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7:00 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.
Discussion: AdAge, VentureBeat, eWeek, Bits and Inside Facebook, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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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Yahoo! Developer Network Blog:
Extend Your Publishing Reach with JS-Kit + Yahoo! Updates
Discussion: CenterNetworks, 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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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, GMSV and TG Daily
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 …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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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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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.
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.
Grant Gross / Computerworld:
U.S. agencies face broadband stimulus challenges  —  IDG News Service) U.S. government agencies may have a difficult time promptly allocating the $7.2 billion for broadband deployment in an economic stimulus package recently passed by Congress, two broadband experts said.
Discussion: CNET News
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
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 …
Mark Guim / The Nokia Blog:
Nokia 5800 NAM With Updated Firmware Fixes 3G Issues  —  It looks like Nokia doesn't want North Americans to ditch the 5800 and wait it out for the Nokia N97.  I just got semi-good news from someone on the inside that the Nokia 5800 NAM issue will soon be fixed.
Discussion: IntoMobile and Engadget
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
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: Lifehacker and greg hughes
Zee / TheNextWeb.com:
Twitter Profiles, DM's and Follow Backs.  All via Email with Topify.  —  Zee, Internet Marketer, Design Connoisseur & Web App Devotee  —  Blogger and Entrepreneur Ouriel Ohayon, previously of Techcrunch.fr, and Israeli developer Arik Fraimovichis are about to launch what I can only describe …
Discussion: MYBLOG by Ouriel and Life Mashup, Thanks:ourielohayon
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.
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Questions For: Mitchell Baker, Mozilla Chairman  —  Firefox has long been the Burger King to Internet Explorer's McDonald's.  Mozilla, the Mountain View, Calif., nonprofit behind Firefox, has been supportive of the European Commission's renewed antitrust probe of Microsoft …
Thanks:atul
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
MySpaceID: More social content for the web and a way forward for MySpace  —  MySpace is trying to make it easier for other sites to access its user data — and eventually features like streaming music playlists.  The service, called MySpaceID, is partway through being rolled out …
 
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
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Business Wire:
Adobe Provides Preliminary Q1 Fiscal 2009 Results
Discussion: Between the Lines
Jeff / Venture Chronicles:
The Two Faces of the AP  —  We hate bloggers, we love bloggers …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
A Tale Of Two Studies On File Sharing...
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 Earlier Items: 
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple: Sales Layoffs Story Not True
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Gawker
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Nvidia Big Winner In Mac Makeover
MSDN:
We Loaded 1TB in 30 Minutes with SSIS, and So Can You
Discussion: Softpedia News
JKK / jkkmobile:
Hands-on with Asus Eee PC 1008HA
Discussion: CrunchGear and Liliputing
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Setting the iPhone Free from AT&T
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