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10:20 PM ET, March 13, 2009

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David Wood / Symbian Foundation Blog:
Introducing the Release Plan  —  There's a lot of activity underway, throughout the software development teams for all the different packages that make up the Symbian Platform.  —  These packages are finding their way into platform releases.  The plan is that there will be two platform releases each year.
Engineering Windows 7:
A few more changes from Beta to RC...  Hey folks, just wanted to provide another update (building on the recent post on some changes since Beta) on some of the changes you will see in the Release Candidate.  Again, there are many and this is not an exhaustive list.
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Kumo home page  —  We've seen a number of screen shots of Kumo.com, but this is the first one we've seen of the home page:  —  Note the pager at the bottom right.  —  We like this idea of deploying Kumo internally, so that MS employees who apparently don't read LiveSide, and “didn't get the memo” …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Whoa, Twitter Mania  —  Maybe it is all the TV news mentions, but Twitter is seeing the growth in U.S visitors to its site accelerating.  In February, 4 million people in the U.S. visited the site, up from 2.6 million the month before, according to the latest data from comScore.
Thanks:atul
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Rules Apply To Everyone  —  The Elliot Spitzer phenomenon is part of being human.  For whatever reason, people who obtain power can convince themselves that the very rules they create and enforce don't apply to them.  Elliot Spitzer and his prostitutes.  Al Gore flying carbon-spewing private jets.
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Googlers Shocked By Armstrong Defection  —  We've been calling and emailing our sources at Google, AOL, and the ad agencies to gauge the industry's reaction to news that Google US sales boss Tim Armstrong would replace Randy Falco as AOL CEO.  —  Most of our sources asked to remain anonymous …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Stewart slams Cramer with Apple video  —  The highlight of Thursday night's appearance of CNBC's Mad Money host Jim Cramer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart — which both NBC and Comedy Central had done their best to promote as the grudge match of the century — turned out to be a two-year …
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Twitter Paid $6 or Less for Crowdsourced ‘Birdie’ Graphic  —  The bird on Twitter's home page, familiar to millions, is small, cute and fun, and implies communication and anticipation.  One might say it's the perfect graphic for Twitter.  Yet the company paid its designer at most $6, without attribution.
Thanks:atul
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
‘Bridge to Microsoft’ Is One of Puget Sound Prizes in Stimulus  —  Microsoft Corp., which has $20 billion of cash in the bank, is among the first in the Puget Sound area to benefit from the investment in roads and bridges through President Barack Obama's stimulus plan.
Roberto Mateu / Opera Labs:
Opera Turbo  —  At Opera, we love speed.  We work hard to make our browser faster with features that speeds you up, but your connection also plays a big role on how fast you can go.  —  Some people have fast connections, a lot have slow connections.  Many are always on the run from one place …
Discussion: Download Squad, jkOnTheRun and TechSpot
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Google exec: ‘Twitter-like service’ more interesting with more data  —  The essence of Google's product strategy is to “follow the data,” said the company's Seattle site director, Brian Bershad, during a presentation about the future of search at a Technology Alliance event this morning.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook's New Public Profiles: Good for Businesses, Bad for People  —  Over the past couple of days, Facebook has been rolling out a revamped home page to all its users which delivers several major changes including real-time updates, new filtering controls, a new share box (called …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Amazon Uses DMCA To Try To Block Other Ebooks From Getting On Your Kindle  —  Slashdot points us to the rather unfortunate news that Amazon has sent a DMCA takedown notice to MobileRead, concerning a link that site had to a small piece of software that would allow ebooks purchased elsewhere (other than Amazon) to work on the Kindle.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Your mom is leaving MySpace for Facebook (but you aren't)  —  MySpace has been maligned for what appears to be stagnant if not declining traffic in its core U.S. userbase.  But the story is more nuanced, and not so dire.  Sure, MySpace's overall traffic has taken a big hit over the last year …
Discussion: Computerworld and Inside Facebook
Michael Weiss-Malik / Google LatLong:
Live from Mars!  —  Just last month, we released Mars in Google Earth 5.0 and finally satisfied the long-standing demands of our Martian userbase.  However, much to our delight, Mars has also proven popular among Earthlings, so today we're pleased to announce several new features for Mars …
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Will Windows Mobile 7 fix updating?  —  According to a recent job posting, Microsoft might be changing how updates work on Windows Mobile with the release of version 7 next year.  —  Windows Mobile has many things it could be doing better, and updates are near the top of the list.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Over 80 bug fixes due in Mac OS X 10.5.7 “Juno”  —  Apple on Thursday evening made available to its developer community yet another pre-release of Mac OS X 10.5.7, which stands to be the seventh maintenance and security update to the company's Leopard operating system in less than 18 months.
