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10:25 PM ET, March 10, 2009

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Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog:
Tweetie 1.3 Rejected by Apple for Returning “Offensive Language” in Search Results (NSFW-L)  —  So, who could it be running the approval process for the iTunes App Store at Apple?  Hmm.  Tough one.  Let us put on our little thinking caps here for a moment.... SATAN?!
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Apple rejects an app for offensive words on Twitter  —  iPhone app developer Loren Brichter is mad as hell.  Why?  Because Apple has rejected the latest version of his brilliant Twitter app, Tweetie.  So what did Britcher do wrong?  Well, nothing.  —  The problem, at least according to Brichter …
Christian Zibreg / TG Daily:
Apple's App Store analysis: This Titanic is actually unsinkable
Discussion: Macsimum News
Ulysses Shi / Outdustry:
The Chinese iTunes Gift Voucher Trick  —  While there are some legitimate digital music download sites in China - including 9Sky, Top100 and the recently launched Wawawa - digital music is proving to be a tough sell in the P.R.C, partly because of the market dominance of Baidu's free mp3 search.
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Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Chinese hackers selling $200 iTunes vouchers for $2.60
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
In case you missed ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ last night  —  If you didn't get to see Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, here's your second chance!  Up above is NBC's edited segment, and after the break we've got our own video (for completists and international readers).
Wei Yi Lim / Dow Jones Newswires:
Apple Plans To Launch Netbook With Touch Screen - Sources  —  TAIPEI -(Dow Jones)- Apple Inc. (AAPL) is planning to launch a netbook computer with a touch screen monitor as early as the second half of this year, two people close to the situation told Dow Jones Newswires Tuesday.
innerfence:
Google to Shut Down Infinite SMS  —  Got an email from Google.  They say they're going to start blocking sometime tomorrow, 11 March 2009.  —  Google will soon block Infinite SMS and all other non-Google software from sending free text messages.  —  For now, Infinite SMS will continue to work …
Discussion: TechFlash and VentureBeat
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Google's free SMS gravy train dries up
Discussion: TechSpot
Swa Frantzen / SANS Internet Storm Center, InfoCON:
conspiracy fodder: pifts.exe  —  Several readers wrote in with samples of a file PIFTS.exe that seems to be related to a Norton update and gets flagged for its behavior.  —  The file has been confirmed to call home to stats.norton.com .  —  The truly bizarre are the mentions that the support forums …
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Bull3t's Blog:
The mysterious Norton cover-up and pifts.exe
Discussion: The Register and Slashdot
Bill Gurley / abovethecrowd.com:
How To Monetize A Social Network: MySpace And Facebook Should Follow TenCent  —  Everybody had to pay and pay"  —  The consensus seems to be that social networks have a monetization problem.  On this topic, both the leading technology industry blogs and the world's top news organizations agree.
Thanks:atul
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Palm: Put a Sock in It, McNamee. … Roger McNamee's hyperbolic predictions about iPhone-to-Pre conversion rates didn't go over too well at Palm.  Appalled by McNamee's inflated, indecorous claims about its forthcoming smartphone, the handset maker on Monday filed a Free Writing Prospectus …
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Adriana Lee / PhoneDog.com:
Rumor: Samsung A877 to launch 3/29 for AT&T  —  This just in ...  According to an anonymous source, it looks like Samsung A877 will be launching through AT&T on March 29.  If you're in the market for a sweet messaging phone, this might be one worth waiting for.  — 3.2" WQVGA AMOLED touchscreen
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony cuts deal with NBC Universal for film/TV shows on PlayStation Network  —  Sony's PlayStation Network is getting a boost today as the company announces its deal to add movies and TV shows from NBC Universal to its nascent online video store.  —  This development follows the addition …
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Grace Chen / PlayStation.Blog:
NBC Universal Premieres on PSN Today
Discussion: Engadget
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
FCC promises open process on national broadband strategy  —  Get ready for an excruciatingly inclusive process in figuring out how the government will implement its national broadband strategy.  —  Interim Federal Communications Commission Chair Michael Copps was clearly feeling his oats …
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Stephanie Condon / CNET News:   High interest in broadband stimulus spurs public meetings
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Ex-Googler Launching iPhone App For Popular Barflies  —  Dennis Crowley's mobile social networking service Dodgeball — est. 2004 — was ahead of the game, but never took off.  And Google (GOOG) — which bought the service in 2005 — shut it down last Friday.  So what's next?
