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4:15 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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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Goodbye to the YouTube Address: White House Goes with Akamai Instead
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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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 …
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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.
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Darren Waters / BBC:   Nokia confirms US phone problem
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 …
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 …
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 and Gizmodo
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 …
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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 …
International Telecommunication Union:
New ITU ICT Development Index compares 154 countries  —  For immediate release  —  New ITU ICT Development Index compares 154 countries  —  Northern Europe tops ICT developments  —  ITU's new ICT Development Index (IDI) compares developments in information and communication technologies …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: tinyComb, Thanks:blogfisher
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” …
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
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 …
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 …
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
LinkedIn Skyrockets as Job Losses Mount  —  Diverse Revenue Streams Help Site Flourish Even With Help-Wanted Ads in Short Supply  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — There are two places most of today's laid-off executives are heading: to job-search sites to see what other opportunities …
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
How to Share without Spilling the Beans  —  A new protocol aims to protect privacy while allowing organizations to share valuable information.  —  Last fall, two of Israel's leading political parties, Likud and Kadima, became embroiled in a dispute when, in a close primary race …
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.
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
NYC Seed Nurtures Homegrown Start-Ups  —  New York City has always been destination for actors, singers, models and musicians hoping to someday see their names in lights.  Now, NYC Seed, an early-stage technology fund, wants to help transform the Big Apple into a thriving incubator for Internet start-ups.
James Vicini / Reuters:
Supreme Court to hear freelance writers' settlement  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday that it would hear an appeal by a group of publishers seeking to reinstate a settlement with freelance writers in a copyright case involving work included in online databases.
 
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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Music industry: licensing is a problem, but how to fix it?
Discussion: Techdirt and Lucas Gonze' blog
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft's own private Macworld
Discussion: CNET News
Mark / MT Hacks:
Realtime Twitter Search Results on Google
Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
Microsoft expands Surface to Europe, Middle East
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Industry Moves: Schiller Leaves Glam To Head Sales For Comcast Interactive
Discussion: PR Newswire and Jobwire
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
How To Make Sponsored Conversations Work
Discussion: Micro Persuasion and Lost Remote
Softpedia News:
Palm Pre Still Not Ready for Launch, Says Sprint CEO
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Rogue code led to Gmail shutdown
 Earlier Items: 
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
Jose Antonio Vargas / Washington Post:
Obama Team Finds It Hard to Adapt Its Web Savvy to Government
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
DEMO: Gwabbit launches automated email contact manager
Discussion: Forward Thinking and Network World
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Alltel to release Palm Treo Pro on the 5th
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
How Ferrari Is Driving Its New-Generation HPC Data Center
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Facebook's Thiel Explains Failed Twitter Takeover