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8:20 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.
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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Dave Winer / Scripting News:   FriendFeed moves into TwitterSpace
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Finally, FriendFeed Answers The Twitter Conundrum
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  —  SAN FRANCISCO - 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.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and ReadWriteWeb
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.
Discussion: Online Media Cultist
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:   Beer Pong Comes to Facebook
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.
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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 …
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
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 …
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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Clark Boyd / BBC:
Open and shut  —  A new book details the extent to which countries across the globe are increasingly censoring online information they find strategically, politically or culturally threatening.  —  Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering challenges …
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
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.
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.
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
The Psychology of Entrepreneurial Misjudgment, part 1: Biases 1-6  —  Charlie Munger is an 80-something billionaire who cofounded top-tier law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson and is Warren Buffett's long-time partner and Vice-Chairman at Berkshire Hathaway, one of the most successful companies of all time.
 
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
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Kablenet / The Register:
UK CCTV numbers ‘may be overstated’
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Karl / DSLreports:
Bell Canada Throttles Wholesalers, Doesn't Bother To Tell Them
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Eric Auchard / Reuters:
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Yahoo! Developer Network blog:
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David Recordon / David Recordon's Blog:
Relying on the Big Companies for OpenID?
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Peerflix is shutting down  —  The DVD swapping service Peerflix …
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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: Orbitcast and Hear 2.0
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
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Is Twitter About to Have a Big Spam Problem?