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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone 3.0 OS Guide: Everything You Need to Know  —  iPhone 3.0 OS, the next generation operating system for the iPhone, iPod touch, and whatever Apple device comes next.  New features, new apps, here you will find all the information you need.  —  NEW IPHONE OS 3.0 FEATURES
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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.
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 …
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.
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, Apple 2.0 and The iPhone Blog
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
App Store: 25,000 apps, 800 million downloads  —  At its iPhone 3.0 software preview event in Cupertino, Calif. today, 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.
John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
Apple Puts Onus On AT&T For 3G Tethering, Confirms Hardware Support
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Live from Apple's iPhone OS 3.0 preview event
Jason Toff / Google Chrome Blog:
Google Chrome has a new beta  —  Since we took the “beta” tag off Google Chrome in December, we've been updating two release channels: developer and stable.  With our latest release, we're re-introducing the beta channel for some early feedback — and if you're reading the brand new Google Chrome blog …
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.
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Dan Nystedt / PC World:
HTC to Launch ‘at Least’ Three Google Phones This Year  —  High Tech Computer (HTC) will ship “at least” three smartphones this year that use Google's Android software, HTC's CEO said Tuesday.  —  HTC, already the largest maker of smartphones that use the Windows Mobile OS …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
A Fail You Can't Blame Twitter For: ABC's McCain Interview  —  Inevitably, as Twitter bubbles up higher and higher into the mainstream, we're going to see more misguided stunts like these: George Stephanopoulos of Disney's ABC News (DIS) interviewing Senator John McCain today, using the newfangled technology.
Discussion: CNET News and eWeek
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: MediaMemo and CNET News
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: Ars Technica and Maximum PC all
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Facebook Co-Founder Joins General Catalyst  —  Chris Hughes has more professional accomplishments at 26 year-old than most of us will have in a lifetime.  He helped co-found Facebook, before leaving in 2007 to help the fledgling Obama campaign launch an online media strategy.
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
He's Baaaaaack: Steve Case Reemerges at AOL  —  As BoomTown reported earlier today, AOL was abuzz with the rumors that former execs from the online service's glory days, including still controversial former CEO Steve Case (pictured here), might make an appearance at a huge staff pep rally called by its new CEO Tim Armstrong.
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 …
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.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Google advertising appearing in iPhone applications [confirmed]  —  Google wants its ad engine to serve up ads everywhere — and today we're seeing some on iPhone applications.  Specifically on restaurant review app Urbanspoon.  We're also hearing that they're appearing in another application, Backgrounds.
Discussion: Search Engine Land, Thanks:atul
Todd Hoff / High Scalability:
Are Cloud Based Memory Architectures the Next Big Thing?  —  We are on the edge of two potent technological changes: Clouds and Memory Based Architectures.  This evolution will rip open a chasm where new players can enter and prosper.  Google is the master of disk.  You can't beat them at a game they perfected.
Discussion: Soaring on Ridgelift, Thanks:atul
Reuters:
Expedia shares gain on Google takeover talk  —  CHICAGO (Reuters) - Shares of online travel agency Expedia Inc gained 5.18 percent to $7.71 on Tuesday on talk that the company might be a takeover target for Google Inc.  —  Google declined to comment on the speculation, which has been in the market for about a year.
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
The big question really facing newspapers  —  It's no longer a question of print or online.  —  It's what you're about online.  —  In answering that question the choice of a Content Management System becomes critical.  —  The capabilities of your CMS will determine what you can offer people.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
IE 8, Silverlight 3 on tap for Microsoft's Mix  —  A correction was made to this story.  See below for details.  —  The expected release of Internet Explorer 8 is likely to be the biggest headline out of Microsoft's Mix conference this week, though the company is likely to spend at least …
Discussion: Ars Technica
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Mistrial by iPhone: Juries' Web Research Upends Trials  —  Last week, a juror in a big federal drug trial in Florida admitted to the judge that he had been doing research on the case on the Internet, directly violating the judge's instructions and centuries of legal rules.
Rina Chandran / Reuters:
India leaders blog, text to plug in to young voters  —  MUMBAI (Reuters) - Video clips on YouTube, updates on Facebook, blogs, and an online voter registration campaign.  —  Welcome to a newly-wired India, where political parties are using text messages to send updates and leaders are sprucing …
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.
 
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Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
BlackBerry 9630 Hands-On Hardware First Look!
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Terrence Russell / VentureBeat:
So what if Netflix is throttling its streaming movies?
Kdoctor / Content Bridges:
With Switch Flipped, PI Tests the Regional Aggregation Model
Byron Acohido / USA Today:
Website-infecting SQL injection attacks hit 450,000 a day
Discussion: Technology Live
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Webware Radar: Alltop launches personal pages
Discussion: Download Squad, TUAW and ReadWriteWeb
 Earlier Items: 
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple issues Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter Firmware Update
Discussion: Ars Technica and Softpedia News
Taylor Buley / Forbes:
Hi5's Glittering Gold
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Won't AT&T Admit to Its Wireless Network Problems?
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
“Sizable” Layoffs Coming To MySpace, Fox
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily, Gawker and VatorNews
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T offering refurbished 16GB iPhone 3Gs for $149?
Discussion: IntoMobile
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twine Could Soon Surpass Delicious, Prepares Ontology Authoring Tool
 

 
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