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11:00 AM ET, March 25, 2008

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Windows Live Dev:
Microsoft Partners with Top Social Networks to Put Users at the Center of their Data  —  Hey folks, John Richards here, Director of Windows Live Platform.  —  Today Microsoft is announcing some significant developments to the Windows Live platform that demonstrate Microsoft's commitment …
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Windows Live teams up with social networks for contact portability  —  Robert Scoble couldn't do it, but Windows Live can.  —  Microsoft's Web-app division announced Tuesday that it has partnered with five social networks—LinkedIn, Tagged, Hi5, Bebo, and yes, Facebook—on a new project to facilitate address book portability.
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Security Lapse Exposes Facebook Photos  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A security lapse made it possible for unwelcome strangers to peruse personal photos posted on Facebook Inc.'s popular online hangout, circumventing a recent upgrade to the Web site's privacy controls.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Security Lapse Leaves Private Photos Exposed, Even Paris and Zuck's  —  The Associated Press reported this afternoon that its reporters were able to use an undisclosed method to access private photos on Facebook, including some from Paris Hilton at the Emmys and others …
Discussion: BoomTown, Voices, All Facebook and Mashable!
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 …
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Safari 3.1 on Windows: a true competitor arrives (seriously)  —  While pundits have been lamenting the fact that Apple's “software update” program on Windows is now pushing Safari 3.1 to users, we thought we'd check out Safari 3.1 to find out if Apple has made any real progress on the Windows version of this browser.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo: Time to Negotiate with Microsoft?  —  So, no surprise, according to multiple sources I talked to yesterday, the road show by top Yahoo execs-CEO and Co-Founder Jerry Yang, President Sue Decker and CFO Blake Jorgensen-to tout the new growth plan the company unveiled last week was not such a hit with shareholders.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Is DoubleClick a profit margin killer for Google?  —  Google has its display advertising beachhead with its acquisition of DoubleClick, but now the real fun begins: The integration and the profit margin risk.  —  In a research note Tuesday, UBS analyst Benjamin Schachter cut his earnings …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Netflix glitch to delay deliveries  —  Update at 6:15 p.m. PDT to add areas that may likely see delays in delivery.  —  Update at 7:55 p.m. to reflect that the site has since come back online.  —  Netflix customers expecting a little red package soon may be disappointed.
Discussion: Computerworld, Gawker and Digital Daily
David Case / Fast Company:
Dead Man Walking  —  On the verge of a revival last year, AOL suddenly imploded.  The inside story of a journey to nowhere.  —  In May 2007, nearly six months after he was hired, AOL chief executive Randy Falco gathered his employees together for an “all hands” meeting at the company's Dulles, Virginia, headquarters.
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
Microsoft looks to cash in on the iPhone  —  Microsoft has a profitable business building software for the Mac; now it has an eye on the iPhone, too.  Image: Apple  —  Tom Gibbons, head of Microsoft's Specialized Devices and Applications Group, said the focus would be on extending Office functions onto the iPhone and iPod touch.
Discussion: MacDailyNews and iLounge
Simon Avery / Globe and Mail:
Patriot Act haunts Google service  —  Google Inc. is a year into its ground-shifting strategy to change the way people communicate and work.  —  But the initiative to reinvent the way that people use software is running headlong into another new phenomenon of the information technology age …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Yahoo, Google, MySpace form nonprofit OpenSocial Foundation  —  It's like the Justice League of social media: Google, Yahoo, and News Corp.'s MySpace.com announced on Tuesday that they have formed the OpenSocial Foundation, a nonprofit group to support the OpenSocial initiative that Google kick-started …
Discussion: The Social Times and ResourceShelf
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Mixx's New Feature Aims To Get Breaking News To Home Page Faster Than Digg  —  Mixx, a Digg-like site that ranks news stories based on reader voting, will launch a new “breaking news” feature later today that should get real news onto the home page very, very fast.  More on that below.
Discussion: Mashable!
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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IDG News Service:
Samsung Launches Touch-Screen Cell Phone
Rosemary Bennett / Times of London:
Plea to ban employers trawling Facebook
Discussion: All Facebook
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Yahoo Redesign With Centered Logo
Discussion: Mashable!
Chris Williams / The Register:
Dear Hull, all your typos are belong to Karoo
Suzanne Tindal / CNET News.com:
Microsoft offers free support for Vista SP1 installs
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Richard Wray / Guardian:
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Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Android phones as early as this fall?
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Intel updates low power server chips
Discussion: eWeek and Intel
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Clear Channel to FCC: wash XM-Sirius' mouth out with soap
BBC:
Google backs ‘white space’ wi-fi
Clark Boyd / BBC:
Open and shut  —  A new book details the extent to which …
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Peerflix is shutting down  —  The DVD swapping service Peerflix …
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
The Psychology of Entrepreneurial Misjudgment, part 1: Biases 1-6