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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
AOL Gets A New CEO: Google Sales Boss Tim Armstrong  —  Everyone who wondered why Randy Falco and Ron Grant were still running AOL gets an answer: Time Warner (TWX) was lining up their replacement.  Google (GOOG) sales chief Tim Armstrong becomes chairman and CEO of the troubled Web property, effective immediately.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Ad Chief Tim Armstrong Replaces Randy Falco As Chairman And CEO Of AOL  —  Breaking: AOL has named a new CEO and chairman.  Tim Armstrong, who headed up ad sales in the Americas for Google, will replace Randy Falco as chairman and CEO.  AOL President and COO Ron Grant will also be leaving the company.
Discussion: Jobwire
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Apple iPhone 3.0 OS event March 17th, we got some info  —  So it looks like Apple's planning on holding an event for iPhone 3.0 OS March 17th along with showing off an updated SDK.  This would fit nicely with their brief history of having a preview software event followed by a hardware refresh in June/July.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Apple previewing iPhone OS 3.0 at an event March 17  —  Well, Apple is having an event in March, but it won't be showing off any hardware.  Instead, March 17 will mark a special event to show off a preview of the new iPhone 3.0 software.  —  This likely means we can expect the software relatively soon …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Why it's time to break out of Twitter  —  First, so there are no misunderstandings, I am using Twitter, I will continue to use Twitter and I will recommend Twitter to others, as I have been for 2 or so years.  This is not me slamming the door on the way out, something I dislike intensely.
Discussion: TechCrunchIT, Thanks:atul
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
How Much Is A Suggested Slot On Twitter Worth?  Jason Calacanis Offers $250,000.  —  When newbies sign up to Twitter now, they are presented with a list of 100 suggested users to start following.  Simply being on that list can boost your followers well above 100,000.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Pulse2, Thanks:atul
Rogers Cadenhead / Workbench:   The Size of Your Twitter Makes Me Feel Inadequate
Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines:
Palm Pre to arrive...we don't know.  Still.  (updated with plans)  —  In a private webinar today at 2PM EST, Palm product line manager Matt Crowley said after a 20-minute rehash of the CES 2009 presentation and demonstration of the company's now-fabled Palm Pre that there is …
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Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Pre Available First Half of 2009, Pricing Plans Confirmed
The Official Google Blog:
Here comes Google Voice  —  We've just started to release a preview of Google Voice, an application that helps you better manage your voice communications.  Google Voice will be available initially to existing users of GrandCentral, a service we acquired in July of 2007.
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Google Voice Blog:
Moving to Google Voice!
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple exploring Magic Wand controller for next-gen Apple TV  —  Apple is exploring the possibility of including a wireless “remote wand” with future versions of its Apple TV media system that would provide users with precise control over a cursor on the Apple TV screen in very much the same …
Mel Carson / adCenter Analytics Blog:
adCenter Analytics Beta To Close  —  The Microsoft adCenter AnalyticsBeta team announced today the end of the adCenter Analytics beta program.  —  The beta has been closed, but the program will remain available to current users through December 31, 2009.  —  Please note that all hosted services …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Microsoft kills adCenter Analytics
Venture Capital Dispatch:
Two Famous VCs Fall Out Of Billionaires Club  —  Two of venture capital's most successful investors from different eras, Arthur Rock and Michael Moritz, have said goodbye to the exclusive billionaires club this year.  —  According to Forbes' Billionaires list, the world now has 793 billionaires …
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Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0:
Billionaire Bill, down $18 billion, is back on top of Forbes list
Discussion: The Register and VatorNews
Jefferson Graham / Technology Live:
Hulu launches social networking  —  Fast-rising video site Hulu celebrates its one-year anniversary Thursday, and plans to mark the occasion by introducing social networking features to inform your inner circle about TV shows and movies you like to watch.  —  In the past, you could share Hulu shows …
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Yahoo! Search Blog:
Embed Videos, Games, and Docs the Easy Way with SearchMonkey  —  Creating enhanced results just got a lot easier with a new SearchMonkey feature that allows site owners and developers to embed flash video, games, and documents directly in Yahoo! Search results.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Yahoo: Easier SearchMonkey means better search
Discussion: eWeek and Search Engine Land
Jack Neff / AdAge:
P&G Gives Its Marketers a Crash Course in Social Media  —  Twittering Digerati Descend on Cincinnati HQ for ‘Digital Hack Night’ Charity Event  —  BATAVIA, Ohio (AdAge.com) — ­Procter & Gamble Co. paired 40 digital media and agency executives with 100 of its North American marketing directors …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone sales grew 245% in 2008 - Gartner  —  Apple's (AAPL) iPhone was the fastest-growing smartphone of 2008, despite end-of-year sales that failed to maintain the blistering pace set in July with the launch of the iPhone 3G, Gartner researchers reported Wednesday.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hoops to Go: CBS Streaming March Madness to iPhone  —  More catnip for the convergence optimists, who dream about getting to watch anything they want on any device they choose: In addition to streaming all of its March Madness coverage on the Web, CBS is also letting iPhone and iPod touch owners watch …
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft's own speed tests show IE beating Chrome, Firefox (Updated)  —  Microsoft has released its own tests that show IE8 can load many websites faster than two open source browsers: Firefox and Chrome.  —  Just before announcing that Internet Explorer 8 has been finalized …
Discussion: TechFlash, The Register and TG Daily
Darren Gladstone / PC World:
Dell Studio One 19: All-in-One Stunner Takes Japan  —  There's been a bit of a rebirth in the all-in-one desktop category lately and from the looks of it, Dell is onto something with its Studio One 19.  This new machine — starting at $699 — melds together a wish-list of what I'd hoped I'd see in my Kitchen of TomorrowTM.
David Meyer / CNET News:
T-Mobile's G1 Android to get new features  —  T-Mobile will push out a major firmware update to users of the G1 Android handset in April, the mobile operator has said.  —  The update will introduce features such as virtual keyboards and stereo Bluetooth support, as well as an upgrade of the underlying Linux kernel.
David A Nakamura / D.C. Wire:
Breaking: D.C. Tech Official Busted in Federal Bribery Sting  —  [Note: For complete story, go here.]  —  An official in the D.C. government's office of the chief technology officer has been arrested in a federal bribery sting, according to law enforcement sources.
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Why is U2 endorsing the BlackBerry?  —  The weird marriage between rock's biggest band and the world's dorkiest phone.  —  A question inspired by this week's news that Research in Motion, the company that makes the BlackBerry, has become the chief sponsor for U2's next bombastic world tour: Who exactly is profiting from this deal?
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon tweaks EC2 pricing; Takes next step in its enterprise evolution  —  Amazon has tweaked its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) pricing model to be more enterprise friendly.  The move is significant enough to sway IT executives to adopt more of Amazon's Web Services-especially when they have tight budgets.
Robert McMillan / ITworld.com:
Researchers find ways to sniff keystrokes from thin air  —  I like it!  —  That PC keyboard you're using may be giving away your passwords.  Researchers say they've discovered new ways to read what you're typing by aiming special wireless or laser equipment at the keyboard or by simply plugging into a nearby electrical socket.
 
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