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12:00 PM ET, March 25, 2008

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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Yahoo, Google, MySpace form non-profit OpenSocial Foundation  —  It's like the Justice League of social media: Google, Yahoo, and News Corp.'s MySpace announced on Tuesday that they have formed the OpenSocial Foundation, a non-profit group to support the OpenSocial initiative that Google kick-started …
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Yahoo! Supports OpenSocial; Yahoo!, MySpace and Google to Form Non-Profit OpenSocial Foundation  —  Community Organization to Assure Neutrality and Longevity of  —  Specification for Building Social Applications Across the Web  —  SUNNYVALE & LOS ANGELES & MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Mar 25 …
Wade Chambers / Yodel Anecdotal:
Announcing the OpenSocial Foundation  —  From our travels across cyberspace, it's pretty clear that the social part of the Internet is becoming more and more important to people.  From chat to games to messaging to sharing things like news, entertainment, pictures, maps, movies and other …
Google Code Blog:
An OpenSocial Foundation  —  Today we are pleased to announce …
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
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.
Discussion: eWeek, TECH.BLORGE.com, Bink.nu and AppScout
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 …
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.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
IBM backs database company EnterpriseDB, squares off against Sun  —  IBM has invested in open-source database company EnterpriseDB, part of the giant company's effort to hold its own in the fast growing Web application services market.  —  IBM typically does not invest in start-ups …
Discussion: eWeek, CNET News.com and Computerworld
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Christian Danella / Market Wire:
EnterpriseDB Introduces Postgres Plus Product Family
Discussion: CNET News.com and Open Sources
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony BMG launching (DRM-free?) subscription music service this year  —  Sony BMG boss, Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, was just quoted in an interview saying that Sony BMG is “working on an online music subscription service.”  The service would cost between €6 to €8 per month (about $9 to $12) …
Discussion: Insanely Great Mac
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
SonyBMG CEO Says Company Plans Subscription Music Service
Discussion: AppScout and Electronista
Matt Moore / Associated Press:
Sony BMG Developing Online Music Service
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.
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)
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
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Yahoo Redesign With Centered Logo  —  The last time the Yahoo homepage saw a major overhaul was in May 2006.  Now, another redesign moves the logo from the left side back into the middle again (Martin in the comments notes this was already rolled out for some time in UK/ Ireland).
Discussion: Mashable!
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 …
Discussion: Techdirt
IDG News Service:
Samsung Launches Touch-Screen Cell Phone  —  Samsung's Anycall Haptic looks like a thinner version of Apple's iPhone, but adds vibration to the touch experience.  —  Samsung's Anycall Haptic looks like a thinner version of Apple's iPhone, but adds a new dimension to the touch interface.
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.
 
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
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Daniel Roth / Wired News:
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Martin Arnold / Financial Times:
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
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Rosemary Bennett / Times of London:
Plea to ban employers trawling Facebook
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
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Suzanne Tindal / CNET News.com:
Microsoft offers free support for Vista SP1 installs
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Android phones as early as this fall?
BBC:
Google backs ‘white space’ wi-fi
Clark Boyd / BBC:
Open and shut  —  A new book details the extent to which …
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
David Case / Fast Company:
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