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1:40 PM ET, March 24, 2008

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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.
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
ESPN Pulls The Plug On Ad Network; Millard Warns About Treating Ads Like Pork Bellies  —  With nearly every media company getting in the ad network game—the latest entrant being Forbes—one major player is bucking the trend.  ESPN (NYSE: DIS) has ended its arrangement with Specific Media …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
How I Blew My Google Interview  —  Another form of web literature is emerging: stories of job applicants rejected by Google (GOOG).  Google makes all applicants sign NDAs, of course—can't have future applicants boning up!—but unlike the standard Googleplex NDAs, these apparently don't bar tales …
Discussion: Susan Mernit's Blog and PSFK
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Corey Trager / Bug Tracker Blog:
Google interview … Last summer I was interviewed at Google's Chicago office but I was not given an offer.  —  Others rejected by Google have written about their experiences:  —  http://weblogs.asp.net/jasonsalas/ archive/2005/09/04/424378.aspx  —  http://www.nomachetejuggling.com/2006/ 12/30/my-interview-with-google/
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Is OpenID Being Exploited By The Big Internet Companies?  —  OpenID, a distributed single sign on solution that allows people to sign into different services with the same login credentials, gained significant momentum over the last year as Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL all pledged their support for the initiative.
Larry Dignan / Zero Day:
Microsoft confirms Word attacks  —  Microsoft has confirmed reports of vulnerability in Word that allows an attacker to exploit a system via the Microsoft Jet Database Engine, which shares data with Access, Visual Basic and third party applications.  —  Microsoft in its advisory said the potential for attack is “very limited.”
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
My Lack of Confidence in Vista SP1
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Fugitsu:
Fujitsu to Release World's First 7200-RPM 320 GB 2.5" Hard Disk Drive  —  Fujitsu Limited today announced its new MHZ2 BJ series of 2.5" hard disk drives that feature a rotational speed of 7200 RPM and capacities up to 320 GB(1)Sales of the new series will begin at the end of June 2008.
Discussion: Digital Trends and The Tech Report
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Evelyn Nussenbaum / New York Times:
The '80s Video That Pops Up, Online and Off  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The women's basketball game at Eastern Washington University on March 8 started out like any other, as the Eagles of E.W.U. faced off against the Montana State Bobcats.  —  But a routine timeout turned into a 1980s flashback …
Sam / Go Big Always:
Media execs are asleep at their own wheel  —  Why media execs still don't get social media is beyond me.  —  Yes, I get their business model: serve as many pages as possible so they can have enough media “inventory” to sell lots of ads.  And then there is subscription.
Discussion: Online Media Cultist
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Quotably: The Perfect Tool To Make Sense Of Twitter  —  A new service called Quotably may be the best third party Twitter-related service so far.  That's because it reformats Twitter messages into threaded conversations, making it significantly easier to follow actual discussions that are occurring on Twitter.
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Grace Won / AVING:
All-in-one device ‘Hybrid Dual Portable Computer’  —  SEOUL, Korea (AVING) — <Visual News> MIU(www.miubit.com) introduced its new wireless IP-based hybrid portable device dubbed ‘HDPC (Hybrid Dual Portable Computer)’ in Korea market, which is equipped with dual OS(Windows XP/Windows CE 5.0 or Linux Qplus).
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.
Discussion: Business Logs and broadstuff
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Heavens!  Professor Imperils Blu-Ray's Future  —  The latest outrage circulating in the blogosphere is over the US International Trade Commission's (ITC) announcement Thursday that it is investigating numerous companies involved in the development of Blu-ray disc players …
Discussion: TGDaily.com, Switched and Joystiq
Geoff Livingston / The Buzz Bin:
Marketing Departments Become Two-Way  —  Part III of Social Media's Role within Global Businesses  —  As socialized feedback becomes increasing prevalent across a wide variety of business functions, enterprises will need to better absorb external information.
Brian Morrissey / Adweek:
Conversation Quotient  —  Social media metrics are still a work in progress  —  NEW YORK What's a friend worth?  It's the question marketers are asking more and more as they plow into social media in the hopes of finding new customers in welcoming environments while going beyond simple messaging to the fuzzy notion of “engagement.”
Discussion: Blogspotting
 
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
LIVE: Google's Conference Call On ‘White Spaces’ Devices (GOOG)
Discussion: CNET News.com
Rick Broida / Crave: The gadget blog:
Pocket a 4GB iPod nano for $99 shipped
Discussion: Mobility Site
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
Photoshop Elements 6 ships for Mac
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Justin.TV's Birthday Stats—57 Years Worth of Video and Counting.
Jason Snyder / InfoWorld:
Roundtable: The state of open source
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Come on Down to South Park and Watch the Shows Online
Discussion: Reel Pop and The Daily Dish
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Blist Socializes, Opens Public Beta
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
USA Today:
Comcast, Time Warner cable cry foul on Verizon
Discussion: DSLreports
 Earlier Items: 
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Acer expected to beat Asus Eee pricing
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google-DoubleClick: The next phase
Discussion: paidContent.org
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Can Microsoft make Silverlight shine?
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo inks cloud computing research pact with Tata unit
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Review: T-Mobile's Blackberry 8820
James Chapman / Daily Mail:
Lost in MySpace: How a generation of children are being raised …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Digg
Grant Gross / IDG News Service:
Tech Workers Favor McCain, Obama