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10:05 AM ET, March 19, 2009


 Top Items: 
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.
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.
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.
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Mac security researcher wins Pwn2Own contest with Safari hack
Discussion: MacDailyNews, MacBlips and Zero Day
Twitter Unveils New Premium Accounts  —  By Brian Briggs - Twitter Dove Member, follow me @  —  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: Screenwerk and The Blog Herald, Thanks:sampad
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitterville Falls For Premium Accounts Hoax  —  It's mildly funny and very obviously a hoax, but this article on humour site BBspot didn't stop many a Twitter user from thinking it is real.  —  The author of the post mocks Twitter's lack of an apparent business model after 3 years in operation …
Peter Sayer / Computerworld:
Sony eBook Store to offer classic books digitized by Google  —  IDG News Service) If you have a Sony Reader, you have a lot of reading to catch up on.  Sony Electronics has struck a deal with Google to distribute half a million titles through the Sony eBook Store — for free.
Wall Street Journal:
Sony, Google Challenge Amazon
Sara Nelson / Los Angeles Times:
Sony expands its book download stockpile
Discussion: Boing Boing Gadgets
Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Pure Digital Technologies, Makers of Flip VideoTM  —  Networking Leader Adds Popular Flip Video Solutions to Consumer Portfolio  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. - March.  19, 2009 - Cisco today announced its intent to acquire privately held Pure Digital Technologies …
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Cisco Flips Over Pure Digital
Discussion: Between the Lines
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.
Jailbreakers get busy on iPhone 3.0 OS
Discussion: PC World
Google's pictures of UK go live  —  Google has launched the UK version of its Street View service, which allows users to browse a selection of pictures taken along city streets.  —  Street scenes in 25 UK cities from Aberdeen to Southampton can be viewed using the service.
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 …
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 …
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):
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
UK Recording Industry: Investigate Google For Not Giving Us Money  —  from the logic-is-not-sharkey's-strong- suit dept  —  Back at Midem, Feargal Sharkey, former singer for the Undertones, and now the head of a lobbying group called UK Music, trashed outsider “utopians” who spout …
Discussion: Beyond Search and Technologizer, Thanks:atul
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, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 Kafka / MediaMemo:
Live from New York: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer  —  The Microsoft (MSFT) boss is about to sit down with BusinessWeek editor Stephen Adler.  Expect at least some chatter about Yahoo (YHOO) and its new boss Carol Bartz, who just happens to be visiting New York this week as well.
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Nina Shapiro / Seattle Weekly:
Intelius and the Dubious Art of “Post-Transaction Marketing”
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Four D.C. Tech Office Workers Placed on Leave, 23 Consultants …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Demo Day Spring 2009
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Tech Companies Worried About Unions
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Early Beta Data From Microsoft Adsense Competitor Encouraging
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AT&T bringin' sexy back, offering iPhone 3G at no-commitment price, no activation