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3:35 PM ET, March 28, 2008


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Wei Yi Lim / CNN:
Hon Hai Gets Apple Order For New iPhones -Source  —  TAIPEI -(Dow Jones)- Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. (2317.TW) has secured an exclusive contract to assemble a more advanced version of Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) popular iPhone, a person familiar with the situation told Dow Jones Newswires Friday.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple picks trusted supplier to assemble 3G iPhone  —  It should be no surprise that Apple has turned to Foxconn, the trade name for Hon Hai Precision Industries, to build the next generation iPhone.  —  China's Commercial Times reported early Friday that Foxconn was competing for the business …
Antone Gonsalves / InformationWeek:
Gartner Clarifies 3G iPhone Reports  —  The technology research firm says it doesn't know whether Apple has actually ordered 10 million iPhones that support 3G networks, as was reported on the Web.  —  Technology research firm Gartner on Thursday tried to clear up reports that it had said Apple might …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: BofA Sees iPhone Build Plans At 3M CQ2, 8M CQ3
Discussion: Electronista and VentureBeat
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Music Industry's New Extortion Scheme  —  Update: More details of the scheme are here.  —  Musicians themselves may just be crazy, but the music labels are dangerously stupid, and need to be stopped before they can do any further damage to the music industry.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Music Tax Details From Source: “Pay Us Not To Sue You”  —  We learned yesterday that Warner Music, the third largest music label, is gunning for a $5/month music tax on U.S. residents.  —  Some of the details were in the article: they've hired industry veteran Jim Griffin to create …
Discussion: DSLreports and CrunchGear
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
US students, alumni to get legal P2P  —  The beginning of the end of the file-sharing wars?  —  Exclusive US colleges and their alumni may be offered the right to P2P file-sharing under one of the most radical copyright reforms in a hundred years, The Register has learned.
Discussion: last100, Listening Post and WinBeta
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
Report: Music downloads on your Net access tab?
Discussion: The Globe and Mail, AppScout and p2pnet Telling POD Publishers - Let BookSurge Print Your Books, or Else...  BREAKING DEVELOPMENT: We were notified by a PublishAmerica author that her book was available for purchase through Amazon on Tuesday but today the “buy” button for her book on Amazon is gone.
Discussion: TeleRead, and open
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Tightens Grip on Printing
Discussion: Techdirt and TechCrunch
Tricia Duryee /
Paramount Pictures Is Making A Play In Games  —  Paramount Pictures said this year it will be expanding its interactive department to publish video games, focusing in particular on casual, handheld and mobile games, according to Variety.  The studio, which created a new global business unit in February …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Apple begins widespread testing of Mac OS X 10.5.3 Update  —  Apple Inc. this week began testing Mac OS X 10.5.3 Update, a third maintenance and security update to its relatively new Leopard operating system that already bundles over 75 bug fixes and code corrections.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
NVIDIA drivers responsible for nearly 30% of Vista crashes in 2007  —  That huge bundle of damning emails and documents Microsoft produced as part of the Vista-capable lawsuit is full of fascinating information about how the company developed, planned, and launched Vista …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Loopt Embraced by Verizon; Starts to Spread Its Mobile Wings  —  Loopt, a mobile social network that can be used to see where your friends are currently located, has partnered with Verizon to put its software on that carrier's phones.  It's a big win for Loopt since Verizon has more location-aware handsets than any other carrier.
Michael Malone / Broadcasting & Cable:
Google to TV: We Want to Work with You  —  Google TV Ads Director Michael Steib Speaks at Television Bureau of Advertising's Annual Marketing Conference  —  Addressing a room full of curious broadcasters at the Television Bureau of Advertising's annual marketing conference in New York Thursday …
Jonathan Skillings / CNET
Dell offers sub-$1,000 Blu-ray laptop  —  The end of the next-generation DVD format battle may not mean a long victory lap for inflated Blu-ray prices after all.  —  Dell, which has more than a little clout in the PC market, on Friday announced that consumers can now spend less than $1,000 to get a Blu-ray-equipped laptop.
Rafe Needleman /
Firefox 4 will push out the edges of the browser  —  This post has been corrected from the original: Mozilla has no plan to ship Firefox 4 this year; references to that effect have been removed.  —  After the product road map roundtable I live-blogged Wednesday, I had a talk with Chris Beard, VP of Labs for Mozilla.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
PaidContent vs. TechCrunch: Two Visions of Blogging's Future  —  Michael Arrington and Rafat Ali are both forceful, sharp-tongued, quick-tempered and plugged in, and both have built successful technology blogging ventures.  So it's no surprise that there is more than a little sparring between them.
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Adds 13 Metro Areas To Street Views, Plus New API Support
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Internet Archive bestows golden pipes on public housing
Discussion: Bits
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
MacBook Air compromised in 2 minutes for $10,000 (Updated)
Discussion: VentureBeat, TidBITS and DVLabs
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Telecom hints at offering iPhones
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Microsoft looks to fix bugs with desktop search
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Darren Waters / BBC NEWS |
Did the internet get away with it?  —  Video games have been the focus …
Alan Boyle / MSNBC:
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
What's Yahoo worth to Microsoft without Alibaba?
Discussion: WebProNews and Micronet's blog
Declan McCullagh / CNET
MPAA to broadband providers: Pull the plug on pirates
Discussion: TorrentFreak, DSLreports and p2pnet
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