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4:10 PM ET, March 27, 2009

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Has Apple begun clearing iPhone 3G inventory?  —  Staffers at Apple's (AAPL) flagship Fifth Avenue store in New York City confirm that as of Thursday at 8 a.m., customers are now permitted to buy unlimited quantities of iPhones without an AT&T contract — the very thing the company was working …
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple stores now selling iPhone 3G without a contract  —  Apple retail stores as of Thursday are selling unrestricted quantities of the iPhone 3G at the full, non-subsidized price of $599 for the 8GB version and $699 for the 16GB models.  —  The move follows AT&T's plans to sell …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
AT&T stores now offering early upgrade pricing on iPhone 3G
Discussion: iPhone Savior
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Could Disney Join Hulu?  Sources Say Talks Are Serious  —  Updated: The Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS) Company could wind up with an equity stake in Hulu in exchange for adding ABC programming to the NBC Universal-News Corp (NYSE: NWS) joint venture, a source familiar with the situation tells paidContent.
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple developing ‘stealth’ biometric security for iPhone  —  Apple has developed a new technique that would hide a biometric reader inside an iPhone or a Mac and let owners lock down their systems with fingerprints or even facial recognition — all without ever having to break from their usual routine.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek to launch new Eee PC with built-in ODD in mid-April  —  Asustek Computer is scheduled to launch its new Eee PC, the E1004DN, which will be the first Eee PC to have an optical disc drive (ODD), in mid-April, and will follow with the 1008HA in May, according to sources at retail channels.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Flickr Founder Launching New Startup, Hunch  —  We hear that Hunch, Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake's new startup, is launching in beta as soon as today.  —  NYC-based Hunch is a “consumer decision engine of some sort,” according to this report from Alarm:Clock, which noted two weeks ago …
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
When Stars Twitter, a Ghost May Be Lurking  —  The rapper 50 Cent is among the legion of stars who have recently embraced Twitter to reach fans who crave near-continuous access to their lives and thoughts.  On March 1, he shared this insight with the more than 200,000 people who follow him …
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Conficker: Doomsday, or the World's Longest Rickroll?  —  When it comes to criminal hackers, establishing motive is usually a no-brainer: In a majority of cases, computer worms and viruses are little more than tools that bad guys use to make money.  But every so often, a prolific …
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:   House of Commons network hit by Conficker computer worm
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Jeff Bezos Works In Kentucky Distribution Center For A Week  —  Jeff Bezos is spending this week working in an Amazon distribution center in Lexington, Kentucky (AMZN).  He apparently wants to see what it's like to be a rank-and-file Amazon employee.  More CEOs should try that once in a while.
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
JavaScript to get 3x speed boost in iPhone OS 3.0  —  Regardless of whatever new hardware Apple might introduce this summer, existing iPhone users will see an average 300 percent speed increase in JavaScript performance in Mobile Safari.  The increased speed will be helpful for iPhone-specifc web apps …
Discussion: The iPhone Blog, TheAppleBlog and TUAW, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
8 Hours a Day Spent on Screens, Study Finds  —  IN a world with grocery store television screens, digitally delivered movie libraries and cellphone video clips, the average American is exposed to 61 minutes of TV ads and promotions a day.  —  Some people may think that amount seems excessive.
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T offering refurbished BlackBerry Bold for free  —  In the market for a new AT&T smartphone?  Don't care if it's refurbished?  The BlackBerry Bold is about as good as it gets from AT&T right now, and those of you who haven't pulled the trigger yet are in for a treat.  How does free sound?
