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9:50 PM ET, March 11, 2009

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Christine Monaghan / Apple:
Apple Announces Incredible New iPod shuffle  —  World's Smallest Music Player Now Talks to You  —  Apple® today introduced the all-new iPod® shuffle, the world's smallest music player at nearly half of the size of the previous model, and the first music player that talks to you.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple's redesigned iPod shuffle hits 4GB, talks to you (updated with video!)  —  Bam, another Apple rumor vindicated.  Apple just doubled the capacity of its iPod shuffle to 4GB while ditching the control wheel entirely.  The new design keeps the clip and adds VoiceOver …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Is Apple About To Shuffle The Headphone Industry Again?  —  Is Apple (AAPL) in the process of reinventing the way mainstream headphones are designed for the second time this decade?  —  Ten years ago, I was the only guy on the train wearing earbuds.  Thanks to Apple's iPod, now everyone is.
Chris Dannen / Fast Company:
The Gross Inconvenience of the New iPod Shuffle  —  If you're an iPhone user, you just looked at Apple's [AAPL] new 4GB iPod Shuffle and groaned.  —  Announced this morning, the little stainless steel slab is beautifully minimalist, and about the size of a piece of Trident.
Peter X. Deng / Facebook Blog:
Welcome to Your New Home Page  —  Last week, we shared our philosophy behind the new updates and changes on Facebook to give you a better understanding of why we make certain product decisions.  We explained how we've been mapping out the Social Graph, or the network of connections that exist in the world …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Real-Time Homepage Goes Live Today  —  Today Facebook is rolling out the update to user homepages that brings a new look, enhanced filter system, and most importantly, realtime updating.  Real-time updates are Facebook's response to Twitter, which has been able to thrive …
Jenna Bilotta / Google Reader:
Google Reader is your new watercooler  —  One of the things that we love best about Reader is the ability to easily share interesting items with your friends.  In fact, we like it so much that we've been adding bunches of new sharing features over the last year including choosing friends to share with …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Unveils Its Developer Strategy for the Next Generation of Windows® Phones  —  Familiar tools, large worldwide customer base and transparent policies allow mobile developers to innovate and generate new revenue opportunities with Windows Mobile 6.5 and Windows Marketplace for Mobile.
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Susan Wojcicki / The Official Google Blog:
Making ads more interesting  —  At Google, we believe that ads are a valuable source of information — one that can connect people to the advertisers offering products, services and ideas that interest them.  By making ads more relevant, and improving the connection between advertisers and our users …
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Grant Gross / PC World:   Privacy Groups Rip Google's Targeted Advertising Plan
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Lithium breakthrough could charge batteries in 10 seconds  —  A new version of lithium battery technology can either provide a higher storage density than current batteries, or can charge and discharge as fast as a supercapacitor, emptying its entire charge in under 10 seconds.
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Worlds.com CEO: We're ‘Absolutely’ Going To Sue Second Life And World Of Warcraft  —  Worlds.com CEO Thom Kidrin is putting the entire virtual worlds industry on notice: His company claims the idea of a scalable virtual world with thousands of users is its patented intellectual property …
Associated Press:
EBay's PayPal envisions doubling in size by 2011  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. - EBay Inc.'s name may conjure images of online auctions, but the company is hoping to turn attention to its second-largest business — PayPal — which it expects to blossom significantly in the next few years.
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Brad Stone / Bits:
Chief Promises a ‘New EBay’ and Talks Up PayPal
Discussion: Tech Beat
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple orders 10-inch touchscreens for mystery product  —  Adding fuel to rumors of a so-called “netbook” under development inside Apple, Reuters is now citing its own sources in saying the touchscreens ordered by the company measure 10 inches diagonally.  —  In a report published early Wednesday morning …
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
New Apple tablet rumors point to Kindle clones?
Discussion: TechFlash, CrunchGear and Digital Daily
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Faster iTunes 8.1 with new import and Genius features due soon  —  Apple sometime later today or this week will make available for download a speedier version of its iTunes media software that will extend the company's Genius feature to more media types and support direct CD imports to iTunes Plus format.
