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11:45 AM ET, March 24, 2009

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Martyn Williams / Computerworld:
Michael Dell hints at smartphones, mobile Internet devices  —  CEO says it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect a smartphone or similar device from the company  —  IDG News Service) Michael Dell gave the strongest hint to-date that his company is developing a mobile Internet device or smartphone at a speech in Tokyo today.
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Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Dell says smartphone to be released on schedule  —  Dell will not delay the launch of its new smartphone lineup and is on schedule to release devices in line with its internal roadmap, company CEO Michael Dell said recently in Taipei.  However Dell did not publicly divulge any details indicating when products are scheduled for release.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
New OnLive service could turn the video game world upside down  —  Few startups have a chance to revolutionize an industry.  But if entrepreneur Steve Perlman's OnLive lives up to its goals, the company will disrupt the entire video game industry — to the delight of both game publishers and gamers.
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Brad Stone / Bits:
A Video Game Start-Up Banks on the Cloud
BBC:
Call to ‘shut down’ Street View  —  Images of 25 cities are viewable via Google Street View  —  A formal complaint about Google's Street View has been sent to the Information Commissioner (ICO).  —  Drawn up by privacy campaigners, it cites more than 200 reports from members of the public identifiable via the service.
Larry Seltzer / eWeek:
The First Linux Botnet  —  It never made sense that you could make a botnet out of Linux desktop users, but the people who built psyb0t knew its users don't pay attention to it.  —  They're calling it the first botnet designed for broadband equipment and routers, and that it is.
Discussion: InformationWeek
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Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Hackers steer clear of Google Chrome, say too challenging  —  At the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver BC, hackers were invited to find and exploit holes in modern browsers.  A popular target for hackers at this year's conference was Safari on a Mac — definitely the lowest hanging fruit.
Discussion: Zero Day and threatpost
Ploth / perceptdev.com:
iPhone Keyboard - no Jailbreaking required, using 2.0 SDK  —  A number of industrious individuals have achieved what to some is the holy grail of iPhone accessories: an iPhone keyboard.  But most have done it in a very hard-to-repeat manner, and few have shared the methods they used.
Discussion: Obsessable and TUAW
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Rhomobile promises: Build once, deploy to any smartphone  —  If you're interested in developing a mobile application but find the range of phones out there to be overwhelming, a startup called Rhomobile wants to help.  Not only does its Rhodes programing framework allow you to build mobile …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Skimmer brings your social streams to the desktop  —  Skimmer is a new social aggregator powered by Adobe AIR.  It supports Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, YouTube, and Blogger, and lets you stay abreast of the latest content from each of those services.  Everything gets sucked up into a single stream …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Wall Street Journal:
Sprint Looks Beyond Cellphones  —  As Core Business Slumps, Wireless Carrier Aims to Use Its Network for Dashboard Computers, GPS Devices  —  Unable to sign up enough new cellphone subscribers, Sprint Nextel Corp. is increasingly trying to use the excess capacity on its wireless network to power other consumer gadgets.
Discussion: CrunchGear, Unwired View and SlashGear
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
BillShrink Brings Its Cost-Cutting Engine To The Gas Pump  —  Most drivers are familiar with the never-ending dance that goes on at the gasoline pump, where fuel can fluctuate in price multiple times a day.  But despite our constant grumbling, unless two stations are side-by-side …
Discussion: VentureBeat and CNET News
Qblogger / Windows Home Server Team Blog:
Windows Home Server - Announcing Power Pack 2  —  We are pleased to announce Windows Home Server Power Pack 2.  Power Pack 2 fixes known issues and adds new features to improve the Windows Home Server experience.  Enhancements include: Improvements to remote access configuration …
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Peek presents the Peek Pronto  —  Remember my story on dumb devices?  Well here's the ultimate dumb device.  The Peek Pronto is actually quite smart.  The cosmetics on this new version are slightly different - a better keyboard and a new color, basically - but under the hood you get push email …
Stephan Beckert / TeleGeography Research:
Skype's share of the international long-distance pie on the increase  —  New data from TeleGeography show that international voice traffic continues to rise, despite the availability of an ever-broader range of substitutes for standard telephone calls.  Cross-border telephone traffic grew 14% …
Discussion: GigaOM and DSLreports
Chippy / UMPCPortal:
ASUS Eee Keyboard PC (Video)  —  It's the polar opposite of what you usually see on the portal.  A mobile PC built around a huge keyboard with a tiny screen tacked on to the side.  Obviously this is not quite your mobile productivity box (unless you want a kneck injury) but it's an interesting option for the home.
Luigi Lugmayr / I4U News:
New LG Lollipop Phones LG-SV800, KH8000, LH8000 are Cute  —  LG introduces the LG Lollipop Phones (LG-SV800, KH8000, LH8000) in Korea.  —  The fashionable clamshell phone features 220 LEDs on the outside that can display pixel animations.  —  Additionally the Lollipop phone can light …
Discussion: Newlaunches.com
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.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
A Closer Look At How The Takedown Process Is Widely Abused  —  from the let's-look-at-the-numbers dept  —  Last week, we wrote about how, in a filing over the proposed three strikes rule in New Zealand, Google had filed a report pointing to widespread abuse of the DMCA takedown process.
Alana Semuels / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Smartphones now have one-third of market share globally, report says  —  Even this statue could be using a smartphone.  Credit: Matthew J. Stinson via Flickr.  —  Smartphones are becoming more and more dominant in the global handset market.  They now make up one-third of all phones accessing …
Discussion: Electronista
Darren Waters / BBC:
Virgin eyes 150Mb broadband speed  —  Virgin Media will offer 100 to 150Mbps broadband speeds up to two years before BT completes its rival fibre network.  —  “We have an opportunity with our network to provide significantly higher speeds,” Virgin Media's chief executive Neil Berkett told BBC News.
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk
Hicham Alaoui / Google News Blog:
New Insights for your Search  —  Some of you may already be familiar with Google Insights for Search, which launched last August.  —  Much like Google Trends, you can use Insights for Search to analyze search volume patterns over time, as well as related queries and rising searches.
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Apple Aggressively Pursues ‘Pod’ Trademarks  —  What's in a name?  A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but if its name ended in “pod,” it might attract the ire of Apple's shark-like legal team.  —  Apple's obsession with the blockbuster success of its iPod has driven the corporation …
Discussion: Gearlog, Thanks:atul
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Steve Wozniak Joins DeepDyve Advisory Board  —  Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is joining the advisory board of the research engine DeepDyve, a search engine designed to scour the “deep web.”  This “deep web” is an area of the internet that isn't currently indexed by modern-day search engines …
Discussion: eWeek and AltSearchEngines
 
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Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Industry Moves: Hulu Adds New Exec Larcher For International Push
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
ZeeVee Admits Missteps, Goes Pro and Apes Boxee
Discussion: Download Squad and Xconomy
Jenn K. Lee / Pocketables:
Tiny mintpass mintpad breaking out of Korea
Discussion: Engadget
Staska / Unwired View:
Nokia Aeon launching next week.  April Fool's come a week early to Netherlands
Discussion: SlashGear and Electronic Pulp
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Social Networking Demographics: Boomers Jump In, Gen Y Plateaus
Discussion: TWICE, Thanks:atul
eMarketer:
Marketers Moving to Social Media
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Announces IPREDATOR Global Anonymity Service
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 Earlier Items: 
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
With SUSE Linux 11, Novell draws even closer to Microsoft
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Netflix Integrates Facebook Connect to Let Users Share Movie Ratings
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Reuters
Joe Hewitt:
The Three20 Project  —  Last week I released my first iPhone …
Discussion: VentureBeat