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9:20 AM ET, March 2, 2009

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Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Facebook's Thiel Explains Failed Twitter Takeover  —  The social network intends to grow during the downturn, but Facebook's imprecise and illiquid stock valuation limited its appeal to Twitter  —  Facebook remains on the lookout for acquisitions after its failed attempt to buy microblogging site Twitter …
Alex Brooks / World of Apple:
Apple Event Scheduled for March 24?  [Updated]  —  A source has disclosed to World of Apple that Apple is planning to hold an event on March 24 to unveil new desktop hardware.  The source which has been confirmed to be in reach of such information stated that the event would be similar to the notebook event held by Apple last October.
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Apple event rumored for March 24 with iMacs, maybe more
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
DEMO: Always Innovating's Touch Book sounds amazing.  Can it deliver?  —  I haven't gotten a chance to try a Touch Book yet, but I want to.  Who wouldn't?  The netbook made by Always Innovating and making its debut at the DEMO conference today, claims to offer 10 to 15 hours of battery life …
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Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Always Innovating Touch Book Is Part-Netbook, Part-Tablet, Open Source Frankenstein
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Trial Day 10: Calls for Jail Time  —  Today, members of the prosecution and representatives for the music and movie industries presented their closing statements to the court.  Prosecutor Håkan Roswall stepped up first, followed by Peter Danowsky of the IFPI …
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The Local:
Pirate on prosecutor: 'old bastard's crazy'
Discussion: The Register
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Live Search to get new features...oh and a new brand, too  —  Live Search, keeping to a Spring and Fall update schedule, is set to unveil its new name sometime this spring, and now thanks to Twitter it is more than just rumor.  We've been hearing about a possible rebrand for quite some time …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Skittles: Tweet the rainbow (or racial slurs)  —  In what is either a sign of Twitter's continued transition to the mainstream or of a candy company's epic laziness, Skittles.com is now simply a Twitter Search result page for the candy.  —  Yes, go visit Skittles.com in your web browser …
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Why Windows Mobile 6.5's honeycomb menu is not just a “glorified grid”, rather, simple ingenuity  —  Several weeks ago, some pundits were quick to dismiss Windows Mobile 6.5's honeycomb menu as a “glorified grid”, an Engadget editorial put it - “a sign that Microsoft has gone out of its way to avoid a grid” …
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Samsung announces NX Series hybrid digital camera  —  With all the pre-PMA announcements that Samsung made in the last few weeks I wondered if they had anything left in the tank.  While it's not a production ready model, the NX Series hybrid looks interesting, but it's a still a hybrid …
Discussion: Crave and Gizmodo
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Zuora Brings Subscription Billing To Facebook Apps  —  How much would you pay for a Facebook app?  For most apps, most people would probably pay nothing.  But for some apps, such as member-to-member online tutorial services, charging could become an option.  At least Tien Tzuo hopes so.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Coop's Corner
Ashlee Vance / International Herald Tribune:
Microsoft mapping course to a Jetsons-style future  —  Redmond, Washington: Meet Laura, the virtual personal assistant for those of us who cannot afford a human one.  —  Built by researchers at Microsoft, Laura appears as a talking head on a screen.  You can speak to her and ask …
Thanks:zwelgje
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
GlaxoSmithKline deal highlights Microsoft's overseas launch of hosted collaboration software  —  100,000 staffers to use online Exchange, SharePoint, Microsoft says at CeBIT  —  Computerworld) Microsoft Corp. officially launched its Business Productivity Online Suite outside of the U.S. on Monday …
Discussion: TechFlash
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Copyright Holders Challenge Sites That Excerpt  —  When the popular New York business blog Silicon Alley Insider quoted a quarter of Peggy Noonan's Wall Street Journal column in mid-February, the editor added a caveat at the end: “We thank Dow Jones in advance for allowing us to bring it to you.”
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Harrison Hoffman / The Web Services Report:
Fred Wilson shows off integrated Twitter Search, featured users  —  In a presentation to a group of TV execs., Fred Wilson (a VC with Union Square Ventures, one of Twitter's investors) showed off what appears to be integrated search in Twitter.  As seen on slide 22 of Wilson's presentation …
Thanks:atul
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
How Ferrari Is Driving Its New-Generation HPC Data Center  —  Table of Contents:  —  Ferrari not only employs data centers for its corporate business, but it also has a state-of-the-art, high-performance data center dedicated to its racing division.  Racing is, after all …
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Avaak launches home video monitoring system  —  Avaak is launching its very attractive Vue Web cam system at the Demo 09 conference Monday.  It's designed for home monitoring, like cameras from Panasonic, Logitech, and DLink.  The kicker: The Vue cameras are tiny, light, and battery-powered.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Macworld
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft Bangs the TomTom Too Hard  —  [Editor's Note: I'm playing catchup from the stomach flu.  March 1st and 2nd posts will be shorter and more responses to current events than my more typical forward-looking analyses.]  —  There are days when I think Microsoft executives don't get out enough into the real world.
William Pesek / Bloomberg:
IPod Solution May Save Wall Street From Ruin: Commentary by William Pesek  —  Michael Stumm is an accidental currency guy.  —  Toronto-based Stumm is a founder of Oanda Corp., a pioneer in Internet-based foreign-exchange trading and information.  It's an unlikely career turn for a computer scientist …
Dale Dougherty / O'Reilly Radar:
The Sizzling Sound of Music  —  Are iPods changing our perception of music?  Are the sounds of MP3s the music we like to hear most?  —  Jonathan Berger, professor of music at Stanford, was on a panel with me at a meeting of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Mountain View, CA on Saturday.
Thanks:atul
Vivek Wadhwa / Business Week:
Why Skilled Immigrants Are Leaving the U.S.  —  New research shows that highly skilled workers are returning home for brighter career prospects and a better quality of life  —  As the debate over H-1B workers and skilled immigrants intensifies, we are losing sight of one important fact …
Discussion: Bits and Times of India
 
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Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
SmartMoney Finds Using Fewer Ads Can Boost Click-Through
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Financial Times:
3G wrong number forces change of strategy
Mhtaylor Mhtaylor / Digits:
Eminem's Former Publisher Seeks Digital Music Royalties
Bloomberg:
Spansion, Mobile-Phone Memory-Chip Maker, Files for Bankruptcy Protection
Discussion: Mercury News
Stephen Adams / Telegraph:
Internet ‘is causing poetry boom’
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and digg.com
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 Earlier Items: 
Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
What France Can Teach Us About Search Success
Discussion: Search Engine Roundtable, Thanks:atul
Jack Arrington / TechCrunch:
Information Technology, 50 Years Ago
Thanks:atul
Bruce Sterling / Beyond the Beyond:
What Bruce Sterling Actually Said About Web 2.0 at Webstock 09
Discussion: GigaOM and CloudAve, Thanks:atul
David Gonzales / Electronic Pulp:
Mac OS 7 (System 7) installed and running on the iPhone
Discussion: Boing Boing Gadgets and Gizmodo, Thanks:davidvgonzales
 

 
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