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9:45 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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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
FriendFeed gains search. Hey Twitter, where's your search?
Frederic / The Last Podcast:   Interview with Bret Taylor from Friendfeed
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.
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Intel moving to six-cores this year; What will you do with them?  —  Intel outlined plans to produce six-core chips in the fourth quarter.  The move is that latest salvo in a game to out-core AMD on everything.  AMD finally gets its quad-core chip out the door and Intel moves to six.
Discussion: CrunchGear, TechSpot and eWeek
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BetaNews:   Six-core Intel processors coming this year
Bryan Gardiner / Wired News:
Intel Prepares a Quad-Core Notebook Chip
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.
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: DSLreports and jkOnTheRun
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 …
John P. Falcone / CNET News.com:
TiVo adds Web video—but there's a catch  —  TiVo has added the ability to view downloadable Web videos on the company's DVRs, making good on its announcement at January's Consumer Electronics Show.  The update will allow Web videos such as video podcasts to be downloaded …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Investor Presentation Details Financial Plan  —  Management Reaffirms First Quarter and Full Year 2008 Outlook  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO - News) today filed an investor presentation that details the Company's three-year financial plan …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps Opens Up Editing To Everyone  —  Last year in November Google opened up Maps to community editing, allowing people to move the pushpin markers to correct or improve the accuracy of business locations.  John Hanke, Director of Maps & Earth, told us at the time that Google …
Discussion: All Points Blog
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
High-def video service Veodia gets Flash compatibility  —  Veodia is about to make it easier to for companies to create high-quality video content.  —  The San Mateo, Calif.-based start-up, which is trying to squeeze into the crowded online video market, has just added compatibility with Adobe's nearly ubiquitous Flash Player.
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Analyst: Returns, technical problems high with flash-based notebooks  —  Notebooks with flash-based hard drives cost a lot and, according to managing partner Avi Cohen at Avian Securities, they don't work very well either.  —  A large computer manufacturer is getting around 20 percent …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Audio: Another story of someone kicked off Facebook  —  OK, I keep getting calls from people who get kicked off of Facebook for stuff that they think is normal usage of Facebook.  Last week I asked Mark Zuckerberg about it, and he said they only kicked off people who were spamming.
 
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Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
Justices Turn Down Microsoft Appeal
Brian Joseph / Orange County Register:
State lawmakers want to tax downloads
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Web in Charts—Google vs. Microsoft-Yahoo vs. China
BBC:
Phorm ‘illegal’ says policy group
Discussion: TechRadar.com and FIPR
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
New business models for citywide Wi-Fi
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Waxy.org:
Internet Power, Volume 1: Flashback to the VHS-Era Web
Bill Ray / The Register:
DVB-H is the official mobile-TV standard
Discussion: Inquirer
Jessica Dolcourt / Webware.com:
LightPole turns on local services aggregator
 Earlier Items: 
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
New Video of BigDog Quadruped Robot Is So Stunning It's Spooky
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 …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Slideshare Ramping Up - Leading Online Presentations App?
Discussion: Ryan Stewart
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
More on Blogs, The Long Tail and Following vs Leading
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
Paul Buchheit:
Is fragmentation bad?  —  Imagine that you've just finished watching …