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7:10 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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Inside Facebook
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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 …
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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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google to Offer Ads Based on Interests  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google will begin showing ads on Wednesday to people based on their previous online activities in a form of advertising known as behavioral targeting, which has been embraced by most of its competitors but has drawn criticism from privacy advocates and some members of Congress.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Gets Into Behavioral Targeting, Launches “Interest-Based Advertising” Beta
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and NEWSFACTOR
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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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft details app store plans  —  Microsoft on Wednesday is offering up more details on its would-be rival to the iPhone's app store.  —  The software maker said it will charge developers $99 a year, plus $99 for each application they submit to get an app into the Windows Marketplace store.
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
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: VentureBeat
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iTunes 8.1 “Coming Soon”: Speed Boosts, TV/Movie Genius Feature and More
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 …
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.
Chris Williams / The Register:
Phorm CEO clashes with Berners-Lee at Parliament  —  Ertugrul demands privacy panel opt-in  —  Free whitepaper - Making large UPS systems more efficient  —  An exasperated Kent Ertugrul took on Sir Tim Berners-Lee in a tense encounter at a discussion on internet privacy at the Houses of Parliament today.
Discussion: paidContent and TECH.BLORGE.com
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Alan Travis / Guardian:
Web inventor warns against third-party internet snooping
Discussion: Between the Lines
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 …
Discussion: Joystiq, WoW Insider and VG247
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Valley Exec Twitters Through Home Break-In  —  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.  —  This is someone who needs to get out of Silicon Valley.
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.
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
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.
Jim Dwyer / New York Times:
The Officer Who Posted Too Much on MySpace  —  In pictures, Vaughan Ettienne is a champion bodybuilder of surreal musculature.  In conversation, he is polite and thoughtful.  —  And in the looking glass of his computer screen, he becomes a man of fierce, profane views on how to keep law and order.
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.
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 …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
SAP to offer corporate apps on iPhone  —  Corporate software makers SAP and Sybase are teaming up to make it easier for business users to access SAP's software on mobile devices such as Apple's iPhone.  —  SAP, which is the world's biggest maker of business management software …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
ffwd Hops on Twitter Bandwagon with Twitmatic  —  Video discovery service ffwd has created a new project called Twitmatic, which surfaces videos being shared by Twitter users.  Like the OneRiot “real-time” video search engine that we covered yesterday, Twitmatic tries to extract timely …
Discussion: CNET News
Ed Hardy / brighthand.com:
T-Mobile G1 Now Available for Under $100  —  Amazon.com is now offering the T-Mobile G1 at a special price — just over half what this Android-based smartphone normally sells for.  —  The regular price for the G1 is $180 when purchased with a two-year contract, but this online retailer is selling it now for $98.
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.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Is Apple laying off or staffing up?  —  It's hard to make sense of the conflicting reports of recent layoffs at Apple (AAPL).  Valleywag's gossip editor in two separate posts said as many as 50 employees were laid off here and there.  Apple PR flatly denied the first report and went semi-mum about the second.
 
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Ryan Kairer / PalmInfocenter:
Movistar Picks up the Palm Pre in Spain and Latin America
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Layoffs to hit another Dell plant
Discussion: eWeek
Private Equity Beat:
Buyout Beats Venture, In A Bad Way
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
New Apple tablet rumors point to Kindle clones?
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
AMD: MacBook issues giving graphics bad rap
Discussion: Electronista
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Rik Myslewski / The Register:
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Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
Q&A: California lawmaker wants to blur Google Earth
Discussion: CNET News
Heather Dougherty / Hitwise Intelligence:
Visits to Gmail surpass YouTube
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