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9:15 AM ET, March 5, 2009

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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  —  Research In Motion (RIM) is set to launch its application store for the BlackBerry, now dubbed “App World,” at the end of this month.  For third-party developers on the outside, it may sounds like a very enticing proposition …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
RIM carves out its own App World: Will it work?  —  Research in Motion launched its BlackBerry application store—dubbed App World—and the pricing model will immediately draw comparison's to Apple's App Store set-up.  That comparison, however, only goes so far.
Discussion: I4U News, mocoNews, PhoneNews.com and p2pnet
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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Alan Patrick / broadstuff:
FACEBOOK BLINKS, COPIES TWITTER, STILL GETS IT WRONG.  —  From the Facebook Blog comes the admission that they are having to change their model and copy Twitter: … Translation - we're copying Twitter's real time stream. … Translation: By 2009 it was clear no one gives a sh*t …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
It's Time To Start Thinking Of Twitter As A Search Engine  —  At a dinner tonight with a friend the conversation turned to Twitter.  He just didn't get it, and he's certainly not the first person to tell me that.  Specifically, my friend didn't understand the massive valuation …
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: Beyond Search, Thanks:atul
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Reuters:   Google letting cash “pile up”: CEO
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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QuadsZilla / SEO BlackHat:
Twitter - The New Parasite Host on the Block  —  I hate twitter.  But as long as twitter pages continue to rank in Google for everything under the sun, you're a fool if you're not using twitter accounts for parasite hosting.  —  For you new kids, parasite hosting is where you leverage …
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 …
BBC:
User info stolen from music site  —  The music streaming service Spotify has been targeted by hackers.  —  The Swedish company says people's personal details, including e-mail addresses, dates of birth and billing addresses, were all stolen.  —  However, it is thought credit-card details …
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Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Hackers break in to Spotify
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK & Europe:
Sky News realises news breaks first on Twitter, not TV - Creates a Twitter Correspondent  —  TechCrunch has been saying for a long time - at least since November last year - that Twitter is an emerging source of news.  Recent tragic events have only served to emphasise this.
Discussion: Guardian, Mobile Industry Review and Telegraph, Thanks:mazi
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.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Seen In the Wild  —  I was reading a piece on Venturebeat, on Kutano.  And this ad was at the bottom.  —  This is an ad?  —  Yep.  Innaresting.  Four years ago (God, yes, I've been writing for more than that, er, ummm....22 years, in fact...) anyway, I wrote this about Google and the need to market its products:
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.
Discussion: Neowin.net and ParisLemon
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Amazon's Apple Deal: Kindle Cannibal?  —  Customers may have less incentive to buy a Kindle, now that they can download e-books onto the iPhones and iPods they already own  —  A new tool that lets consumers download digital books onto Apple devices could spur demand for some of the 240,000 …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung's Nano-powered Q1EX UMPC loses its QWERTY, gains 4.5-hour battery at the FCC  —  Meet the latest iteration of the Samsung Q1 handheld: the NP-Q1EX.  First spotted at CES in January, Sammy's going back to its UMPC roots by ditching the split QWERTY in favor of a clean …
Matthew Gertner / Just Browsing:
The Browser Platform Wars  —  I was chatting recently with the founder of a high-profile startup that is making strategic use of Mozilla technology.  “People keep telling me that WebKit is the future,” he complained.  “Have we made the wrong choice?”  —  I did my best to reassure him of course …
Discussion: Neowin.net
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Global Warming May Get Its Very Own Top Level Domain  —  I'm deadpooling this .ECO top level domain right now.  Not because it's global warming/eco related, there's plenty of money being thrown around to support just about every crazy green idea out there.  I just don't think the world needs …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Zoho Writer Gets A Makeover And Some New Features  —  Zoho, makers of an awesome web-based software suite comprised of document, project and invoicing management tools, has given its online word processing tool Writer a fresh look along with a couple of new features worth checking out.
Discussion: Mashable!, Webware.com and Zoho Blogs
Business Week:
Twitter Has Potential Buyers Atwitter  —  As the microblogging service explodes in popularity, the suitors are lining up.  Facebook has already made a play—others will likely follow  —  The microblogging service Twitter has caught on with everyone from celeb Ashton Kutcher to CEOs.
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
The Video Revolution Happenend by “Accident,” Adobe's Jennifer Taylor.....Flash Player 10 Soon to Hit 80 Percent Penetration  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A large part of the success of online video can be attributed to the widespread adoption of Flash, a rich media, Web plug-in application which is on nearly all of the world's computers.
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Taiwan DRAM Bailout Leads to Creation of Single Company  —  Taiwan plans to merge its indebted DRAM memory chip makers into a single company called Taiwan Memory Company (TMC) in an attempt to stem losses and prevent loan defaults that could further harm the island's banking sector.
Mitchell Oke / Gear Diary:
Windows 7 on the HTC Shift  —  There have been two activities that have become the norm across the world of technology blogging in the last couple of years: unboxing, and loading Mac OS X onto netbooks.  As a person who is lucky enough to have the opportunity to play with lots of phones …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
California's New CIO Ready to Bring State IT into the 21st Century  —  Teri Takai has taken a year to evaluate the state of the state's IT structure.  She is now starting to make decisions on a long-term direction for a jurisdiction of 10,000 IT staff workers, 130 divisional CIOs and 38 million citizens …
Discussion: All Points Blog
 
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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Bulk Data Downloads: A Breakthrough in Government Transparency
Thanks:atul
John Fontana / Network World:
Microsoft Windows on a mainframe?
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Lamond Not Telling Whole Story, Say Sources
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
D.C. Tech Chief Headed For White House Slot
Discussion: CNET News, ReadWriteWeb and Jobwire, Thanks:atul
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Confirmed: Radio Shack to offer Verizon Wireless, again, starting tomorrow
 Earlier Items: 
Bankston / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EXCLUSIVE: Google Takes a Stand for Location Privacy, Along with Loopt
Discussion: VentureBeat and All Points Blog, Thanks:atul
Mikko / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
Illegal Trading on YouTube
Discussion: InformationWeek
Grant Gross / Computerworld:
U.S. agencies face broadband stimulus challenges