Juan Carlos Perez / Computerworld:
Gmail down; outage could last 36 hours for some  —  Google calls outage ‘minor’  —  IDG News Service) Google Inc.'s Gmail e-mail service is down for an undetermined number of users, and while the outage has been partially fixed, some people could be locked out of their accounts for many more hours.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
27 Huge Publishers Join To Replace The Banner  —  27 publishers with a reach of about 109 million unique visitors per month — that's 66% of the total U.S. Internet audience — have agreed to try one of three new online ad formats sometime before July.  The publishers are all members of the online publishers association (OPA).
DealBook:
Google and Cisco Eyed as Possible Dow Candidates  —  Google and Cisco are viewed as top contenders to enter the Dow Jones industrial average now that two constituents are trading below $2, making their status as blue chips tenuous, Reuters said.  —  The Internet companies are among a variety …
Discussion: SiliconBeat, GigaOM and Electronista, Thanks:atul
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Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Apple and Google to replace GM and Citigroup on Dow Jones?
Discussion: CNET News and Macsimum News
Randall C. Kennedy / Enterprise Desktop:
Is IE8 the end of the line for Internet Explorer?  —  Dropping IE in favor of a newer rendering engine may be not be as easy as it seems  —  IE8 is the last version of the Internet Explorer Web browser.  At least, that's what I'm hearing through the grapevine.
Discussion: TechSpot
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Concerted Linux-netbook effort needed to beat Microsoft  —  When it comes to Linux netbooks, PC manufacturers should act more like cell-phone makers and telcos by selling customized and subsidized machines with online services.  —  That's according to Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin …
Discussion: OSNews
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Layoffs In Progress  —  As expected, many AOLers in Dulles started receiving “the email” yesterday afternoon.  The email asks them to attend an “important meeting” this morning—at which they will be fired.  —  This is the way AOL's layoffs have been handled over the past several years, with depressing regularity.
Jane Wakefield / BBC:
Last.FM joins Google's rights row  —  Online music service Last.fm has waded into the row between YouTube and the Performing Right Society.  —  Founder Martin Stiksel said he hoped a resolution could be found to avoid illegal services from taking over.  —  He urged both parties to find a …
Discussion: MediaFile and Reuters, Thanks:miad
Microsoft:
Growing Notebook Market Spurs New Accessories From Microsoft  —  Hardware Group expands into new product category and updates top-selling Arc Mouse.  —  REDMOND, Wash. March 10, 2009 Notebook sales are now outpacing desktop PCs three to one,1 and to meet that growth, the Microsoft Hardware Group …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
San Francisco to be “Twitterfied”  —  I'm not entirely sure what Twitter chief executive Evan Williams means when he tweets “We are twitterfying SF!,” but I'm just a little terrified of it.  —  Williams sent the tweet following a meeting with San Francisco's mayor Gavin Newsom this morning at Twitter's offices.
Thanks:atul
Alina Dizik / Wall Street Journal:
Windows Into Lives After a Layoff  —  Rachel Levy had 10 years of marketing experience and an M.B.A. from a top business school when she was laid off in July.  Rather than keep her feelings about the situation private, Ms. Levy started a blog to chronicle her life post-layoff.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple's App Store already nearing pace of $1 billion business?  —  As Apple's 9-month young App Store redefines the smartphone industry and spawns copycats, actual app sales are approaching a frequency that could see the digital shop become a billion-dollar business before year's end.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Erica Naone / Technology Review:
An Upgrade for the Web  —  Browsers are changing to accommodate powerful applications.
Tom Abate / The Technology Chronicles:
Woman computing pioneer wins prize
Discussion: MIT News, Ars Technica and acm.org
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Where AMD's New CEO Is Heading
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Ashlee Vance / Bits:
EMC Tightens Its Embrace of VMware
Discussion: The Register
comScore:
Yahoo! Attracts More than Half of All Searches Conducted in Japan in January 2009
Discussion: Search Engine Land and MediaFile, Thanks:atul
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Was February The Bottom For Mac Sales?
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