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9:15 PM ET, March 23, 2009

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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T: New iPhone will be hot, son  —  We can't tell you where or who, but pretty high up in AT&T's food chain, the following was reported to be said: … For clarification, the above is 100% confirmed.  —  Thanks, Stephanie!
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Arn / MacRumors:
Next Generation iPhone: 7.2Mbit, Video Camera, More?  —  Last week some more details about the next iPhone revision continued leaking out.  —  First, there were spottings of new Apple device IDs found embedded within the iPhone 3.0 firmware.  Silicon Alley Insider then claimed that the next iPhone …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Looky Here!  Actual Revenue for Twitter, Courtesy of Microsoft.  —  Finally.  Here comes Twitter's first real foray into advertising, courtesy of Microsoft's marketing budget.  —  And don't worry, Twitter users: You won't be getting come-ons for Vista in your Twitterstream.  Not yet, at least.
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BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Check Out ExecTweets  —  Last year we created an interesting site for the US Presidential election.  It looked a lot like Twitter but it was focused around the candidates, the debates, and the political topics being discussed.  Lots of really great API projects have created similar experiences …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
The business model begins: Twitter to promote FM and Microsoft-backed ExecTweets
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Exectweets: Nice, but not the revenue plan for Twitter
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
From Google to Gone: EMI Boots Digital Boss Douglas Merrill  —  Douglas Merrill, the Google vet tapped by struggling record label EMI to run its digital operations a year ago, is out.  He doesn't have a formal replacement, but the company's top digital exec will now be Cory Ondrejka, whom Merrill brought in as his number two.
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Google's former CIO barely lasts a year at EMI
Discussion: Techdirt
Matt Rosoff / Digital Noise:
An obituary for the major labels
Discussion: Reuters
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
IE8 Users Downgrade To Explorer 7  —  The latest data shows that Microsoft's new browser lost market share over the weekend.  —  Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 appears to be losing market share, even though the browser has been on the market for less than a week.
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Byron Acohido / Technology Live:
Microsoft: Internet Explorer is faster than Firefox
Discussion: USA Today
Telegraph:
Jennifer Aniston ended relationship with John Mayer because of his Twitter ‘obsession’  —  Jennifer Aniston has reportedly ended her relationship with musician boyfriend John Mayer because he is obsessed with Twitter, it has been alleged.  —  People claiming to be friends of the actress …
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 …
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Kfury / fox @ fury:
Google design: The kids are alright  —  Visual Designer extraordinaire Doug Bowman is leaving Google, and on his way out he wrote a passionate post on his blog detailing the core differences that lead to his departure, focusing heavily on the Google design process which, as he puts it …
Discussion: Fast Company, Thanks:atul
Richard Stallman / The GNU Operating System:
The Javascript Trap  —  You may be running non-free programs on your computer every day without realizing it—through your web browser.  —  In the free software community, the idea that non-free programs mistreat their users is familiar.  Some of us refuse entirely to install proprietary software …
Discussion: The Register and Ajaxian
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Former MSN Exec Named RNC New Media Director  —  Todd Herman, former Microsoft and MSNBC.com employee and streaming media expert, has been named the Director of New Media for the Republican National Committee.  Herman founded and ran SpinSpotter, a startup that provides tools to detect spin in news stories.
Discussion: TechFlash, GOP.com, Beet.TV and Jobwire
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Hulu Gains 10 Million Viewers In February, Now No. 4 Video Site In U.S.  —  Hulu jumped two spots to become the fourth largest video site in the U.S. in February, according to the latest data from comScore VideoMetrix.  Hulu drew an audience of 34.7 million people who watched 332.5 million video streams.
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple discontinues iPhone Bluetooth Headset [u]  —  Apple this weekend appears to have discontinued its iPhone Bluetooth Headset, a possible sign that the company could be planning to introduce an updated model alongside new iPhones a bit later this year or cede the market segment to third parties.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Zimbra Founder and Ex-Yahoo Exec Dharmaraj to Redpoint Ventures  —  Another former Yahoo exec has landed at a Silicon Valley venture firm.  This time, well-regarded serial entrepreneur Satish Dharmaraj will become a partner at Redpoint Ventures, according to sources.
