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8:20 AM ET, March 9, 2009

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Eric A. Taub / New York Times:
Webcam Brings 3-D to Topps Sports Cards  —  Since the 1950s, Topps has sold baseball trading cards filled with photos and stats, bringing the game to life.  Now the company is bringing its cards to life.  —  Beginning Monday, collectors who hold a special Topps 3D Live baseball card in front …
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Brandon Miniman / pocketnow.com:
Windows Mobile Marketplace Website Comes Online  —  We know very little about the Windows Mobile marketplace.  Microsoft was very quiet about it at MWC - no screenshots, no specifics details.  At first, the word was that only Windows Mobile 6.5 devices could use the Marketplace …
Nova Spivack / Twine:
Wolfram Alpha is Coming — and It Could be as Important as Google  —  Stephen Wolfram is building something new — and it is really impressive and significant.  In fact it may be as important for the Web (and the world) as Google, but for a different purpose.
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Wintek to supply touch panels for Apple netbook, says paper  —  Taiwan-based Wintek will supply touch panels for Apple's new netbook, and shipments will start in the third quarter this year, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.  —  Wintek revealed that it is currently working …
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Jack Loftus / Gizmodo:
Happy 30th Birthday, Compact Disc!  —  Compact discs weren't always impromptu drink coasters.  Once, in the not-so-distant past, they played music, contained pictures, and let people play video games with tacked-on FMV sequences.  And today, the venerable CD turned 30.  —  Happy birthday!
Discussion: Engadget
Miwa Suzuki / PhysOrg.com:
Japanese gadget controls iPod in blink of an eye  —  A wink, a smile or a raised eyebrow could soon change the music on your iPod or start up the washing machine, thanks to a new Japanese gadget.  The device looks like a normal set of headphones but is fitted with a set of infrared sensors …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Caustic Graphics to create graphics chips with novel ray-tracing technology  —  Caustic Graphics is planning to take on graphics chip makers with a new way of rendering images that can enhance realism and improve cost efficiency.  —  The San Francisco start-up, formed by ex-Apple engineers …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Martin Langeveld / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Back to the future: MediaNews revives “print your own newspaper”  —  In an approach rather different from Microsoft's vision of content delivery in the future, which I described yesterday, MediaNews Group has announced plans for I-News, a system that will print your own customized newspaper on your own printer:
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Ooma rebounds after cutting price for service  —  (03-08) 15:20 PST — After it stumbled out of the gate in July 2007, it's hard to imagine that Palo Alto's Ooma would look forward to an economic downturn.  —  But the startup, which offers free home phone service with the purchase of an Ooma box …
Eric Lai / PC World:
Intel Wants Atom Inside Almost Everything  —  Intel Corp. desperately wants the hit Atom netbook processor inside smartphones, cars — even factory robots.  —  After initial reluctance, it's also pushing Atoms for lower-end desktop and notebook PCs.  —  For only one market is the Atom entirely verboten: server computers.
Wall Street Journal:
The Search for Change  —  Eric Schmidt of Google on why the company spends so much time worrying about energy  —  Many think of Google Inc. as a search company.  But it's also an investor in renewable energy, and it has proposed an ambitious plan to put clean energy at the heart of the U.S. energy mix.
Andrew Mager / The Web Life:
Your guide to SxSW Interactive 2009  —  During the second week of March each year, there is a mass pilgrimage of geeks from the San Francisco bay area to the heart of Texas.  Not for BBQ, not for a suntan, but for probably the best interactive web conference in the history of the world.
 
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