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4:40 AM ET, March 5, 2009

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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
Improving Your Ability to Share and Connect  —  Over the past five years, Facebook has evolved to make sharing information more efficient and to give people more control.  This year, we are going to continue making the flow of information even faster and more customized to those you want to connect …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Response To Twitter  —  Facebook made a number of announcements today about changes to its home page, profile pages, and activity streams.  Taken together, these represent a concerted response to the rise of Twitter as a real-time message broadcasting system that goes beyond members' personal circle of friends.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Screenshots Of Facebook's New Real-Time Homepage  —  Facebook will launch a new homepage starting next Wednesday.  Its centerpiece is the new “stream,” which is a real-time updating version of the current feature called the “News Feed.”  —  Before announcing the changes …
Alan Patrick / broadstuff:   FACEBOOK BLINKS, COPIES TWITTER, STILL GETS IT WRONG.
Courtney Chin / Inside AdSense:
Introducing expandable ads on AdSense sites  —  We're excited to introduce to you expandable ads, a new type of ad that can appear on your pages.  Expandable ads are rich media ads that can expand beyond the original size of the ad unit, following a user-initiated action.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Google launches incredible, expandable...ads
David Recordon / O'Reilly Radar:
Facebook in 2010: no longer a walled garden  —  A lot of what I've been working on the past two years has been built on the assumption that the model that social networks use today will fundamentally change.  Social networks have largely been built on the premise of being walled gardens …
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
$2.99 Minimum Paid App Price at BlackBerry App World!  —  WOAHHHHHH... Hold your Horses!  After RIM updated their BlackBerry App World website tonight, they also updated their Developer FAQ which now includes a chart that details the pricing tiers for apps.  Take a look above.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Juicing the BlackBerry: RIM wants back-end money from new apps
Discussion: Electronista, jkOnTheRun, Gizmodo and eWeek
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's Schmidt: I Didn't Diss Twitter  —  Eric Schmidt explained on CNBC tonight that he didn't mean to insult Twitter when he said it was a poor-man's email system.  What he meant, he says, was that people are going to want to use all their different communications systems together.
Discussion: Reuters, Thanks:atul
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo! Launches Major Challenge to Facebook Connect  —  Yahoo! Updates, the company's answer to Facebook Connect, became available on more than 600,000 websites today with the launch of a new partnership with commenting infrastructure company JS-Kit.  Whereas Facebook's technology …
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Open-source guru Ruby leaving IBM for Microsoft  —  It's increasingly common for prominent open-source developers to leave IBM or other open-source-friendly companies to try their luck at Microsoft.  It's not common at all for them to blog about it before actually getting a formal offer.
Discussion: Jobwire and TechFlash
Nicole Loux / The Mozilla Blog:
Firefox 3.0.7 security and stability release now available  —  Editor's note: Mozilla released a security and stability update for Firefox 3.x users on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 4:04 pm PT. Check out the Mozilla Developer News announcement, reposted below, for more details.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Ballmer: Microsoft needs to make faster Windows Mobile advances  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was told today that the appeal of the iPhone and other consumer devices has made it more difficult for chief information officers at large public agencies to continue justifying the use of Windows Mobile phones in their organizations.
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Hackers break in to Spotify  —  Much-vaunted online music service Spotify has been dealt a blow, after revealing that thousands of users' personal details may have been stolen by hackers.  —  According to an announcement by the service - which now has more than a million users worldwide …
Discussion: Music Machinery
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Andres / Spotify:
Spotify security notice
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Universal Music, YouTube near deal on music video site  —  Universal Music Group, the nation's largest recording company, and YouTube are closing in on a final agreement to create a new premium music video Web site, according to sources close to the negotiations.
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Tesla CEO in Digital Witch Hunt  —  Enraged by leaks at his troubled Silicon Valley electric carmaker, CEO Elon Musk cooked up a sophisticated electronic scheme to catch the blabbers.  It backfired hilariously on the brilliant entrepreneur, who's a bit blabby himself.
