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10:45 PM ET, March 3, 2009

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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google CEO: Twitter A 'Poor Man's Email System'  —  Real-time microblogging and messaging services like Twitter could potentially become a threat to Google — whose search index doesn't keep up with conversations as quickly as Twitter's.  So what does Google (GOOG) CEO Eric Schmidt think about Twitter?
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Schmidt: Economy ‘Pretty Dire’, Google ‘Not Immune’  —  Google (GOOG) CEO Eric Schmidt's gloomy comments on the economy aren't helping Google stock, which is down 3.2% after-hours.  During a fireside chat with Mary Meeker at Morgan Stanley's tech conference, Schmidt said:  — The ecomomic situation is “pretty dire.”
Thanks:atul
Apple:
Apple Updates Consumer Desktop Line  —  24-inch iMac Starts at $1,499  —  Apple® today announced updates to its iMac® and Mac® mini desktop lines, including a 24-inch iMac that is priced more affordably than ever before and a Mac mini with powerful new integrated graphics.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Oppenheimer: New iMac a better deal than Dell, HP  —  In reviewing Apple's (AAPL) new desktops Tuesday, some analysts chided the company for not setting “more aggressive price points,” as Kaufman Bros.'s Shaw Wu put it, given today's “tough macroeconomic environment.”  —  But not Oppenheimer's Yair Reiner.
Discussion: MacRumors
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Announces New iMacs, Mac Minis, AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule
Palm, Inc.:
Palm Reports Preliminary Q3 FY09 Results  —  Print page E-mail page Download PDF  —  Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq:PALM) today reported preliminary results for its third quarter of fiscal year 2009, which ended Feb. 27, 2009.  —  The company announced that it expects to report revenues …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Palm: Q3 Revs Miss; Burning Cash; Seeking More Capital (Updated)  —  Palm (PALM) has been warning people that the transition to the Pre era would be a rocky one.  And now we can see what they were talking about.  —  The company this afternoon said it expects to post revenue …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Obama picks Net neutrality backer as FCC chief  —  President Obama on Tuesday nominated Julius Genachowski as the nation's top telecommunications regulator, picking a campaign advisor who has divided his career between Washington, D.C., political jobs and working as an Internet executive.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay - Innocent or Guilty?  —  Yesterday the prosecutor called for jailtime, while the prosecution presented its closing statements.  Today the defense had its say and the trial officially ended.  —  The Pirate Bay trial started on February 16 with lots of press coverage …
Discussion: TechSpot
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Pirate Bay: a guilty verdict is an attack on the Internet
Discussion: Gizmodo, Guardian and TorrentFreak
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo's Bartz: Search data critical to us; I use Google Maps  —  Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz on Tuesday gave no indication that the company was going to punt on the search business.  She said the data the search business provides is “extremely important” to Yahoo and is information the company has to have.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Kapur Stepping Down as MySpace COO  —  Amit Kapur, who was elevated to COO of MySpace early last year, will be stepping down from the position.  He's leaving the company to start a new venture with two other MySpace executives, Jim Benedetto, SVP of Engineering and Steve Pearman, SVP of Product Strategy.
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Planning Ad-Supported Model For Office 14  —  An ad-supported Microsoft Office 14?  —  That's what Microsoft Business Division Chief Stephen Elop said was coming at a presentation to analysts at the Morgan Stanley Technology conference today.  —  It's an anti-piracy initiative.
Paul Graham:
Why TV Lost  —  About twenty years ago people noticed computers and TV were on a collision course and started to speculate about what they'd produce when they converged.  We now know the answer: computers.  It's clear now that even by using the word “convergence” we were giving TV too much credit.
Discussion: Andrew Baron
Ben Lorica / O'Reilly Radar:
The Fastest-Growing Category in the iTunes App Store: Books  —  At least as measured in terms of number of unique applications, Books have grown the fastest over the last 12 weeks.  (Data for this post limited to apps on the U.S. iTunes store through 3/1/2009.)
Discussion: TeleRead, Thanks:atul
Google Code Blog:
Introducing Labs for Google Code  —  Tom Stocky, Director, Google Developer Products  —  As Google's developer program continues to grow — already over 60 APIs and tools on Google Code today — we credit much of this growth to a culture of exploration and rapid iteration …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Want To Know Why Newspapers Are Going Out Of Business?  Because Adding Value Never Seems To Be An Option  —  from the massive-failure-in-action dept  —  Lots of folks in the newspaper business say that Howard Owens is a guy who really gets the online news business — and recognizes the challenges and opportunities.
