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8:25 PM ET, March 27, 2008

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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple developing full-fledged digital lifestyle fitness companion  —  Electronics maker Apple Inc. is developing a digital fitness companion system based around its iPhone and iPod touch players aimed a helping americans, and folks in general, live a healthier and more fit lifestyle.
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Staska / Unwired View:
iPhone.  Your Lifestyle Companion  —  Now that iPhone has almost become an open platform for third party software development, we can expect tons of new exciting applications that will make it into a much more useful thing, then a fancy phone and media player.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   Apple and Nintendo push to make you healthy (or at least move)
InfoWorld:
Gone in 2 minutes: Mac gets hacked first in contest  —  It may be the quickest $10,000 Charlie Miller ever earned.  —  He took the first of three laptop computers — and a $10,000 cash prize — Thursday after breaking into a MacBook Air at the CanSecWest security conference's PWN 2 OWN hacking contest.
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Can Google Stop the Brain Drain?  —  It takes more than an army of trained chefs and free lunch to keep Googlers happy.  As a new wave of web darlings (such as Facebook) beef up recruiting efforts, high-level Googlers are blowing the joint.  Sheryl Sandberg, Ethan Beard (right) …
Chris Williams / The Register:
MPAA copyright punch up knocks out TorrentSpy  —  Former BitTorrent champ throws in the towel  —  $10,000 Panda Challenge - are you really protected?  —  The operators of TorrentSpy, once the most popular BitTorrent tracker, have been forced to permanently shutter the site after losing a battle with rights holders.
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Chester Yung / MarketWatch:
Hong Kong tycoon Li raises personal Facebook investment above $100 mln  —  HONG KONG (MarketWatch) — Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing said Thursday he has increased his personal investment in social networking site Facebook to more than US$100 million, and might invest even more.
Jody Rosen / New York Times:
Researchers Play Tune Recorded Before Edison  —  For more than a century, since he captured the spoken words “Mary had a little lamb” on a sheet of tinfoil, Thomas Edison has been considered the father of recorded sound.  But researchers say they have unearthed a recording of the human voice …
Discussion: Switched
Dave McClure / Master of 500 Hats:
Business Models for Social Networks: Monetizing Social Capital, The Long Tail of Cool, & The Friends List.  —  Q: Social Networks still Sexy?  —  Or is the Thrill Gone?  —  well, what's new folks... turns out Teh Sexy depends on CASH MONEY, G.  —  which means we probably need to do more work …
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Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
Facebook adds me-too feature - “People You May Know”
Discussion: BoomTown and Download Squad
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Why are we clicking less on Google search ads?  —  The latest paid-click data for search engines shows that Americans are clicking on paid search ads less than we did last year—not an encouraging trend for the state of online advertising.  —  For Google alone, which represents about 60 percent …
Discussion: paidContent.org
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InfoWorld:
Apple releases iPhone SDK beta 2  —  Apple released on Thursday a new version of its iPhone SDK for developers. iPhone SDK beta 2 includes Interface Builder, a component of Apple's development tools that lets developers create the interface for their applications.
Peter Lauria / New York Post:
M'SOFT NOT YET ON BOARD  —  NO NAMES LINED UP YET FOR YAHOO!  —  Microsoft has been so cagey about the candidates it plans to nominate to Yahoo!'s board that speculation is mounting that the software giant actually doesn't have anyone lined up.  —  The word on Wall Street and in technology circles …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
The Next Phase Of Our Company: Scaling From The Inside Out  —  Some time around late summer last year, about six months after we moved into our (first-ever) office in Santa Monica, I realized we needed to start asking the “BIG S” question for our growing B2B media company: How Do You Scale?
Discussion: Beet.TV and HipMojo.com
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Watch Out - Adobe Is Slowly Building an Online Empire  —  The blogosphere was abuzz today with the launch of Adobe's online photo-editing and storage platform, Adobe Photoshop Express.  The new tool isn't so much of a web-based version of Photoshop as people had hoped, but more of a simple online photo editor …
James McGill / Official Google Maps API Blog:
Street View in the API (or, How I Spent My Summer “Vacation")  —  For the past three months I have had the great pleasure of working as an intern with the Google Maps API team in Sydney.  Unfortunately my time is now up and I must head back to the mundane life of a undergraduate scholar …
PR Newswire:
Comcast and BitTorrent Form Collaboration to Address Network Management, Network Architecture and Content Distribution  —  Comcast Corporation and BitTorrent, Inc. announced today that they will undertake a collaborative effort with one another and with the broader Internet and ISP community …
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
Blizzard sues over ‘WoW’ bot  —  We've long known that publishers of massively multiplayer online games like World of Warcraft don't like it when players mess with the purity of their games.  —  That's why they routinely issue stern warnings that anyone caught gold farming or buying accounts …
Discussion: TechSpot and Ars Technica
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
“If the news is important, it will find me”  —  Brian Stelter has a great piece in the New York Times that I urge anyone interested in the media business to go and read right now — I'll wait — and that includes reporters, editors and (most of all) managers, and probably IT departments and designers as well.
 
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Marshall Manson / Edelman Digital:
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Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
Wikimedia Foundation gets $500,000 donation
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to rebrand ‘CRM Live’ as ‘CRM Online’
InfoWorld:
Google: Web sites slow to fix serious Flash flaws
Discussion: The Register
Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
Google Observes Earth Hour, Gets Energy Issue Backward
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Ma.gnolia: OpenID to Save Anti-Spam, Anti-Spam to Save OpenID
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Windows Expertise:
What's wrong with the blogosphere, part 1
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Silicon chips stretch into shape
eWeek:
U.N. Agency Evicts Record Number of Cybersquatters
Discussion: Ars Technica and Inquirer
Ryan Naraine / eWeek:
Hacker Pours Cold Water on Windows Server 2008 Security Design
James A. Kimble / EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA:
Police: Employees steal 332 iPhones
Anna Lindén / nokiasiemensnetworks.com:
Nokia Siemens Networks doubles EDGE data speed