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10:30 PM ET, March 4, 2009

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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
Improving Your Ability to Share and Connect  —  Over the past five years, Facebook has evolved to make sharing information more efficient and to give people more control.  This year, we are going to continue making the flow of information even faster and more customized to those you want to connect …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Response To Twitter  —  Facebook made a number of announcements today about changes to its home page, profile pages, and activity streams.  Taken together, these represent a concerted response to the rise of Twitter as a real-time message broadcasting system that goes beyond members' personal circle of friends.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Screenshots Of Facebook's New Real-Time Homepage  —  Facebook will launch a new homepage starting next Wednesday.  Its centerpiece is the new “stream,” which is a real-time updating version of the current feature called the “News Feed.”  —  Before announcing the changes …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo! Launches Major Challenge to Facebook Connect  —  Yahoo! Updates, the company's answer to Facebook Connect, became available on more than 600,000 websites today with the launch of a new partnership with commenting infrastructure company JS-Kit.  Whereas Facebook's technology …
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Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon Wireless grills exiting customers about the iPhone  —  Verizon Wireless must be feeling the sting of losing customers to AT&T due the popularity of the iPhone.  A reader just alerted us to a survey peppered with iPhone references that was presented to him upon cancellation of his Verizon account.
Amazon.com:
Kindle for iPhone and iPod touch Now Available For Free From Apple's App Store  —  Read some on your iPhone, read some on your Kindle, customers can now synchronize their reading and enjoy over 240,000 books, including 104 of 112 New York Times Bestsellers, on the iPhone and iPod touch
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Open-source guru Ruby leaving IBM for Microsoft  —  It's increasingly common for prominent open-source developers to leave IBM or other open-source-friendly companies to try their luck at Microsoft.  It's not common at all for them to blog about it before actually getting a formal offer.
Discussion: TechFlash and Jobwire
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Tesla CEO in Digital Witch Hunt  —  Enraged by leaks at his troubled Silicon Valley electric carmaker, CEO Elon Musk cooked up a sophisticated electronic scheme to catch the blabbers.  It backfired hilariously on the brilliant entrepreneur, who's a bit blabby himself.
Andres / Spotify:
Spotify security notice  —  Last week we were alerted to a group that managed to compromise our protocols.  After investigating we concluded that this group had gained access to information that could allow testing of a very large number of passwords, possibly finding the right one.
Discussion: FactoryCity
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Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Hackers break in to Spotify
Discussion: CNET News and Music Machinery
WMPoweruser.com:
HTC Leak 2009 part 2 - the details!  —  We have just received a tip regarding HTC's 2009 line-up which includes details on a number of upcoming devices.  —  First, the exciting ones:  —  The HTC Whitestone will have a 3.6 inch WVGA screen, 5 megapixel camera, 256 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM …
David Recordon / O'Reilly Radar:
Facebook in 2010: no longer a walled garden  —  A lot of what I've been working on the past two years has been built on the assumption that the model that social networks use today will fundamentally change.  Social networks have largely been built on the premise of being walled gardens …
Discussion: Ben Metcalfe Blog, Evolving Web and All Facebook, Thanks:atul
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Nvidia Mulls Taking on Intel's Turf  —  Nvidia Corp. said it is considering the idea of making an x86 microprocessor—a field dominated by rival Intel Corp.—to combine with other Nvidia circuitry to make what the industry calls systems on a chip.  —  The Silicon Valley company stressed …
Discussion: The Register
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Ben Hardwidge / bit-tech.net:
Nvidia reveals plans to make x86 CPU
Jason Wilk / tinyComb:
Palm Pre Officially Delayed  — Just received an inside tip from a Palm design employee stating the Pre is officially delayed.  It's no wonder there is a scheduled Sprint and Palm webcast on Thursday, March 12, centered around the Pre.  The Webcast starts at 11 a.m. PST on March 12 …
Discussion: PrePoint, Thanks:jasonwilk
Chris' Repository of Knowledge:
Win7 Build 7048: IE8 Is REMOVABLE  —  I couldn't believe this when I saw it, but it's true.  Internet Explorer 8 is fully removable in Windows 7 build 7048.  I believe this fully squashes the case that the EU has against Microsoft?  —  As you can see in the above screenshot there is a new entry …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Twitter: We Can Do What Google Can't  —  Venture Capital Backer Says Search Is Reason It Walked Away From Facebook Deal  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Twitter sees lucrative opportunities in search, albeit a different kind of search than what Google offers, and, as co-founder Biz Stone told Ad Age recently …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Universal Music, YouTube near deal on music video site  —  Universal Music Group, the nation's largest recording company, and YouTube are closing in on a final agreement to create a new premium music video Web site, according to sources close to the negotiations.
