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7:20 AM ET, March 2, 2009

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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 …
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.
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Apple event rumored for March 24 with iMacs, maybe more
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Zuora Brings Subscription Billing To Facebook Apps  —  How much would you pay for a Facebook app?  For most apps, most people would probably pay nothing.  But for some apps, such as member-to-member online tutorial services, charging could become an option.  At least Tien Tzuo hopes so.
Discussion: CNET News and VentureBeat
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Skittles: Tweet the rainbow (or racial slurs)  —  In what is either a sign of Twitter's continued transition to the mainstream or of a candy company's epic laziness, Skittles.com is now simply a Twitter Search result page for the candy.  —  Yes, go visit Skittles.com in your web browser …
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Why Windows Mobile 6.5's honeycomb menu is not just a “glorified grid”, rather, simple ingenuity  —  Several weeks ago, some pundits were quick to dismiss Windows Mobile 6.5's honeycomb menu as a “glorified grid”, an Engadget editorial put it - “a sign that Microsoft has gone out of its way to avoid a grid” …
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Live Search to get new features...oh and a new brand, too  —  Live Search, keeping to a Spring and Fall update schedule, is set to unveil its new name sometime this spring, and now thanks to Twitter it is more than just rumor.  We've been hearing about a possible rebrand for quite some time …
Discussion: Screenwerk and The Microsoft Blog
Vivek Wadhwa / Business Week:
Why Skilled Immigrants Are Leaving the U.S.  —  New research shows that highly skilled workers are returning home for brighter career prospects and a better quality of life  —  As the debate over H-1B workers and skilled immigrants intensifies, we are losing sight of one important fact …
Discussion: Bits and Times of India
Harrison Hoffman / The Web Services Report:
Fred Wilson shows off integrated Twitter Search, featured users  —  In a presentation to a group of TV execs., Fred Wilson (a VC with Union Square Ventures, one of Twitter's investors) showed off what appears to be integrated search in Twitter.  As seen on slide 22 of Wilson's presentation …
Thanks:atul
William Pesek / Bloomberg:
IPod Solution May Save Wall Street From Ruin: Commentary by William Pesek  —  Michael Stumm is an accidental currency guy.  —  Toronto-based Stumm is a founder of Oanda Corp., a pioneer in Internet-based foreign-exchange trading and information.  It's an unlikely career turn for a computer scientist …
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft Bangs the TomTom Too Hard  —  [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.]  —  There are days when I think Microsoft executives don't get out enough into the real world.
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Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
SmartMoney Finds Using Fewer Ads Can Boost Click-Through  —  Users More Likely to Pay Attention When There Aren't So Many Units  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — When it comes to the supply-and-demand balance of online advertising, the supply side is winning — and that's hurting click-through rates and CPMs …
Discussion: MediaMemo and paidContent.org
Dale Dougherty / O'Reilly Radar:
The Sizzling Sound of Music  —  Are iPods changing our perception of music?  Are the sounds of MP3s the music we like to hear most?  —  Jonathan Berger, professor of music at Stanford, was on a panel with me at a meeting of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Mountain View, CA on Saturday.
Thanks:atul
Financial Times:
3G wrong number forces change of strategy  —  Greg Brown, Motorola's joint chief executive, offers a devastating critique of the company as he explains the calamitous decline of its mobile phone business.  —  Industry analysts point to Motorola's unprofitable dash to increase market share …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Copyright Holders Challenge Sites That Excerpt  —  When the popular New York business blog Silicon Alley Insider quoted a quarter of Peggy Noonan's Wall Street Journal column in mid-February, the editor added a caveat at the end: “We thank Dow Jones in advance for allowing us to bring it to you.”
 
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Mhtaylor Mhtaylor / Digits:
Eminem's Former Publisher Seeks Digital Music Royalties
Bloomberg:
Spansion, Mobile-Phone Memory-Chip Maker, Files for Bankruptcy Protection
Discussion: Mercury News
Stephen Adams / Telegraph:
Internet ‘is causing poetry boom’
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and digg.com
Agence France Presse:
Twitter takes Washington by storm
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
Analysis: Safari 4 lifts Apple above 10% browser market share
Discussion: SlashGear and digg.com
Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
What France Can Teach Us About Search Success
Thanks:atul
 Earlier Items: 
Jack Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Thanks:atul
Bruce Sterling / Beyond the Beyond:
What Bruce Sterling Actually Said About Web 2.0 at Webstock 09
Discussion: GigaOM and CloudAve, Thanks:atul
David Gonzales / Electronic Pulp:
Mac OS 7 (System 7) installed and running on the iPhone
Discussion: Boing Boing Gadgets, Thanks:davidvgonzales
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