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3:25 AM ET, March 28, 2009

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Caterina.net:
Hunch!  —  We've started sending out invitations to friends and people who signed up on Hunch.  We're going to be launching the full public site in the coming months, but for now — invitations!  —  What is Hunch?  —  Look.  Decision-making is difficult, and decisions have to be made constantly.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
After trying it out, I have a good feeling about Hunch  —  I am an extremely indecisive person.  This sometimes frustrates other people, but it frustrates me even more because I absolutely hate wasting time.  And being indecisive means I sit there thinking about decisions for far too long.
Phil Glockner / ReadWriteWeb:
Flickr Co-founder Unveils Her New Startup: Hunch
Discussion: VentureBeat
Andru Edwards / Gear Live:
Exclusive: Twitter integration coming to OnStar  —  OnStar users, look out—Twitter is about to become a part of your experience.  How so?  Well, being an owner of a couple of Cadillacs with OnStar built-in, we sometimes receive surveys or phone calls asking us how we are liking things.
Discussion: AppScout, Local Mobile Search and Gizmodo, Thanks:atul
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
OMG, OnStar May Soon Let You Twitter From Your Car
Discussion: Communications …, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
AT&T stores now offering early upgrade pricing on iPhone 3G  —  In the latest move aimed at helping Apple clear inventory of iPhone 3Gs ahead of new models anticipated this spring, AT&T retail stores are now offering some customers early upgrades to the Apple handset at subsidized pricing.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Has Apple begun clearing iPhone 3G inventory?
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Dell Latitude 2100 ‘Welch’ Netbooks Leaked  —  A tipster just leaked these Dell Latitude 2100 ‘Welch’ laptops to us, which have a 10-inch display and are aimed under $600.  The best part are the names: School Bus Orange and Red Apple.  —  Here are the details: they're a new Latitude notebook design branded …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Is Facebook Purposefully Lowballing Its Official User Numbers?  —  Facebook updates its official user numbers periodically on a statistics page that currently says 175 million users.  They say that they update it every 25 million users, but many of us have long suspected that they may trail by much more than that.
Discussion: All Facebook, Thanks:atul
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Former AOL Head Jon Miller Heads to News Corp. as “Chief Digital Officer”  —  BoomTown has confirmed a report by Nikki Finke of Deadline Hollywood Daily that former AOL head Jon Miller is set to take over as digital head at News Corp., replacing Peter Levinsohn.
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook “Definitely” Raising Capital This Year; Google Considered Acquisition  —  Last October we wrote about how Facebook's breakaway growth combined with a declining advertising market was forcing the company back to the capital markets.  —  The company has been all over the place …
Discussion: MediaPost, Alan Meckler and Business Week, Thanks:atul
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 …
Discussion: Technologizer
Luis Corrons / PandaLabs:
Don't get taken in by the Conficker panic  —  Lately it seems everybody is talking about Conficker and its variants.  And much more so if we have to take into account the build up fear around the coming day of April 1st.  It's been a while since we saw so much coverage in the general media …
Discussion: PC World and InformationWeek
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent.org:
Tracking The Online-Only Seattle P-I: Traffic Down 20 Percent  —  It makes some sense: Cut your editorial staff by 80 percent, and there's at least a decent chance that Web traffic will tumble.  And that's just what has happened at the new online-only Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
Prosecutor Who Threatened Teens With Child Porn Charges For Taking Pics Of Themselves Gets Sued  —  Back in January, we got a tremendous response in the comments to a post about some teens in Pennsylvania who were facing the potential of child porn charges from an overzealous local prosecutor.
Discussion: MyFox New York and Slashdot
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 …
internetnews.com:
Verizon Confirms Plans to Sell Netbooks  —  If Verizon wants to win the subsidized-netbook battle, it needs to undercut competitor service plan prices.  —  Verizon Wireless (NYSE: VZ) is entering the netbook market with plans to sell 3G-equipped versions of the tiny laptops in its stores as early as next month.
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.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Huawei's U.S. Coming Out Party  —  The company's North American inroads may mean the end of worries over its Chinese government ties.  —  Huawei's long march to North America may finally be achieving results.  —  For years, the Chinese networking and telecom vendor's attempt to expand …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon Web Services: No Open Cloud Manifesto for us  —  Update: Amazon will join Microsoft as two big cloud computing players not signing on to the Open Cloud Manifesto.  —  The manifesto, which has raised a ruckus following a Microsoft blog post, is set to be released Monday with IBM as the ringleader.
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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.
Alexei Oreskovic / MediaFile:
Google layoffs don't stop hiring efforts  —  Google may be giving pink slips to some 200 hapless souls, but that's not stopping the company from hiring in certain places.  —  The search giant has about 360 job openings listed on its Web site, and a spokesman has confirmed that they are indeed open positions.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Robert Frank / The Wealth Report:
A Facebook for the Fortunate  —  The problem with Diamond Lounge, A Small World and other “elite” social-networking sites is that they tout themselves as high end but can't verify people's wealth or income.  Inevitably, the online riff-raff spoil the party of the elites.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Meizu M8 unboxing and hands-on!  —  Yes, folks — things are about to get really real.  We have managed, through a series of delicate negotiations, to get our hands on an honest-to-goodness Meizu M8 — heretofore the stuff of pure legend.  At first glance, the build quality of the phone …
Discussion: DisplayBlog and techeblog.com
Chris Pendleton / Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog:
Virtual Earth Imagery Release, March 2009  —  Another huge addition to the digitization of our planet just hit the web last night - 21TB - all ortho imagery launched into Microsoft Virtual Earth, powering Live Search Maps (and other Live Search properties).  Now, this one isn't huge in terms …
Discussion: LiveSide
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Sorry State Of Music Startups
Discussion: VentureBeat and Lucas Gonze's blog, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Nicole Loux / The Mozilla Blog:
Firefox 3.0.8 security release now available
Discussion: Mozilla and PC World, Thanks:atul
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Imeem restructures, chief marketing officer resigns
Discussion: MediaMemo
Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
FDA Official Tells Blogger That Pharma Social Media OK
Jeff Chu / Fast Company:
A Social Entrepreneur's Tale: A Newbie Navigates the Skoll World Forum
Denise Dubie / Network World:
IBM layoffs incite backlash
Discussion: PC World, Thanks:atul
David Meyer / CNET News:
‘Jaunty Jackalope’ Ubuntu springs into beta
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook, Google, and the data design disaster
Thanks:atul
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Conficker: Doomsday, or the World's Longest Rickroll?
Fortune:
Rural broadband vs. red tape
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel to refresh laptop chips Monday
Discussion: Electronista and Engadget, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 

 
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