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9:25 PM ET, March 19, 2010

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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Apple Starts Accepting iPad Applications; Launch Apps Must Be Submitted By March 27  —  There are only a few weeks left until the iPad's April 3 launch date, and Apple is now reaching out to developers to say that they're accepting applications that were developed for the much anticipated device.
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Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Apple Swears iPad Partners to Secrecy  —  Developers must sequester the tablet computer in rooms with blacked-out windows, reflecting secrecy around a product that may mean billions of dollars in sales  —  Apple makes big demands of software developers who want an early crack at the iPad.
Ryan Block / GigaOM:
The iPad May Change Computing, Just Not Your Life  —  The first time you walk into an Apple Store and pick up an iPad, you'll understand the hype: Apple has managed to create a beautiful, thoughtfully designed, compelling product in a space where mediocrity was, until now, status quo.
Discussion: PC World and Edible Apple
Nick Bilton / Bits:
One on One: Christopher Poole, Founder of 4chan  —  In 2003, while still in high school, Christopher Poole, known online as “Moot,” launched a message board called 4chan.  The site includes content that many people find offensive.  Nevertheless, or maybe because of it …
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:   Even With 8.2 Million Uniques, 4chan Is Only Worth $45,000
LouiV / BlackBerry Leaks:
First Images of BlackBerry OS 6.0?  —  There has been much speculation over what OS 6.0 could possibly look like.  We were recently hit with these images of what appear to be of a device running OS 6.0 with a similar screen resolution of a storm or storm2.  These spy shot images come highly regarded as real from one our best connects.
Bing / Search Blog:
New Bing App for iPhone is Here!  —  Today we're excited to announce an update to the Bing app for the iPhone and iPod Touch.  You can get it for free from the App Store on your device or use iTunes to download it.  —  In the months following the November release of the app …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Hope You Enjoy the Smell of Napalm in the Morning  —  This lengthy New York Times story on the escalating rivalry between Apple and Google hit while I was at SXSW; I didn't have time to do much more than point out the curious choice to describe Apple employees as Steve Jobs's “underlings”.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Nestle mess shows sticky side of Facebook pages  —  Some of the negative criticism on Nestle's Facebook fan page over its use of palm oil in products  —  Uh-oh.  We've got another social-media-meets-public-relations disaster on our hands, and this one doesn't even involve any airlines yet.
Discussion: Techdirt, Inside Facebook and AdAge
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Twitter Search Results to Show Popular Tweets On Top  —  Twitter appears set to tweak search results to return the most popular tweets first — instead of the most recent — for any given search query.  —  This according to Twitter Developer Advocate Taylor Singletary …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Word, Excel and OneNote for Windows Phone 7 Series revealed  —  We actually haven't seen any official shots of the Office apps for Windows Phone 7 Series, but now that Microsoft's emulator has been hacked and unlocked, we've got a glimpse of what creating a Word doc in OneNote looks like …
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Blake Ellis / CNNMoney.com:
Palm's new price target: $0  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Palm's future already looked bleak.  But after reporting worse than expected results for the third quarter Thursday, some analysts think the company's stock is now essentially worthless.  —  Shares of Palm (PALM) plunged 19% to $4.59 a share early Friday, a new 52-week low.
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Chris Vallance / BBC:
US moots official data ‘YouTube’  —  The US technology chief has called on developers to build the “YouTube” of government data.  —  Vivek Kundra told the BBC that he envisaged a world where anyone could “slice and dice” government information and share their results.
Lisa M. Krieger / Mercury News:
Apple CEO Steve Jobs joins Schwarzenegger to push organ donor registry  —  Saying a liver transplant saved his life, Apple CEO Steve Jobs convinced California lawmakers to draft organ donation legislation, unveiled at Stanford's Lucile Packard Children's hospital Friday morning.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
NComputing's Numo chip could drive desktop computer costs to zero  —  It's a tantalizing thought.  The cost of destkop computing hardware is moving toward zero.  Stephen Dukker, chief executive of NComputing, is moving that idea a step closer to reality today as he announces a new chip called Numo.
Discussion: Fast Company and CNET News
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
To fight scammers, Russia cracks down on .ru domain  —  IDG News Service - In a bid to cut down on fraud and inappropriate content, the organization responsible for administering Russia's .ru top-level domain names is tightening its procedures.  —  Starting April 1, anyone who registers …
Discussion: HEXONET
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft privately testing a ‘Twitter for business’ service  —  Microsoft is continuing to look into ways to make social computing services part of business users' lives with a new pilot program for something called “OfficeTalk.”  —  Microsoft mentioned OfficeTalk in a March 19 posting …
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Microsoft, Adobe confident there is room for Silverlight, Flash  —  Execs at OSBC speak of a symbiotic relationship between the HTML5 standard and their proprietary plug-ins for Web applications  —  The HTML5 specification could be a game-changer in the rich Internet application realm …
Discussion: Maximum PC and The Register
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
MySQL's Marten Mickos becomes CEO of hybrid cloud startup Eucalyptus Systems  —  Marten Mickos, former chief executive of open source database company MySQL, is moving to cloud computing startup Eucalyptus Systems, where he will serve as CEO.  —  Mickos built MySQL into what seemed …
Discussion: Computerworld, Bits, Digits and Eucalyptus
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Bandwidth Isn't Free, Distribution Isn't Free, So Why Should Content Be Free?  —  As the cost of delivering video continues to get cheaper every year and video syndication to devices and platforms continues to grow, it seems more and more people are under the impression that access to premium video content should be free.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Boxee Blog, Thanks:danrayburn
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
HP Slate priced at €400 for June launch, Atom CPU confirmed?  —  Reputable Spanish publication Clipset has the first concrete report on pricing and internal specs for HP's Slate.  Seemingly obtained from HP itself, the €400 ($546) price tag positions the Slate a notch above netbooks …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Another One Bites the Dust at Yahoo: Chief Technologist Sam Pullara Departs for Benchmark  —  Yahoo Chief Technologist Sam Pullara (pictured here) is leaving the company to become an Entrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark Capital.  —  He's the second major exec to leave Yahoo (YHOO) for greener pastures in a week.
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Wave Rival Novell Pulse Launching to Preview March 21  —  Novell plans to roll out its Pulse collaboration platform as a preview for all 3,000 attendees of its Novell Brainshare conference March 21.  Pulse, built on the Google Wave Federation Protocol Google made available to open source …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Network World
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Facebook Visitors Come Back Again and Again  —  A few weeks ago when I posted my blog entry about Facebook being the largest news reader I received a few comments and emails noting that visitors aren't as valuable if they don't come back.  Advertisers and retailers need some assurance that visitors will return again and again.
 
