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1:55 PM ET, March 31, 2008

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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Content owners should drop Yahoo for Google  —  Yahoo made a huge critical blunder today: they decided to compete with their customers.  Today they launched a content site called Shine dedicated to women.  It looks really slick, and they make a point of talking about all the great editors …
Discussion: HipMojo.com
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Brandon Holley / Yodel Anecdotal:
Hear us roar  —  This isn't exactly a secret, but we've unveiled a new website for women today, called Yahoo! Shine.  —  When our editorial team — which includes editors that hail from Lucky to Jane to the Wall Street Journal — sat down to conceive it, we wanted to avoid all of the buckets …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: How Apple sells 45 million iPhones in 2009  —  Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster took a lot of heat back in June 2007 when he predicted, three weeks before Apple even began selling the iPhone, that the company would be shipping them at the rate of 45 million a year by 2009.
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Arn / MacRumors:
The Evidence for a 3G iPhone... June 2008
Discussion: iPhone Savior and Digg
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   “Apple Will Sell 45mm iPhones in 2009—For $12 Billion of Revenue”
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Publish2 raises a round, aims to bring more journalists to the web  —  In recent years, many journalists (including myself) have experimented with web services intended to help journalism go online, and those efforts have failed.  —  We'd hoped that things like better newsroom software …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Publish2 To Launch Digg Variation As Journalist Resource
Steven Hodson / WinExtra:
Are bloggers being stiffed by one of their own?
Discussion: Publish2 Blog
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Chumby Picks Up $12.5 Million Series B Funding  —  Chumby Industries (love the name), makers of the Chumby Internet connected device, have picked up $12.5 million in Series B funding today.  The lead investor was JK&B Capital, and other participants included existing venture investors …
Matt Asay / CNET News.com:
Ubuntu Linux: Unhackable.  The Mac?  Safari proves its Achilles Heel  —  A recent contest pitted Mac OS X, Windows Vista, and Ubuntu Linux against each other in terms of security.  It took all of two days to hack the Mac (via a web browser exploit).  Ubuntu Linux?  Three days into the contest, it still hadn't been hacked.
Discussion: TGDaily.com
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Larry Seltzer / eWeek:
Bad Security Week for Apple
Discussion: DailyTech and DesktopLinux.com
Peter Sayer / InfoWorld:
Adobe joins Linux Foundation, develops AIR for Linux  —  San Francisco - Adobe Systems released an early alpha version of its rich Internet application platform AIR for Linux on Monday, and announced that it has joined the Linux Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes and standardizes Linux.
Jim Thompson / brandchannel.com:
Brandjunkies on the Influence of Brands: The 2008 Brandjunkie Survey Results  —  So, just what does a man in Algeria between the ages of 40 and 45 feel about the McDonald's brand?  Or what does a woman in the Philippines between the ages of 26 and 30 think of Google's brand?
Juliette Garside / Telegraph:
Virgin Media takes fight to illegal downloaders  —  Virgin Media looks set to become the first British internet company to crack down on customers who download music illegally.  —  Record labels are lobbying for a “three strikes” regime that would see those who collect pirated material disconnected …
Denise Howell / Lawgarithms:
Sparks fly over copyright at Tech Policy Summit  —  The group of copyright scholars and advocates gathered Wednesday at the Tech Policy Summit in Hollywood demonstrated that while copyright must function in a converged world, opinions on how it should function are as divergent as ever.
Charles Knight / Alt Search Engines:
APRIL 1st is THE ANNUAL DAY WITHOUT GOOGLE!  —  Editor's note: This blog is not anti-Google.  —  All we're asking is that for One Day you try one of the Top 100 Alternative Search Engines to be posted here tomorrow for One Day - April 1, 2008.  And no, it's not a joke, we're very serious.
Discussion: Andy Beard and Quintura blog
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Creative irate after modder spruces up Vista X-Fi drivers  —  Managing third-party/user-created drivers is a tricky task for any corporation.  Unofficially modified drivers have been known to boost performance or improve system stability, but they are also capable of causing or exacerbating such issues.
Discussion: The Register
Richard Thurston / The Register:
Apple ‘most successful world brand’  —  $10,000 Panda Challenge - are you really protected?  —  Apple is the most successful brand in the world, according to an international online poll of marketers.  —  The Mac maker topped the majority of categories in the poll, which asked marketers …
Matthew Moskovciak / Crave:
Don't sign up for your $40 DTV converter box coupon—yet  —  The DTV transition is less than a year away and as of January 1, 2008, Americans have been eligible to sign up for a $40 coupon to help purchase DTV converter boxes needed to receive new digital TV signals.
Rich / Attributor Blog:
Get your fair share of the ad network pie  —  The buzz around ad networks and ad serving technologies couldn't be louder: The Google/DoubleClick merger is moving forward, new ad exchanges continue to pop up on a monthly basis, and just last week Forbes and ESPN followed Martha Stewart's lead to start their own ad network.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Mahalo Updates: Now a Research Engine, Want Pay?  Write More Words, SEO Critical  —  Mahalo CEO Jason Calacanis had a busy week last week.  We learned of three major Mahalo updates: they are now a research engine, if you want to get paid you must write more and link less, SEO is critical for the success of the research engine.
 
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Jon / p2pnet:
New Bell Canada scandal looms
Discussion: DSLreports
Antony Tran / Palamida GPLv3 and LGPLv3 …:
GPL Project Watch List for Week of 03/28
Discussion: LinuxWorld.com
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
hi5 Launches Platform; First Network on OpenSocial with Messaging APIs
Discussion: The Social
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
IAC: Getting Back To Business...
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Comcast Cable CTO: Bandwidth Hogs Will Experience Slowdowns
Richard Thurston / The Register:
HSBC e-payments system goes titsup
Danny Dumas / Wired News:
Cellphone Makers Realize: It's the Software, Stupid
Discussion: Mobile Entertainment and Digg
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
SpiralFrog's deal with Warner Music is half-baked
 Earlier Items: 
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
Intel Spins Off Its NOR Flash Business
Discussion: TGDaily.com
Jackson West / Valleywag:
Technorati needed a new systems adminstrator, like, yesterday
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
CIA enlists Google's help for spy work
Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
ProBlogger Launches PayPerTweet
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
The blogosphere as high school, part XVII
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Opening Up the Open-Source List
Doc Searls Weblog:
Getting airports and hotels out of the pay toilet business
Andrew Wallenstein / Reuters:
Sony films headed to mobile phones