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2:25 PM ET, March 16, 2009

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Electronista:
Lenovo teases Pocket Yoga touchscreen netbook  —  (Updated with new photos) 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.
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Esteban / Design Matters:
“Pocket Yoga” Concept  —  Guest blogger, Johnson Li, Director of Lenovo's Beijing Inovation Center, speaks out about a concept that recently emerged on the tech blogs.  I want to thank him for sharing this concept with the Design Matters audience.  David  —  Last week some buzz was created …
Tom Steinert-Threlkeld / Between the Lines:
Cisco launches bid to capture the data center  —  Cisco Systems has just launched what it considers a “critical step” in its Data Center 3.0 strategy, promising an ecosystem of partners which include chipmaker Intel, tech consultancy Accenture, virtualization software provider VMWare …
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comScore:
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 …
Christophe Bisciglia / Cloudera Hadoop & Big Data Blog:
Announcing Cloudera's Distribution for Hadoop  —  One of the repeating themes we have heard while working with our customers and the community is that Hadoop configuration and deployment is a pain.  Often times, Hadoop is the first truly distributed system that administrators encounter …
Discussion: InfoWorld and Network World
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Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Bottling the Magic Behind Google and Facebook
Discussion: CNET News and TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
TweetDeck Joins The Facebook Connect Army  —  You can now add TweetDeck to the growing army of apps that are joining Facebook Connect.  TweetDeck is the most popular desktop client for Twitter, and now it will add Facebook functionality as well.  When you send out a message from TweetDeck …
Discussion: All Facebook
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TweetDeck's posterous:
TweetDeck v0.24 Pre-Release: Facebook Integration
Discussion: Inside Facebook and Mashable!
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
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
You've Got Tim Armstrong! -His Entire First Email to AOL Staff
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
AMD-Intel dispute over patent licensing heats up  —  This post was updated at 8:23 a.m. PDT with comments from Intel and AMD and at 8:33 a.m. PDT with The Foundry Company's new name, Globalfoundries.  —  Advanced Micro Devices announced Monday that Intel plans to pull its 2001 cross-licensing …
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 …
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Seattle P-I to publish last edition Tuesday  —  The Seattle Post-Intelligencer will roll off the presses for the last time Tuesday, ending a 146-year run.  —  The Hearst Corp. announced Monday that it would stop publishing the newspaper, Seattle's oldest business, and cease delivery to more than 117,600 weekday readers.
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple holding back on web-based 3D graphics for the desktop  —  Apple has created a series of specifications for performing two-dimensional transforms via CSS, as well as animating those transforms over time.  The Safari 4 beta highlights some of these CSS-based transforms …
Discussion: The iPhone Blog, WinBeta and digg.com
Telegraph:
Google Earth used by thief to pinpoint buildings with valuable lead roofs  —  A thief stole £100,000 worth of lead from the roofs of buildings after identifying them with Google Earth.  —  Tom Berge used the popular internet tool, which shows aerial photographs of towns across the world …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Mr. Hulu Gets a New Gig: Former NBC Digital Boss George Kliavkoff Goes To Hearst  —  George Kliavkoff, who left his job as NBC Universal's chief digital officer last year, has a new, similar-sounding gig: He's going to work at at Hearst, where he'll run digital operations for entertainment head Scott Sassa.
Greg Sterling / Local Mobile Search:
Will 2D Barcodes Finally Take Off in West?  —  I've written numerous times about 2D barcodes and use of camera phones as a search or advertising vehicle.  In Japan the use of QR codes in traditional media and outdoor advertising is well established.  Now in the US (as well as Europe) there's some movement toward adoption.
Discussion: AdAge
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft's Azure cloud suffers first crash  —  Evangelize first, report later  —  Microsoft wanted to offer people the full cloud experience.  Well, now it has.  —  The company's pre-beta Azure Services Platform has joined the likes of Amazon Web Services and Flexiscale with a massive outage - Azure's first.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Gets The Sequoia Capital Seal Of Approval  —  Y Combinator, a seed stage venture firm that has invested in a whopping 118 startups since summer 2005, has to date only invested capital provided by its four founders: Paul Graham, Jessica Livingston, Trevor Blackwell and Robert Morris.
Discussion: Venture Hacks, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Gather Ye Tech Bargains While Ye May  —  Prices on tech gadgets remain low, but the pace of declines is slowing and may reverse course if component costs bottom and demand revives  —  If there were ever a time to hunt for bargains in tech, it's now.  Prices for many must-have gadgets are low …
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 …
Justin Berka / Ars Technica:
iTunes 8.1 allows you to autofill any iPod model  —  The iPod shuffle has always had less storage capacity than iPod models so, in order to keep the device full of music without requiring too much user input, Apple added the rather nifty Autofill feature to iTunes.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
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: MacDailyNews and Digital Daily
 
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Steve O'Hear / last100:
Voodoo Chile: Pandora lands on Vudu set-top box
Discussion: Engadget and Zatz Not Funny!
Reuters:
Phone firms seek low bar for broadband grants
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Novell finds big promises for open source in 2009
Discussion: Business Wire
Micah L. Sifry / techPresident:
Let Vivek Kundra Do His Job
Discussion: Epicenter
Luke Plunkett / Kotaku:
BioShock 2 Has Multiplayer  —  99% of games on the market today have multiplayer.
Discussion: Joystiq, VG247 and VideoGamer.com
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Franklin Paul / Reuters:
Qualcomm says court dismisses Broadcom complaint
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
Apple to unveil next generation of iPhone software
Dave Chase / TechFlash:
Local media need dual business models, not dueling models
Discussion: Screenwerk
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Will a Shift to Cloud Computing Create or Cut Jobs?
Discussion: FierceCIO News
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Meet Someone Who Still Wants to Invest in Start-Ups: Founders Fund's Dave McClure
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