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11:55 AM ET, March 23, 2009

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype Now Means Business, Friends the SIP World  —  Skype, a division of beleaguered eBay, is going corporate.  The company today announced that it will play nice with corporate PBX systems that use Session Initiation Protocol (SIP).  According to The Wall Street Journal …
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Peter Parkes / Skype for Business:
Skype For SIP now available in Beta
Discussion: InfoWorld and VoIP & Gadgets Blog
Chaim / About Skype:
Skype opens up to corporate SIP communications
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Online Backup Company Carbonite Loses Customers' Data, Blames And Sues Suppliers  —  The danger of storing your data in the cloud, part n.  VC-backed online backup and storage provider Carbonite has lost data of 7,500+ customers who relied on the company to keep their files safe, The Boston Globe unveiled over the weekend.
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Robert Weisman / Boston Globe:   Data backup firm sues 2 hardware suppliers
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
The Future of Twitter: Social CRM  —  Twitter has multiple business models to choose from  —  I get asked over and over: “How do you think Twitter will monetize?  What's their business model?”  While it's clear their already experimenting with ‘house’ ads, ads that promote features of their service …
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Mary Hayes Weier / InformationWeek:
Salesforce.com Offers Twitter Customer-Service App
Discussion: Fast Company and AppScout
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Salesforce.com lets you answer customer complaints on Twitter
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Media Giants Want to Top Google Results  —  Argue That Professional Sources Should Be More Recognized Than Blogs  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Major media companies are increasingly lobbying Google to elevate their expensive professional content within the search engine's undifferentiated slush of results.
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Media Companies Ask Google to Favor Their Content Over Blogs
Discussion: Beyond Search, Open Gardens and Newsome.Org, Thanks:atul
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
iPhone game developer Ngmoco raises second round of funding  —  The iPhone game publisher Ngmoco is announcing today that it has raised $10 million in a second round of funding — in its ninth month as a company.  —  The funding — led by Norwest Venture Partners and put together in a matter of weeks …
PC World:
Play Xbox Games on Your Cell Phone  — Imagine playing what looks like an Xbox 360 game — on a $100 cell phone.  That, according to Remi Pedersen, graphics product manager at ARM, is exactly what could be possible as soon as winter 2009 with its new higher-end Mali-200 and Mali-400 processors.
Discussion: SlashGear and Electronista
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Mag:
Samsung N110  —  Samsung's updated 10-inch netbook continues to beat the competition with an improved touchpad and more than 7 hours of battery life.  —  Price as Reviewed: $469.00  —  Review Contents:  —  The Samsung NC10 rose to the top of our favorite-netbooks list when it first hit …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Bigfoot Networks launches second-generation gaming network card  —  Bigfoot Networks is launching the second-generation of its gaming network card for PCs to deal with the problem of lag.  —  Lag is the problem gamers see when they're getting ready to blast someone in a multiplayer combat game …
Felix Salmon / Portfolio:
The NYT's Blogophobia  —  What's with the sudden blogophobia at the NYT?  Between Craig Whitney's astonishingly tone-deaf memo on how to write a blog, and the legal department's heavy-handed nastygram trying to shut down Apartment Therapy, it seems that one of the most web-savvy media companies …
Discussion: The Noisy Channel
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Rivals Say I.B.M. Stifles Competition to Mainframes  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — I.B.M. has dominated the mainframe computer business since the category was created four decades ago.  And it still gets about one-quarter of its $100 billion in annual revenue from sales, software, services and financing related to the machines.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft readies its Web platform 2.0  —  Last fall, Microsoft rolled out version 1 of its installer for its Web-platform stack of software.  At Mix '09 last week, the company refreshed the installer in the form of a new beta for Web Platform Installer 2.0 and a new gallery of third-party Web apps.
Discussion: eWeek
Austin Modine / The Register:
Eclipse to unwrap Swordfish in early April  —  Takes stab at open-source SOA software  —  Free whitepaper - Avoiding costs from oversizing data center and network room infrastructure  —  The Eclipse Foundation will soon be unwrapping the first release of Swordfish, an open source Service …
Discussion: Eclipse News and eWeek
Dan Freedman / BBC:
Users criticise Facebook update  —  More than a million people have now voted against changes to the social networking site Facebook.  —  The new look site puts more focus on status updates and has been likened to one of its rivals Twitter.  —  Users have voted overwhelmingly …
Discussion: Obsessable and InformationWeek
Chris Keall / National Business Review:
Section 92A to be scrapped  —  Prime Minister John Key has announced the government will throw out the controversial Section 92A of the Copyright Amendment (New Technologies) Act and start again.  —  Commerce and justice minister Simon Power will now meet with officials and rewrite Section 92A (S92) of the Act from the ground up.
Discussion: PlagiarismToday and Slashdot
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Kiwis Scrap Controversial ‘3 Strikes’ Anti-Piracy Law
Discussion: iTWire and Stuff.co.nz
Iain Thomson / PC Authority:
Top 10 IT locations  —  From Silicon Valley to Station X during the Second World War, why Romania is teeming with software developers, and Zhongguancun in China where Microsoft is building its Chinese headquarters.  —  The information technology revolution may have spread around the globe …
Discussion: Slashdot
Max Wang / DigiTimes:
Intel reportedly considering increase for Atom N270 pricing in China  —  Intel is reportedly considering increasing the price of its Atom N270 CPU in China due to recent upstream component shortages caused by a significant increase in the number of China makers entering the white-box netbook market, according to sources at PC makers.
 
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple discontinues iPhone Bluetooth Headset [u]
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Elizabeth Holmes / Digits:
Business Week Jumps on Twitter Bandwagon
Thanks:atul
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Facebook trumps Twitter and positions for Word Of Mouth advertising
Discussion: Scobleizer and All Facebook
Tim Arango / New York Times:
As Rights Clash on YouTube, Some Music Vanishes
Chris Williams / The Register:
BT names first 29 exchanges for fibre rollout
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Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
BBC: Botnet purchase experiment was in ‘public interest’
Google Watch:
Google Street View Brings Up Take-Down Issue
Discussion: The Register and Press Association
Terrence Russell / VentureBeat:
MyPunchbowl revamps birthday reminders
Discussion: CNET News
Petula Dvorak / Washington Post:
D.C. Homeless People Use Cellphones, Blogs and E-Mail to Stay on Top of Things
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Sinking China's Video Pirates
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