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4:40 PM ET, March 20, 2009

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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Next-Gen iPhone Rumor: Faster Internet Speeds  —  Most of the rumors we've seen about Apple's (AAPL) next-generation iPhone are around increased processing and graphics power.  But will the next iPhone also come with faster Internet access?  —  That's some scuttlebutt we've heard from a plugged-in source in the mobile industry.
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Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Apple, AT&T sued for slow 3G speeds  —  Apple and AT&T are being sued again for over-promising and under-delivering on their claims of fast Internet access of the iPhone 3G.  —  Filed in the United States District Court, District of New Jersey, Damone Dickerson claims that Apple misrepresented the speed …
Electronista:
Next iPhone to carry faster 3G?  —  Apple's next iPhone should have improved Internet access, SAI claims.  A “plugged-in” tipster in the cellular business has told the publication that a “significantly faster” connection will be part of the update without mentioning other details.
Discussion: I4U News
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Chrome only browser left standing after day one of Pwn2Own  —  During a contest at the CanSecWest event, security researchers competed to exploit vulnerabilities in web browsers.  Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer were all successfully compromised, but Chrome was able to withstand the first day of the competition.
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Douglas Bowman / Stopdesign:
Goodbye Google  —  Today is my last day at Google.  I started working in-house at Google almost three years ago.  I built a team from scratch.  I was fortunate to hire a team of a very talented designers.  We introduced Visual Design as a discipline to Google.  And we produced amazing work together.
David Stewart / YouTube Blog:
Watching Video on Windows Mobile and Nokia S60 Phones  —  Our goal is to provide you with a great YouTube experience wherever you want to watch videos — whether it's on your computer, on your television, or on your mobile phone.  While YouTube has been available for many mobile phones for over a year …
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Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Nokia E71x landing at AT&T locations across the country; pricing revealed  —  What's better than a picture of a sexy black Nokia E71x headed to AT&T this month?  A picture of four sexy black Nokia E71x's headed to AT&T this month, of course.  Since we scooped it like grandma's mashed potatoes …
BBC:
Google pulls some street images  —  Google has removed dozens of photos from its new UK Street View service.  —  The street-mapping facility launched amid a fanfare of publicity but now the firm has been forced to pull some of the images after complaints.  —  It is thought the pictures …
Discussion: broadstuff and Electricpig.co.uk
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Browser war centers on once-obscure JavaScript  —  After inconspicuously lurking within Web sites' code for more than a decade, JavaScript has emerged to become a key battleground in a second era of Web browser wars.  —  JavaScript, which lets developers create everything from basic Web site menus …
Chris Remo / Gamasutra:
Microsoft's Greenberg: ‘PS3 Business’ Is ‘Hemorrhaging At Retail’  —  stumble it!  —  Following the release of NPD sales figures, Microsoft trumpeted its significant 53 percent year-over-year Xbox 360 sales boost — and slammed primary competitor Sony.  —  Speaking to Gamasutra …
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Feedback causes changes to Windows Mobile 6.5 honeycomb UI  —  In response to negative feedback, Microsoft has tweaked the Windows Mobile 6.5 honeycomb user interface.  —  When Windows Mobile 6.5 was officially revealed last month at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2009 in Barcelona …
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Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Sony Ericsson warning stuns ailing mobile sector  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Sony Ericsson sparked fresh fear of crumbling consumer demand on Friday when the world's No 4 handset maker said it would sell barely half of the phones it sold last quarter.  —  Shares across the wireless sector dropped sharply …
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Apple proves: It pays to be late  —  ...And ignore the mobile networks  —  Free whitepaper - Management strategy for network-critical physical infrastructure  —  This week Apple threw the kitchen sink at its iPhone/Touch software stack (details outlined here), removing most of the most irritating nuisances at a stroke.
Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
Google: Beware the eBay Curse  —  Here are five things the Web search giant should do to avoid the fate that befell eBay after the last recession  —  There's a reason why cocky Silicon Valley startups fancy themselves the “The Next Google.”  The search giant embodies Silicon Valley at its best …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
CBS March Madness Streaming Up 65% From Last Year  —  Nice growth for CBS's March Madness On Demand streaming service on the first day of the tournament.  — The gorgeous video player attracted 2.7 million unique visitors, up 56% year-over-year.  (Though growth slowed from 122% y/y last year.)
Discussion: paidContent.org and Mashable!, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BBC given 27% increase in web budget  —  The BBC Trust has sanctioned a 27% increase in the corporation's online budget, to more than £145m per year, over the next three years.  It has also approved director general Mark Thompson's extra £400m savings package which includes pay freezes …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and paidContent
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Opera Software's U.S. Push  —  Norwegian Web browser firm plans to announce deals with U.S. mobile carriers at CTIA.  —  Opera Software has had striking success getting more than 20 million people to download and use its eponymous mobile browser.  It has added millions more users by convincing operators …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Ballmer Says Microsoft Able to Experiment in Search Market, Unlike Google  —  Being the underdog in the Internet- search market has one advantage for Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer: He says his company can experiment, while rival Google Inc. plays it safe.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Requiem for a frog: SpiralFrog shuts down  —  SpiralFrog, the pioneering ad-supported music service, quietly closed down on Thursday.  —  A source close to the company told CNET News that SpiralFrog has ceased operations and assets have been surrendered to the company's senior secured note holders.
Joe Wilcox / Apple Watch:
Steve Ballmer: Mac Buyers Pay $500 for Apple Logo  —  Steve answered questions early yesterday posed by Business Week editor-in-chief Steven Adler.  Microsoft's CEO was in New York for McGraw-Hill's 2009 Media Summit.  It was there, Steve delivered his latest Mac slap down: … GOT A TIP OR RUMOR?
Nikon Rumors:
Nikon D400 is here?  —  Stay tuned for more - the screenshot is from Nikon Germany web site - I am still confirming this rumor with my sources and verifying its authenticity (Nikon websites were down yesterday):  —  What we can see is CMOS-Sensor (15,3 MP), 6 frames/sec, ISO from 200 to 6400, Full HD movie mode...
Mark Morford / San Francisco Chronicle:
The geek gurus all weigh in on the end of dead-tree media.  Are they wrong?  —  The gurus are all aflutter.  Shirky, Winer, Johnson et al, a smart, motley crew of big-name, big-brained tech seers and programmers and futurists have weighed in, guys you've probably never heard of unless you're …
 
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