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8:40 PM ET, March 10, 2009

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Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog:
Tweetie 1.3 Rejected by Apple for Returning “Offensive Language” in Search Results (NSFW-L)  —  So, who could it be running the approval process for the iTunes App Store at Apple?  Hmm.  Tough one.  Let us put on our little thinking caps here for a moment.... SATAN?!
Discussion: Engadget, TUAW and Edible Apple
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Apple rejects an app for offensive words on Twitter  —  iPhone app developer Loren Brichter is mad as hell.  Why?  Because Apple has rejected the latest version of his brilliant Twitter app, Tweetie.  So what did Britcher do wrong?  Well, nothing.  —  The problem, at least according to Brichter …
Wei Yi Lim / Dow Jones Newswires:
Apple Plans To Launch Netbook With Touch Screen - Sources  —  TAIPEI -(Dow Jones)- Apple Inc. (AAPL) is planning to launch a netbook computer with a touch screen monitor as early as the second half of this year, two people close to the situation told Dow Jones Newswires Tuesday.
Ulysses Shi / Outdustry:
The Chinese iTunes Gift Voucher Trick  —  While there are some legitimate digital music download sites in China - including 9Sky, Top100 and the recently launched Wawawa - digital music is proving to be a tough sell in the P.R.C, partly because of the market dominance of Baidu's free mp3 search.
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Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Chinese hackers selling $200 iTunes vouchers for $2.60
Bull3t's Blog:
The mysterious Norton cover-up and pifts.exe  —  Apparently something big is happening.  A mysterious program known as pifts.exe is attempting to contact a server in Africa and seems to be associated with Symantec's anti-virus system, Norton.  There is virtually no information …
Discussion: The Register and Slashdot
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Bill Gurley / abovethecrowd.com:
How To Monetize A Social Network: MySpace And Facebook Should Follow TenCent  —  Everybody had to pay and pay"  —  The consensus seems to be that social networks have a monetization problem.  On this topic, both the leading technology industry blogs and the world's top news organizations agree.
Discussion: Venture Capital Dispatch, Thanks:atul
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Palm: Put a Sock in It, McNamee. … Roger McNamee's hyperbolic predictions about iPhone-to-Pre conversion rates didn't go over too well at Palm.  Appalled by McNamee's inflated, indecorous claims about its forthcoming smartphone, the handset maker on Monday filed a Free Writing Prospectus …
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innerfence:
Google to Shut Down Infinite SMS  —  Got an email from Google.  They say they're going to start blocking sometime tomorrow, 11 March 2009.  —  Google will soon block Infinite SMS and all other non-Google software from sending free text messages.  —  For now, Infinite SMS will continue to work …
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechFlash
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Google's free SMS gravy train dries up
Discussion: TechSpot
Microsoft:
Growing Notebook Market Spurs New Accessories From Microsoft  —  Hardware Group expands into new product category and updates top-selling Arc Mouse.  —  REDMOND, Wash. March 10, 2009 Notebook sales are now outpacing desktop PCs three to one,1 and to meet that growth, the Microsoft Hardware Group …
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony cuts deal with NBC Universal for film/TV shows on PlayStation Network  —  Sony's PlayStation Network is getting a boost today as the company announces its deal to add movies and TV shows from NBC Universal to its nascent online video store.  —  This development follows the addition …
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Grace Chen / PlayStation.Blog:
NBC Universal Premieres on PSN Today
Discussion: Game|Life and Engadget
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
27 Huge Publishers Join To Replace The Banner  —  27 publishers with a reach of about 109 million unique visitors per month — that's 66% of the total U.S. Internet audience — have agreed to try one of three new online ad formats sometime before July.  The publishers are all members of the online publishers association (OPA).
Juan Carlos Perez / Computerworld:
Gmail down; outage could last 36 hours for some  —  Google calls outage ‘minor’  —  IDG News Service) Google Inc.'s Gmail e-mail service is down for an undetermined number of users, and while the outage has been partially fixed, some people could be locked out of their accounts for many more hours.
