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12:35 PM ET, March 2, 2009

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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.
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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Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Microsoft exec tweets about a new name for Live Search
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Screenwerk
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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The Local:
Pirate on prosecutor: 'The old bastard's crazy'
Discussion: The Register
PR Newswire:
SAP Increases Focus on Sustainable Business  —  Company Announces Expanded Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Application; Aggressive Carbon Footprint Reduction Target; and New Sustainability Organization Led by Its First Chief Sustainability Officer  —  SAP AG (NYSE: SAP - News) …
Discussion: CNET News and deal architect
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   SAP hones sustainability push; Unveils new app (and acronym)
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” …
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
PC Unit Decline to Be Sharpest in History: Gartner  —  PC unit shipments are facing their strongest dip ever, thanks to a moribund economy.  Intel, AMD, Via and other component manufacturers already are suffering the effects as consumers purchase fewer PCs.
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.
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 …
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.
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
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.
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Avaak launches home video monitoring system  —  Avaak is launching its very attractive Vue Web cam system at the Demo 09 conference Monday.  It's designed for home monitoring, like cameras from Panasonic, Logitech, and DLink.  The kicker: The Vue cameras are tiny, light, and battery-powered.
Discussion: Datamation, NewTeeVee, Engadget and Macworld
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
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
DEMO: Gwabbit launches automated email contact manager  —  Contact managers are ripe for a makeover.  As such, Technicopia is announcing a tool called Gwabbit today at the DEMO 2009 conference that could take the tedium out of updating your email contacts.  —  It's arguable that this has already …
David Coursey / BizFeed:
How Electronic Readers Could Save Newspapers  —  Here's something I'd like to toss into the hat for the economic stimulus program: Let's provide a subsidy to help newspapers and other publishers transition from paper-based to electronic distribution.  The fate of American journalism …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
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.
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: Beet.TV, Thanks:atul
 
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Rik Ferguson / TrendLabs:
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
New antivirus software looks at behaviors, not signatures
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Taipei Times:
TSMC to announce Intel deal
Discussion: CNET News, Digits and The Register
Ed Sperling / Forbes:
Don't Stop Investing In IT  —  NetApp CIO Marina Levinson …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD divides itself in two, hoping to gang up on Intel
Discussion: IT PRO - Today
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Samsung announces NX Series hybrid digital camera
Discussion: Crave and Gizmodo
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
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Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
SmartMoney Finds Using Fewer Ads Can Boost Click-Through
Discussion: paidContent.org and MediaMemo
Dale Dougherty / O'Reilly Radar:
The Sizzling Sound of Music
Discussion: rc3.org, Thanks:atul
William Pesek / Bloomberg:
IPod Solution May Save Wall Street From Ruin: Commentary by William Pesek
Harrison Hoffman / The Web Services Report:
VC touts Twitter integrated search, featured users
Discussion: SiliconAngle and Shimon Sandler, Thanks:atul
Financial Times:
3G wrong number forces change of strategy
Discussion: Gadgetell
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Copyright Challenge for Sites That Excerpt