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11:55 AM 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!:
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 that Google is joining together with Yahoo! and MySpace in the creation of a non-profit foundation for the open and transparent governance of the OpenSocial specifications and intellectual property.
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
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
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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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)
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.
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Fox to FCC: your analysts' sexual fantasies not our problem  —  Fox Television has informed the Federal Communications Commission that it will not pay the agency's proposed $91,000 fine for a pixelated strip show on Married in America, broadcast in 2003.  “FOX believes that the FCC's decision …
Discussion: Techdirt
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Clear Channel to FCC: wash XM-Sirius' mouth out with soap
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.
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!
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.
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
SonyBMG CEO Says Company Plans Subscription Music Service
Discussion: AppScout and Electronista
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
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.
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
 
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Amid Flat Ad Spend In '07, Display Grew 15.9 Percent; Online's …
Daniel Roth / Wired News:
Open Source Software Made Developers Cool. Now It Can Make Them Rich
Discussion: OStatic blogs
Martin Arnold / Financial Times:
3i quits early-stage investments
John Oates / The Register:
China unbans the Beeb
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Rosemary Bennett / Times of London:
Plea to ban employers trawling Facebook
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Suzanne Tindal / CNET News.com:
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Sean Fallon / Gizmodo:
The Illusion PC is a Hellraiser
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Clark Boyd / BBC:
Open and shut  —  A new book details the extent to which …
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
David Case / Fast Company:
Dead Man Walking
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Peerflix is shutting down  —  The DVD swapping service Peerflix …
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