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2:05 PM ET, March 2, 2009

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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 …
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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 …
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Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Always Innovating Touch Book Is Part-Netbook, Part-Tablet, Open Source Frankenstein  —  The Always Innovating Touch Book does something I've never seen from a netbook: it has a fully detachable keyboard dock and transforms from a standard looking 8.9-inch netbook, to a stand-alone tablet.
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 …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
PC Unit Decline to Be Sharpest in History: Gartner
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 …
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook investor talks about why Twitter bid failed
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Foxmarks becomes Xmarks, does site discovery  —  Foxmarks, the browser bookmark utility, is getting new features and a new brand at Demo 09.  —  Now known as just Xmarks, the tool layers in site discovery features.  The Xmarks plug-in shows you sites similar to the one you're on …
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 …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Trial Day 10: Calls for Jail Time  —  Today, members of the prosecution and representatives for the music and movie industries presented their closing statements to the court.  Prosecutor Håkan Roswall stepped up first, followed by Peter Danowsky of the IFPI …
Discussion: p2pnet and digg.com
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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.
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” …
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD divides itself in two, hoping to gang up on Intel  —  After a couple of years of preparation, Advanced Micro Devices is finally going to split itself in two today in the belief that competing with Intel is easier done with two heads instead of one.  —  Sunnyvale, Calif.-based AMD …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Labels size up Web 2.0 music services  —  A torrent of bad economic news is pouring down on Web 2.0 music sites, just like everywhere else.  What's surprising is that even amid the horror story that is our economy, some online record stores have impressed music-industry poobahs, say insiders.
Discussion: Bits
Mark Guim / The Nokia Blog:
Nokia's Response To The Nokia 5800 NAM Issue  —  I just got word from one of my contacts at Nokia about the issues surrounding the Nokia 5800 NAM and their reponse.  It looks like they learned some devices are having problems concerning 3G performance, but it seems isolated to New York and Chicago.
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Alltel to release Palm Treo Pro on the 5th  —  A little blue bird landed on our window sill this morning to let us in on a little secret - Alltel is all set to launch the Palm Treo Pro this Thursday March 5th.  After a $125 rebate, the Treo Pro will set Alltel subscribers back $199 on a 2-year contract.
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
From Small Tech Show, New Ideas  —  As Demo Gathering Shrinks, Emphasis Grows on Saving Time or Money  —  A twice-yearly technology showcase has attracted a smaller group of entrepreneurs, but demonstrators this week are plowing ahead with new products and services — most aimed at saving people time and money.
Discussion: DEMO.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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.
Discussion: techPresident
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Rogue code led to Gmail shutdown  —  A rogue piece of software, which triggered a cascading failure through Google's data centres around the world, led to the shutdown of its Gmail system last week.  —  The failure, during routine maintenance at one of the company's European data centres …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Test build of 10.5.7 points to possible Mac Pro update  —  Netkas, perhaps best known for his work on the OSx86 project, enabled support for his ATI Radeon 4850 by using beta drivers found in the recent test build of Mac OS X 10.5.7.  In addition to support for the 4000-series graphics cards from ATI …
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
How Ferrari Is Driving Its New-Generation HPC Data Center  —  Table of Contents:  —  Ferrari not only employs data centers for its corporate business, but it also has a state-of-the-art, high-performance data center dedicated to its racing division.  Racing is, after all …
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: Crave
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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Fined By Belgian Court For Refusing To Give Up E-Mail Account Info  —  A court in Dendermonde, Belgium, today found Internet company Yahoo guilty of withholding personal account information linked to Yahoo e-mail addresses.  The court told the company to cough up a €55,000 fine right away …
Thanks:blogfisher
 
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Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines:
Chief of Internet oversight body ICANN to leave post
Discussion: ICANN
Softpedia News:
Palm Pre Still Not Ready for Launch, Says Sprint CEO
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
LinkedIn Skyrockets as Job Losses Mount
Rik Ferguson / TrendLabs:
New Variant of Koobface Worm Spreading on Facebook
Discussion: The Register and Softpedia News
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
New antivirus software looks at behaviors, not signatures
Discussion: The Register
Wall Street Journal:
Niche Web Sites Buck Media Struggles
Discussion: Beet.TV, Thanks:atul
David Coursey / BizFeed:
How Electronic Readers Could Save Newspapers
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
 Earlier Items: 
Ed Sperling / Forbes:
Don't Stop Investing In IT  —  NetApp CIO Marina Levinson …
Discussion: Know It All
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
DEMO: Gwabbit launches automated email contact manager
Discussion: Forward Thinking
Ashlee Vance / International Herald Tribune:
Microsoft mapping course to a Jetsons-style future
Thanks:zwelgje
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Zuora Brings Subscription Billing To Facebook Apps
Discussion: VentureBeat
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft Bangs the TomTom Too Hard
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
SmartMoney Finds Using Fewer Ads Can Boost Click-Through
Discussion: MediaMemo and paidContent.org