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12:55 PM ET, March 29, 2009

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
How Microsoft put Apple owners on the defensive  —  Her name is “Lauren” and she's making the Apple (AAPL) guys nuts.  —  She's the young, hip, Volkswagen-driving redhead who stars in the latest Microsoft's (MSFT) TV campaign.  Told that if she can find a 17-inch laptop for under $1,000 she can keep it …
Philip Lam / PreThinking:
Palm Pre beta tester on Twitter, says release date is 4/30  —  As I was questing for new Palm Pre news, I stumbled upon this interesting tweet from Jim Van, a very smart guy in the IT field.  In his own words:  —  “Got Pre to work on Twitter, but it's a tad cludgy...”
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
What a difference a decade makes: Barron's proclaims Amazon best retailer  —  Reading Barron's cover story on Amazon where the publication loves damn near everything about the e-tailer—the cash flow, the business model, the cloud services, the marketplace for third party sellers and even the Kindle …
Discussion: TechFlash
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Torrents Spread Via Facebook  —  With the recent trial out of the way, it seems The Pirate Bay team have had more time for development of the site.  Just last week they announced the addition of personal RSS feeds.  This week we revealed that they will also offer a new IPRED-busting VPN service.
Discussion: digg.com
Josh / Redeye VC:
Yogi Berra wisdom for startups  —  My first company was called Infonautics.  I co-founded it in 1991 when I was an undergraduate at Penn.  This was back in the dark ages of online services — when people used 1200 or 2400 baud modems.  Our initial product (called Homework Helper) …
Thanks:atul
Michelle Maisto / eWeek:
If Dell Buys Palm, Smartphone Strategy Set with Palm Pre  —  During Dell's recent Efficient Enterprise announcement, executives said while Dell used to be viewed as a hardware provider, it is now much more.  Dell is also making forays into the smartphone market, and one analyst predicted …
Discussion: PalmInfocenter
Wall Street Journal:
Putting Your Best Faces Forward  —  With varying policies on identifying yourself, Web sites struggle to balance creativity with accountability  —  Do I contradict myself?  —  Very well then I contradict myself,  —Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself”  —  Who among us doesn't contain a few multitudes?
TechCrunch:
Steel Cage Debate On The Future Of Online Advertising: Danny Sullivan Vs. Eric Clemons  —  Editor's note: Last Sunday, we published a guest post by Wharton Professor Eric Clemons on “Why Advertising Is Failing On The Internet.”  The post questioned a basic assumption that many of us in the tech industry hold near and dear.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
First Look: Lala's iPhone App Will Stream Your Music Library From The Cloud  —  Online music may be a treacherous space right now, but there are still a handful of music startups that may be coming close to getting it right.  One of our favorites is Lala, a streaming music site that allows users …
Discussion: digg.com
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Is Facebook Growing Up Too Fast?  —  WHEN Facebook signed up its 100 millionth member last August, its employees spread out in two parks in Palo Alto, Calif., for a huge barbecue.  Sometime this week, this five-year-old start-up, born in a dorm room at Harvard, expects to register its 200 millionth user.
Discussion: HipMojo.com, Thanks:atul
internetnews.com:
‘iPhone Hacks’ Group Sees 3.0 Bonanza  —  This summer's release of a new OS for the iPhone promises to spawn a spate of new accessories.  —  iPhone users are eagerly awaiting a flood of new accessories for current and future models of popular Apple phone, coming thanks to a sweeping set of upgrades for the iPhone's operating system.
 
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 Earlier Items: 
Rob Minto / Financial Times:
The genius behind Google's web browser
Discussion: digg.com
Deborah Yao / Associated Press:
Consumers can be stuck when Web sites change terms
Discussion: Associated Press
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
How Google Shot Microsoft After It Took A Knife To A Gunfight
Discussion: Beyond Search, Thanks:atul
David Pogue / New York Times:
When Laptops Go Light  —  Did you hear about the new Hilton NanoSuites?
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com