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9:30 AM ET, March 11, 2008

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Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
Mozilla releases Firefox 3.0 beta 4  —  The fourth beta of the Firefox 3.0 browser was released Monday and includes more than 900 enhancements over the previous beta, Mozilla announced.  —  The creator of the open-source browser said the new beta includes performance and memory usage …
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: Firefox 3 beta 4 brings new Vista hotness  —  Mozilla announced today the official release of Firefox 3 beta 4, which includes over 900 additional improvements related to the previous beta release.  At this stage in development, most of the work on Firefox is heavily focused …
Discussion: Open Source
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Discussion: WebProNews, Computerworld and CyberNet
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The “Nuclear Disaster” At SXSW Was Nothing More Than A Witch Burning  —  Based on the Twitter messages and blog posts I saw yesterday emerge real time from the SXSW conference, it sounded like Sarah Lacy's interview of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was, truly, a career ending, never seen before train wreck of epic proportions.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Testing Over, Hulu.com to Open Its TV and Film Offerings This Week  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Hulu.com, the long-gestating Internet joint venture between NBC Universal and Fox, emerges from limited testing on Wednesday to make its catalog of TV shows and video clips available to anyone on the Web.
Discussion: Seeking Alpha and Clickety Clack
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Hulu Launches with Warner, Lionsgate  —  Wow Hulu, you really pile it on, don't you?  I can barely digest all the news the company is putting out tonight.  First and foremost, it's launching tomorrow.  It's also signed Warner Bros., Lionsgate, the NBA, and the NHL (but not Quincy Smith's CBS).
Associated Press:
Wal-Mart ends test of Linux in stores  —  NEW YORK - Computers that run the Linux operating system instead of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows didn't attract enough attention from Wal-Mart customers, and the chain has stopped selling them in stores, a spokeswoman said Monday.
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Wal-Mart ends Linux trials: “This really wasn't what our customers were looking for”  —  The Wal-Mart chain has now officially ended sales of the Green gPC Linux systems in its stores. … That pretty much says it all really.  A $200 PC with pretty much everything you need already included and installed …
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Ericsson predicts swift end for Wi-Fi hotspots  —  The rapid growth of mobile broadband is set to make Wi-Fi hotspots irrelevant, according to an Ericsson executive.  —  “Hotspots at places like Starbucks are becoming the telephone boxes of the broadband era,” claimed Ericsson's chief …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Searchme: A New Visual Search Engine  —  Today, Sequoia Capital, which has been a key investor of search giant Google, as well as Yahoo, will unveil its latest investment in search, a visual search engine called: Searchme.  —  The Mountain View, Ca.-based company, which has been germinating for three years …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Screenwerk
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Mark Zuckerberg on Data Portability: An Interview  —  Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is at SXSW doing press interviews today and many people want to know what his thoughts are concerning data portability.  There's a big web out there that would like to give and take user data in and out of Facebook.
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Sun dreams the impossible Java on Jesus Phone dream  —  Yes, Sun has “committed” itself to putting Java on the iPhone.  But this is a bit like Miss Havisham committing herself to a life of marital bliss.  —  As several astute Reg readers have pointed out, Apple's end user licensing agreement …
Anil Dash / Movable Type:
A WordPress 2.5 Upgrade Guide  —  As you might know, WordPress 2.5 is about to be released, and we wanted to encourage WordPress users to upgrade.  To Movable Type.  —  The truth is, there are lots of good blogging tools out there, and they're all good at different things.
Discussion: David Dalka and The Blog Herald
Sowrock / High Performance Web Sites:
IE8 speeds things up  —  IE8 Beta 1 has several performance improvements listed in the release notes.  Many of these improvements center around the DOM and JavaScript execution.  And their announcement about stricter standards compliance is a great move forward.
Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
NSA shifts to e-mail, Web, data-mining dragnet  —  The National Security Agency was once known for its skill in eavesdropping on the world's telephone calls through radio dishes in out-of-the-way places like England's Menwith Hill, Australia's Pine Gap, and Washington state's Yakima Training Center.
Discussion: dailywireless.org and Threat Level
Darren Murph / Engadget:
LaCie silently launches Mobile Disk, Desktop Hard Disk  —  LaCie's been known to launch a few products under the cover of darkness before, and sure enough, it's decided to do just that with a trifecta of new externals.  Starting from the top, we've got the 1TB Desktop Hard Disk …
Discussion: Crave, Gizmodo and Electronista
 
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Bill Carter / New York Times:
G.E. Chairman Rejects Talk of NBC Sale
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Spam from Gmail doubled last month
Ryan Nakashima / Associated Press:
Iger: Disney to Reap $1 Billion Online
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Apple talks bearing fruit on King Street
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Home-grown video shows on tech are almost there. But not quite.
Chris Grandis / PR Newswire:
Qualcomm Acquires Xiam Technologies Limited, Leading Provider …
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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Study: depressed turn to blogging as coping mechanism
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BBC:
All A-Twitter  —  Bill Thompson is impressed by the sense …
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
IFPI Takes ISP to Court to Impose Music Piracy Filter
Discussion: ireland.com, DailyTech, Coolfer and Digg
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Viacom Denied Punitive Damages In YouTube Suit
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Jordan Golson / Valleywag:
Kentucky legislator wants to ban anonymous internet posting
Discussion: geeksugar, RSS and Mashable!
Tony Smith / The Register:
Ten years old: the world's first MP3 player
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
10 strangest sights in Google Street View
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Sun and Microsoft confirm data center lovechild
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