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9:05 PM ET, March 2, 2009

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Chris Soghoian / CNET News:
White House ditches YouTube after privacy complaints  —  Responding to complaints by privacy activists, the White House has quietly abandoned YouTube as the provider of the embedded videos on the president's official home page.  —  With the release of the latest weekly video address …
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Jose Antonio Vargas / Washington Post:
Obama Team Finds It Hard to Adapt Its Web Savvy to Government  —  Issues of Technology, Security and Privacy Slow the New Administration's Effort to Foster Instant Communication  —  The team that ran the most technologically advanced presidential campaign in modern history is finding it difficult to adapt that model to government.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Goodbye to the YouTube Address: White House Goes with Akamai Instead
Arn / MacRumors:
New Mac Mini Packaging Spy Shot  —  Earlier today, we received a product photo of what is claimed to be the new Mac Mini.  Without another source, we published it on Page 2 and called it a likely fake.  —  OneMoreThing.nl, however, has received the same image and feels it's likely to be real.
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Arn / MacRumors:
Mac Mini and iMac Product Part Numbers?  Available Tomorrow?  [Updated]  —  Hardmac posts what it claims are the product numbers and rough descriptions of the iMac and Mac mini which are expected to be released tomorrow:
AppleInsider:
Apple ready with new Time Capsules, AirPort Extremes  —  Apple is poised to introduce new versions of its Time Capsule wireless backup appliance and AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless routers, regulatory filings with the Federal Communications Commission reveal.
Mark / MT Hacks:
Realtime Twitter Search Results on Google  —  During the past few weeks, there has been a lot of discussion about whether Twitter's “real time search” could pose a threat to Google.  —  While I am not sure if Twitter poses a threat to Google, I think it is clear that real-time search is increasingly important.
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Flickr video goes HD, tells time  —  A little under a year ago, Flickr began hosting video alongside its online photo service.  One of its shortcomings was that it did not support high-definition video, which in the past year has become a major feature on point-and-shoot and digital SLR cameras …
Discussion: Mashable!, Podcasting News and Code
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft to start testing ‘Kumo’ search service  —  Microsoft plans later this week to begin internal testing of Kumo, a long-anticipated update to its Live Search product, CNET News has learned.  —  Ultimately, Kumo is designed to be both a rebranding and an update for Live Search …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Flock Ditching Firefox, Moving To Google Chrome  —  Flock, a social-focused browser startup that has raised nearly $30 million in venture funding, has ceased building on top of the open source Firefox browser, say multiple sources.  The next version of the Flock browser will be built on Google's open source Chrome browser platform.
Christy Pettey / Gartner:
Gartner Says PC Industry Will Suffer Sharpest Unit Decline in History in 2009  —  Mini-Notebooks Will Cushion Market Slowdown, but Still Remain Too Few to Counter Overall Market Challenges  —  The PC industry will experience its sharpest unit decline in history, with PC shipments totaling 257 million units …
Softpedia News:
Palm Pre Still Not Ready for Launch, Says Sprint CEO  —  Palm and Sprint plan to launch it when there will be enough units available  —  The newly unveiled Palm Pre is one of the most expected devices that will come to the United States market this year, yet it is still uncertain when that will happen.
Discussion: Gear Diary and Obsessable
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Down‚ But Not Out  —  At the moment there is no estimate for when the site will return.  The problem can't be fixed remotely but people are on their way to the ‘secret’ location where the Pirate Bay hardware is located to find out what the problem is.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Video: Evan Williams explains Twitter on Charlie Rose (or tries to)  —  Twitter co-founder and chief executive Evan Williams appeared on Charlie Rose last week to talk about the service's steep ascent.  The video has now been posted online (and embedded below).
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Mark Hurd's moment  —  He's obsessed with numbers and execution.  In other words, the HP CEO is the guy you want running a company in a recession.  But is he a CEO for the ages?  —  (Fortune Magazine) — When Mark Hurd is at home in California, he wakes up each day at 4:45 A.M. - without an alarm clock.
Rik Ferguson / TrendLabs:
New Variant of Koobface Worm Spreading on Facebook  —  Figure 1.  Fake Facebook message  —  What surprised me though, was the page that the link led to.  On the face of it is a very familiar looking spoofed version of YouTube, complete with bogus comments from “viewers”.
