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10:25 AM ET, March 16, 2009


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Wall Street Journal:
Google Dealt Blow by Departure  —  Armstrong Known for Relationships with Big Advertisers  —  Tim Armstrong's departure from Google Inc. creates a new challenge for the search company in its ongoing effort to win business from big-brand advertisers.  —  Mr. Armstrong — a Google senior vice president …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
comScore: Mobile Internet Becoming A Daily Activity For Many  —  Number of people accessing news and information on their mobile device more than doubles in a year.  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today reported that the number of people using …
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
Apple to unveil next generation of iPhone software  —  Apple on Tuesday will give a peek at its latest tech tinkering for the iPhone.  —  “Get an advance preview of what we're building,” the Cupertino company announced in an e-mail to analysts and reporters last week.
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Computer Makers Prepare to Stake Bigger Claim in Phones  —  The computer industry has hit upon its Next Big Thing.  It is called a phone.  —  Emboldened by Apple's success with its iPhone, many PC makers and chip companies are charging into the mobile-phone business, promising new devices …
Discussion: Digital Daily and MacDailyNews
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Connect Brings New Opportunities for Engaging Interactions and Viral Growth to iPhone Apps  —  This weekend at SXSW in Austin, Facebook's Dave Morin announced the launch of Facebook Connect for iPhone.  Now, iPhone app developers can integrate Facebook Connect natively into their apps …
Discussion: Music Ally
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Sony Pressured to Cut PlayStation Price as Developers Push More Wii Titles  —  Sony Corp. is under pressure from video-game publishers to cut the price of the PlayStation 3 console or risk seeing more development funds shift to Nintendo Co.'s Wii.  —  Sony, which has resisted calls for lower prices …
Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
Cloudera floats commercial Hadoop distro  —  Open source for the Google wannabe  —  Face it: You want to launch your own Google and get your hands on some of that (easy?) internet money.  Well, now's your chance to take a stab at it.  —  Today, a startup called Cloudera is launching …
Lenovo teases Pocket Yoga touchscreen netbook  —  Lenovo this morning confirmed the existence of its mystery netbook by posting teaser images on its photo feed.  The system is now called the Pocket Yoga and has both the ultra-wide, VAIO P-like display and leather-bound shell of leaked photos.
Dave Chase / TechFlash:
Local media need dual business models, not dueling models  —  Dave Chase: I own and run a hyperlocal news site called  While we've managed to be one of the few pureplay local Internet media ventures to eke out a profit, the financial returns aren't anything to write home about.
Discussion: Screenwerk
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Operating Systems Don't Matter  —  Microsoft won't agree with that assertion, nor will Linux or Mac aficionados.  I've blogged this topic a couples times past, either here or when I was a JupiterResearch analyst.  I got to thinking more about the OS irrelevance topic because of a Friday blog post …
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Many See Privacy on Web as Big Issue, Survey Says  —  As arguments swirl over online privacy, a new survey indicates the issue is a dominant concern for Americans.  —  More than 90 percent of respondents called online privacy a “really” or “somewhat” important issue, according to the survey …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Larry Seltzer / eWeek:
The British Botnet Corporation  —  There are some things you just don't do in security research or you become part of the problem.  Controlling and modifying other people's machines, even if they are “bots” in a botnet, is one of them.  This is what the BBC did.
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Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Will a Shift to Cloud Computing Create or Cut Jobs?
Times of India:
IBM develops a technology that will allow users to talk to web
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Beyond Search
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Meet Someone Who Still Wants to Invest in Startups: Founders Fund's Dave McClure
Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
HP Offers Low-Cost NonStop Servers with NS2000s
Discussion: The Register
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Poken: Tiny RFID thingies that share all your personal data with others
Avner Ronen / boxee blog:
boxee iPhone remote app available on the App Store
Discussion: Softpedia News, TUAW, eHomeUpgrade and Lifehacker, Thanks:atul
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
How Two Coke Fans Brought the Brand to Facebook Fame
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