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11:45 PM ET, March 2, 2009

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Miguel Helft / Bits:
White House Denies Shunning YouTube  —  The blogosphere was abuzz on Monday over reports that the White House's official Web site had stopped putting YouTube videos on its pages after privacy advocates raised concerns about the practice.  —  Now the White House is denying that it has changed …
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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 …
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:
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
A Sneak Peek Look at Microsoft's New Kumo: A Spidery Cloud?  A Cloudy Spider?  —  Here below are three screenshots of Microsoft's internal test of a new search product called Kumo.  —  The long-expected upgrade to the Live Search product from Microsoft (MSFT) is being tested for a public rollout later this year.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Flock Ditching Firefox, Moving To Google Chrome  —  Flock, a social-focused browser startup that has raised nearly $30 million in venture funding, has ceased building on top of the open source Firefox browser, say multiple sources.  The next version of the Flock browser will be built on Google's open source Chrome browser platform.
Discussion: Technologizer
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
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 …
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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.
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.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Down‚ But Not Out  —  At the moment there is no estimate for when the site will return.  The problem can't be fixed remotely we were told.  However, people are on their way to the ‘secret’ location where the Pirate Bay hardware is located to find out what the problem is.
Discussion: p2pnet and Techdirt
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Video: Evan Williams explains Twitter on Charlie Rose (or tries to)  —  Twitter co-founder and chief executive Evan Williams appeared on Charlie Rose last week to talk about the service's steep ascent.  The video has now been posted online (and embedded below).
Discussion: TechCrunch, Mashable! and Charlie Rose
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Forrester is Wrong About Paying Bloggers  —  Analyst firm Forrester published a report this morning telling corporations that it's a good idea to engage bloggers in “sponsored conversations,” or the exchange of goods or credit in exchange for blog coverage.  The report, titled …
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 …
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Mark Hurd's moment  —  He's obsessed with numbers and execution.  In other words, the HP CEO is the guy you want running a company in a recession.  But is he a CEO for the ages?  —  (Fortune Magazine) — When Mark Hurd is at home in California, he wakes up each day at 4:45 A.M. - without an alarm clock.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: What Should It Do With The Cash?  —  In my print column in Barron's over the weekend, I took a look at the great gobs of cash piling up on the balance sheets of large technology companies.  Among other things, I asked readers to suggest what Apple (AAPL) might do with its $28 billion cash pile.
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.
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.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Rural US Internet: not great, but truly poor in the South  —  Rural Internet use runs nearly 10 percent below urban Internet use in the US, but only in the rural South does home Internet use drop below 50 percent.  With several billion dollars to spend on rural broadband …
Discussion: dailywireless.org
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: GigaOM and PC Magazine
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
New York Times to the Web: Careful With Our Copy!  —  Early on in today's well-written story about Web aggregators, New York Times reporter Brian Stelter notes that “some media executives are growing concerned that the increasingly popular curators of the Web that are taking large pieces …
Discussion: Between the Lines and CenterNetworks, Thanks:atul
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 and Obsessable
James Quintana Pearce / mocoNews:
Report: 4.1 Billion Mobile Subscribers Worldwide Helps Reduce Digital Divide (Slightly)  —  There are now 4.1 billion mobile subscriptions in the world, a global penetration rate of 61.1 percent: This compares to 1.270 billion fixed line subscribers, corresponding to a penetration rate of 18.9 percent.
Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop:
T-Mobile Expands $50 Unlimited Plan Across the U.S.  —  News Item  —  T-Mobile has extended a trial calling plan it initially tested in San Francisco to the entire U.S. Customers who've held T-Mobile contracts for 22 months or more may sign up for the $50 per month plan that provides for unlimited nationwide calling.
Discussion: Techdirt, Gearlog, Engadget and Gadgetwise
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Twilio Closes Funding Round, Lands Major Customers For Its Telephony API  —  Twilio, the powerful API for phone services that allows developers to quickly integrate telephony functionality into their apps, has closed its first institutional investment round, which was led by Founders Fund and Mitchell Kapor.
Discussion: TechFlash and Xconomy
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Who's Winning The Mobile Internet Race?  —  America's wireless carriers — AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), Sprint (S), and T-Mobile (DT) — all want their customers to spend money on mobile Internet service.  Who's on top?  —  That's not the easiest question to answer, based on the different ways carriers report …
Discussion: DSLreports
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 …
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 MacBlogz
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”.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
DEMO: SmartyCard lets kids learn stuff and earn stuff  —  SmartyCard has a smart way to get kids to learn via its reward-based quizzing approach.  The company, which is showing off the service at DEMO today, runs a web site where kids can take quizzes to earn prizes that have been paid for by their parents.
Discussion: Digits
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Time To Scrap All Music Industry Licensing Schemes  —  It's impossible to be a legal innovator in online music these days.  No matter what you do, you will run afoul of some kind of music licensing issue.  That's because of the way that copyright law is designed.
Discussion: Ars Technica
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Enters the YouTube Era  —  The Supreme Court is entering the YouTube era.  —  The first citation in a petition filed with the court last month, for instance, was not to an affidavit or legal precedent but rather to a video link.  The video shows what is either appalling police brutality …
Thanks:atul
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Eclipse Releases Riena 1.0 Rich Client Platform  —  The Eclipse Foundation announces the release of Eclipse Riena 1.0, a platform for developing multitier rich client applications based on the Eclipse Rich Client Platform and Equinox.  Riena provides a platform for building distributed enterprise applications …
Discussion: InfoWorld
 
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Web Video Winners: YouTube, Hulu...and MegaVideo?
Discussion: Contentinople
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Neil Young: Failed Warner/YouTube Negotiations ‘Penalized’ Artists
Discussion: CNET News
Electronista:
Intel unveils first Atom chip for media phones
Discussion: eWeek
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Thomson Reuters Plans Video-on-Demand Service
Discussion: Beet.TV and Pulse2
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
EMC: DOJ Investigating Government Transactions
Wall Street Journal:
Too Risky for Venture Capitalists
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft's own private Macworld
Discussion: Beyond Binary and PC World
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Dailymotion and Hulu Announce Strategic Distribution Partnership
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 Earlier Items: 
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
NYC Seed Nurtures Homegrown Start-Ups
Discussion: Dealscape
Wall Street Journal:
Niche Web Sites Buck Media Struggles
Discussion: paidContent.org, Thanks:atul