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6:30 PM ET, March 2, 2009

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Chris Soghoian / CNET News:
White House ditches YouTube after privacy complaints  —  Responding to complaints by privacy activists, the White House has quietly abandoned YouTube as the provider of the embedded videos on the president's official home page.  —  With the release of the latest weekly video address …
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Goodbye to the YouTube Address: White House Goes with Akamai Instead
Arn / MacRumors:
New Mac Mini Packaging Spy Shot  —  Earlier today, we received a product photo of what is claimed to be the new Mac Mini.  Without another source, we published it on Page 2 and called it a likely fake.  —  OneMoreThing.nl, however, has received the same image and feels it's likely to be real.
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Arn / MacRumors:
Mac Mini and iMac Product Part Numbers?  Available Tomorrow?  [Updated]  —  Hardmac posts what it claims are the product numbers and rough descriptions of the iMac and Mac mini which are expected to be released tomorrow:
Mark Guim / The Nokia Blog:
Nokia's Response To The Nokia 5800 NAM Issue  —  I just got word from one of my contacts at Nokia about the issues surrounding the Nokia 5800 NAM and their reponse.  It looks like they learned some devices are having problems concerning 3G performance, but it seems isolated to New York and Chicago.
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Darren Waters / BBC:
Nokia confirms US phone problem
Discussion: eWeek, Digits and InformationWeek
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
Discussion: CrunchGear and I4U News
Christy Pettey / Gartner:
Gartner Says PC Industry Will Suffer Sharpest Unit Decline in History in 2009  —  Mini-Notebooks Will Cushion Market Slowdown, but Still Remain Too Few to Counter Overall Market Challenges  —  The PC industry will experience its sharpest unit decline in history, with PC shipments totaling 257 million units …
Softpedia News:
Palm Pre Still Not Ready for Launch, Says Sprint CEO  —  Palm and Sprint plan to launch it when there will be enough units available  —  The newly unveiled Palm Pre is one of the most expected devices that will come to the United States market this year, yet it is still uncertain when that will happen.
Discussion: Gear Diary
Mark / MT Hacks:
Realtime Twitter Search Results on Google  —  During the past few weeks, there has been a lot of discussion about whether Twitter's “real time search” could pose a threat to Google.  —  While I am not sure if Twitter poses a threat to Google, I think it is clear that real-time search is increasingly important.
geeksugar:
iPods and iPhones Are Not Allowed in the Gates Household  —  This month's Vogue has a great interview with Mrs. Bill Gates, the lovely philanthropist Melinda Gates.  The interview focuses on the Microsoft founder's better half, but there's a fun Apple rivalry moment in the piece, when the subject of the couples' kids is brought up.
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 …
Rik Ferguson / TrendLabs:
New Variant of Koobface Worm Spreading on Facebook  —  Figure 1.  Fake Facebook message  —  What surprised me though, was the page that the link led to.  On the face of it is a very familiar looking spoofed version of YouTube, complete with bogus comments from “viewers”.
AdAge:
TV Everywhere — As Long As You Pay for It  —  Time Warner's Bewkes Plots Industry Initiative to Eradicate Free Content  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Jeff Bewkes hopes to put more TV on the internet, but he's going to make consumers prove they've paid for it.
Wall Street Journal:
Too Risky for Venture Capitalists  —  Why proposals for a government bailout were roundly rejected.  —  With industries from autos to banking begging for taxpayer handouts, what would you call an industry that says thanks, but no thanks?  Crazy, but like a fox.  Even for venture capitalists, some ideas are just too risky.
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Why are Time Capsules going so cheap?  Upgrade coming?  —  Both Amazon ($387 for 1TB) and the Apple refurb store are selling Time Capsules at steep discounts this week.  Apple doesn't usually discount its current products nearly as sharply as this.  So why is Apple chopping prices?  Is it the economy?
