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3:20 PM ET, March 17, 2009

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Live from Apple's iPhone OS 3.0 preview event  —  9:30AM We're currently at the doors, and we probably don't have to tell you that people are champing at the bit to get inside.  We'll be knocking down old ladies and tripping unsuspecting humans soon enough, so stay tuned!
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
iPhone finally gets copy and paste!  —  No surprises here: Apple just announced that iPhone OS 3.0 will support copy and paste.  A double-tap auto-selects the text you want with movable “grab points,” and a pop-up edit bar display buttons for cut, copy, and paste.  Finally!
Discussion: Gizmodo and digg.com
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
iPhone 3.0 to include peer-to-peer support, push notification  —  In offering a preview look at the new iPhone OS 3. platform, senior vice president of iPhone software Scott Forstall announced that Apple has added over a thousand new Application Programming Interfaces to allow developers greater access …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
App Store: 25,000 apps, 800 million downloads  —  At its iPhone 3.0 software preview event in Cupertino, California, Apple gave out some pretty huge statistics for the iPhone platform so far.  The two big ones: There are now over 25,000 apps in the App Store, and those apps have been downloaded over 800 million times.
Discussion: Music Ally, Macworld, TechCrunch and Gizmodo, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Darren Murph / Engadget:
MMS finally comes to Apple's iPhone 3G via OS 3.0  —  Apple's done a decent job of implementing features that we've all been clamoring for into its forthcoming OS 3.0, and aside from copy and paste, there's probably no one single feature add bigger than this.
Discussion: Gizmodo and MobileCrunch
Apple:
Apple Previews Developer Beta of iPhone OS 3.0  —  Beta Release Provides New SDK, Over 1,000 APIs & 100 New Features  —  Apple® today previewed its iPhone™ OS 3.0 software and announced the immediate availability of a beta software release to registered developers.
Discussion: I4U News and Engadget
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
First iPhone 3.0 Apps Show Off New Functionality  —  To demonstrate the piles of new features and APIs included in iPhone OS 3.0, Apple brought along a few developers to show off their new wares.  Here's what they've got so far.  —  First off, we've got another version of the Sims.
Discussion: Engadget
Jeremy Kessel / CrunchGear:
The iPhone OS 3.0 Announcement Final Scorecard
Discussion: MobileCrunch and Gear Diary
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Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines:
CD sales drop, digital downloads on the rise  —  The number of Internet users paying for digital music increased by just over 8 million in 2008 to 36 million Internet users, and purchases of online digital music downloads increased by 29 percent since last year, accounting for 33 percent …
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Why Total Music Purchases By Web Users Are Still Falling
Discussion: CNET News
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:   Not News: CD Buyers Disappearing Daily. …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Gemini 8325 live picture  —  Sorry it's not the greatest picture in the world, but at least we can put a face to the specs and info.  We dropped word of the BlackBerry Gemini a while back, and it looks to be cross between an 8300 and an 8900.  Ugh, the madness never stops.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twine Could Soon Surpass Delicious, Prepares Ontology Authoring Tool  —  Nova Spivack's semantic web company Twine is developing a free service to write and host semantic ontologies; the classification trees that enable machines to put concepts in topical context.
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
It begins: The Dell Adamo spotted at SXSW, coming tomorrow, $1,999  —  Brian Solis, the “next-gen” PR dude, just got some hot shots of the Dell Adamo.  Color us impressed.  His photos show a laptop with the sex of a MacBook Air with a little more of the hard edged aesthetic familiar …
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Computer Science Programs Make a Comeback in Enrollment  —  For the first time in six years, enrollment in computer science programs in the United States increased last year, according to an annual report that tracks trends in the academic discipline.  —  The revival is significant …
Discussion: Microsoft Pri0
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Discovery To Amazon: Hands Off Our Kindle!  —  Here's an odd one I didn't see coming: Discovery Communications (DSICA), the cable network best known for bringing you fare like “Shark Week”, says that Amazon's (AMZN) Kindle e-book reader violates one of its patents.
Discussion: paidContent.org and CNET News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
'I'm a PC' Marketing Pays Off for Microsoft, OEMs  —  [Editor's Note: Please read the companion post at Apple Watch.  Together, the two posts offer full analysis of February Windows PC and Mac sales data and six charts (three per post).]  —  That's my conclusion after reviewing February U …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Won't AT&T Admit to Its Wireless Network Problems?  —  Last summer, when Apple introduced its 3G iPhone device, I brought up the issue of AT&T not being ready for the data usage brought on by the data-centric touchscreen phone.  Company officials of course denied having such problems, assuring me that they were ready.
Sydney Morning Herald:
Banned hyperlinks could cost you $11,000 a day  —  The Australian communications regulator says it will fine people who hyperlink to sites on its blacklist, which has been further expanded to include several pages on the anonymous whistleblower site Wikileaks.
store.steampowered.com:
Steam offers gamers in-game downloadable content  —  Valve, creators of best-selling entertainment products and advanced technologies, today announced the arrival of in-game downloadable content to Steam, their massively popular PC gaming platform.  In-game DLC allows developers and publishers …
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
PBwiki goes mobile on iPhone, BlackBerry  —  PBwiki on Tuesday announced the mobile optimization of its hosted wiki service for its Professional and Professional Plus Edition subscription clients.  —  PBwiki, which hosts, among other wiki services, Twitter's API docs, FedEx's marketing extranet …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Live Folders Bring the Real-Time Web to Android  —  An upcoming feature for Android smartphones called “Live Folders” will deliver real-time web updates to the phone's homescreen.  Recently, this feature was revealed in a video of “Cupcake,” a development branch of Google's mobile OS …
Discussion: eWeek, TechSpot and Gizmodo
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Webware Radar: Alltop launches personalized pages  —  RSS repository, Alltop, announced that it has launched a new feature called MyAlltop, which allows users to create a custom page where they can add the feeds they care about on their personal page.  The widgets can be viewed on that single page and shared with others.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
 
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Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T offering refurbished 16GB iPhone 3Gs for $149?
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Yahoo to streamline redesigned home page
BBC:
‘Super-fast’ game download launch
Discussion: Kotaku and Neowin.net
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
At SXSWi, Twitter is the new Twitter is the new Twitter
Discussion: Beet.TV and The Social
Don Clark / Digits:
Fabs, in Berkeley? Yes, With Help From Marvell Founders
Discussion: SiliconBeat
Tony Wong / Toronto Star:
Satellite piracy costing TV industry billions
Discussion: digg.com
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