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10:00 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
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple uses a jailbroken iPhone in patent application  —  Uh oh Apple — it looks like even your attorneys are dirty, thieving jailbreakers.  Tipster a|  e  § was poring through that iPhone biometric security patent application we posted earlier and noticed that the images show a jailbroken phone …
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 …
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.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
OMG, OnStar May Soon Let You Twitter From Your Car
Discussion: Communications …, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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:
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
Elizabeth Holmes / Digits:
A Twitter Spinoff Launches for Moms  —  Can mommy bloggers become mommy tweeters?  —  Rachael Herrscher  —  A new microblogging site targeting moms and modeled after Twitter launched Friday.  Rachael Herrscher, a 31-year-old mother of three, has added the abbreviated commenting feature to her site Today's Mama.
Discussion: RotorBlog.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
MediaShift:
‘Cluetrain Manifesto’ Still Relevant 10 Years Later  —  When The Cluetrain Manifesto appeared on the web in 1999, neither its supporters nor its authors believed it was trying to say anything particularly new.  Rather, the 95 theses and the following chapters — written in almost a stream of consciousness …
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.
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.
Discussion: Eee PC and bijan sabet
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Palm Throws Down a C&D Warning on the TealOS Skin  —  Displeased with others copying their work, PalmInfoCenter reports that Palm snuffed the TealOS skin for PalmOS phones, which imitates the Palm Pre's newer WebOS interface.  —  TealPoint posted an official response on their TealTalk forum …
Paul Boutin / Industry Standard:
David Pogue's secret weapon: Patience  —  New York Times gadget guy David Pogue, a former Broadway orchestra conductor and MacWorld back-page columnist, is probably the world's most widely read and watched tech product reviewer.  As a fellow contributor to the Times, I can confirm …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com and Gawker, Thanks:ilamont
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.
Nicole Loux / The Mozilla Blog:
Firefox 3.0.8 security release now available  —  Editor's note: Mozilla released a security and stability update for Firefox 3.x users on Friday, March 27, 2009 at 3:45 pm PT. Check out the Mozilla Developer News announcement, reposted below, for more details.
Discussion: Mozilla.org, Mozilla, PC World and SEO and Tech Daily, Thanks:atul
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
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
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, Thanks:atul
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.
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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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Huawei's U.S. Coming Out Party
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Sorry State Of Music Startups
Discussion: Lucas Gonze's blog, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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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
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‘Jaunty Jackalope’ Ubuntu springs into beta
Discussion: digg.com
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook, Google, and the data design disaster
Thanks:atul
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Meizu M8 unboxing and hands-on!
Discussion: DisplayBlog and techeblog.com
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
When every student has a laptop, why run computer labs?
Discussion: Technologizer
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel to refresh laptop chips Monday
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
AT&T stores now offering early upgrade pricing on iPhone 3G
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
JavaScript to get 3x speed boost in iPhone OS 3.0
 

 
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