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7:10 PM ET, March 18, 2008

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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook fires up IM, ratchets up privacy  —  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, representatives from the company announced during …
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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.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Ready To Pass MySpace In Worldwide Traffic  —  New comScore data shows U.S. traffic at Facebook and MySpace (NWS) dropping slightly during February.  But ignore those numbers: February is a short month, so a decline from January isn't surprising.  What's more interesting …
Discussion: VentureBeat and All Facebook
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Improving Privacy Controls, Creating Chat App
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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's Three-Year Plan: Grow Revenues 73 Percent By Focusing …
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo: Business is fine and we're worth more; Do you buy it?
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and HipMojo.com
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Yahoo: Never mind the bollocks, here's the numbers
Discussion: Bloomberg
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.
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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Molly Peterson / Bloomberg:
U.S. Airwaves Bids Total $19.6 Billion; Auction Ends  —  The most lucrative airwaves sale in U.S. history ended today with bids totaling $19.6 billion, underscoring demand from AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless for spectrum that will bolster Internet services on mobile phones.
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News and Engadget
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Michal Lev-Ram / Techland:
Wireless spectrum auction comes to a close  —  After nearly eight weeks and 261 rounds of bidding, the government's spectrum auction finally ended Tuesday.  —  In January, the Federal Communications Commission began auctioning off the coveted 700MHz spectrum, which is particularly suited …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Chloe Albanesius / Gearlog:
700-MHz Spectrum Auction Closes with $19.6B in Bids
Discussion: Bits and CNET News.com
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.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Maps, Wiki-Style
Discussion: Mashable!
Nick Wingfield / Business Technology:
Idling on the iPhone  —  There are already a lot of professionals clinging to their iPhones, and there may soon be even more as Apple rolls out a bunch of new features in the coming months geared towards business users.  But a new report out today shows how, for the time being at least …
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
iPhone Users Are Having More Fun
Discussion: mocoNews.net
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 …
Fred Wilson / Union Square Ventures:
Disqus  —  We are in the middle of a disruptive change in the media landscape brought on by two-way interactive media.  No longer do we simply rely on the New York Times for national news, Dow Jones or Bloomberg for business news, Ziff Davis for technology information, or Entertainment Tonight for the comings and goings in Hollywood.
Ravi Nessman / Associated Press:
Writer Arthur C. Clarke dies at 90  —  COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Arthur C. Clarke, a visionary science fiction writer who won worldwide acclaim with more than 100 books on space, science and the future, died Wednesday in his adopted home of Sri Lanka, an aide said.  He was 90.
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.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The TechMeme killer or the Google Reader killer?  —  I just switched all my home pages off of TechMeme to FriendFeed.  —  I find that TechMeme has become a Google News killer.  All I see on it is big media companies (including me, who works at Fast Company).
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”:
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Open Source
 
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Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
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Discussion: Computerworld
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPhone firmware 2.0 hands-on
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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Apple spanks rest of computer industry in February sales
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Kate Greene / Technology Review:
Long-Distance Wi-Fi  —  Intel has found a way to stretch …