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7:00 AM ET, March 3, 2009

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
A Sneak Peek Look at Microsoft's New Kumo: A Spidery Cloud?  A Cloudy Spider?  —  Here below are three screenshots of Microsoft's internal test of a new search product called Kumo.  —  The long-expected upgrade to the Live Search product from Microsoft (MSFT) is being tested for a public rollout later this year.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Kumo: Doomed  —  Kara Swisher's Microsoft spies have been good enough to send her the Kumo search memo from Satya Nadella.  Satya asks his comrades to help test Microsoft's new search service, codenamed Kumo (screenshots here).  —  Kara has the full, uninterrupted memo here.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Kumo: Microsoft Tests Search Ideas With Its Own Employees
Discussion: Microsoft Watch, TechFlash and tinyComb
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Arn / MacRumors:
Last Minute Specs: iMac, Mac Minis, Airport Extreme, Time Capsule and Mac Pros?  —  There's only a few hours left before Apple's rumored announcement of new iMacs and Mac minis but a list of parts/specs posted to our forum indicate that Apple may be pushing out a number of additional updates …
Discussion: Gadget Lab and CrunchGear
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.
Miguel Helft / Bits:
White House Denies Shunning YouTube  —  The blogosphere was abuzz on Monday over reports that the White House's official Web site had stopped putting YouTube videos on its pages after privacy advocates raised concerns about the practice.  —  Now the White House is denying that it has changed …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Flock Ditching Firefox, Moving To Google Chrome  —  Flock, a social-focused browser startup that has raised nearly $30 million in venture funding, has ceased building on top of the open source Firefox browser, say multiple sources.  The next version of the Flock browser will be built on Google's open source Chrome browser platform.
Discussion: Technologizer and TheNextWeb.com
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Video: Jon Stewart explains Twitter (or tries to)  —  Earlier, we posted about Twitter chief executive Evan Williams explaining Twitter to Charlie Rose.  Tonight brings perhaps a better Twitter video explanation, compliments of comedian Jon Stewart.  —  In his Daily Show segment …
Discussion: Soup
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Kakul Srivastava / Yodel Anecdotal:
More videos for everyone!  —  Last year, we introduced video to the Flickr community, allowing Pro members to upload 90-second video clips or, “long photos” as we (and others) like to say.  Since then, our Pro community has helped define what video on Flickr looks like.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Arrington Back At TechCrunch (For Good?)  —  TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington is back after a month off in Hawaii.  Will he stick around for good?  —  In his post — “Back I Am” — Arrington doesn't specify if he's returning to work full-time or if he's going to take on something new.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Industry Standard
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook and Oodle Launch New Classifieds Product Today  —  Today, Facebook and Oodle will announce the launch of the new classified product which will replace the old Marketplace application.  In contrast to the previous iteration of the application, all classified listings can be posted for free.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Adobe and Time Warner Partner; HBO Flash Site On the Way  —  Adobe and Time Warner are announcing Tuesday they have formed an online video alliance.  It's unclear exactly what that means, but the two companies say they'll work on finding solutions for issues like digital rights management …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Down‚ But Not Out  —  At the moment there is no estimate for when the site will return.  The problem can't be fixed remotely we were told.  However, people are on their way to the ‘secret’ location where the Pirate Bay hardware is located to find out what the problem is.
Hindustan Times:
Why Obama can't stop outsourcing  —  The Indian information technology industry has reacted with a mix of hope and caution after President Barack Obama said last week that he will not allow US companies that send jobs away to enjoy his tax breaks.  —  Obama is presumably talking …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Forrester is Wrong About Paying Bloggers  —  Analyst firm Forrester published a report this morning telling corporations that it's a good idea to engage bloggers in “sponsored conversations,” or the exchange of goods or credit in exchange for blog coverage.  The report, titled …
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.
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Report: iPhone takes 2/3 of mobile Web in February  —  The latest browser share numbers suggest that the iPhone OS still dominates mobile Web browsing, though it appears as if Apple gave up some ground in the post-holiday months to competition from Google and even Nokia.