Discussion: Jobwire, VentureBeat and 901am, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Court Allows Dentist To Sue Writer Of Bad Yelp Review  —  A California court has ruled that dentist Yvonne Wong can continue to pursue a lawsuit against a husband and wife who allegedly panned her on the review site Yelp.  —  Judge William Elfving of the Santa Clara County Superior Court found …
Discussion: Pulse2
Aza Raskin / Mozilla Labs:
Firefox New Tab Page: Cognitive Shield  —  We've been iterating quickly over the last couple of weeks to define a potential new tab screen for Firefox.  —  The feedback for the last major iteration was largely positive, and it seems like we are on the right track.  But we ran into a paradox.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Download Squad, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Simon Alford / Times of London:
UK Google boss escapes cameras  —  THE £2m home of the UK head of Google, the internet search engine, is not visible in the company's new Street View service.  —  The web function allows users to view photographs of thousands of UK streets and houses, with the option to swivel 360 degrees and zoom in on homes.
Discussion: broadstuff
Brad Feld / Entrepreneur.com:
A VC's Biggest Flaw: Arrogance  —  Their weaknesses may vary , but there's typically a common characteristic not-great venture capitalists share: arrogance.  —  Print Get the Mag Weekly Updates  —  Early in my entrepreneurial career, I didn't really know what to make of venture capitalists.
Discussion: TechFlash and VCMike's Blog, Thanks:atul
Om Malik / GigaOM:
AOL, Yahoo Will Add Life Streams to Their Popular Web Services  —  The growing popularity of Twitter and Facebook's news feed functionality has made everyone embrace life streaming — essentially a way for us to broadcast our daily digital lives via photos, videos, postings and status updates — as a way to consume information.
Thanks:atul
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
‘New’ 17" iMac Turns Out Not to Be so New  —  The internet is quivering with excitement today at the introduction of a new 17" iMac, aimed exclusively at the education market.  —  The problem?  It seems that a lot of people were out partying over the weekend and haven't yet recovered.
Discussion: TheAppleBlog, PC World and Gizmodo
Tim Arango / New York Times:
As Rights Clash on YouTube, Some Music Vanishes  —  In early December, Juliet Weybret, a high school sophomore and aspiring rock star from Lodi, Calif., recorded a video of herself playing the piano and singing “Winter Wonderland,” and she posted it on YouTube.
Discussion: Digits
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.com:
Dell Adamo battery not replaceable … It seems Dell is emulating Apple in more ways than one with its new MacBook Air-rivaling “Adamo” laptop.  —  Like many recent Apple offering, the ultra-thin Dell laptop will have a non-user-replaceable battery Pocket-lint has learnt.
Discussion: Electronic Pulp and Engadget
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Fox Breathes New Life Into Redlasso  —  Redlasso, the troubled video startup that was effectively sued into oblivion last year by major networks including NBC, Fox, and CBS, is back from the dead.  The site has just closed a deal with Fox, allowing it to offer embeddable video content to bloggers for the first time since last July.
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Net-Neutrality Backers, Telcos Spar Over Stimulus' Broadband Rules  —  If telecoms are to get $4 billion in stimulus funds for broadband that enables Facebook for farmers and netbooks for mountain men, then the feds must require the new networks to be open and nondiscriminatory, public interest groups told federal bureaucrats Monday.
Richard Luscombe / Guardian:
Patrol watches Texas-Mexico border - from pub in Australia  —  The United States has unveiled an unlikely weapon in its battle against drugs gangs and illegal immigrants at the Texas-Mexico border - pub-goers in Australia.  —  The drinkers are the most far-flung of a sizeable army …
Discussion: The Register
Brad / Liliputing:
HP Mini 2140 review  —  The HP Mini 2140 is a business class netbook.  Unlike most netbooks on the market, the Mini 2140 has a solid aluminum and magnesium alloy chassis.  It also has a spill-resistant keyboard, an ExpressCard slot and an accelerometer that detects when the computer …
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Follow The Hires: Twitter Looking To Ramp Up Search And Platform APIs
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Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Buzz grows over Amazon's plans to stream HD TV shows
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