Electronista:
EU softens monitoring of Microsoft  —  The European Commission today said it would scale back its efforts to monitor Microsoft's compliance with a 2004 antitrust ruling that has forced the American software firm to provide code to third-party developers.  In a statement, the European Union's …
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EU Press Room:
Antitrust: Commission adapts nature of monitoring of 2004 Microsoft Decision
Discussion: GMSV, TG Daily and CNET News
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
MacBook Pro 17-inch unibody review  —  There's not much that can be said about the 17-inch version of the MacBook Pro that hasn't already been said about the 15-incher (and to some extent, the MacBook).  Still, the big, big brother of the family has a few key differences that make it stand out from the rest of the gang.
Discussion: DisplayBlog and Crave
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Ex-Googlers Start Up Likaholix, A Micro-Sharing Service For Personal Recommendations (200 Invite Codes)  —  Likaholix is a brand new web service that lets you share personal recommendations about virtually anything with the world.  The tool lets you build a list of things you like and recommend …
Discussion: GigaOM, Likaholix and VentureBeat
Gavriella Schuster / The Windows Blog:
Behind the Scenes of Windows 7 Enterprise  —  There's been a lot of talk in the community about what Windows 7 offers consumers.  Today, I'd like to highlight the enterprise value of the product and how it reflects what customers and partners told us enterprises need most.
Bankston / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EXCLUSIVE: Google Takes a Stand for Location Privacy, Along with Loopt  —  Thanks in part to feedback from EFF, Google has chosen to take a strong and public stand on what legal privacy protections should apply if the government comes calling for the location data collected by Latitude …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:atul
comScore:
YouTube Surpasses 100 Million U.S. Viewers for the First Time  —  Americans' Time Spent Viewing Jumps 15 Percent versus Previous Month  —  comScore (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released January 2009 data from the comScore Video Metrix service showing …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Alan Meckler, WebMediaBrands Inc. Fire 60 (Memo)  —  WebMediaBrands Inc.— the MediaBistro and Internet.com parent-company better known by its former name, Jupitermedia — laid off 60 employees yesterday.  That's about 25% of WebMediaBrand's workforce.  —  Everyone else gets a 5% pay cut.
Courtney Chin / Inside AdSense:
Introducing expandable ads on AdSense sites  —  We're excited to introduce to you expandable ads, a new type of ad that can appear on your pages.  Expandable ads are rich media ads that can expand beyond the original size of the ad unit, following a user-initiated action.
Nicole Loux / The Mozilla Blog:
Firefox 3.0.7 security and stability release now available  —  Editor's note: Mozilla released a security and stability update for Firefox 3.x users on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 4:04 pm PT. Check out the Mozilla Developer News announcement, reposted below, for more details.
Discussion: CNET News, Computerworld and Zero Day
Mikko / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
Illegal Trading on YouTube  —  Online criminals regularly post their ads on YouTube, looking for buyers for their products.  —  Some recent examples:  —  No big surprises there.  —  A bit more surprisingly, when you want to report such videos to YouTube admins, they actually …
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
If we can't save the paper newspaper, what's next?  —  Stop the Presses.  The Rocky Mountain News' final edition.  Credit: Marc Piscotty / Getty Images  —  Last week I asked readers of this column to send in questions about the Web and social media.  The premise was that …
 
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Nokia Plans LTE Devices for 2010
Discussion: Unwired View and FierceWireless
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Facebook, Google helping feds stop online stimulus scams
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Observations, Complaints, Quibbles, and Suggestions Regarding …
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Questions For: Mitchell Baker, Mozilla Chairman
Thanks:atul
Grant Gross / Computerworld:
U.S. agencies face broadband stimulus challenges
Discussion: CNET News
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
MySpaceID: More social content for the web and a way forward for MySpace
Discussion: TechCrunch, Social Media News and hypebot, Thanks:nickgon
Business Wire:
Adobe Provides Preliminary Q1 Fiscal 2009 Results
Discussion: Between the Lines
 Earlier Items: 
Jeff / Venture Chronicles:
The Two Faces of the AP  —  We hate bloggers, we love bloggers …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
A Tale Of Two Studies On File Sharing...
Thanks:atul
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Lessons from Demo on surviving recession
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Setting the iPhone Free from AT&T
Discussion: mocoNews and MacDailyNews
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
A Google Search of a Distinctly Retro Kind
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Gearlog, Thanks:atul