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2:40 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 …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Vast Spy System Loots Computers in 103 Countries  —  TORONTO — A vast electronic spying operation has infiltrated computers and has stolen documents from hundreds of government and private offices around the world, including those of the Dalai Lama, Canadian researchers have concluded.
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
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...”
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: Mashable! and digg.com
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
Micah Elliot / Silicon Alley Insider:
15 Roles Every Startup Needs Filled  —  I've been thinking about how to prepare for Startup Weekend, which is approaching quickly.  Part of the registration process was assigning yourself a “specialty”.  Of the seven designations, I chose architect for myself, whatever that means.
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 …
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?
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
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.
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
 
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Discussion: digg.com
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
How Google Shot Microsoft After It Took A Knife To A Gunfight
Discussion: Beyond Search, Thanks:atul
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When Laptops Go Light  —  Did you hear about the new Hilton NanoSuites?
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