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11:40 AM ET, March 5, 2009

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Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
$2.99 Minimum Paid App Price at BlackBerry App World!  —  WOAHHHHHH... Hold your Horses!  After RIM updated their BlackBerry App World website tonight, they also updated their Developer FAQ which now includes a chart that details the pricing tiers for apps.  Take a look above.
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Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Exclusive: First Real Photos of the BlackBerry 9630!  —  FINALLY!!!!!  What you're looking at above are the first real photos of the BlackBerry “Niagara” 9630.  As you can see, this CDMA full-QWERTY BlackBerry is looking sweet and very much has the appearance of the BlackBerry Curve 8900 and BlackBerry Bold morphed into one.
Alan Patrick / broadstuff:
FACEBOOK BLINKS, COPIES TWITTER, STILL GETS IT WRONG.  —  From the Facebook Blog comes the admission that they are having to change their model and copy Twitter: … Translation - we're copying Twitter's real time stream. … Translation: By 2009 it was clear no one gives a sh*t …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
It's Time To Start Thinking Of Twitter As A Search Engine  —  At a dinner tonight with a friend the conversation turned to Twitter.  He just didn't get it, and he's certainly not the first person to tell me that.  Specifically, my friend didn't understand the massive valuation …
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Obama names D.C. official as federal CIO  —  Updated 5:52 a.m. with details from the official announcement.  —  President Obama on Thursday named Vivek Kundra, Washington, D.C.'s chief technology officer, to the position of federal chief information officer.
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Kim Hart / Washington Post:
D.C. Tech Chief Headed For White House Slot
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, techPresident and Jobwire, Thanks:atul
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK & Europe:
Sky News realises news breaks first on Twitter, not TV - Creates a Twitter Correspondent  —  TechCrunch has been saying for a long time - at least since November last year - that Twitter is an emerging source of news.  Recent tragic events have only served to emphasise this.
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Amazon's Apple Deal: Kindle Cannibal?  —  Customers may have less incentive to buy a Kindle, now that they can download e-books onto the iPhones and iPods they already own  —  A new tool that lets consumers download digital books onto Apple devices could spur demand for some of the 240,000 …
Discussion: Computerworld and MacDailyNews
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple developers mark a year of iPhone apps
Discussion: I4U News
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung's Nano-powered Q1EX UMPC loses its QWERTY, gains 4.5-hour battery at the FCC  —  Meet the latest iteration of the Samsung Q1 handheld: the NP-Q1EX.  First spotted at CES in January, Sammy's going back to its UMPC roots by ditching the split QWERTY in favor of a clean …
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Dave Rubert / NaviGadget:
Samsung NP-Q1EX  —  Samsung is getting ready to release an UMPC …
Discussion: UMPCPortal
Rick Aristotle Munarriz / Motley Fool:
Game Over for GameStop?  —  GameStop (NYSE: GME) probably doesn't see Toys “R” Us as much of a competitor in video game retailing, but that is about to change.  —  Toys “R” Us is starting to buy and resell used games in a few test stores, according to Forbes.
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Reuters:
Google letting cash “pile up”: CEO  —  SANTA BARBARA, California (Reuters) - Google Inc plans to let its cash “pile up” as it weathers an economic recession but doesn't expect to see a fall in revenue, the Web search leader's Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said on Wednesday.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's Schmidt: I Didn't Diss Twitter
Discussion: Beyond Search, Thanks:atul
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Seen In the Wild  —  I was reading a piece on Venturebeat, on Kutano.  And this ad was at the bottom.  —  This is an ad?  —  Yep.  Innaresting.  Four years ago (God, yes, I've been writing for more than that, er, ummm....22 years, in fact...) anyway, I wrote this about Google and the need to market its products:
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Business Week:
Twitter Has Potential Buyers Atwitter  —  As the microblogging service explodes in popularity, the suitors are lining up.  Facebook has already made a play—others will likely follow  —  The microblogging service Twitter has caught on with everyone from celeb Ashton Kutcher to CEOs.
Colby Ranger / The Official Google Blog:
Tipping points  —  Ideas are everywhere, but how do we know which ones actually work?  At Google, we put a lot of stock in both the wisdom of crowds — the idea that lots of people responding to a given question can collectively find the best answer — and the value of community.
Discussion: Rocky Fu and Search Engine Journal, Thanks:brickandclick
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
Offbeat Name?  Then Facebook's No Friend  —  What Caitlin wanted did not seem that hard.  She had signed up for Facebook after she married, as Caitlin Shaw.  Now, to make it easier for old friends to find her, she wanted to add her maiden name.  Her maiden name is Batman.
QuadsZilla / SEO BlackHat:
Twitter - The New Parasite Host on the Block  —  I hate twitter.  But as long as twitter pages continue to rank in Google for everything under the sun, you're a fool if you're not using twitter accounts for parasite hosting.  —  For you new kids, parasite hosting is where you leverage …
Mitchell Oke / Gear Diary:
Windows 7 on the HTC Shift  —  There have been two activities that have become the norm across the world of technology blogging in the last couple of years: unboxing, and loading Mac OS X onto netbooks.  As a person who is lucky enough to have the opportunity to play with lots of phones …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Lamond Not Telling Whole Story, Say Sources  —  Pierre Lamond, the legendarily successful Sequoia Capital partner, caused tongues to wag earlier this week when he abruptly announced that he was leaving the firm to join Khosla Ventures, just down the street on Sand Hill Road.
Sara Silver / Wall Street Journal:
Motorola, Ex-CFO At Odds on His Exit  —  The circumstances behind the sudden departure of Motorola Inc.'s chief financial officer became unclear after a regulatory filing from the company provided an explanation that differed from Motorola's original account of the dismissal.
Discussion: paidContent.org, CNET News and mocoNews
BBC:
User info stolen from music site  —  The music streaming service Spotify has been targeted by hackers.  —  The Swedish company says people's personal details, including e-mail addresses, dates of birth and billing addresses, were all stolen.  —  However, it is thought credit-card details …
 
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David Pogue / New York Times:
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Alana Semuels / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Zoho Writer Gets A Makeover And Some New Features
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Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
California's New CIO Ready to Bring State IT into the 21st Century
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The Video Revolution Happenend by “Accident,” …
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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Bulk Data Downloads: A Breakthrough in Government Transparency
Discussion: PolicyBeta, Thanks:atul
John Fontana / Network World:
Microsoft Windows on a mainframe?
Matthew Gertner / Just Browsing:
The Browser Platform Wars
Discussion: Neowin.net
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Ballmer: Microsoft needs to make faster Windows Mobile advances
Bankston / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EXCLUSIVE: Google Takes a Stand for Location Privacy, Along with Loopt
Discussion: VentureBeat and All Points Blog, Thanks:atul
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Universal, YouTube near deal on music video site