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9:15 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
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: socialwrite.com
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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.
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.
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.
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
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...
Discussion: The Last Podcast and VentureBeat
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
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.
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
Eric Alterman / New Yorker:
OUT OF PRINT  —  The death and life of the American newspaper. … The American newspaper has been around for approximately three hundred years.  Benjamin Harris's spirited Publick Occurrences, Both Forreign and Domestick managed just one issue, in 1690, before the Massachusetts authorities closed it down.
InfoWorld:
Marathon extends fault tolerance to VMs  —  Marathon Technologies announced Monday that everRun VM, a product it says can provide high-level fault tolerance for virtual machines, will ship in April.  —  It represents a step up in capability from the Littleton, Massachusetts …
Discussion: eWeek and The Register
 
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Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
New inkjet tech can “print” LCDs using silver nanoparticles
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Screenshots reveal possible iPhone App Store design
Dane Jasper / Sonic.net CEO Blog:
Sebastopol voids Wi-Fi contract
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
 Earlier Items: 
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Analyst: 50 percent of phones will play music by 2011
Richard McRoskey / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Kindle Effect? E-book Sales Up 24 Percent (AMZN)
Discussion: WebProNews
Seamusmccauley / Virtual Economics:
Given that everyone is a media company...
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
C2: Microsoft's take on FriendFeed?
Discussion: WinExtra
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
MacBook Air makes a great ultraportable... for Vista
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
It's Not Exploitation If You Chose To Take Part
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
How I Blew My Google Interview
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Is OpenID Being Exploited By The Big Internet Companies?