU
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 …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
InfoWorld:
Data thieves steal credit card data from supermarket chain  —  Data thieves broke into computers at supermarket chains Hannaford Brothers and Sweetbay, stealing an estimated 4.2 million credit and debit card numbers, Hannaford said Monday.  —  “The stolen data was limited to credit …
Discussion: CNET News.com
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Report: Mac sales up 60% in February  —  Macintosh sales were up sharply in February, according to a brief report on the latest NPD data posted Monday at flyonthewall.com (registration required).  —  The report shows growth in Mac unit sales up 60 percent from 2007 and growth in dollar terms up 66 percent.
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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Jackson West / Valleywag:
A new specter is haunting Valleywag
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
BLOGGER FOILS GOOGLE'S APRIL FOOLS' JOKE ON MICROSOFT Sneaky …
Discussion: CyberNet
Jordan Golson / Valleywag:
How I gamed Digg — and laughed all the way to the bank
Discussion: Clickety Clack and Profy.Com
Craig Hockenberry / furbo.org:
Brain surgeons  —  Unless you've been stranded on a remote …
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Slate Readying New Business Site ‘The Big Money’
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
Robert McMillan / IDG News Service:
New Retailer Data Breach May Affect Thousands of Shoppers
Discussion: Computerworld
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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
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