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Darren Waters / BBC:
YouTube to block UK music videos  —  YouTube is blocking all premium music videos to UK users after failing to reach a new licensing agreement with the Performing Right Society (PRS).  —  Thousands of videos will be unavailable to YouTube users from later on Monday.
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Charles Starrett / iLounge:
Early iPhone prototype listed on eBay  —  Early iPhone prototype listed on eBay  —  An early iPhone prototype has made its way onto eBay, complete with a rough beta version of iPhone OS and a second, non-functional unit.  The working prototype is said to be in good cosmetic condition …
Android Developers Blog:
Software Update Available for the Android Developer Phone  —  Back in December, the Android Dev Phone 1 (ADP1) went on sale, giving developers access to unlocked hardware for their work.  A few weeks ago, consumers with retail devices received an over the air update with the 1.1 release of Android.
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John Cook / TechFlash:
Time for Monkey Boy: Woz in last place on Dancing with The Stars  —  Computer nerds really can't dance.  That was the takeaway after watching Steve Wozniak's debut on Dancing with the Stars this evening.  The Woz, who showed up on stage with a pink feathered boa around his neck …
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Clearwire replaces CEO  —  Clearwire today shook up its management team, replacing CEO Ben Wolff with telecom industry veteran William Morrow.  The news comes as the Kirkland wireless broadband company ramps up expansion plans in the face of mounting losses.
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Clearwire Expands Executive Leadership Team by Naming Industry …
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
24 Solid State Drives Open ALL of Microsoft Office In .5 Seconds  —  Warning: This clip is a piece of Samsung marketing material.  —  Warning 2: It's actually pretty fracking amazing, and it might change your view of computers.  —  Samsung techies linked 24 of the company's 256GB SSD drives together …
Discussion: digg.com
Murad Ahmed / Times of London:
Microsoft reopens door to deal with Yahoo!  —  Microsoft is still holding out hope that it can resurrect a deal with Yahoo!, leaving the door open for the new management of the search company to join forces with the software giant in the future.  —  In an interview with The Times, Kevin Turner …
Cameron / overstated:
Maintained Relationships on Facebook  —  This past week the Economist published a piece entitled Primates On Facebook that described some research done by the Facebook Data Team.  Since there have been a number of questions throughout the monkeysphere, we thought we would take the opportunity …
Discussion: Inside Facebook and Voices, Thanks:atul
Paul Boutin / PC World:
TinyURL Stumbles with Minor Service Outage  —  Twitter users tripped up over TinyURL's brief unavailability.  —  Recommends  —  “TinyURL is experiencing temporary dificulties.”  Yes, that's ‘dificulties’.  —  A service outage at TinyURL, the website that converts long web addresses to short ones …
Discussion: TechRepublic Blogs
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Super-rugged Dell Latitude E6400 XFR is tougher than you  —  We've always been drawn to the rugged Latitude E6400 ATG, and now we're even more in love — Dell just announced the second-gen Latitude E6400 XFR.  Carrying on in the tradition of the Latitude XFR D630, this newest model is a little …
Discussion: eWeek, Gizmodo, DisplayBlog and Crave
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
More startup reality: Zumobi's “official” American Idol app  —  Seattle mobile application developer Zumobi's jumping on the reality TV train today, releasing the “official” “American Idol” app for the iPhone.  —  Chief Executive Ken Willner said the $1.99 app is built around content …
Discussion: Reuters and TechFlash
Jason Pontin / Technology Review:
But Who's Counting?  —  No one really knows how many people visit websites.  A San Francisco startup and Google are both working to change that.  —  In August 2006, when Roger McNamee invested in Forbes, he did so in part because its Web audience was thought to be huge.
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
iPhone developers unable to renew contracts  —  Developers who want to add applications to the iPhone need a contract, and the first ones signed last year are about to expire.  —  (Credit: CNET)  — Home - News - Apple  —  Apple  —  March 9, 2009 3:52 PM PDT  —  iPhone developers unable to renew contracts
Discussion: iPhone Buzz, IntoMobile and iLounge
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Opera CEO von Tetzchner: Microsoft's IE8 ‘turn-off’ is not enough  —  If the Windows 7 producer is truly interested in playing fairly, states the founder of browser maker Opera Software, it needs to present users with a clearer choice.  —  Over the weekend, Microsoft revealed …
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Beyond freemium: The Timebridge business model works  —  The meeting scheduling service Timebridge, which we first covered in 2006, has been upgraded recently with a somewhat better e-mail user interface and some important related services.  And according to CEO Yori Nelken …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft tries to entice startups to make Windows Mobile apps  —  Many mobile-software developers are focusing heavily on Apple's iPhone App store, but Microsoft is looking to steal some of that thunder by getting more of them making programs for Windows Mobile in advance of its own application store's launch later this year.