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Youth Bloggers Network Acquired By Teens In Tech  —  Teens In Tech, a blogging network founded by 16 year old Daniel Brusilovsky, has acquired the Youth Bloggers Network (YBN).  YBN consists of a network of over 100 young bloggers, and was founded by Patrick DeVivo, who is also a young entrepreneur.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Akamai Data: Internet, Broadband Still Going & Growing  —  The launch of super high-speed DOCSIS 3.0 cable broadband technology, the increased deployment of fiber and faster DSL lines resulted in a sharp increase in the average speed of broadband connections during the fourth quarter of 2008 …
Discussion: Between the Lines and DSLreports
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Music startup imeem making money, not dying unless the labels kill it  —  Sure, the music industry — including music startups — are having trouble coming up with significant online music business models, but recent rumors circulating about imeem's money problems appear to be exaggerated.
Discussion: TechCrunch and MediaMemo
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Reddit's Ad Experiment Is Good News for Condé Nast.  Maybe for Digg, Too.  —  How do you sell ads on a user-generated content site frequented by people who love technology and hate ads?  —  Sell ads that look exactly like the content itself.  —  That's the strategy that Condé Nast …
Scott Duke Harris / Mercury News:
Hammerhead Systems goes belly up  —  Startups become shut-downs with regularity in Silicon Valley, usually because the technology or business execution fall short.  But the recent demise of the networking startup Hammerhead Systems, some observers say, is a glaring exception to the Darwinian rule.
Elizabeth Holmes / Digits:
Tying the Hyperlocal Knot  —  The Knot is launching 75 new localized sites in the hopes of reaching brides-to-be from Tampa to Tucson.  —  The Knot  —  David Liu, CEO of the wedding Web site, said the idea is to provide the “ingredients” that people planning weddings seek out.
Discussion: Local Onliner and paidContent.org, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Shawn / Cell Phone Signal:
HTC Magic Passes FCC with T-Mobile USA Branding  —  Well well well, what do we have here?  Today the HTC Magic, showing some sexy pink and gray T-Mobile USA branding and sporting T-Mobile USA 3G bands, passed through the beloved FCC filters.  The HTC Magic, codenamed “Saphire,” …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
When every student has a laptop, why run computer labs?  —  Only four freshmen showed up at the University of Virginia in 2007 without a computer of their own, and the school has decided that it's no longer worth the expense of running campus computer labs.  —  What's the point of running …
Fortune:
Rural broadband vs. red tape  —  Fed agencies square off on how to spend $7 billion to bring the Net to ‘unserved’ areas.  Let the squabbling begin.  —  NEW YORK — President Obama's $7 billion-plus plan to bring broadband to rural America could create up to 260,000 new jobs, according to researchers.
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The $70 Million Obopay Deal Is More About The UnBanked Than The Banked  —  When news came out earlier this week that mobile payments company Obopay raised another $70 million, effectively doubling its total funding raised to date, some observers were surprised at the sheer size of the round.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel to refresh laptop chips Monday  —  Intel will refresh its lineup of chips for ultraportable laptops on Monday.  —  The new dual-core processors—targeted at Apple MacBook Air-class laptops—include the 2.53GHz SP9600 priced at $316 with 6MB of cache memory and a thermal envelope rating …
Discussion: Electronista, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Twitter still has no business model, and that's OK  —  Don't let the attention-grabbing headlines elsewhere fool you.  Twitter still has not announced a business model.  There are no Pro Twitter accounts.  There is no TwitterWords advertising program.  You still can't buy plush toy Fail Whales from Twitter.
 
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Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Can Venture Capital Come in from the Cold?
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InfoWorld:
IETF to explore new routing technique
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Todd / The Official Netflix Blog:
Netflix Launches New Personalization Features
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Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Amazon Sued For Search Ads
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
MyID.is Now In Public Beta, Aims To Become The Digital Certification Standard
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google Releases Major Blog Search Blogroll Algorithm Update
Discussion: Search Engine Land, Thanks:atul
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google searches for holy grail of Python performance
Discussion: eWeek and jessenoller.com, Thanks:atul
Guardian:
Behind the music: Chris Anderson's ‘freeconomics’ don't add up
Discussion: MediaPost and hypebot, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Neil McAllister / Fatal Exception:
IBM: The new development powerhouse?
Robert McMillan / ITworld.com:
Researchers can ID anonymous Twitterers
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