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Why are Time Capsules going so cheap?  Upgrade coming?  —  Both Amazon ($387 for 1TB) and the Apple refurb store are selling Time Capsules at steep discounts this week.  Apple doesn't usually discount its current products nearly as sharply as this.  So why is Apple chopping prices?  Is it the economy?
Discussion: Gizmodo and MacBlogz
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple tops Fortune's “most admired” list — again  —  For the second time in as many years, Apple Inc. (AAPL) is No. 1 on Fortune Magazine's list of the World's Most Admired Companies. … In the nine key attributes used to rank the companies, Apple got top marks (1 out of 12) for innovation …
geeksugar:
iPods and iPhones Are Not Allowed in the Gates Household  —  This month's Vogue has a great interview with Mrs. Bill Gates, the lovely philanthropist Melinda Gates.  The interview focuses on the Microsoft founder's better half, but there's a fun Apple rivalry moment in the piece, when the subject of the couples' kids is brought up.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Who's Winning The Mobile Internet Race?  —  America's wireless carriers — AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), Sprint (S), and T-Mobile (DT) — all want their customers to spend money on mobile Internet service.  Who's on top?  —  That's not the easiest question to answer, based on the different ways carriers report …
Discussion: DSLreports
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Report: iPhone takes 2/3 of mobile Web in February  —  The latest browser share numbers suggest that the iPhone OS still dominates mobile Web browsing, though it appears as if Apple gave up some ground in the post-holiday months to competition from Google and even Nokia.
AdAge:
TV Everywhere — As Long As You Pay for It  —  Time Warner's Bewkes Plots Industry Initiative to Eradicate Free Content  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Jeff Bewkes hopes to put more TV on the internet, but he's going to make consumers prove they've paid for it.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Twilio Closes Funding Round, Lands Major Customers For Its Telephony API  —  Twilio, the powerful API for phone services that allows developers to quickly integrate telephony functionality into their apps, has closed its first institutional investment round, which was led by Founders Fund and Mitchell Kapor.
Discussion: TechFlash and Xconomy
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Web Video Winners: YouTube, Hulu...and MegaVideo?  —  What video sites garnered the most eyeballs in January?  ComScore, which tracks this stuff, hasn't officially released its numbers for the month.  But its customers have access to them, which is why Hulu sent out this chart …
Discussion: Contentinople
PRWeb:
Dailymotion and Hulu Announce Strategic Distribution Partnership  —  Deal with Hulu adds content from major television and film studios to one of the fastest-growing Web video sites in the U.S.  —  New York, NY (PRWEB) March 2, 2009 — Dailymotion, one of the world's largest independent video sharing sites …
Discussion: paidContent and NewTeeVee
Wall Street Journal:
Too Risky for Venture Capitalists  —  Why proposals for a government bailout were roundly rejected.  —  With industries from autos to banking begging for taxpayer handouts, what would you call an industry that says thanks, but no thanks?  Crazy, but like a fox.  Even for venture capitalists, some ideas are just too risky.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
DEMO: Cc:Betty makes email easier for collaboration  —  A new company called Cc:Betty is making it a lot easier to follow email conversations.  —  Ever get fed up with tracking threads in your email inbox?  Google's Gmail was early to track conversation threads, but if you're like me …
Wall Street Journal:
Niche Web Sites Buck Media Struggles  —  While many media businesses are stalling, a small group of online publishers appears to be bucking the trend.  —  Several start-up Web sites such as SB Nation, Seeking Alpha Ltd. and HealthCentral Network Inc., which create and aggregate content …
Discussion: paidContent.org, Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
DEMO: Always Innovating's Touch Book sounds amazing.  Can it deliver?  —  I haven't gotten a chance to try a Touch Book yet, but I want to.  Who wouldn't?  The netbook made by Always Innovating and making its debut at the DEMO conference today, claims to offer 10 to 15 hours of battery life …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
DEMO: SmartyCard lets kids learn stuff and earn stuff  —  SmartyCard has a smart way to get kids to learn via its reward-based quizzing approach.  The company, which is showing off the service at DEMO today, runs a web site where kids can take quizzes to earn prizes that have been paid for by their parents.
Discussion: Digits
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
New York Times to the Web: Careful With Our Copy!  —  Early on in today's well-written story about Web aggregators, New York Times reporter Brian Stelter notes that “some media executives are growing concerned that the increasingly popular curators of the Web that are taking large pieces …
Discussion: Between the Lines, Thanks:atul
 
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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Foxmarks becomes Xmarks, does site discovery
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