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4:10 AM ET, March 3, 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
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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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Kumo: Microsoft Tests Search Ideas With Its Own Employees  —  Like many others, I saw the mention that came out on LiveSide earlier today about Microsoft's new search interface and potential “Kumo” brand change.  Now we, along with others, have received an internal memo about the changes along with some further screenshots
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 and TheNextWeb.com
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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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.
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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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Adobe and Time Warner Partner; HBO Flash Site On the Way  —  Adobe and Time Warner are announcing Tuesday they have formed an online video alliance.  It's unclear exactly what that means, but the two companies say they'll work on finding solutions for issues like digital rights management …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook and Oodle Launch New Classifieds Product Today  —  Today, Facebook and Oodle will announce the launch of the new classified product which will replace the old Marketplace application.  In contrast to the previous iteration of the application, all classified listings can be posted for free.
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: Gizmodo and p2pnet
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.
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Old man Stewart shakes his fist at Twitter.  —  videos the daily show jon stewart
Discussion: VentureBeat
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 …
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.
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).
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.
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.
Discussion: ecpm blog
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Elevation Invests In Analytics Company MarketShare Partners  —  MarketShare Partners has picked up an undisclosed amount of first-round funding from private equity firm Elevation Partners.  Cofounded in 2005 by Dr. Dominique Hanssens, Wes Nichols and Jon Vein, the LA-based marketing analytics …
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
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 …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Index Closes a New 350M.  Euro Venture Fund  —  London-based investing hotshot Index Ventures has just announced a new early-stage 350 million Euro venture fund.  To hear partner Bernard Dalle tell it, raising the fund was a breeze, with all existing limited partners re-upping their investments.
Discussion: GigaOM and Earth2Tech
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
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
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 …
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.
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 and Gadgetwise
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Web Video Winners: YouTube, Hulu...and MegaVideo?  —  What video sites garnered the most eyeballs in January?  ComScore, which tracks this stuff, hasn't officially released its numbers for the month.  But its customers have access to them, which is why Hulu sent out this chart …
Discussion: Contentinople
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 …
 
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Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Court sets standard for online anonymity protections
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Rural US Internet: not great, but truly poor in the South
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Enters the YouTube Era
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
DEMO: SmartyCard lets kids learn stuff and earn stuff
Discussion: Digits
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Neil Young: Failed Warner/YouTube Negotiations ‘Penalized’ Artists
Discussion: CNET News
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Twilio Closes Funding Round, Lands Major Customers For Its Telephony API
Discussion: TechFlash and Xconomy
Electronista:
Intel unveils first Atom chip for media phones
Discussion: Softpedia News and eWeek
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Thomson Reuters Plans Video-on-Demand Service
Discussion: Beet.TV and Pulse2
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Mark Hurd's moment
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft's own private Macworld
Discussion: Beyond Binary
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
NYC Seed Nurtures Homegrown Start-Ups
Discussion: Dealscape and City Room
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Why are Time Capsules going so cheap? Upgrade coming?
Discussion: Gizmodo and Crave
 

 
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