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8:35 AM ET, March 18, 2009


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Ben Worthen / Digits:
IBM's Flirtation with Sun: the Next Volley in the Data Center War  —  IBM is in talks to buy Sun Microsystems, marking the beginning of what is likely to be a new wave of acquisitions in the tech industry over the next 18 months.  —  It's the logical consequence of the all-out war for the data center …
Discussion: The Register
Robert Valpuesta / Bloomberg:
Sun Microsystems Rises in Germany on WSJ Report IBM Is Discussing Purchase
Discussion: Between the Lines and Guardian
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
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
iPhone OS 3.0 first impressions and photos  —  Developers late Tuesday evening are downloading a widely distributed beta of Apple's new iPhone 3.0 software, installing it on their handsets, and weighing in with some first impressions and screen shots, all of which follow.
John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
Apple Puts Onus On AT&T For 3G Tethering, Confirms Hardware Support
Discussion: Engadget, AppleInsider and VentureBeat
Sun challenges Amazon for cloud dominance  —  Move over, Amazon.  The leading provider of cloud services is about to get some serious competition from Sun Microsystems, which made its entrance into cloud computing Wednesday with plans to offer compute and storage services built on Sun technologies, including OpenSolaris and MySQL.
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Palm Pre vs iPhone 3.0: A Feature-by-Feature Comparison  —  The Palm Pre is going to be a hot item when it launches this summer—possibly hot enough to tackle the iPhone.  One reason it's gaining so much traction is that the Pre's features weren't designed to compete against the current iPhone, but the next generation.
Discussion: Technologizer and
Hutch Carpenter / I'm Not Actually a Geek:
How to Tweet Your Way Out of a Job  —  I saw this exchange on Twitter, which is a painful lesson in how NOT to use Twitter in this tough economy.  —  A lucky job applicant tweeted the following: … This tweet caught the attention of Tim Levad, a channel partner advocate for Cisco.
Discussion: Twitterrati, Thanks:atul
Micah L. Sifry / techPresident:
Breaking News: CIO Vivek Kundra is Back on the Job [updated]  —  Vivek Kundra, the federal government's new Chief Information Officer, has been spotted at his desk, doing his job.  We're hearing that his temporary leave of absence, in the wake of last week's arrest of two individuals individuals running …
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Chief Information Officer Is Quietly Reinstated
Discussion: Gawker, InformationWeek and Post I.T.
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 …
John Schwartz / New York Times:
As Jurors Turn to Web, Mistrials Are Popping Up  —  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.
David de Kloet / Gmail Blog:
A small (but helpful) change to ‘mark as unread’  —  Gmail's threaded conversations are useful because they keep your messages in context — you don't have to look for previous messages to see what people are talking about.  But sometimes, when many people are replying to the same conversation …
Discussion: geeksugar, Thanks:sinkercat
46% of the Digg Front Page is Controlled by 50 Websites  —  Recent changes and restrictions made by to encourage diversity in the range of users whose submissions reach the front page have had 2 profound results.  Newer and less active users have seen their stories reach the front page …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Jared M. Spool / UIE:
The Magic Behind Amazon's 2.7 Billion Dollar Question  —  Since its release in 2007, the last volume of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, has garnered 3,286 reviews from customers.  While response has been overwhelmingly positive for the book …
Fujitsu Begins On-Line Consumer Sales of World's First Color E-Paper Mobile Terminal FLEPia  — Displays up to 260,000 colors; features Bluetooth and high-speed wireless LAN; thin and lightweight -  —  Fujitsu Frontech Limited and Fujitsu Laboratories Limited today announced the start …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Amazon Shutters Unpopular Alexa Site Thumbnail Service  —  Amazon Web Services is discontinuing the Alexa Site Thumbnail service, which has been providing developers with programmatic access to millions of thumbnail images for the home pages of web sites that were stored in Alexa's index since July 2006.
Credit card skimming malware targeting ATMs  —  From time to time, because they know I work for SophosLabs, my friends ask me about different malware types and forward me warnings of alleged malware outbreaks, which often turn out to be just standard hoax emails.
Kevin Michaluk / blogs:
BlackBerry 9630 Hands-On Hardware First Look!  —  A Hands-On First Look at the BlackBerry “Niagara” 9630...  The Full Qwerty BlackBerry CDMA Carriers & Users Have Been Waiting For!  —  Didn't we say when it rains it pours?  As you likely surmised from the previously leaked images …
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Why Microsoft continues with search: it's still not solved  —  Ars learns a little more about Microsoft's strategy for search thanks to a chat with Stefan Weitz, one of the members of the Live Search team.  —  I recently had the pleasure of having a long discussion with Stefan Weitz …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Major Book Publishers Start Turning To Scribd  —  Online document sharing site Scribd has announced that it has partnered with a number of major publishers, including Random House, Simon & Schuster, Workman Publishing Co., Berrett-Koehler, Thomas Nelson, and Manning Publications …
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Yuzo Yamaguchi / Wall Street Journal:
Toshiba Names New President
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
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Discussion: Kotaku and AppleInsider
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Government 2.0 Meets Catch 22
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IE 8, Silverlight 3 on tap for Microsoft's Mix
Discussion: Ars Technica
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Discussion: eWeek and CNET News
Byron Acohido / USA Today:
Website-infecting SQL injection attacks hit 450,000 a day
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Google advertising appearing in iPhone applications [confirmed]
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
He's Baaaaaack: Steve Case Reemerges at AOL