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4:25 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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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).
Discussion: MacRumors, Electronista and Engadget
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
iTunes Unlimited: Does Apple really want to mess with a good thing?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
700MHz spectrum auction wraps up, tops $19.5 billion
Discussion: Gearlog, Bits, New York Times and TechSpot
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
Discussion: Between the Lines and FaceReviews
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Exclusive Video of Facebook Chat Demo
Discussion: Mashable! and Somewhat Frank
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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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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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.
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Disqus and the comment-o-sphere
Discussion: GigaOM, WinExtra and TechCrunch
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 …
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 …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Non-Profit Portal  —  Google has launched a dedicated portal of Google services for non-profit organizations.  —  Google for Non-Profits offers “a one-stop shop for tools to help advance your organization's mission in a smart, cost-efficient way.”
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Chris Busselle / Official Google Blog:
Google for Non-Profits  —  Many of you spend your days making …
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, All Facebook and Mashable!
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 …
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 …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
A Good Day for Internet TV  —  Internet TV is on a roll today!  For starters, the day began with Apple sending out emails to their Season Pass subscribers, offering them credits for missed episodes.  Later on, there was breaking news from the OMMA Global Hollywood conference …
Discussion: Labnotes
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
 
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