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2:20 PM 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 $3 - $5 million round, if reports are correct.
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Company Note: Wrong on All Counts  —  Mike, Despite your apparent cold war with us, all it would have taken you to get the facts is drop me an e-mail.  Instead, you got it wrong on all counts::  TechCrunch reports that our company is looking to raise $2 million to $3 million and that we are also considering selling the company.
Discussion: STARTUP CHATTER
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
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.
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:   Google Spreadsheet Gadgets and More
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.
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 …
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Sees “Watershed Moment” For Mobile Usage  —  Google is now reporting that it is seeing a rapid increase in mobile Internet search and usage on several platforms.  According to an interview with Reuters, Google mobile product manager Matt Waddell said, “We have very much hit a watershed moment in terms of mobile Internet usage.
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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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Steve Jobs Back To Being A Fan Of DRM In iPhone ‘Bundle’?
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
The reality of the RDF: how Apple motivates us to creativity  —  Starting back when it was Apple Computer, the company now known simply as Apple has attempted to foster a strong brand identity that's associated with an image of creativity.  Now, a new study (PDF) that will appear …
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Tod / PhysOrg.com:
Logo Can Make You ‘Think Different’  —  Whether you are a Mac person …
Discussion: MacUser and Slashdot
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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Om Malik / GigaOM:   Google Transformation from Just Search to Destination
eMarketer:
Online Advertisers To Spend Through Turbulence  —  The shift online will continue in 2008.  —  eMarketer predicts that, despite the economic rough patch, US online advertising will continue to grow through 2008.  Online ad spending will rise by 23%.  —  Yet even that reduced rate of growth …
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Shaking Off Larger Economic Woes, Online Ad Spend To Rise 23 Percent In '08: Report
Discussion: Valleywag
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: hakia Blog
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Paul Miller / The Semantic Web:
TextWise offers $1million for an American semantic hack
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Dell's Latitude XT2 plans revealed  —  That's Dell's product rendering for its second generation Latitude XT convertible tablet.  Expected in November 2008, the XT2 will ship with Intel's latest Montevina, er “Centrino 2” architecture in your choice of ULV or LV CPUs, new UMA graphics supporting Vista Aero …
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.
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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Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Best Buy Pledges $10 Million to Past HD DVD Buyers; Trade-Ins, Too  —  Apparently, the cost of Best Buy declaring Blu-ray the winner is $10 million—at least, that's how much it plans to give away when it issues a $50 gift card to everyone who bought an HD DVD player or HD DVD Xbox drive before February 23.
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Using Friendfeed's Imaginary Friends as a Master Aggregator  —  Like lots of bloggers, my latest fascination these days is Friendfeed.  The site, which opened up to everyone about three weeks ago, has been on fire.  It aggregates the various streams of all your friends from across …
 
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Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
First iPhone Developer acceptances confirmed
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Naomi Gleit / Facebook Blog:
More Privacy Options  —  Today, we are introducing privacy changes …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Panasonic's DMC-TZ50: a TZ5 with WiFi and Picasa photo sharing, maybe
Discussion: Gadgetell, Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
John Leyden / The Register:
Japanese malware author admits guilt
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Star Banker Returns to Roots With His Own Venture
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
New Design for Google Japan
Discussion: Search Engine Land
BBC:
Microsoft releases Vista update
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Microsoft releases ‘near final’ hypervisor for Windows Server
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Sony Ericsson Warns: Mobile Phone Demand Softening
Discussion: Market Wire, Electronista and Crave
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Assessing success in the FCC's 700MHz auction
Alex Iskold / ReadWriteWeb:
5 Ways To Have Fun with Twitter When You're Bored
Royal Pingdom:
Apache dominates the top 100 websites, IIS still far behind
Discussion: The Register
John Borland / Technology Review:
The Technology That Toppled Eliot Spitzer