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8:05 AM ET, March 19, 2008

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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?  —  Apple is in discussions with the big record labels about a possible deal that would allow iPod purchasers free access to the entire iTunes catalog the Financial Times reports.  This would mark a drastic change from the 99 cent …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Unlimited iTunes subscription coming?  —  The Financial Times is reporting that Apple is in negotiations with the big record companies to offer an unlimited subscription model.  The deal would give customers access to the entire iTunes music Library in exchang efor a premium price put on Apple devices (iPod, iPhone, etc).
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:   Apple Working On A “Radical New Business Model”: Flat-Rate iTunes: Report
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:   Apple reportedly mulling all-you-can-eat iTunes
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 …
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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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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Exclusive Video of Facebook Chat Demo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook To Launch New Privacy Controls; Confirms Chat Is Coming
Discussion: Between the Lines and FaceReviews
louisgray.com:
In Blogging and RSS, Headlines Can be Make or Break  —  In mainstream print journalism, a good headline can be remembered for decades, whether for its unintentional incorrectness ("Dewey Defeats Truman" — Chicago Daily Tribune, November 3, 1948), its unconventional approach ("BASTARDS!"
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Adobe Introduces Digital Rights Management for Flash  —  Flash, the ubiquitous Web plug-in that has driven the success of YouTube and the vast majority of online video has one big limitation: its files are not protected from being saved, mashed or republished.
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David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Destination Google, Thanks To Universal Search  —  Google universal search sends you to Google, a lot  —  Delivering search results beyond the ten blue links of yore on Google includes content from other Google properties in universal search.  —  Once upon a time, the idea …
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The Google Conflict: Search Engine or Destination?
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.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Industry Giants Try to Break Computing's Dead End  —  Intel and Microsoft said Tuesday that they planned to finance two groups of university researchers to start over and design a new generation of computing systems intended to break the industry out of a technological cul-de-sac that threatens …
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Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Intel and Microsoft Pony Up $20M for Parallelism
Discussion: Intel and GigaOM
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The Disruptive Entrepreneur's Dilemma  —  Andrew Mobbs, managing director of the Hatchery, has a big dream.  He wants to move the world off of credit cards and onto using their cell phones to pay for things.  He's not the first to have that dream, but I think he's thought through …
Charlie Anzman / SEO and Tech Daily:
Friendfeed gets MONGO PR for free  —  I was really going to refrain from the ongoing ‘dialog’ regarding the latest profile aggregator Friendfeed.  —  Regular readers know how I feel about ‘the buzz’, and how it can make or break start-ups.  In this environment, you've got to have people talking about you …
Discussion: Running With Foxes
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 …
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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Jackson West / Valleywag:
Buy a Porsche cheap from failed startup  —  Okay, it's not one of the sexy Porsches, but it's a Porsche nonetheless — with only 53,500 miles on it!  The sports car is part of an asset auction being held tomorrow at 11 for Mendocino Software, a former supplier of data backup and recovery systems …
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook About 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 …
Market Wire:
M:Metrics: iPhone Hype Holds Up  —  85 Percent of iPhone Users Browse the Mobile Web; iPhone Is Top Device for News and Information Accessed on Mobile Browser  —  SEATTLE, WA and LONDON—(Marketwire - March 18, 2008) - Six months after the iPhone's U.S. launch, has the device changed the mobile landscape?
USPS:
Free Recycling Through the Mail  —  U.S. Postal Service Starts Service in 1,500 Post Offices  —  WASHINGTON, DC —Free and green.  Those are the goals of a pilot program launched today by the U.S. Postal Service that allows customers to recycle small electronics and inkjet cartridges by mailing them free of charge.
 
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