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
RCTiger.com: Real-time web-based tank warfare  —  We received an email today telling us about RCTiger.com, a German website that lets you move little remote control tanks around a simulated battlefield.  While I was quite skeptical at first, once I started the game I was taken aback at the fun …
Elad Blog:
Twitter is to Facebook as Google was to Yahoo!  —  My friend David King, (former Googler, founder and CEO of Lil Green Patch (# 1 social game on FB) and one of the smartest people I know) came up with an analogy I thought was really interesting to explore.  His basic premise:
Thanks:atul
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Tragic Last Days of Circuit City  —  Liquidation: It's an ugly word for the ugly process of shutting down a retailer by selling off stuff little by little until there's nothing left that anyone's going to buy at any price.  And my most recent visit to my local branch of the soon …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Index Closes a New 350M.  Euro Venture Fund  —  London-based investing hotshot Index Ventures has just announced a new early-stage 350 million Euro venture fund.  To hear partner Bernard Dalle tell it, raising the fund was a breeze, with all existing limited partners re-upping their investments.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: What Should It Do With The Cash?  —  In my print column in Barron's over the weekend, I took a look at the great gobs of cash piling up on the balance sheets of large technology companies.  Among other things, I asked readers to suggest what Apple (AAPL) might do with its $28 billion cash pile.
Discussion: ecpm blog
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Time To Scrap All Music Industry Licensing Schemes  —  It's impossible to be a legal innovator in online music these days.  No matter what you do, you will run afoul of some kind of music licensing issue.  That's because of the way that copyright law is designed.
James Quintana Pearce / mocoNews:
Report: 4.1 Billion Mobile Subscribers Worldwide Helps Reduce Digital Divide (Slightly)  —  There are now 4.1 billion mobile subscriptions in the world, a global penetration rate of 61.1 percent: This compares to 1.270 billion fixed line subscribers, corresponding to a penetration rate of 18.9 percent.
Gregg Keizer / LinuxWorld.com:
Safari loses, Firefox gains market share  —  Although Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer (IE) continued to bleed market share last month, Apple Inc.'s Safari was an even bigger loser during February, an Internet metrics company said Monday.  —  Microsoft's browser lost .04 of a percentage point …
Discussion: Softpedia News, GigaOM and PC Magazine
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
New York Times to the Web: Careful With Our Copy!  —  Early on in today's well-written story about Web aggregators, New York Times reporter Brian Stelter notes that “some media executives are growing concerned that the increasingly popular curators of the Web that are taking large pieces …
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Government Keeping Its .Gov Domain Names Secret  —  Despite a presidential promise of openness in government, GSA officials decline to release the full list for fear of cyberattack.  —  President Obama in January promised “an unprecedented level of openness in government.”  But the government has yet to get the memo.
 
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Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Court sets standard for online anonymity protections
Discussion: Slashdot
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Elevation Invests In Analytics Company MarketShare Partners
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Rural US Internet: not great, but truly poor in the South
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Enters the YouTube Era
Thanks:atul
Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop:
T-Mobile Expands $50 Unlimited Plan Across the U.S.
Discussion: Techdirt and Gadgetwise
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Eclipse Releases Riena 1.0 Rich Client Platform
Discussion: InfoWorld
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Web Video Winners: YouTube, Hulu...and MegaVideo?
Discussion: Contentinople
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Neil Young: Failed Warner/YouTube Negotiations ‘Penalized’ Artists
Discussion: hypebot and CNET News
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Twilio Closes Funding Round, Lands Major Customers For Its Telephony API
Discussion: Xconomy, A VC and TechFlash
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Thomson Reuters Plans Video-on-Demand Service
Discussion: Beet.TV and Pulse2
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Mark Hurd's moment
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Who's Winning The Mobile Internet Race?
Discussion: DSLreports
Wall Street Journal:
Too Risky for Venture Capitalists