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3:40 PM ET, March 9, 2009

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DigiTimes:
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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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Building ‘Netbook’ — Is This The ‘iPod Touch HD’?  —  More support that Apple is working on what we've been calling the “iPod touch HD” — a touchscreen, portable Internet device that's bigger than the iPhone: “Taiwan-based Wintek will supply touch panels for Apple's new netbook …
Discussion: Apple Watch and Macworld
Arn / MacRumors:
Touch Panels for Apple Netbook Ordered?  —  Digitimes relays a Commercial Times report that Taiwan-based Wintek will supply touch panels for “Apple's new netbook” due in the 3rd quarter of 2009.  —  Wintek revealed that it is currently working with Apple to develop some new products …
Dong Ngo / Crave: The gadget blog:
Seagate demos 6Gbps hard-drive transfer speed  —  The next generation of SATA hard drives offers twice the speed cap of the existing SATA2 interface.  —  (Credit: Seagate)  —  In collaboration with AMD, Seagate announced Monday its demonstration of a new hard drive Serial ATA (SATA) …
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PR Newswire:
Seagate and AMD Unveil World's First Demonstration of Serial ATA …
Discussion: SlashGear, CrunchGear, Engadget and TechSpot
Darren Waters / BBC:
YouTube to block UK music videos  —  YouTube is blocking all premium music videos to UK users after failing to reach a new licensing agreement with the Performing Right Society (PRS).  —  Thousands of videos will be unavailable to YouTube users from later on Monday.
Reuters:
Palm Boosts Capital Before Pre Launch  —  Palm is looking to raise more capital before the launch of the highly anticipated Pre smartphone later this year.  The move to inject more capital into the company comes after a poor financial quarter for Palm, and as Palm looks to challenge both RIM and Apple in the smartphone market.
Discussion: CNET News, Digital Daily and IntoMobile
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Business Wire:
Palm to Remarket Common Stock Underlying Elevation Units
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Electronista
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Could Customized Newspapers Bring Readers Back?  —  A big newspaper company wants to give you news the way Burger King makes hamburgers: your way.  —  MediaNews Group, the nation's fourth-largest newspaper chain, said it would test a customized newspaper service this summer at The Los Angeles Daily News …
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Martin Langeveld / Nieman Journalism Lab:   Back to the future: MediaNews revives “print your own newspaper”
Ariel Leve / Times of London:
Microsoft reopens door to deal with Yahoo!  —  Microsoft is still holding out hope that it can resurrect a deal with Yahoo!, leaving the door open for the new management of the search company to join forces with the software giant in the future.  —  In an interview with The Times, Kevin Turner …
Discussion: LiveSide and The Register, Thanks:atul
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Google Reprices Employee Stock Options; Analyst Questions Timing  —  Google closed the deal on a reprice stock program today at 6 a.m. that allowed employees to exchange options when their price is higher than $308.57, Friday's closing price and the new strike price for exchanged options.
Natasha Lomas / CNET News:
Android sales to outstrip iPhone by '12?  —  The iPhone's lead over smartphone upstart Android may be short-lived, according to an industry watcher's predictions.  —  Android smartphone sales will outstrip iPhone sales by 2012, market researcher Informa Telecoms & Media has predicted in a new report.
Evan Priestley / Facebook Blog:
Status on Photo Storage Problems  —  You may have noticed in the past day that some photos aren't appearing or are displaying a “question mark” graphic when you go to view them.  We have experienced some problems with our photo storage that affected between 10 to 15 percent of already uploaded photos.
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
U2/Apple Relationship Sours?  —  Maybe you saw the public relations steamroller from the uber-band U2 last week: Seems they were everywhere as they gear up for their next big world tour, but this mega tour carries some intriguing back stories worth a mention.  —  It was just a few years ago that U2 joined Apple Inc. [AAPL Loading...