Davidrob / SQL Data Services Team Blog:
The no spin details on the new SDS features  —  Today we announced the details of our plans to accelerate the delivery of core relational database features as part of SDS.  There has been quite a bit of buzz about SDS over the past couple weeks and it is great to be able to share the details more broadly.
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InfoWorld:   Microsoft to accelerate relational capabilities for the cloud
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
FCC promises open process on national broadband strategy  —  Get ready for an excruciatingly inclusive process in figuring out how the government will implement its national broadband strategy.  —  Interim Federal Communications Commission Chair Michael Copps was clearly feeling his oats …
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Stephanie Condon / CNET News:   High interest in broadband stimulus spurs public meetings
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Jobs not at Disney meeting; Shareholders talk contingencies  —  Update: Apple CEO Steve Jobs didn't turn up after all at the Disney shareholder meeting, but he was a frequent topic of discussion.  The biggest worry: Jobs' 7.4 percent stake in the company would hit the open market if something happened to him.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   Steve Jobs makes a brief appearance — on MarketWatch's news ticker
Adriana Lee / PhoneDog.com:
Rumor: Samsung A877 to launch 3/29 for AT&T  —  This just in ...  According to an anonymous source, it looks like Samsung A877 will be launching through AT&T on March 29.  If you're in the market for a sweet messaging phone, this might be one worth waiting for.  — 3.2" WQVGA AMOLED touchscreen
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Layoffs In Progress  —  As expected, many AOLers in Dulles started receiving “the email” yesterday afternoon.  The email asks them to attend an “important meeting” this morning—at which they will be fired.  —  This is the way AOL's layoffs have been handled over the past several years, with depressing regularity.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS09-006 - Critical  —  Vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel Could Allow Remote Code Execution (958690)  —  Version: 1.0  —  General Information  —  Executive Summary  —  This security update resolves several privately reported vulnerabilities in the Windows kernel.
Randall C. Kennedy / Enterprise Desktop:
Is IE8 the end of the line for Internet Explorer?  —  Dropping IE in favor of a newer rendering engine may be not be as easy as it seems  —  IE8 is the last version of the Internet Explorer Web browser.  At least, that's what I'm hearing through the grapevine.
Discussion: TechSpot
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
San Francisco to be “Twitterfied”  —  I'm not entirely sure what Twitter chief executive Evan Williams means when he tweets “We are twitterfying SF!,” but I'm just a little terrified of it.  —  Williams sent the tweet following a meeting with San Francisco's mayor Gavin Newsom this morning at Twitter's offices.
Thanks:atul
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Concerted Linux-netbook effort needed to beat Microsoft  —  When it comes to Linux netbooks, PC manufacturers should act more like cell-phone makers and telcos by selling customized and subsidized machines with online services.  —  That's according to Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin …
Discussion: OSNews
Jane Wakefield / BBC:
Last.FM joins Google's rights row  —  Online music service Last.fm has waded into the row between YouTube and the Performing Right Society.  —  Founder Martin Stiksel said he hoped a resolution could be found to avoid illegal services from taking over.  —  He urged both parties to find a …
Discussion: MediaFile and Reuters, Thanks:miad
 
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Erica Naone / Technology Review:
An Upgrade for the Web  —  Browsers are changing to accommodate powerful applications.
Tom Abate / The Technology Chronicles:
Woman computing pioneer wins prize
Discussion: Ars Technica, MIT News and acm.org
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Where AMD's New CEO Is Heading
Mary Kathleen Flynn / Dealscape:
Q&A: Roger Ehrenberg on startup shutdowns
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple's App Store already nearing pace of $1 billion business?
Discussion: VentureBeat, CNET News and IntoMobile
Theresa Howard / USA Today:
Coupon search clicks: Sweet sound for Web marketers
Alina Dizik / Wall Street Journal:
Windows Into Lives After a Layoff
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Ashlee Vance / Bits:
EMC Tightens Its Embrace of VMware
Discussion: The Register
Robert Buderi / Xconomy:
Paul Graham on Why Boston Should Worry About Its Future as a Tech Hub …