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5:50 PM ET, March 18, 2008

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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Improved privacy controls, instant messaging on the way at Facebook  —  CNET News.com's Dan Farber co-wrote this report.  —  Social network Facebook will roll out more extensive privacy controls Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, as well as an instant-messaging service soon after …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook To Launch New Privacy Controls; Confirms Chat Is Coming  —  Facebook announced new privacy controls at a press event at their downtown Palo Alto headquarters today, and also demoed their new chat application - called Facebook Chat - that has been rumored since last week.
Discussion: FaceReviews
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:   New Facebook Features On the Way: Privacy Controls, Chat
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Exclusive Video of Facebook Chat Demo
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Facebook Goes Lumpy and Granular with Privacy, Demos IM
Discussion: Portfolio.com
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Announcement Notes: Launching Friend List Privacy Tonight; Chat in 2 Weeks
Discussion: Between the Lines and Mashable!
Apple:
About Security Update 2008-002  —  This document describes Security Update 2008-002, which can be downloaded and installed via Software Update preferences, or from Apple Downloads.  —  For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until …
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Apple:
About the Safari 3.1 Update  —  Installation  —  To update to Safari 3.1, use Apple Software Update or a standalone installer.  You only need to use one of these methods to update your computer.  —  Software Update  —  Software Update will automatically check for the latest Apple software using the Internet.
Bill Evans / Apple:
Apple Releases Safari 3.1  —  The World's Fastest Browser Now on Mac and Windows  —  Apple® today introduced Safari™ 3.1, the world's fastest web browser for Mac® and Windows PCs.  Safari loads web pages 1.9 times faster than IE 7 and 1.7 times faster than Firefox 2.
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Investor Presentation Details Financial Plan  —  Management Reaffirms First Quarter and Full Year 2008 Outlook  —  Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) today filed an investor presentation that details the Company's three-year financial plan and strategic initiatives which are expected …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo: Business is fine and we're worth more; Do you buy it?  —  Yahoo said Tuesday that its first quarter results are on target with the company's guidance and provided a bullish outlook through 2010.  —  In a statement (Techmeme), Yahoo said that it expects to double operating cash flow …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and HipMojo.com
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's Three-Year Plan: Grow Revenues 73 Percent By Focusing …
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Windows Vista SP1 Released to Windows Update  —  Today, you can now download Windows Vista SP1 via Windows Update.  For those of you eager to receive the benefits of Windows Vista SP1 - you can now do so!  We've seen quite a bit of questions in our comments so we want to communicate …
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Is venture capital's love affair with Web 2.0 over?  —  Silicon Valley remains the hotbed of Web 2.0 activity, but the hipness of start-ups with goofy names is starting to cool in the face of economic reality.  —  Dow Jones VentureSource on Tuesday released numbers of venture capital activity …
Ramesh Balakrishnan / Google LatLong:
It's your world.  Map it.  —  We realize that you know your neighborhood best.  So to provide the most accurate maps possible, Google Maps is open to user edits.  People have moved markers of their homes and businesses all around the U.S. and Australia, making Maps work even better.
Tom Abate / San Francisco Chronicle:
Fear and doubt spread in Silicon Valley  —  The investment banking crisis on Wall Street is already drying up the flow of capital to Silicon Valley, and while money should find new ways to reach local startups, a cash drought of unknown duration and severity is under way.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Cogent CEO: Peering Breakdown Is Telia's Fault  —  If you read the comments and channel the outrage expressed by Internet users in Nordic and Baltic nations over the Internet peering breakdown between TeliaSonera and Cogent Communications, you'll get the impression that the latter is the devil incarnate.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Ex-Google Employee on Scaling an Organization  —  Fortune interviewed Bret Taylor on his present at Friendfeed and his past at Google [video].  Bret says (small edits for clarity):  —  <<I had a number of accomplishments that I'm really proud of at Google.
Kate Greene / Technology Review:
Long-Distance Wi-Fi  —  Intel has found a way to stretch a Wi-Fi signal from one antenna to another located more than 60 miles away.  —  Intel has announced plans to sell a specialized Wi-Fi platform later this year that can send data from a city to outlying rural areas tens of miles away …
Paul Sweeting / Digital Media Wire:
Has Google Topper Eric Schmidt Lost His Mind?  —  Or is the Google CEO crazy like a fox?  He certainly has been talking some crazy smack lately about Microsoft's proposed acquisition of Yahoo, as in this recent exchange in Portfolio in which me suggests that a Microsoft/Yahoo combo might “break the Internet”:
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
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InfoWorld:
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Apple spanks rest of computer industry in February sales
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