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9:05 AM ET, March 25, 2008

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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.
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!
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Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Security lapse exposes Facebook photos
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and ReadWriteWeb
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...
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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, Digital Daily and Gawker
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.
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.
Discussion: paidContent.org
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.
David Recordon / David Recordon's Blog:
Relying on the Big Companies for OpenID?  —  Last night Mike Arrington of TechCrunch gave me a call wanting to chat a bit about OpenID adoption when it comes to sites you can login to with your OpenID (aka Relying Parties in identity speak).  The crux of his question to me was if the big companies …
Matt Moore / Associated Press:
Sony BMG Developing Online Music Service  —  BERLIN (AP) — The CEO of Sony BMG Music Entertainment says that the company is developing an online music subscription service that would give users unlimited access to its music and be compatible with a host of digital music players.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The DOJ Finally Realizes That A Sirius/XM Radio Merger Isn't a Serious Threat to Anyone  —  Finally, more than a year after the deal was first announced, the Department of Justice approved the merger of Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio.  This deal took longer to review than Google's DoubleClick acquisition.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook To Launch Preferred Application Program  —  The Facebook Platform, launched in May 2007, has been an unqualified success.  Nearly 20,000 applications have been released by third party developers, and it spurred Google to quickly launch a competing platform of its own.
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 …
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.
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!
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
With Winamp in mind, Imeem announces developer strategy  —  Social media service Imeem has announced the Imeem Media Platform, a set of APIs (application programming interfaces) and tools so that outside developers and partners can contribute to the site.  The APIs will give developers access …
 
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
LG's 5.1 megapixel OZ: a Casio W53CA hides behind the curtain
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Kablenet / The Register:
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Clark Boyd / BBC:
Open and shut  —  A new book details the extent to which …
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Nathan McFeters / Zero Day:
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
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Adam Lusher / Sydney Morning Herald:
Google's free beer and ‘big-ass’ barbies
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Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Googling Gets A Lot More Dangerous: Chrysler Adding In-Car Internet
Discussion: Hear 2.0 and Orbitcast
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Starz to Sell on iTunes
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Australian Company Calls WiMax a Disaster
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
The Lifestreaming Backlash  —  Backlash is probably too harsh …
Discussion: Voices and socialwrite.com
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
Amazon S3 - Backstory for Nerds - Part 2
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Expandable Google Search Box
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped