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4:10 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 …
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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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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Sub-$300 iPhone, 3G model seen driving 45M unit sales in 2009
Discussion: VentureBeat and Ubergizmo
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
“Apple Will Sell 45mm iPhones in 2009—For $12 Billion of Revenue”
Discussion: 24/7 Wall St.
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 …
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?
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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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Steven Hodson / WinExtra:
Are bloggers being stiffed by one of their own?
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
RIM's iPhone Killer: Just Like iPhone, But Crappier  —  Research in Motion's iPhone killer, the Blackberry 9000, has finally been spotted in the wild.  (AAPL) (RIMM) Engadget has pics, one of which is on right (9000 on right, Blackberry Brick on left).  Some observations:  —  RIM ripped off the iPhone!
Larry Seltzer / eWeek:
Bad Security Week for Apple  —  Bad Security Week for Apple  —  Public embarrassment at a hacking contest and vulnerability disclosures for a new browser made for a discouraging week for Mac security folks.  —  It was one security embarrassment after another for Apple the week of March 24.
Discussion: DailyTech and DesktopLinux.com
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Matt Asay / CNET News.com:
Ubuntu Linux: Unhackable. The Mac? Safari proves its Achilles Heel
Discussion: EfluxMedia
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Xoopit Turns Inbox Into a Social Network  —  Xoopit, a San Francisco-based company, has developed technologies that can turn your GMail (or for that matter, any IMAP email) account into a social environment that is most relevant to you.  The company, which also is announcing a new $5 million round …
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.
Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
ProBlogger Launches PayPerTweet  —  ProBlogger Launches PayPerTweet  —  Over the last two years Twitter has grown exponentially in it's use by tens of millions of people around the world.  Even ProBlogger's founder Darren Rowse is Tweeting Here.  —  With millions now using Twitter …
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
hi5 Launches Platform; First Network on OpenSocial with Messaging APIs  —  As expected, hi5 announced the launch of its developer platform today with support for OpenSocial.  Additionally, the social network, which is most popular in Latin America, has announced that it has become a founding member …
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
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo
The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 9000 first impressions  —  Waiting for that BlackBerry 9000, are you?  The secret BGR phone line just rang, and it was one of RIM ninjas!  Here's what they had to say about the BlackBerry 9000 and the pros and cons of using the device in its current state: … That's all we got for now!
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Computerworld Blogs
 
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Deutsche Telekom / T-Mobile demands Engadget Mobile discontinue using …
Discussion: Digg
Alertbox:
Middle-Aged Users' Declining Web Performance
Discussion: Memex 1.1
Darren Waters / BBC:
Spam blights e-mail 15 years on
Leigh / Leigh's Blitherings:
Defining Digital Curation: It's Them Not Us
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Report: Mozilla enterprise browser share hits 18 percent
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
OOXML vs. ODF: Lessons learned
Discussion: Open Source
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Mahalo Updates: Now a Research Engine, Want Pay?  Write More Words, SEO Critical
Arn / MacRumors:
The Evidence for a 3G iPhone... June 2008
Discussion: iPhone Savior and Digg
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
IAC: Getting Back To Business...
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Comcast Cable CTO: Bandwidth Hogs Will Experience Slowdowns
Discussion: The Register
Richard Thurston / The Register:
HSBC e-payments system goes titsup
Rich / Attributor Blog:
Get your fair share of the ad network pie
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
CIA enlists Google's help for spy work
Denise Howell / Lawgarithms:
Sparks fly over copyright at Tech Policy Summit
Charles Knight / Alt Search Engines:
APRIL 1st is THE ANNUAL DAY WITHOUT GOOGLE!
Juliette Garside / Telegraph:
Virgin Media takes fight to illegal downloaders