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John Poirier / Reuters:
U.S. eyes early summer for airwaves auction process
Discussion: Electronista and Phone Scoop
Emma Graham-Harrison / Reuters:
China quality watchdog says some HP laptops faulty
Discussion: T3.com News and THINQ.co.uk
Roger Cheng / Dow Jones Newswires:
Smartphones, 4G To Take Center Stage At Wireless Trade Show
Nielsen Wire:
Global Audience Spends Two Hours More a Month on Social Networks than Last Year
Discussion: Mashable!
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
Vodafone Spain replacing microSD cards on 3,000 virus-infected handsets
Discussion: Computerworld and Android Central
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
FT.com Takes Free Articles Away From Unregistered Users, Except Via Search
Royal Pingdom:
Facebook may have surpassed Google in the US, but what about other countries?
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
DIY Social Network Platform GROU.PS Now Syncs With Yahoo Groups
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Million Follower Fallacy: Audience Size Doesn't Prove Influence on Twitter
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google's Need For Speed Is About Making You Search More
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
The REAL Reason NBC, FOX, And ABC Execs Want To Kill Hulu (CMCSA, GE, DIS, NWS)
Christopher Dawson / Googling Google:
An interview with Timothy Bray
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Those Facebook QR Codes Are Part Of Their Location Plans
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Google China Pullout Would Be Permanent, ‘Burn Bridges,’ Ex-Executive Says
 

 
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