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6:20 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 …
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 …
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.
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PRS for Music:
PRS for Music Statement in relation to Google/YouTube announcement
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Between the Lines 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...
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 …
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Clearwire replaces CEO  —  Clearwire today shook up its management team, replacing CEO Ben Wolff with telecom industry veteran William Morrow.  The news comes as the Kirkland wireless broadband company ramps up expansion plans in the face of mounting losses.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Now Has An Office That Isn't My House  —  The collision of two important recent events has resulted in something wonderful - TechCrunch now has offices in downtown Palo Alto.  —  The first event: the city of Atherton, where I live, decided to put the hammer down on me running a business from my home.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
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 …
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) …
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
GOP.com Web Proposal: ‘Crap’  —  The savviness of the Obama team at using the Internet and new media technology is widely credited with helping the once Senator from Illinois beat John McCain in the 2008 presidential election.  Now, the Republicans are belatedly trying to get in the game …
Discussion: Gawker and techPresident, Thanks:nickgon
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Ad Recession Brings on the Belly Fat  —  Sites Stop Fighting Those Ubiquitous Direct-Response Ads as Publishers Reluctant to Forego Revenue  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — The recession is having a slimming-down effect on media businesses, but it's feeding the proliferation of pot bellies and muffin tops across the web.
Jen McLean / The Technorati Weblog:
Since You Asked: The Technorati Attention Index  —  Linking is arguably the truest measure of a blog's influence, and more importantly, in a world without filters or controls, linking is the control.  The blogosphere is defined by Widipedia as the collective community of all blogs.
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.
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.
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: Gawker, Microsoft Watch, eWeek and Tech Trader Daily, Thanks:atul
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
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
TheOfficialBoard Launches With Wiki Org Charts For 20,000 Companies  —  We're all getting used to the idea that our personal information information is now public to the extent that we share it on social networks and elsewhere on the Web.  Corporate data about people's roles …
Discussion: Cheezhead Recruiting, Thanks:nickgon
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 …
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.
Discussion: Ars Technica and The iPhone Blog
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Hypocrisy or necessity? RIAA continues filing lawsuits
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Daniel Emery / BBC:
Modular Windows plan ‘welcomed’
Discussion: BetaNews
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Foxit PDF viewer open to attack, say researchers
Discussion: The Register and Countermeasures
Associated Press:
Mutiny aftermath: Bangladesh blocks YouTube
eWeek:
Oracle Reveals Sourcing On Demand
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Alexander Wolfe / InformationWeek:
Intel Envisions Shape-Shifting Smartphones
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