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10:45 AM ET, March 19, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
More Bloggers Raising Money.  Here Come The Politics.  And Here Comes My Rant.  —  More blogs are raising venture capital, we're hearing from people they've pitched.  Newcomer Silicon Alley Insider is looking for a $2 - $3 million round, if reports are correct.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
TechCrunch Wants to Merge With Blogosphere, Kill CNET  —  We've argued that there will soon be a big blog-network consolidation wave.  We've argued that big media conglomerates will eventually start scarfing up the leading blog networks.  We've argued that someday TechCrunch might sell to CNET for $100+ million.
Discussion: ben barren
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:   Company Note: Wrong on All Counts
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Apple mulls unlimited music bundle  —  Apple is in discussions with the big music companies about a radical new business model that would give customers free access to its entire iTunes music library in exchange for paying a premium for its iPod and iPhone devices.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   iTunes Unlimited: Does Apple really want to mess with a good thing?
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:   Apple Working On A “Radical New Business Model”: Flat-Rate iTunes: Report
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Adobe developing Flash for iPhone  —  Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen has confirmed his company is now working with Apple with a view to offering Flash support on the iPhone.  —  The move follows Apple's release of the iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK).  Narayen, who was speaking during …
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CNN:
Adobe Working To Bring Flash Player To IPhone
Discussion: Infinite Loop, iLounge and MacDailyNews
AppleInsider:
Adobe begins work on Flash player for iPhone
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Adobe Introduces Digital Rights Management for Flash
ClickZ:
The Google Conflict: Search Engine or Destination?  —  Google's search results are evolving into destination pages, marking a change in the way marketers and Google itself will have to do business.  —  That assessment was made by several speakers during a Search Engine Strategies …
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David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Destination Google, Thanks To Universal Search
Leander Kahney / Wired News:
How Apple Got Everything Right By Doing Everything Wrong  —  One Infinite Loop, Apple's street address, is a programming in-joke — it refers to a routine that never ends.  But it is also an apt description of the travails of parking at the Cupertino, California, campus.
Discussion: Screenwerk and Digg
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Spreadsheets Adds Gadgets, a Directory of Features  —  Google Spreadsheets, the most mature application from Google's online office suite, has suddenly become much better.  —  Now you can get email notifications when your collaborators make changes or edit some specific cells.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Assessing success in the FCC's 700MHz auction  —  News.com's Anne Broache co-wrote this report.  —  The Federal Communications Commission generated $19.6 billion in the 700MHz spectrum that ended Tuesday, but the true success of the auction will take months or even years to assess.
Discussion: deal architect and Gearlog
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Semantic Hacker One-Million Dollar Challenge  —  Semantic startups and projects are hot right now.  (See Radar Networks, Freebase, Blue Organizer, Hakia, even Yahoo).  But what do you do if you are a little-known technology company in Rochester, New York with a powerful semantic-analysis engine …
Discussion: The Semantic Web and hakia Blog
John Borland / Technology Review:
The Technology That Toppled Eliot Spitzer  —  Anti-money-laundering software scrutinizes bank customers' every move, no matter how small.  —  If there is a lesson from former New York governor Eliot Spitzer's scandal-driven fall (aside from the most obvious one), it is this …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Exclusive: Blogdigger Acquired by Odeo  —  Blog search engine Blogdigger will be announcing shortly that it has been acquired by SonicMountain, parent company of Odeo - the podcast network that is currently being rebuilt as a full-fledged platform for digital media.
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Dell reportedly plans to resume handheld device business  —  Dell reportedly plans to resume its handheld device business and the company may team up with Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) to develop Windows Mobile-based handheld devices, according to market sources in Taiwan.
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Google sees surge in Web use on hot mobile phones  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc has seen an acceleration of Internet activity among mobile phone users in recent months since the company has introduced faster Web services on selected phone models, fueling confidence the mobile Internet era …
Tod / PhysOrg.com:
Logo Can Make You ‘Think Different’  —  Whether you are a Mac person or a PC person, even the briefest exposure to the Apple logo may make you behave more creatively, according to recent research from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and the University of Waterloo, Canada.
Discussion: MacUser and Slashdot
Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
Opera for Helio Ocean gets official  —  This one has been a long time in the making, as we've had access to an unofficial hacked build of Opera Mini on the Helio Ocean for quite some time now.  Both Helio and Opera, responding to massive demand from the Ocean user community …
 
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Yuri Kageyama / Associated Press:
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Discussion: Technology Live
Royal Pingdom:
Apache dominates the top 100 websites, IIS still far behind
Discussion: The Register
Richard Thurston / The Register:
Motorola to offload half its Birmingham staff
John Markoff / New York Times:
Industry Giants Try to Break Computing's Dead End
Discussion: Intel and Epicenter
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
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James Lewin / Podcasting News:
Largest Podcasting Host Announces Record Profits
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
A Good Day for Internet TV  —  Internet TV is on a roll today!
Discussion: Labnotes
 

 
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Chris Thompson / Defector:
Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

Sara Fischer / Axios:
NPR affiliate WAMU is shutting down local news site Dcist and laying off 15 employees to focus on audio and plans to add 10 new positions

Brian Steinberg / Variety:
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