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10:20 PM ET, March 24, 2008

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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Google outlines proposal for ‘Wi-Fi on steroids’  —  Google on Monday said it has a plan to have American consumers from Manhattan to rural North Dakota surfing the Web on handheld gadgets at gigabits-per-second speeds by the 2009 holiday season.  —  The company, joined by other heavyweights …
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
After 700MHz coup, Google now fronting white space devices  —  Google famously bid on the 700MHz spectrum auction that wrapped up last week, but was outbid by Verizon.  Most observers have characterized Google as an ecstatic loser, since the FCC's open access rules that it wanted so badly will have to be followed by Verizon.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Google's White Space Proposal
Discussion: VentureBeat
US Department of Justice:
Statement of the Department of Justice Antitrust Division on its Decision to Close its Investigation of XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.'s Merger with Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.  —  Evidence Does Not Establish that Combination of Satellite Radio Providers Would Substantially Reduce Competition
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The DOJ Finally Realizes That A Sirius/XM Radio Merger Isn't a …
Discussion: Reuters and nab.org
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Come on Down to South Park and Watch the Shows Online  —  The web just got a whole lot funnier as the guys behind South Park have made every episode of their hit show available for free online.  That's right — every. episode.  (Take that Hulu, and your five weeks' worth of shows window).
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
South Park Studios - It's Like AllSP, But Legal
Bret Taylor / FriendFeed Blog:
Post your FriendFeed comments back to Twitter  —  For you Twitter users: When you are commenting on a Twitter post in FriendFeed, you now have the option of sending your comment as an @reply in Twitter as well:  —  Happy Tweeting!  —  Ana said...
mike Shields / Mediaweek:
ESPN Turns Off Ad Nets  —  Moves to protect brand, content; other publishers mull  —  Top Web publishers are planning a revolt.  Even as more prominent sites experiment with selling remnant inventory through online ad networks, and in some cases ad exchanges, ESPN.com is saying thanks, but no thanks.
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
Amazon S3 - Backstory for Nerds - Part 2  —  Note to non-nerds - back to English tomorrow; you may want to skip this one.  —  Here's the problem: My broadbandwiki browser application does two things for users: it shows them what broadband access people around them are using and it enables …
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
What Microsoft can teach Apple about software updates  —  Last summer, I looked at Apple's announced plans for its Safari web browser and wondered out loud, Is Steve Jobs planning a hostile takeover of the Windows desktop?  Apple's decision last week to begin aggressively pushing Safari …
George Ou:
Fixing the unfairness of TCP congestion control  —  Bob Briscoe (Chief researcher at the BT Network Research Centre) is on a mission to tackle one of the biggest problems facing the Internet.  He wants the world to know that TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) congestion control …
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and Slashdot
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
The Lifestreaming Backlash  —  Backlash is probably too harsh a word, but as the buzz around lifestreaming continues to build, some people are starting to question where it fits into their daily lives.  Last week, we wondered whether sites like FriendFeed solved the problem of information overload, or merely brought attention to it.
Discussion: Feld Thoughts and socialwrite.com
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
LiveJournal Says Goodbye to Unique Account Structure, Against Wishes of Advisors  —  Groundbreaking social network LiveJournal is no longer allowing new users to sign up for Basic level accounts, which traded a pared-down feature set for an ad and cost free user profile.
Mona Elesseily / Search Engine Land:
Is Microhoo A Done Deal?  —  Lately, a merger between Yahoo! and Microsoft is looking more and more probable.  Not only have reports been flying around that Yahoo! and Microsoft are in negotiations, but Yahoo!'s SEC filing last week (Tuesday March 18 2008) has added significantly more fuel to the merger fire.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and WebMetricsGuru
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Intel's Netbook revealed as the 2go PC  —  Finally, something solid on the recently-rumored Netbook... or should we say, the 2go PC.  The little laptop, manufactured by CTL, will clearly be aimed at the education market, though the specs imply that this will be destined for more than just the classroom.
AppleInsider:
Rumor: Digg founder claims 3G iPhone to do video chat  —  Digg founder Kevin Rose, whose first-generation iPhone rumors fell short of their mark last Spring, is citing different sources this year in predicting that the 3G version of the handset will boast video chat capabilities.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Expandable Google Search Box  —  If you entered long queries in a Google search box, you would notice that it's difficult to edit them because Google optimized the size of the box for short queries.  Things have changed and now you can much bigger queries and Google will adjust the search box's size after you perform a search.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
 
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Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Sun's head chip guy heads to Juniper
Discussion: The Register
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Googling Gets A Lot More Dangerous: Chrysler Adding In-Car Internet
Discussion: Orbitcast and Hear 2.0
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Starz to Sell on iTunes
Discussion: Digital Media Wire and GigaOM
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Australian Company Calls WiMax a Disaster
Discussion: TechSpot and Gizmodo
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
New inkjet tech can “print” LCDs using silver nanoparticles
Eric Alterman / New Yorker:
OUT OF PRINT  —  The death and life of the American newspaper.
InfoWorld:
Marathon extends fault tolerance to VMs
Discussion: The Register and eWeek
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Screenshots reveal possible iPhone App Store design
 Earlier Items: 
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Is Twitter About to Have a Big Spam Problem?
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Beer Pong Comes to Facebook
Business Wire:
Yahoo! and Computational Research Laboratories to Collaborate …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
For the young, TV's passivity is passé next to the Internet
Richard McRoskey / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Kindle Effect? E-book Sales Up 24 Percent (AMZN)
Discussion: WebProNews
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
C2: Microsoft's take on FriendFeed?
Discussion: WinExtra
Fortune:
A half-billion in widgets  —  If Max Levchin's Slide can cure …
Discussion: Valleywag
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
How I Blew My Google Interview