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4:45 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 …
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.
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook: Photo data loss was temporary
Discussion: Gadgetell
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, Silicon Alley Insider and The Register, Thanks:atul
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.
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.
Discussion: Music Ally, dot.life blog, The Social and Neowin.net, Thanks:atul
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 …
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.
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Business Wire:
Palm to Remarket Common Stock Underlying Elevation Units
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Electronista
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...
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.
Jeffrey Tinsley / MediaPost:
Is The Free Ride Over For Web Startups?  —  The quickly cooling online advertising climate threatens scores of startups that have monetized free content with ads as their sole source of revenue.  It's especially sensitive because most Internet users have come to enjoy — if not depend on …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Better Search Doesn't Mean Beating Google  —  A headline that kicked around the blogosphere this weekend made no sense to me: “Wolfram Alpha is Coming — and It Could be as Important as Google.”  —  The post — written by Nova Spivack, the chief executive of Radar Networks …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's Revenue Weakens Markedly Over Past Month  —  Last week, when Google CEO Eric Schmidt (GOOG) described the economy as “pretty dire” and said Google was “not immune,” some analysts argued that Eric's comments were not new and should not be taken to mean that Google's business is deteriorating.
Discussion: Microsoft Watch, Tech Trader Daily and Gawker, Thanks:atul
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Foxit PDF viewer open to attack, say researchers  —  Unlike Adobe Reader, patch for free Foxit is available now  —  Computerworld) Security researchers today warned of several vulnerabilities in Foxit, a free PDF document viewer that has been recommended as an alternative to Adobe Reader …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
March 24th Event to Focus on Software?  —  Sevenmac.de reports [Google translation] that they have received an anonymous tip that the rumored March 24th Apple special event will focus on software. … According to Sevenmac, a new version of Final Cut Studio currently exists as an internal beta.
 
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Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
GOP.com Web Proposal: ‘Crap’
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Intel Envisions Shape-Shifting Smartphones
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Blank canvas  —  In early March, the BBC Trust set about the task …
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 and New York Times
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
The Online Experiments That Could Help Newspapers
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Jack Loftus / Gizmodo:
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