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6:20 AM ET, March 11, 2009


 Top Items: 
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 …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Google's free SMS gravy train dries up
Discussion: TechSpot
How Vista mistakes guided changes to Windows development  —  About a year ago on its Redmond, Washington, campus, a member of Microsoft's Windows Vista team met with a group of journalists to face some tough questions about the OS.  —  At the time, it was clear Vista was not going to be the …
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).
Christian Zibreg / TG Daily:
Apple's App Store analysis: This Titanic is actually unsinkable … Chicago (IL) -With nearly 27,000 applications now available on Apple's App Store, the number of iPhone applications has now exceeded what it took Windows Mobile nine years to amass.  With an addressable market …
Discussion: Macsimum News
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple's App Store already nearing pace of $1 billion business?
Discussion: VentureBeat, IntoMobile and CNET News
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Apple backs down on Tweetie app.  Swear words for all!  —  Earlier today, iPhone app developer Loren Brichter raised hell on Twitter about Apple's rejection of the latest version of his Twitter iPhone app, Tweetie.  Perhaps after seeing the crazy amount of negative coverage …
Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog:
Tweetie 1.3 Rejected by Apple for Returning “Offensive Language” …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Gets Into Behavioral Targeting, Launches “Interest-Based Advertising” Beta  —  Google today is launching a form of behavioral targeting advertising named Interest-Based Advertising.  Interest-Based Advertising allows advertisers to deliver ads based on hundreds of interest categories and previous interactions with those users.
Adriana Lee /
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
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
MeeHive wants to deliver smarter news aggregation  —  Kosmix, the company that automatically generates informational pages about any topic, is using its technology to improve the news-reading experience with a new product called MeeHive.  —  Okay, so I've probably got many of you rolling your eyes already.
Heather Dougherty / Hitwise Intelligence:
Visits to Gmail surpass YouTube  —  For the past two weeks, the market share of US Internet visits to Gmail has been higher than visits to YouTube.  Previously, YouTube consistently ranked 10th among all websites by market share of visits until the week ending Jan. 10, 2009, where Gmail moved up one rank to reach #10.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Folks, this is, in no way, open  —  Today the Guardian announced their “Open Platform,” much as the NY Times did a couple of weeks ago.  It's even less open than the Times was.  —  If it were actually open they'd announce it to all developers at the same moment, so we could all try …
Bill Gurley /
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.
Discussion: Venture Capital Dispatch, Thanks:atul
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Cotendo launches “next generation” content delivery network  —  The world of content delivery networks — i.e., services that help serve videos and other content to website visitors — is already dominated by established players like as Akamai Technologies and Limelight Networks.
Discussion: and Contentinople
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.
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.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Another $10.5 million for Auditude's video ads  —  Auditude, a video advertising company best known for technology that can identify clients' video content and run ads against it, has raised a $10.5 million Series B funding round from Redpoint Ventures and existing investor Greylock Partners.
Discussion: VentureBeat and NewTeeVee
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: OSNews, TechSpot, Slashdot and
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Developers Getting Antsy Over Verified Apps Program  —  Facebook's Verified Apps program, first announced in Summer 2008, is a way for trusted application developers to be separated from the pack.  But the program is yet to launch, and perceived delays and a lack of communication …
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
How Low Can PC Prices Go?  —  As consumers cut back and the popularity of low-cost netbooks grows, the computer industry could see a sharp drop in prices  —  When Jim Wahl bought his first computer back in 1995, it cost $2,500.  In December, when the Dallas acquisitions manager bought a Hewlett-Packard …
Stephen Fry: The internet and Me  —  Stephen Fry - wit, writer, raconteur, actor and quiz show host - is also a self-confessed dweeb and meistergeek.  As he confesses “If I added up all the hours I've sat watching a progress bar fill up, I could live another life.”
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?
Security Updates available for Adobe Reader 9 and Acrobat 9  —  Vulnerability identifier: APSB09-03  —  A critical vulnerability has been identified in Adobe Reader 9 and Acrobat 9 and earlier versions.  This vulnerability would cause the application to crash and could potentially allow …
Angelique Chrisafis / Guardian:
Sarkozy threat to illegal downloaders  —  The French government has been accused of “Big Brother” tactics over an anti-piracy bill which aims to punish people who repeatedly illegally download music and films by cutting off their internet access for up to a year.
Discussion: Reuters and Ars Technica
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Advertisers Get a Trove of Clues in Smartphones  —  The millions of people who use their cellphones daily to play games, download applications and browse the Web may not realize that they have an unseen companion: advertisers that can track their interests, their habits and even their location.
Jane Wakefield / BBC:
Last.FM joins Google's rights row  —  Online music service 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: Tech Central, Guardian, paidContent, MediaFile and Reuters, Thanks:miad
Grace Chen / PlayStation.Blog:
NBC Universal Premieres on PSN Today
Discussion: VG247, Engadget HD and Game|Life
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Nokia introducing 5030, 5330, and 5730 XpressMusics at tomorrow's event?  —  We know that the shindig Nokia's putting on tomorrow has something to do with music, so it's certainly within the realm of possibility that we'd see some new XpressMusic handsets there, and indeed, All About Phones seems to have scooped the goods.
Discussion: Nokia, Engadget and SlashPhone
Aaron Rowe / Danger Room:
Don't Tape Me, Bro!  Taser Launches Headcam for Cops  —  Officers: Are you sick and tired of excessive force lawsuits?  Well cheer up.  Taser has a plan to give your police department its own CYA reality TV show.  —  The less-lethal weapons company has launched a wearable computer …
Discussion: Pulse2, Thanks:jamtoday
Timothy High / High T:
Do we need Yet Another Method to communicate?  —  Lately I've been looking into Web 2.0-type tools to improve our commumication and workflow at work.  There's been some Enterprise 2.0 buzz about Twitter as a possible tool for communication on projects, and I've been scratching my head trying to figure out exactly how.
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Erica Naone / Technology Review:
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Tom Abate / The Technology Chronicles:
Woman computing pioneer wins prize
Discussion:, MIT News and Ars Technica
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Where AMD's New CEO Is Heading
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Q&A: Roger Ehrenberg on startup shutdowns
 Earlier Items: 
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Concerted Linux-netbook effort needed to beat Microsoft
Discussion: OSNews and CloudAve
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
San Francisco to be “Twitterfied”
Discussion: Twitter Blog, Thanks:atul
Alina Dizik / Wall Street Journal:
Windows Into Lives After a Layoff
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
EMC Tightens Its Embrace of VMware
Discussion: The Register
Google and Cisco Eyed as Possible Dow Candidates
Discussion: Reuters, GigaOM and CrunchGear, Thanks:atul

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Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Google announces ad partner support for Accelerated Mobile Pages, its version of Facebook's Instant Articles, launching early next year

Jessica Goodman / Entertainment Weekly:
Adele's new album, 25, now available on Pandora despite not being on subscription streaming sites like Apple Music and Spotify

Alex Weprin / Politico:
CNN pivots HLN back toward news

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