Discussion: CNET News, MobileCrunch and Neowin.net
InfoWorld:
Amazon, Microsoft improve their cloud computing game  —  Amazon has introduced EC2 Reserved Instances, which allow you to obtain a reduced hourly fee for an upfront payment that varies according to which level of EC2 server you use.  So, for example, with an upfront payment of $325 …
Erica Sadun / Ars Technica:
Apple extends beta-developer memberships  —  Apple has just e-mailed iPhone developers who participated in the early beta SDK program to extend their membership and iTunes Connect contracts to July 11, 2009.  Apple promises to contact developers soon with details and instructions about the extension.
Discussion: CNET News and The iPhone Blog
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
iPod touch—not lies—sets kid's pants on fire; parents sue  —  “Liar liar, pants on fire!”  One kid from Cincinnati won't be able to listen to that one again after allegedly having an iPod touch actually set his pants on fire, resulting in melted underwear and second degree burns on his leg.
Mobile Today:
O2 drops price on 3G iPhone ahead of new Apple device this summer  —  Stocks cleared as new Apple iPhone set for July release  —  O2 is poised to tweak prices on the 3G iPhone in May, ahead of what is believed to be a new Apple mobile phone in June or, most likely, July, Mobile can exclusively reveal.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Top Search Terms on Twitter Since July 2008: Sleep.fm, Ezinearticles, and GaryVee  —  Twitter users clearly love the social alarm clock Sleep.fm, the Vaynerchuk brothers, Chris Knight, and ezinearticles.  At least, according to search analytics firm Compete, which aggregated …
Discussion: Compete Blog, Thanks:mrinaldesai
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
ABC News to interview John McCain — on Twitter  —  One of the biggest complaints about Twitter is that its 140-character limit is simply not enough to say what you need to say sometimes.  Of course, this limit works both ways — it can also stop people from going on for too long about something.
Discussion: George's Bottom Line
internetnews.com:
Adobe: ‘Open’ But Not Always Open Source  —  Adobe says it sees openness as a way to grow interest.  But not every one of its products is ready for open source.  —  With technologies like Flash and PDF pervasive across the Web, Adobe has established itself as one of the leading forces …
Hutch Carpenter / I'm Not Actually a Geek:
Microblogging Will Marginalize Corporate Email  —  In case you missed it last week, Google CEO Eric Schmidt had this to say about the microblogging service Twitter: … At first blush, this seemed like an example of Google not ‘getting it’ when it comes to Twitter (see the comments to the linked blog post above).
Thanks:atul
Cade Metz / The Register:
Ethernet — a [networking protocol] name for the ages  —  Michelson, Morley, and Metcalfe  —  In the beginning, Ethernet was optional.  When Bob Metcalfe and David Boggs cooked up their network protocol at Xerox PARC in the early 1970s, it was meant to connect the research haven's …
Discussion: OSNews
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
It was 20 years ago today: The Web  —  History in the making: Berners-Lee's original schematic for a client/server model for a distributed hypertext system.  —  Is it already 20 years since Tim Berners-Lee authored “Information Management: A proposal” and set the technology world on fire?
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Kundra takes leave of absence from federal CIO post  —  The move follows allegations of bribery in DC office he ran  —  The fallout from Thursday's arrests of a District of Columbia IT security official and contractor quickly raised questions about the fate of Vivek Kundra …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Mike Abramsky and the Holy Pre  —  Palm hasn't yet set its price or launch date, but it already has a winner on its hands in the Pre.  That's the word from RBC Capital analyst Mike Abramsky, who gave the device one hell of a write-up this morning.  Seems Abramsky, who had previously been neutral on Palm …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
The Washington Post Modifies Its Print Editions  —  Newspaper Drops to Four Sections; Finance News Will Now Appear Inside A Section  —  The Washington Post, taking another step toward trimming the size of its product, is folding the Business section into the newspaper and drastically reducing the publication of stock tables.
 
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Nokia “Piranha” touch smartphone, others coming to AT&T?
Discussion: pocketnow.com
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. startup Aardvark personalizes searching
Discussion: CNET News and TechCrunch
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Report: Microsoft U.S. search share hits 12-month low
Jason Fitzpatrick / Lifehacker:
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FanSnap Is The New Kayak For Event Ticket Searches
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
How Not To ‘Save’ The Music Industry: Ask The Folks Who Benefited …
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Keith Sevcik / CNET News:
Why Google Maps blurring would set us back
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