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4:50 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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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 …
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.
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.
Brad White / ICANN:
ICANN's President and CEO Announces Departure  —  Founders and leaders of the Internet today praised the achievements of Dr Paul Twomey, the President and Chief Executive Officer of ICANN, after learning that Twomey had advised ICANN's Board of Directors that he will not seek renewal …
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Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines:
Chief of Internet oversight body ICANN to leave post
Discussion: CNET News
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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”.
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 …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft's own private Macworld  —  Microsoft's annual MVP Summit, taking place this week, is the closest thing the company has to Macworld Expo in its heyday.  Sure, there are many differences between the Apple and Microsoft crowds, but each event brings together people who've devoted large portions …
Discussion: Beyond Binary
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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” …
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.
Discussion: Dealscape
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.
 
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple tops Fortune's “most admired” list — again
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Music industry: licensing is a problem, but how to fix it?
Discussion: Techdirt and Lucas Gonze' blog
James Vicini / Reuters:
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Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
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Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
LinkedIn Skyrockets as Job Losses Mount
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Rogue code led to Gmail shutdown
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
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Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Facebook's Thiel Explains Failed Twitter Takeover