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon Wireless grills exiting customers about the iPhone  —  Verizon Wireless must be feeling the sting of losing customers to AT&T due the popularity of the iPhone.  A reader just alerted us to a survey peppered with iPhone references that was presented to him upon cancellation of his Verizon account.
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
D.C. Tech Chief Headed For White House Slot  —  President Obama plans to announce today that Vivek Kundra, chief technology officer for the District, will be the federal chief information officer, according to two administration officials.  —  It's a job that did not exist in previous administrations …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Jobwire, Thanks:atul
WMPoweruser.com:
HTC Leak 2009 part 2 - the details!  —  We have just received a tip regarding HTC's 2009 line-up which includes details on a number of upcoming devices.  —  First, the exciting ones:  —  The HTC Whitestone will have a 3.6 inch WVGA screen, 5 megapixel camera, 256 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
MacBook Pro 17-inch unibody review  —  There's not much that can be said about the 17-inch version of the MacBook Pro that hasn't already been said about the 15-incher (and to some extent, the MacBook).  Still, the big, big brother of the family has a few key differences that make it stand out from the rest of the gang.
Discussion: DisplayBlog
Bankston / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EXCLUSIVE: Google Takes a Stand for Location Privacy, Along with Loopt  —  Thanks in part to feedback from EFF, Google has chosen to take a strong and public stand on what legal privacy protections should apply if the government comes calling for the location data collected by Latitude …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:atul
comScore:
YouTube Surpasses 100 Million U.S. Viewers for the First Time  —  Americans' Time Spent Viewing Jumps 15 Percent versus Previous Month  —  comScore (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released January 2009 data from the comScore Video Metrix service showing …
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Nvidia Mulls Taking on Intel's Turf  —  Nvidia Corp. said it is considering the idea of making an x86 microprocessor—a field dominated by rival Intel Corp.—to combine with other Nvidia circuitry to make what the industry calls systems on a chip.  —  The Silicon Valley company stressed …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Health Now Lets You Share Your Medical History With Loved Ones  —  After months of rumors, Google Health finally launched last May, promising to store our medical records in a secure way that is more accessible, easier to understand, and useful than traditional paper records.
John / Primate Labs Blog:
iMac and Mac mini Benchmarks (Early 2009)  —  Yesterday, Apple updated its entire desktop lineup.  This update had been a long time coming, especially since the Mac Pro hadn't been updated since January 2008 and the Mac mini hadn't been updated since August 2007!
Discussion: AppleInsider, Engadget and MacRumors
Jesse / The views expressed here reflect …:
Tethering your Kindle 2  —  As I mentioned in my previous post, I've spent far too much of the past week playing with my lovely new Kindle 2.  —  As I've been exploring the device, I ran across igorsk's blog post about the debugging commands on the first Kindle.  They're still there....with a few additions.
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Facebook, Google helping feds stop online stimulus scams  —  WASHINGTON—President Obama's economic stimulus plan has already spurred activity in at least one online industry, though not one the administration was hoping to encourage.  —  Deceptive Web sites, advertisements …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Nokia Plans LTE Devices for 2010  —  A Nokia executive said today that the company has committed to LTE as its preferred network for devices, and plans to launch devices for those networks in 2010.  James Harper, senior manager of technology marketing at Nokia, speaking at a PCCA meeting held in Grapevine …
Discussion: Unwired View and FierceWireless
 
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Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Lamond Not Telling Whole Story, Say Sources
Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:
Legislator moves to limit Google Maps because of terrorist threat
Discussion: The Register
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Confirmed: Radio Shack to offer Verizon Wireless, again, starting tomorrow
Phil Glockner / ReadWriteWeb:
Twimailer Enhances Twitter Follow Notifications
Robert McMillan / ITworld.com:
US lawmakers take another shot at patent reform
Mikko / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
Illegal Trading on YouTube
Discussion: InformationWeek
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Questions For: Mitchell Baker, Mozilla Chairman
Thanks:atul
 Earlier Items: 
Grant Gross / Computerworld:
U.S. agencies face broadband stimulus challenges
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Lessons from Demo on surviving recession
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