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4:20 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: dailywireless.org
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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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Are ad networks for loser/weak publishers?  —  I've never liked the ad network business.  They're a very short term solution and they are very damaging to high-end publishers because they create massive channel conflicts (i.e. many people selling your inventory confusing advertisers) …
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
ESPN Pulls The Plug On Ad Network; Millard Warns About Treating Ads …
Discussion: WebGuild and Silicon Alley Insider
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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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
BREAKING: DOJ Clears XM-Sirius Merger; Waiting On FCC; 'Not Likely …
Discussion: Gadgetell and Gizmodo
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.
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.
Discussion: The Social Web
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 …
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).
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
MacBook Air makes a great ultraportable... for Vista  —  X-bit labs, who last month replaced Mac OS X with Vista on a MacBook Pro and concluded that “The MacBook Pro is better in almost every objective and subjective parameter, including design and the status of the brand,” is at it again.
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.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
It's Not Exploitation If You Chose To Take Part  —  Well, the buzz of the weekend seems to be around a New York Times op-ed by musician Billy Bragg upset about the sale of Bebo to AOL earlier this month.  Bragg's complaint is an old one that we've heard before: Because musicians chose to put …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
C2: Microsoft's take on FriendFeed?  —  Microsoft isn't usually the first (or second or third) company that folks associate with social networking.  But maybe the Redmondians, or at least the researchers on the Microsoft Research C2 team, aren't as unsociable as some assume.
Discussion: WinExtra
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.
 
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Adwords Ad Creates Initial Interest Confusion—Storus v. Aroa
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Google: $300 Million DoubleClick Revs; Must Leverage Buy And Sell …
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All-in-one device ‘Hybrid Dual Portable Computer’
Evelyn Nussenbaum / New York Times:
The '80s Video That Pops Up, Online and Off
Discussion: NewTeeVee