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8:55 AM ET, March 19, 2009

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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Microsoft Ups Ante With New Browser  —  The Web browser is arguably the most important piece of software on a computer.  No longer just a tool for perusing or searching for information, it has become, for many people, their principal communications medium, their photo album, their newspaper, social club, bank and shopping mall.
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Availability of Internet Explorer 8  —  New browser focuses on top customer needs, including security, ease of use and performance.  —  Today Microsoft Corp. announced the availability of Windows Internet Explorer 8, the new Web browser that offers the best solution for how people use the Web today.
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Pwn2Own 2009: Safari/MacBook falls in seconds  —  [ UPDATE: IE 8 and Safari also fall ]  —  VANCOUVER, BC — Charlie Miller has done it again.  For the second consecutive year, the security researcher hacked into a fully patched MacBook computer by exploiting a security vulnerability in Apple's Safari browser.
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Mac security researcher wins Pwn2Own contest with Safari hack
Discussion: Zero Day
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Analysis: Apple's iPhone Shows How Upgrades Should Be Done  —  Never mind the cut and paste.  Never mind the picture messaging, or all the other stuff that should have been in iPhone 1.0.  Never mind the new payment methods that will shake up the mobile shopping marketplace.
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Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Android Versus iPhone 3.0: The Showdown
Discussion: Gizmodo and Fast Company, Thanks:atul
Arn / MacRumors:
USB Tethering Seems to be Working in iPhone 3.0  —  One developer was “hacking around” with some carrier bundle files and iPhone 3.0 and somehow managed to activate the tethering preferences.  Not only that, he was also able to actually tether his iPhone 3G to his laptop over USB.
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Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Why iPhone In-App Transactions Could Be a Disaster  —  Apple made a big deal about allowing in-app transactions with the new iPhone 3.0 API.  It's great news if you're a developer looking to make more scratch, but it's potentially terrible news for users.  —  Basically, this is opening …
Associated Press:
Google Books Available to Sony's Reader  —  NEW YORK — Google (GOOG Quote - Cramer on GOOG - Stock Picks) is making half a million books, unprotected by copyright, available for free on Sony's(SNE Quote - Cramer on SNE - Stock Picks) electronic book-reading device, the companies were set to announce Thursday.
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Wall Street Journal:
Sony, Google Challenge Amazon
Sara Nelson / Los Angeles Times:
Sony expands its book download stockpile
Discussion: Boing Boing Gadgets
BBspot:
Twitter Unveils New Premium Accounts  —  By Brian Briggs - Twitter Dove Member, follow me @ twitter.com/briggsb  —  San Francisco, CA - Twitter co-founder and CEO Evan Williams today announced part of the company's long-awaited business model: Twitter Premium accounts.
Discussion: The Blog Herald, Thanks:sampad
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:   Twitterville Falls For Premium Accounts Hoax
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
How Do You Treat a Fan Who Owns Your Facebook Page?  —  According to PageData, the folks at Coca-Cola seem to have accomplished something pretty amazing on Facebook - the Coca-Cola fan page is the 2nd most popular Page on all of Facebook with over 3.3 million fans, second only to Barack Obama.
Peter Suber / Open Access News:
MIT adopts a university-wide OA mandate  —  This afternoon, the MIT faculty unanimously adopted a university-wide OA mandate.  Here's the resolution the faculty approved (thanks to Hal Abelson, MIT professor of computer science and engineering, who chaired the committee to formulate it):
One Degree:
adamo.com - The Importance of a Good Domain  —  We've written a number of times about the importance of owning the right domain name.  Particularly if you're launching a new product.  Case in point - Dell's new luxury laptop, Adamo.  —  To tout this new machine, Dell launched the site AdamoByDell.com
Discussion: Domain Name Wire
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
IBM: Tech's Cash King  —  Big blue has the cash.  Now it's time to buy some flash.  —  A wise man once said he robbed banks because that was where the money is.  Well, times have changed.  —  The world's banks have been gripped by a crisis of confidence, with regulars and investors scrambling …
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs
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Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
Sirius Founder Says The Company Is Screwed  —  from the cracks-in-the-crystal-ball dept  —  It's no secret that Sirius XM's business has been hurting.  Its recent brush with bankruptcy merely highlighted the huge obstacles the company faced from the beginning: massive capital outlay …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T bringin' sexy back, offering iPhone 3G at no-commitment price, no activation  —  Time to clear out some inventory, boys!  AT&T, starting March 26th, is going to start offering the 8GB and 16GB iPhone 3Gs at a no-commitment price.  These prices are $599 and $699 respectively.
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
A More Local, Social Citysearch  —  Citysearch is unveiling a new Web site on Thursday that will make the site more social and more local — and, the site hopes, staunch its loss of readers.  —  Citysearch was one of the first Web companies to create an online version of the Yellow Pages when …
Discussion: Screenwerk and Local Onliner, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Financial Times Launches Its Own Business News Search Engine (Newssift).  —  The Financial Times Group, which is owned by the British publisher Pearson, is not exactly the place you'd expect to find the latest search engine.  But a startup deep within the bowels of the organization called FT Search …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Early Beta Data From Microsoft Adsense Competitor Encouraging  —  We are getting reports that Microsoft's PubCenter, a self serve thirty party ad publishers platform through AdCenter, is doing quite well with beta testers.  Microsoft began testing PubCenter last summer.
Discussion: AdMoolah, Thanks:atul
 
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Marin Perez / InformationWeek:
Ericsson May Want Out Of Sony Ericsson
Discussion: TheStreet.com and SlashGear
Nina Shapiro / Seattle Weekly:
Intelius and the Dubious Art of “Post-Transaction Marketing”
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Washington Post:
Four D.C. Tech Office Workers Placed on Leave, 23 Consultants …
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Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
The curious case of Kumo: more than just a “test name”?
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Demo Day Spring 2009
Discussion: VentureBeat and CNET News
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Tech Companies Worried About Unions
Keir Clarke / Google Maps Mania:
Street View Now in the UK and Netherlands
Vishal Kasera / Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: YouTube, Picasa, Flickr and Yelp previews
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