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6:25 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 …
Scott Moritz / Fortune:   Countdown to iPhone 2.0  —  Citing ambitious production plans …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: BofA Sees iPhone Build Plans At 3M CQ2, 8M CQ3
Discussion: InfoWorld and Electronista
3G iPhone launch seen in 2nd quarter
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Music Industry's New Extortion Scheme
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Don't think of it as a music tax; think of it more like an insurance policy
Discussion: p2pnet
Daniel Emerson / Sydney Morning Herald:
Facebook friends not real friends: judge  —  A British judge has made official what many of us have long suspected - that being “Facebook friends” with someone doesn't necessarily make you their friend.  —  The magistrate was presiding over a harassment case in which a woman accused …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Judge Says Being A Facebook Friend Isn't Like Real Friendship
Discussion: AppScout
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.
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.
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.
Jennifer Saba / Editor and Publisher:
NAA Reveals Biggest Ad Revenue Plunge in More Than 50 Years  —  NEW YORK The newspaper industry has experienced the worst drop in advertising revenue in more than 50 years.  —  According to new data released by the Newspaper Association of America, total print advertising revenue …
Dancho Danchev / Dancho Danchev's Blog:
Massive IFRAME SEO Poisoning Attack Continuing  —  Last week's massive IFRAME injection attack is slowly turning into a what looks like a large scale web application vulnerabilities audit of high profile sites.  Following the timely news coverage, Symantec's rating for the attack as medium risk …
Charlie Anzman / SEO and Tech Daily:
Friendfeed Frenzy - Why it continues  —  I think we can all comfortably credit Louis Gray with carving out a neat niche and bringing the so-called numerous lifestreaming apps to the ‘significant awareness’ pool.  —  Friendfeed was very smart over the past week and they really should be congratulated.
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 …
Cade Metz / The Register:
Internet Archive bestows golden pipes on public housing  —  $10,000 Panda Challenge - are you really protected?  —  The inventor of the Internet Wayback Machine is delivering free broadband net connections to San Francisco public housing projects, giving residents significantly faster access speeds than anyone else in the city.
Katie Hafner / Bits:
Low-Income Residents Get High-Speed Access
Discussion: Susan Mernit's Blog
Possible manipulation around OOXML process in Poland  —  This is a follow-up post to my recent report on OOXML process in Poland.  It looks like things are going bad this time.  At least as bad as in September.  —  We have already mentioned the letter from Tomasz Schweitzer …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
10 Reasons Why You're Going to Love Toluu  —  Have you heard about Toluu yet?  This new RSS-based service, currently in private beta, lets you share your OPML with others in order to discover new feeds, see what your friends are reading, and even discover new people who share your same interests.
TeleGeography Research:
Telecom hints at offering iPhones  —  New Zealand incumbent fixed line and mobile operator Telecom New Zealand has hinted that it may offer Apple's iPhone handset to customers on its new NZD300 million (USD241.2 million) mobile network.  The company's director of mobile operations Martin Butler …
Discussion: GigaOM, Apple Watch and Macsimum News
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HD DVD ceases to exist
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Public Acid3 build
Elinor Mills / CNET
Video ads now showing on Google, Yahoo search
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Cuba lifts restrictions on cellphone use
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Broadband in the Boonies Gets a $267M Boost
Elizabeth Montalbano /
Study sees Microsoft brand in sharp decline
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Paramount gets in game
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Jonathan Skillings / CNET
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