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4:35 PM ET, March 4, 2009

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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.
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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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Live from Facebook: A move to share more information  —  I'm here at Facebook HQ in Palo Alto, Calif. for a presentation.  Apparently this is going to be a long one, so I figured I'd live blog it.  —  Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg is up first.  Here's what he's saying (paraphrased):
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 …
Discussion: Inside Facebook and Gawker
Amazon.com:
Kindle for iPhone and iPod touch Now Available For Free From Apple's App Store  —  Read some on your iPhone, read some on your Kindle, customers can now synchronize their reading and enjoy over 240,000 books, including 104 of 112 New York Times Bestsellers, on the iPhone and iPod touch
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Walt Mossberg / Mossblog:
First Impressions of Kindle on iPhone  —  As I predicted in my review of Amazon.com's Kindle 2 e-book reader last week, the giant bookseller has moved quickly to make the 240,000 book Kindle catalog available on other devices.  On Tuesday night, the first Kindle software reader appeared, and it's a free iPhone app.
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
ZillionTV, the next generation of video on demand  —  During a long career as a television and technology executive, Mitch Berman has tried to sell several different iterations of TV, often in their formative stages.  These included premium cable networks (at HBO), original cable programming …
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
ZillionTV: Hollywood and ISPs Unite to Deliver Video over the Net
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Twitter: We Can Do What Google Can't  —  Venture Capital Backer Says Search Is Reason It Walked Away From Facebook Deal  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Twitter sees lucrative opportunities in search, albeit a different kind of search than what Google offers, and, as co-founder Biz Stone told Ad Age recently …
Gavriella Schuster / The Windows Blog:
Behind the Scenes of Windows 7 Enterprise  —  There's been a lot of talk in the community about what Windows 7 offers consumers.  Today, I'd like to highlight the enterprise value of the product and how it reflects what customers and partners told us enterprises need most.
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Windows 7 gets down to business
Discussion: Computerworld
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.
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 …
Discussion: SiliconAngle, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Yahoo! Developer Network Blog:
Extend Your Publishing Reach with JS-Kit + Yahoo! Updates
Discussion: CenterNetworks, Thanks:atul
Chris' Repository of Knowledge:
Win7 Build 7048: IE8 Is REMOVABLE  —  I couldn't believe this when I saw it, but it's true.  Internet Explorer 8 is fully removable in Windows 7 build 7048.  I believe this fully squashes the case that the EU has against Microsoft?  —  As you can see in the above screenshot there is a new entry …
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Peter Ha / MobileCrunch:
Palm Treo Pro for Sprint gets dated  —  The Treo Pro was supposed to launch in January on Sprint and then it was rumored to launch on the 15th of February, but that never happened either.  Then we realized the Pre was coming, so the Treo Pro didn't matter at all.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Ex-Googlers Start Up Likaholix, A Micro-Sharing Service For Personal Recommendations (200 Invite Codes)  —  Likaholix is a brand new web service that lets you share personal recommendations about virtually anything with the world.  The tool lets you build a list of things you like and recommend …
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
A Google Search of a Distinctly Retro Kind  —  Last month an e-mail message washed up at the offices of The Cook Islands News in the South Pacific.  It was a request to place a half-page advertisement in the newspaper, which has a circulation of 2,500.  The cost was $370.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Gearlog, Thanks:atul
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple: Sales Layoffs Story Not True  —  An Apple (AAPL) spokesman says Gawker's report that 50 salespeople were laid off yesterday is not true.  —  Is it possible that somewhere in Apple's ranks of 32,000, staffing has shifted around during the recession?  Sure, we assume — but Apple wouldn't comment on that.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Apple Source Confirms 50 Layoffs in Sales
Discussion: Pulse2 and Silicon Alley Insider
Electronista:
EU softens monitoring of Microsoft  —  The European Commission today said it would scale back its efforts to monitor Microsoft's compliance with a 2004 antitrust ruling that has forced the American software firm to provide code to third-party developers.  In a statement, the European Union's …
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EU Press Room:
Antitrust: Commission adapts nature of monitoring of 2004 Microsoft Decision
Discussion: CNET News, The Register and TG Daily
Andres / Spotify:
Spotify security notice  —  Last week we were alerted to a group that managed to compromise our protocols.  After investigating we concluded that this group had gained access to information that could allow testing of a very large number of passwords, possibly finding the right one.
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 …
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Why Google won't remove that page you don't like  —  (This is just a post from my personal perspective, but I hope it's helpful.)  —  Every few weeks or so, someone contacts me and says “Hey Matt, there's page out on the web about me that I really don't like.  Is there any way to remove it from Google's index?”
Discussion: greg hughes and Mashable!
Google Mobile Blog:
Finance for Android App  —  Just over a year ago, during a user experience research trip for Google Finance, we were at the home of a stay-at-home mom / day trader.  She was frustrated that there were “personal blackout periods” in the trading day when she was entirely disconnected from the stock market …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Lessons from Demo on surviving recession  —  PALM DESERT, Calif.—How does one measure the effects of economic meltdown?  —  At Demo 09 here, there are two ways, one that's obvious, yet hard to see, and another that is both obvious and visceral.  —  While Demo for years has featured …
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
If we can't save the paper newspaper, what's next?  —  Stop the Presses.  The Rocky Mountain News' final edition.  Credit: Marc Piscotty / Getty Images  —  Last week I asked readers of this column to send in questions about the Web and social media.  The premise was that …
Discussion: HipMojo.com
 
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Jeff / Venture Chronicles:
The Two Faces of the AP  —  We hate bloggers, we love bloggers …
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