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8:45 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 …
Thanks:atul
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 …
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 …
Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
The Rush to Stake a Claim Online  —  “Cybersquatting,” the practice of maliciously snapping up a Web site with someone else's trademark in its domain name, is illegal in the United States.  It is also an easy way to make money; a cybersquatter can impersonate the trademark's owner …
Alex Brooks / World of Apple:
Kevin Rose Weighs in on iPhone OS 3.0 [Update: Added Video]  —  Ahead of Apple's preview of iPhone OS 3.0 Kevin Rose has revealed some details that he believes will be present in the major iPhone software upgrade.  —  During the live Diggnation at SXSW in Austin, Texas last Rose gave details …
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
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 …
Discussion: VG247 and GamesIndustry.biz
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Yahoo Reverses Its Web Strategy With Web Videos  —  For Yahoo's original video strategy, this will be Take Two.  —  On Monday, the Web portal will announce the latest in a series of niche Web shows.  The short segments about celebrity mothers, titled “Spotlight to Nightlight,” …
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Poken: Tiny RFID thingies that share all your personal data with others  —  I was on the SXSW Meatbus last night and I met a charming young lady from England, Renate, who introduced me to the Poken.  Poken is a tiny USB key with an embedded RFID reader/transmitter.
Discussion: MobileDevicesToday
Times of India:
IBM develops a technology that will allow users to talk to web  —  Text:  —  NEW DELHI: Giving a new dimension to the internet, the Indian research arm of the US-based IT giant IBM has developed a technology that will allow users to talk to the web and create voice sites using mobile phones.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Beyond Search
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Meet Someone Who Still Wants to Invest in Startups: Founders Fund's Dave McClure  —  It's a whole lot harder for the startups buzzing around South by Southwest to find someone to back them than it was a year ago.  A decimated Dow makes it a lot harder for people to take fliers on even the most promising startups.
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Will a Shift to Cloud Computing Create or Cut Jobs?  —  I don't often look to movies about beer for poignant macroeconomic commentary, but as February ended with an 8.1 percent unemployment rate (and rising), a line from “Strange Brew” struck me as particularly relevant.
 
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Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
HP Offers Low-Cost NonStop Servers with NS2000s
Discussion: The Register
Avner Ronen / boxee blog:
boxee iPhone remote app available on the App Store
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade, Lifehacker and TUAW, Thanks:atul
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
How Two Coke Fans Brought the Brand to Facebook Fame
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
A nervous FCC announces game plan for new DTV day
Wall Street Journal:
Ex-Allies Square Off in a Tech Turf War
Discussion: CNET News, Digits and GigaOM
Jack Wallen / TechRepublic Blogs:
Red Hat gets offensive in its patent strategy
Discussion: Slashdot
 Earlier Items: 
Aleks Krotoski / Guardian:
How to be a successful iPhone game developer: Enigmo creator speaks
Discussion: Apple 2.0
Tracey Tyler / Toronto Star:
Facebook user poked - by the courts