Jorgen Lindqvist / VentureBeat:
Economic downturn drives merger of teen sites Stardoll and Piczo  —  Girl teen-site Stardoll, backed by Sequoia Capital and Index Ventures, is acquiring Piczo, a social networking site that focuses on teen users.  The amount is undisclosed, but the transaction was a mix of cash and equity.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Best Buy Says Goodbye to Circuit City  —  Reader Sean sends in these photos taken outside his local Circuit City store in Amherst, as Best Buy's Geek Squad pay their final respects to Circuit City.  And by that, I mean they bought stuff.  —  Sean tells us that the store was empty down to 3 carts …
Phone Arena:
Images revealing Viewty 2's design  —  You know what they say - better late than never.  Remember when we told you about the mysterious LG GC900 (also known as the Viewty 2) five days ago?  The reason that we wrote about it was a picture of a specs sheet, listing the key specifications of the device.
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
EBay's Big Plans for PayPal  —  The struggling e-commerce company wants to expand its lucrative payments business  —  It's a funny time for a coming-out party.  But just when other companies have stopped giving financial guidance because of the unpredictable nature of today's world markets …
Discussion: Technologizer and mocoNews
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's Newspaper Consortium Keeps Growing  —  Even as Google is cancelling its experiment with newspaper advertising, Yahoo is expanding its newspaper consortium.  Today, Yahoo is announcing that it is adding two new members: The Boston Globe and the St. Petersburg Times.
Discussion: Local Onliner and tinyComb, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Jack Schofield / Guardian:
Social networking and blogs now more popular than email, says Nielsen  —  Two thirds of us now use “member communities” — and their popularity is being boosted by the growing use of mobiles for internet access  —  A Nielsen Online report says two thirds of us now use what it calls …
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
The Online Experiments That Could Help Newspapers  —  A venture by The Bakersfield Californian is one of many ways newspapers are trying to generate new revenue  —  The Bakersfield Californian is an anomaly in the newspaper business.  While other papers are shutting their doors and filing for bankruptcy, it's expanding.
Discussion: Screenwerk
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Eminem Loses Lawsuit Against Universal Music: Jury Says Digital Music Sales Are Like CD Sales  —  A few years back, a few bands, including Cheap Trick and the Allman Brothers sued their record labels claiming their cut of iTunes sales wasn't right.  It was basically a contractual suit.
Bill Ray / The Register:
Wattpad furnishes iPhone with bootleg books for bupkes  —  Pirate-lit sets sail  —  Free whitepaper - Electrical efficiency modelling for data centers  —  The literato's Pirate Bay, Wattpad, has reached the iPhone and iPod Touch, offering community scribblings and copyrighted material through an Apple-sanctioned client.
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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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's Revenue Weakens Markedly Over Past Month
Discussion: Microsoft Watch, Tech Trader Daily and Gawker, Thanks:atul
Associated Press:
Mutiny aftermath: Bangladesh blocks YouTube
Jeffrey Tinsley / MediaPost:
Is The Free Ride Over For Web Startups?
Don Reisinger / Webware.com:
Webware Radar: Bebo launches site for Latinos
Discussion: The Social Times, Guardian and AppScout
eWeek:
Oracle Reveals Sourcing On Demand
Discussion: InfoWorld
Alexander Wolfe / InformationWeek:
Intel Envisions Shape-Shifting Smartphones
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Dave Lee / BBC:
Blank canvas  —  In early March, the BBC Trust set about the task …
Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
Diigo Buys Furl; More Consolidation In Social-Bookmarking Space
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Big Blue's Contrarian Manifesto
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Business Wire:
The New York Times Company and W. P. Carey Announce Closing …
Discussion: MediaMemo
Eric Lai / PC World:
Intel Wants Atom Inside Almost Everything
Discussion: The Toybox and CrunchGear
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Ooma rebounds after cutting price for service
Discussion: FierceVoIP and CrunchGear
Jack Loftus / Gizmodo:
Happy 30th Birthday, Compact Disc!
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