Discussion: MacRumors, TUAW and VentureBeat
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iTunes 8.1 “Coming Soon”: Speed Boosts, TV/Movie Genius Feature and More
Discussion: iLounge and Macworld
Anita Barci / Checkout:
Google Checkout fees in 2009  —  When we launched Google Checkout in 2006, we set out to create a fast, secure online shopping experience for our users.  Now in our third year of helping merchants increase sales and attract user interest, we're announcing the decision to move …
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.com:
G1 “cupcake” update coming April … T-Mobile has confirmed that it will be bringing the “cupcake” software update to the G1 mobile phone in April.  —  The news will mean users of the Android handset will get an onscreen keyboard as well as a host of other features to improve the performance of the handset launched last November.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Valley Exec Twitters Through Home Break-In  —  (See also: Jon Stewart On Twitter: “I Have No Idea How It Works, Or Why It Is")  —  A strange man broke into Revision3 COO David Prager's home last night.  —  Did David call the police?  No, he updated Twitter and turned on a live video stream at Ustream.
Discussion: Guardian and TECH.BLORGE.com
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Can Media Take Tips from Twitter?  Techmeme's Experience as Case Study  —  Can media organizations leverage the social web to get story tips faster than they could through traditional methods?  A number of news aggregators believe so and are looking to Twitter for tips.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Zuckerberg gets poked off Forbes billionaire list  —  A while back we predicted that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was in danger of losing his title as the world's youngest billionaire due to the maddening ascent of teen diva Miley Cyrus.  But, Forbes magazine says, Mark Zuckerberg …
Discussion: Digital Download and Forbes, Thanks:sampad
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Truemors: The Rumor Is No Updates in a Month  —  Truemors is a place to share rumors that you hear.  We reviewed the service when it launched nearly two years.  Trumeors was started by very popular web personality Guy Kawasaki and was sold to NowPublic for an undisclosed sum.
Thanks:atul
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Announces Advanced Ad Targeting Features  —  Today Facebook sent out a message to advertisers notifying them that there are two new features to target users with: language and target location radius.  For example if you are searching for people in Washington, DC …
Discussion: CNET News and Inside Facebook, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Phil Glockner / ReadWriteWeb:
Media Cloud Leverages Calais to Track News Trends  —  Media Cloud, a new project from the Berkman Center at Harvard University, has an ambitious goal: It will do the heavy lifting of analyzing stories from thousands of traditional news sources, analyzing the semantics of the content through Calais …
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Comcast Now Third Largest Phone Company - Passes Qwest with explosive digital voice growth...  Sure, we've given Comcast some grief over the years, but one thing that can't be denied is the speed at which the company absolutely dominated of the VoIP (sorry, Digital Voice) market.
Daniel Tenner:
Starting up with a friend  —  It seems like a fool-proof plan: start up with a close friend.  You'll get along (obviously), and you'll get to share the exciting, fantastic, scary experience of starting up with someone you care about.  It's not a bad idea, but there are a few caveats that you should be aware of before you proceed1.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Lenovo's VAIO P Reserve Edition?  —  What you're looking at is a genuine Lenovo device taken by a trusted source from inside of a showroom within [IBM's Beijing headquarters] Lenovo's Beijing office.  The details sent to Engadget Chinese are brief so we can't tell you if it's a working model or not.
Ryan Kairer / PalmInfocenter:
Movistar Picks up the Palm Pre in Spain and Latin America  —  Numerous Spanish media outlets are reporting today that Telefónica's Movistar will exclusively offer the Palm Pre in Spain, UK and Latin America.  The Spanish newspaper Expansion reports (Translated) that Telefónica will offer the Pre in Spain “before summer.”
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple's Snow Leopard may be delayed - analyst  —  Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, the update of Apple's (AAPL) current Macintosh operating system that Steve Jobs said would ship in “about a year” when he introduced it last June, may not arrive until later this summer or fall.
Discussion: AppleInsider and Macsimum News
Tara Weiss / Forbes:
Blogging Your Way Into A Job  —  Set yourself up as an authority on the work you do.  It's easy.  —  With competition so fierce for every open position these days, even the smallest edge can make the difference in landing you that interview or even a job.  One way to gain an advantage: Start a blog about your profession or industry.
 
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Sylvie Barak / Inquirer:
Korea Fair Trade Commission rules against Intel
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Vodafone Music goes DRM-free, throws in free upgrades
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
AMD: MacBook issues giving graphics bad rap
Discussion: Electronista
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Is Apple laying off or staffing up?
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nintendo crosses 100 million DS game handhelds sold
Jim Dwyer / New York Times:
The Officer Who Posted Too Much on MySpace
Discussion: Glass House