Thanks:atul
Yukari Kane / Digits:
Layoffs at Apple?  Unlikely  —  By Yukari Iwatani Kane  —  As the recession hits Silicon Valley, Apple watchers are on the lookout for any sign of serious cutbacks at the Cupertino, Calif., company.  But concerns on Tuesday about a major layoff appears unwarranted, at least for now.
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Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Apple Layoffs Today?
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hollywood's Napster Moment Arrives, Courtesy of MegaVideo  —  Yesterday I expressed a bit of befuddlement about MegaVideo.com, a Chinese site that cracked comScore's list of Top 10 video sites in January.  —  Thanks to all the readers who set me straight.  It turns out there's an easy answer …
Dan Lyons / Real Dan Lyons Web Site:
Tech blog roundup  —  I wrote recently about how the economics of blogging kind of sucks.  But I neglected to mention the fine contribution to journalism and world knowledge that blogs represent.  One of the great things about the blogosphere is the unique information that each blog provides.
Discussion: ParisLemon
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
Comcast now offering 50 Mbps service in the Bay Area  —  Comcast is bringing high-speed love to the Bay Area.  —  The cable provider is expanding its rollout of the new DOCSIS 3.0 technology, which will provide customers with speeds up to 50 megabits per second for downloads and up to 10 megabits per second for uploads.
Discussion: DSLreports
Janette Barrios / Apple:
Apple Introduces New Mac Pro  —  Features Intel “Nehalem” Xeon Processors & High-Performance Graphics  —  Apple® today introduced the new Mac® Pro using Intel “Nehalem” Xeon processors and a next-generation system architecture to deliver up to twice the performance of the previous generation system.
Reinhardt Krause / Investor's Business Daily:
AT&T Sells Netbooks Like It Sells iPhones, With Upfront Subsidy  —  AT&T (T) aims to work the same “discount” magic with netbooks as it did with Apple's (AAPL) iPhone.  —  By forging marketing alliances with makers of the low-cost laptops, it hopes to expand its wireless customer base.
Reid J. Epstein / Newsday:
Oceanside teen sues Facebook, ex-classmates for $3M  —  An Oceanside teenager is suing four former high school classmates, their parents and Facebook for $3 million for allegedly bullying her in a private forum on the social-networking service.  —  Denise Finkel, who is now a student …
Alex Payne / al3x:
Towards Better Technology Journalism  —  Rarely does technology journalism produce informed, correct, relevant, and readable content.  This is a sorry and damaging state of affairs.  —  I've been drafting this post in my head for ages, and bringing the topic up to friends and colleagues ad nauseam.
Thanks:atul
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Broadcasters sue FCC over white space broadband decision  —  The National Association of Broadcasters has asked a Federal court to shut down the FCC's authorization of white space devices.  No details yet on why exactly NAB thinks the decision was illegal.  —  They've called “white space” …
Michael V. Copeland / Fortune:
The end of paper?  —  Someday you may be reading your newspaper on an e-paper device - a thin piece of plastic the size of a legal pad that can be taken to the beach or on the train.  That day may be a lot closer than you think.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — Never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft responds to Grassley, defends its use of H-1B workers  —  In a letter made public today, Microsoft responded to questions raised by U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley over the company's continued employment of foreign guest workers amid its layoffs.  The company defended its actions …
Jennifer / Linux Foundation Press Releases:
Linux Foundation to Build New Linux.com Community  —  SourceForge and Linux Foundation partner to facilitate online community collaboration  —  SAN FRANCISCO and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 3, 2009 - The Linux Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux …
Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
Bad Year For Bonuses?  Not For Google Execs  —  Bonuses on Wall Street may be getting slashed, but executives at plenty of other big companies are still getting their year-end payouts—even if, unlike in recent years, they aren't quite enough to buy that Napa winery or mansion in the Hamptons.
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Web video round table sheds light on upcoming problems  —  SAN FRANCISCO—More than a dozen executives from various Web video services gathered Tuesday in a small meeting room in the corner of Adobe Systems' Bay Area headquarters to discuss “the state of online video.”
Discussion: Beet.TV and CNET News
 
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Skype announces voice-to-text messaging
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Suit over $5K netbook 3G data bill; AT&T says “read the TOS”
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