Discussion: Gizmodo and Crave
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple tops Fortune's “most admired” list — again  —  For the second time in as many years, Apple Inc. (AAPL) is No. 1 on Fortune Magazine's list of the World's Most Admired Companies. … In the nine key attributes used to rank the companies, Apple got top marks (1 out of 12) for innovation …
Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
Earnings: TiVo Loses More Subs But Belt-Tightening Helps Bottom Line  —  TiVo's revenue during the fourth quarter ended Jan. 31 dropped 20 percent to $59.2 million from the comparable year-ago quarter, as the company continued to lose subscribers.  Earnings before interest, taxes …
Discussion: PR Newswire and Tech Trader Daily
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Flickr video goes HD, tells time  —  A little under a year ago, Flickr began hosting video alongside its online photo service.  One of its shortcomings was that it did not support high-definition video, which in the past year has become a major feature on point-and-shoot and digital SLR cameras …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Test build of 10.5.7 points to possible Mac Pro update  —  Netkas, perhaps best known for his work on the OSx86 project, enabled support for his ATI Radeon 4850 by using beta drivers found in the recent test build of Mac OS X 10.5.7.  In addition to support for the 4000-series graphics cards from ATI …
Gregg Keizer / LinuxWorld.com:
Safari loses, Firefox gains market share  —  Although Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer (IE) continued to bleed market share last month, Apple Inc.'s Safari was an even bigger loser during February, an Internet metrics company said Monday.  —  Microsoft's browser lost .04 of a percentage point …
Discussion: PC Magazine
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
DEMO: Cc:Betty makes email easier for collaboration  —  A new company called Cc:Betty is making it a lot easier to follow email conversations.  —  Ever get fed up with tracking threads in your email inbox?  Google's Gmail was early to track conversation threads, but if you're like me …
AppleInsider:
Apple ready with new Time Capsules, AirPort Extremes  —  Apple is poised to introduce new versions of its Time Capsule wireless backup appliance and AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless routers, regulatory filings with the Federal Communications Commission reveal.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Report: iPhone takes 2/3 of mobile Web in February  —  The latest browser share numbers suggest that the iPhone OS still dominates mobile Web browsing, though it appears as if Apple gave up some ground in the post-holiday months to competition from Google and even Nokia.
PRWeb:
Dailymotion and Hulu Announce Strategic Distribution Partnership  —  Deal with Hulu adds content from major television and film studios to one of the fastest-growing Web video sites in the U.S.  —  New York, NY (PRWEB) March 2, 2009 — Dailymotion, one of the world's largest independent video sharing sites …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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 …
Jose Antonio Vargas / Washington Post:
Obama Team Finds It Hard to Adapt Its Web Savvy to Government  —  Issues of Technology, Security and Privacy Slow the New Administration's Effort to Foster Instant Communication  —  The team that ran the most technologically advanced presidential campaign in modern history is finding it difficult to adapt that model to government.
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Foxmarks becomes Xmarks, does site discovery  —  Foxmarks, the browser bookmark utility, is getting new features and a new brand at Demo 09.  —  Now known as just Xmarks, the tool layers in site discovery features.  The Xmarks plug-in shows you sites similar to the one you're on …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
EMC: DOJ Investigating Government Transactions  —  EMC (EMC) disclosed in its new 10-K filing the Civil Division of the U.S. Justice Department is investigating “allegations of misconduct” by the company regarding government contracts.  In the filing, EMC said the allegations involve two areas:
Discussion: The Register and Computerworld
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD divides itself in two, hoping to gang up on Intel  —  After a couple of years of preparation, Advanced Micro Devices is finally going to split itself in two today in the belief that competing with Intel is easier done with two heads instead of one.  —  Sunnyvale, Calif.-based AMD …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Spam slightly lower in February, but botnets still lurking  —  After a spike of Valentine- and recession-themed spam at the beginning of the month, February's spam rate finished slightly lower than January's.  And though the shutdown of McColo last November made a serious dent in the overall volume …
 
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