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12:40 AM ET, March 2, 2009

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Alex Brooks / World of Apple:
Apple Event Scheduled for March 24?  [Updated]  —  A source has disclosed to World of Apple that Apple is planning to hold an event on March 24 to unveil new desktop hardware.  The source which has been confirmed to be in reach of such information stated that the event would be similar to the notebook event held by Apple last October.
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Facebook's Thiel Explains Failed Twitter Takeover  —  The social network intends to grow during the downturn, but Facebook's imprecise and illiquid stock valuation limited its appeal to Twitter  —  Facebook remains on the lookout for acquisitions after its failed attempt to buy microblogging site Twitter …
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T may be looking to launch handset trade-in program  —  Treat this one as a rumor and nothing more for the time being, but we just got some details on a “Phone Trade-In” program that AT&T is apparently looking to launch sometime around June.  From the looks of things …
David Gonzales / Electronic Pulp:
Mac OS 7 (System 7) installed and running on the iPhone  —  While it was fun to see Windows 3.1 running on Nokia's N95, it probably didn't sit well with some Apple fans.  “What about our iPhone?  Isn't there anything that can be done to install a Mac OS on it besides the mobile OS X that it's already got?”
Lidija Davis / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter VC Laughs at the Idea that Twitter Has No Business Model  —  Todd Dagres, founder of Spark Capital and one of the VCs that poured an additional $35 million into Twitter recently, finds it amusing when people talk about Twitter's lack of a business model.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Skittles: The Homepage is the Conversation  —  Love this:  —  http://skittles.com/  —  The home page is literally a Twitter search for “skittles”.  That's a brand embracing the conversation.  Well done.
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft Sees a Future That You Won't  —  [Editor's Note: I'm playing catchup from the stomach flu.  March 1st and 2nd posts will be shorter and more responses to current events than my more typical forward-looking analyses.]  —  The “Future Vision Montage” video, “2019,” comes out of Office Labs.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Five things every Windows beta tester should know  —  Last week my colleague Mary Jo Foley reported on rumblings of discontent from the invitation-only Windows 7 technical beta test community: … This was all in response to another epic post on the Engineering Windows 7 blog by Steven Sinofsky …
Bruce Sterling / Beyond the Beyond:
What Bruce Sterling Actually Said About Web 2.0 at Webstock 09  —  *By the garbled reportage, I'd be guessing some of those kiwis were having trouble with my accent.  Here are the verbatim remarks.  —  THE BRIEF BUT GLORIOUS LIFE OF WEB 2.0, AND WHAT COMES AFTER  —  Bruce Sterling, Wellington, Feb 2009
Discussion: CloudAve, Thanks:atul
Jack Arrington / TechCrunch:
Information Technology, 50 Years Ago  —  This guest post is written by Jack Arrington, who contributed 50% of the genetic material required to produce TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington.  Jack was around at the very beginning of what we today call the Information Technology business.
Thanks:atul
Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
What France Can Teach Us About Search Success  —  If you needed evidence that we're living in the age of Google, look no farther than France.  Ville d'Eu (more commonly known as simply “EU") is thinking of changing its name in order to rank more easily in Google.
Thanks:atul
DEMO.com:
Watch DEMO 09 Live on the Web  —  If you are not basking in the Palm Desert sun here at DEMO 09, you still have a chance to see 39 great companies launch their latest innovations to the world live from the DEMO stage.  —  DEMO is broadcasting the entire DEMO 09 conference live …
 
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Mac OS X 10.5.7 may have Nehalem, Radeon HD 4000 support
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and digg.com
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Sony: PS3 is hard to develop for—on purpose
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Amazon misread book sector on speech feature
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Drew Wilson / Zeropaid File Sharing P2P …:
Political Hypocrisy: French President Sued for Copyright Infringement
Discussion: digg.com
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Is Google App Engine the wrong product for the market?
TechCrunch:
What An Antitrust Case Against Google Might Look Like
Discussion: Beyond Search
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
How To Turn Customers Into Pirates
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