Discussion: Global Nerdy, eWeek and pocketnow.com
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
NVIDIA announces investment effort for GPU-based computing startups  —  NVIDIA is known primarily for their PC graphics cards, but they've been in the news recently both for the expansion of their CUDA and PhysX initiatives as well as (allegedly) developing a CPU to challenge Intel and AMD.
Discussion: VentureBeat and CNET News
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Microsoft Touts Silverlight Interop with Eclipse, Java  —  Touting its commitment to interoperability, Microsoft has highlighted a new plug-in that enables Java developers to create applications that run on the Microsoft Silverlight platform.  The Eclipse4SL plug-in from Soyatec enables Java developers …
Discussion: InfoWorld and Global Nerdy
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Building ‘Netbook’ — Is This The ‘iPod Touch HD’?  —  More support that Apple is working on what we've been calling the “iPod touch HD” — a touchscreen, portable Internet device that's bigger than the iPhone: “Taiwan-based Wintek will supply touch panels for Apple's new netbook …
Justin Sullivan / Time:
The 10 Major Newspapers That Will Either Fold or Go Digital Next  —  A San Francisco Chronicle newspaper vendor  —  Over the past few weeks, the U.S. newspaper industry has entered a new period of decline.  The parent of the papers in Philadelphia declared bankruptcy, as did the Journal Register chain.
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
U2/Apple Relationship Sours?  —  Maybe you saw the public relations steamroller from the uber-band U2 last week: Seems they were everywhere as they gear up for their next big world tour, but this mega tour carries some intriguing back stories worth a mention.  —  It was just a few years ago that U2 joined Apple Inc. [AAPL Loading...
Matt Raskin / KickingTires:
First Turn-by-Turn Navigation App for iPhone: XROADS G-Map Review  —  The iPhone has unquestionably dominated the mobile phone industry for the past two years.  One of its biggest advantages over other devices is the long list of applications of every variety that can be downloaded to it.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Natasha Lomas / CNET News:
Android sales to outstrip iPhone by '12?  —  The iPhone's lead over smartphone upstart Android may be short-lived, according to an industry watcher's predictions.  —  Android smartphone sales will outstrip iPhone sales by 2012, market researcher Informa Telecoms & Media has predicted in a new report.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Better Search Doesn't Mean Beating Google  —  A headline that kicked around the blogosphere this weekend made no sense to me: “Wolfram Alpha is Coming — and It Could be as Important as Google.”  —  The post — written by Nova Spivack, the chief executive of Radar Networks …
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Marvel Moves Beyond Motion Comics With More Web Video  —  Look out, true believers, Marvel Entertainment is making a big push into the world of online video with more original programming, licensed content and even some gems from the wayback machine.  With more than 5,000 characters …
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Sources confirm Apple laid off salespeople last week  —  Despite public statements to the contrary, Apple did lay off around 50 enterprise salespeople last week, CNET News has learned.  —  Sources who wished to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal confirmed reports by Valleywag and 9to5Mac.com …
Discussion: AppleInsider, Gawker and digg.com
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Playing both sides: Nokia says its 4G position ‘has not changed’  —  Coupled with the discontinuation of the N810 WiMAX, Nokia's intention to get LTE devices into the marketplace by next year had many folks thinking that the company was starting to sour on WiMAX altogether, but — at least officially — it turns out that's not the case.
Discussion: Electronista
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Compaq CQ2000M nettop aka HP mini-Q hits Europe  —  The HP mini-Q nettop which launched in Taiwan last November has shown up in Europe, in the shape of the Compaq CQ2000M.  Seemingly the same model as the mini-Q 2020, the CQ2000M promises both reasonable web surfing and basic app performance together with low power requirements.
Discussion: iTech News Net and Engadget
 
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Jim / craigslist blog:
CL Collaboration with AGs, NCMEC - Early Results
Discussion: Pulse2
Jessica Vascellaro / Digits:
Search Advertising Trade Group Slashes Forecasts
Discussion: Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim, Thanks:atul
David / Signal vs. Noise:
How did the web lose faith in charging for stuff?
Discussion: Ian Landsman's Weblog v2.0, Thanks:atul
Sara Silver / Digits:
Nokia Stumbles in Patent Dispute
Reuters:
Inventor says Google settles patent claim
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
The Amazon Kindle is the Great White Hope for Monetizing Print Media
openpresswire.com:
The mystery behind FOLLOW and UNFOLLOW on Twitter revealed
Discussion: The Huffington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Palm Forces Elevation To Sell 18.5M Shrs; Proceeds Shared
Discussion: Reuters, WMExperts and Electronista
InfoWorld:
Anti-virus vendor: ID theft Trojans on 1 in 100 PCs
Discussion: PC World
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
iPhone Developer Fights Back Against Piracy, Turns Cracked Apps into Demos
Discussion: Ben's Dev Blog and TUAW
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Now Has An Office That Isn't My House
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Jeffrey Tinsley / MediaPost:
Is The Free Ride Over For Web Startups?
Discussion: Software as Services