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3:14 AM ET, March 24, 2008

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Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
A New Tool From Google Alarms Sites  —  Retailers and publishers have fought hard to work their way up in the ranking of Google's search results and refine the search features of their own Web sites to help users once they arrive.  Now, Google is taking a greater role in helping users search within particular sites.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Distorting Info on 20% Time?  —  Commercials lie, including the ones by Google, as a statement by Gmail inventor Paul Buchheit would suggest.  Here's the quote from the commercial by (now ex-Google employee) Joseph O'S.:  —  So innovation comes from the employees often.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
2,433 Unread Emails Is An Opportunity For An Entrepreneur  —  Consider this response that I just received (identifying information removed) from a venture capitalist I emailed to discuss a new investment: … I remember the days before email.  For those of you who don't …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Rick Rolled to child porn = you're a pedophile, says FBI  —  Everyone has had it happen to them: a “friend” sends you a link in IM or over IRC that purports to be something like a cat in an awkward position with a hilarious caption.  Soon, however, you discover that the link wasn't to a lolcat at all …
Discussion: Digg
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Three Internet Careers That Soon Won't Exist  —  Earlier this year the New York Times detailed how careers in medicine and law - formerly bankable lifetime gigs - have lost their luster.  College grads instead are pouring their resources into trying to create (or join) the next Facebook or MySpace.
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Keep your hands off the cell phone come July  —  Claudiu Stoenescu, a database manager from San Ramon, never thought of himself as a wireless headset kind of guy.  But his wife insisted he buy the wireless earpiece for his cell phone last month.  —  The reason: She wants him on the right side …
Brooks Boliek / Hollywood Reporter:
Names floated for next FCC chair  —  WASHINGTON — The spoils system might not be what it was when Sen. William Marcy, D-N.Y., inadvertently gave it its name in his 1832 “To the victor go the spoils” speech, but patronage still is an important power for the president as he or she places men …
Discussion: paidContent.org and The 463
Matt Asay / CNET News.com:
The inevitability of the iPhone  —  I walked into my local AT&T Wireless store on Saturday fully expecting and prepared to get a Blackberry 8820.  My Blackberry 8800 died while I was in London last week, and both Visa and American Express tried to protect me from fraud by disallowing my attempts to order a new phone over the web.
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Media cos. battle Web portals on ads  —  NEW YORK - Traditional media companies trying to stem the flow of advertising dollars to Google and other large Internet companies are increasingly building ad networks of their own, anchored by their brands.  —  The latest, Forbes Inc. …
Discussion: paidContent.org
David Sarno / Los Angeles Times:
Reporting live from a cellphone near you ...  Jason Calacanis uses a Nokia cellphone to stream live.  He reports regularly.  —  The startup allows video from cellphones to be streamed live on the Web.  In the future, will any bad behavior may go unnoticed?  —  GET ready for your close-up.
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Evidence mounting: Windows 7 going modular, subscription  —  When Windows 7 launches sometime after the start of 2010, the desktop OS will be Microsoft's most “modular” yet.  Having never really been comfortable with the idea of a single, monolithic desktop OS offering …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Reality, antitrust concerns dog Apple subscription rumors  —  For instant rumor action, combine “Apple” with just about anything, add water, shake, and serve up on the Internet.  The power of Apple rumors was on display again this week as word of a listen-till-your-eardrums-burst subscription hit the news.
Discussion: MediaFuturist
Dennis Howlett / Irregular Enterprise:
Question to Mozilla CEO: what do you fear?  —  The kerfuffle over Apple's decision to include the Safari 3.1 ‘update’ with an iTunes update installer for Windows made me smile.  John Lilly, CEO Mozilla Foundation seems outraged at Apple's decision.  It only adds to the hilarity.  Why?
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