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2:00 AM ET, March 30, 2009


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Aaron Barnhart / TV Barn:
“60 Minutes” freaks out over Conficker.  Where's John Hodgman when you need him?  —  I love “60 Minutes,” but sometimes it just makes you scratch your head.  Isn't anyone working there who has any sophistication when it comes to technology?  Lesley Stahl just finished a 15-minute freakout …
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs
CBS News:
The Conficker Worm: What Happens Next?  —  60 Minutes: Computer Worm Could Receive New Instructions On April 1  —  Page 1 of 4  —  (CBS) The Internet is infected.  Malicious computer hackers have been creating more and more weapons that they plant on the Internet.
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Screenshots of Windows 7 build 7070 leak, RC-Escrow coming  —  Screenshots of build 7070 have leaked, but Microsoft has also already compiled build 7071 and build 7072.  Apparently Redmond is getting ready to choose an RC-Escrow build.  —  Two days ago, details of Windows 7 build 7068 leaked.
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
IBM Twisting Arms In Support Of ‘Open’ Cloud Computing  —  As expected, IBM's (IBM) so-called “Open Cloud Manifesto” — basically an appeal to the industry to make their cloud computing components work together around common standards — is officially out this morning (it leaked late last week).
Discussion: iTnews Australia and Sam Johnston
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Is the Open Cloud Manifesto Doomed?  —  Is the Open Cloud Manifesto doomed even before it's officially announced?  The top three cloud platforms have decided not to participate.  So it looks like IBM, Sun, Cisco and a host of smaller companies will be on hand to represent the new Open Cloud Manifesto when it is announced on March 30.
Discussion: PC World, Between the Lines and GigaOM
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
Skype for iPhone: It's official  —  Months after teasing us at CES with an announcement of Skype's native VoIP client for the iPhone, the free Skype for iPhone will finally be available to download from the iTunes App Store sometime on Tuesday.  We got a chance to sit down with the application's …
Vic Gundotra / TechCrunchIT:
Follow the Mobile User  —  This guest post is written by Vic Gundotra, Vice President of Engineering for Google's mobile and developer products.  (Prior to Google, he spent 15 years at Microsoft, most recently as their GM of Platform Evangelism.)  Vic credits his now-7-year-old with forecasting …
Ed Oswald / Technologizer:
Is Microsoft Set to Abandon its Top-Down Zune Approach?  —  That could be true, if what we're hearing about the buzz within Microsoft these days is correct.  With Zune for all intents and purposes has been anything but a success for Microsoft.  Redmond saw that Apple was wildly successful …
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.
Ray Beckerman / Recording Industry vs The People:
Pirate Bay on Facebook? Be careful, folks, don't rise to the bait.
Discussion: Slashdot
Noah Bierman / Boston Globe:
Tech savvy teenager takes Lexington transit in new directions  —  The town of Lexington's transit service is fairly informal.  The stops are pretty much wherever you happen to be standing when you see a bus.  —  But in one regard, the scrappy Lexpress and its six bus routes are ahead …
Discussion: GPS Obsessed
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
When Famed Twitter Friend Proves Faux  —  Behind Some Celeb Feeds Lie Only Tweet Nothings  —  “I spoke to a lovely reporter today,” wrote cwalken on his (or her) Twitter account this week.  “I don't know if she was really who she said she was but that's fine.  I secretly used an ironic tone.”
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
AT&T pulls trigger on Nokia E71x and Samsung Propel Pro  —  Kicking off what's sure to be a fun-filled week of announcements surrounding CTIA out in Vegas, AT&T's smartphone lineup just got a little beefier thanks to the official introduction of a couple devices we've been expecting for a hot minute now.
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Mouthy Billionaire Mark Cuban Fined for Using Twitter  —  The NBA has fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, the dotcom billionaire, $25,000 for slagging referees on Twitter Friday.  His Twittered response: The league has found a way for Twitter to make money.
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We're All Geeks Now  —  I was on Twitter, as I frequently am …
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Watch Out, Hulu: Big Media Getting Ready to Eat its Young
Discussion: New York Times
Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
Don't look now, but you're a cyborg
Nick Cohen / Guardian:
Who would you rather trust - the BBC or a blogger?
 Earlier Items: 
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Huffington Post launches journalism venture
Discussion: The Huffington Post and MinnPost
Michelle Maisto / eWeek:
If Dell Buys Palm, Smartphone Strategy Set with Palm Pre
Wall Street Journal:
Putting Your Best Faces Forward
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
What a difference a decade makes: Barron's proclaims Amazon best retailer
Discussion: TechFlash