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11:25 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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Chaim / About Skype:
Skype opens up to corporate SIP communications
Discussion: Voice on the Web
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Kiwis Scrap Controversial ‘3 Strikes’ Anti-Piracy Law
Discussion: Stuff.co.nz and iTWire
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: Electronista
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
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
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
PRWeb:
Open Invention Network Extends The Linux Ecosystem As TomTom Becomes Licensee  —  Open Invention Network™ (OIN), the company formed to enable and protect Linux, today extended the Linux ecosystem with the signing of TomTom as a licensee.  By becoming a licensee, TomTom has joined …
 
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Tim Arango / New York Times:
As Rights Clash on YouTube, Some Music Vanishes
Iain Thomson / PC Authority:
Top 10 IT locations  —  From Silicon Valley to Station X during …
Discussion: Slashdot
Chris Williams / The Register:
BT names first 29 exchanges for fibre rollout
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
TechCrunch:
Should An iPhone App Developer Charge Or Run Ads?  (Galaxy Impact Case Study)
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
The case for charging to read WSJ.Com
Rachel Metz / Associated Press:
Social Web sites face transparency questions
InfoWorld:
Multicore chips pose next big challenge for industry
Discussion: PC World and Slashdot
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Find Images that Contain a Certain Color