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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.
Kevin Anderson / Guardian:
Guardian launches Open Platform tool to make online content available free  —  The Guardian today launched Open Platform, a service that will allow partners to reuse guardian.co.uk content and data for free and weave it “into the fabric of the internet”.  —  Open Platform launched …
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK & Europe:
The Guardian launches open API for all content - but they still control the ads  —  The Guardian newspaper in the UK has today launched its open API which will carry all the content the newspaper produces in print and online.  That's over a million articles which go back to 1999.
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).
Discussion: Industry Standard
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Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Will Fewer But Bigger Ads Rejuvenate Display Advertising?  —  With the ascendancy in recent years of search advertisements, the little snippets of commercial text that appear next to search results, display ads don't get much respect these days.  While search ads are expected to grow …
Brian Solis / TechCrunch:
Are Blogs Losing Their Authority To The Statusphere?  —  Depending on which numbers you source or believe, all reports agree that the blogosphere continues to expand globally.  —  As the leading blog directory and search engine, Technorati maintains a coveted Authority Index …
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
How many links per page?  —  I'm about to publish a blog post with a ton of links in it — almost two hundred of them.  So before I did that, it seemed like a good time to talk about Google's recommendation to “Keep the links on a given page to a reasonable number (fewer than 100).”
Discussion: Search Engine Watch, Thanks:atul
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Microsoft does the unthinkable, reveals own Notebook Cooling Base  —  Desperate times call for desperate measures, and while we can't say with any level of certainty that Microsoft Hardware engineers weren't toiling away on this laptop cooling stand back in the heyday that was 2005, we highly doubt that's the case.
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Gabriel Madway / Reuters:
INTERVIEW-Activision CEO confident in tough economy  —  * Sees opportunity to develop stronger games for Wii console  —  * Confident of company and sector prospects  —  * Sales seen improving further if console makers cut prices  —  Video game publisher Activision Blizzard Inc (ATVI.O) …
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 …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Legacy Locker: An Online Will For Your Digital Life  —  For many of us, the internet is quickly becoming a comprehensive digital archive of our lives, housing our photo albums, documents, correspondence, and video clips.  Unfortunately, when someone passes away, the mechanisms for transferring …
Dan Lyons / Real Dan Lyons Web Site:
Alley Insider closes the gap — today only 9 minutes behind AllThingsD  —  Check it out, people.  My man Dan Frommer of Alley Insider is slowly gaining on his Apple-watching nemesis at AllThingsD, John Paczkowski.  This morning at 7:16 a.m. PT, Paczkowski was the first to re-report …
Mary Jane Irwin / GigaOM:
Twofish Elements Helps Developers Price Virtual Goods for Fun and Profit  —  Happening upon virtual items for sale in the games you play is now as common as a dentist handing you a new toothbrush after each visit.  It is expected that online games will hawk some form of virtual wares to players.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Twofish announces customers for its virtual goods micro-transaction platform
Discussion: Mashable!
DELL-Patrick B / Direct2Dell:
Going Ballistic with New Fully Rugged Laptop  —  Just before Valentine's Day, my colleague wrote about a recent study that Dell conducted around laptop security in conjunction with the Ponemon Institute.  We asked a few questions specifically targeted at data corruption from drops …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunchIT:
Jive Launches All-In-One Social Enterprise Software  —  Jive Software has launched a comprehensive Social Business Software application suite, Jive SBS 3.0, which includes the company's previous social computing applications, Clearspace and Clearspace Community.
Patrick Smith / paidContent:
@ FT Digital Media: Newspapers' Digital Biz Models: Guardian, FT, Bloomberg  —  How much money do newspapers make from online and how long does print have left?  A session on newspaper business models at the FT Digital Media and Broadcasting conference wasted no time in finding out the score …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft touts new CRM freebies  —  Microsoft is making new CRM services and add-ons for free to appeal to business users hurting from the worldwide recession, according to company officials.  —  Microsoft announced the new wares during the first day of its Convergence conference for customers …
Discussion: Ars Technica
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Sprint Evaluating LTE Equipment  —  Sources in the telecommunications world have been telling me that Sprint is testing Long Term Evolution, or LTE, equipment, which seems a bit odd given Sprint's cheerleading for WiMAX and 51 percent stake in Clearwire, which is building out a nationwide WiMAX network.
Robert Buderi / Xconomy:
Paul Graham on Why Boston Should Worry About Its Future as a Tech Hub—Says Region Focuses On Ideas, Not Startups  —  Robert Buderi wrote:  —  For entrepreneurs and investors alike, it was a sad day back in January, when Y Combinator founder Paul Graham announced he would stay …
Discussion: Innovation Economy
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Palm boosts stock offering, nets $83.9 million  —  Palm shares rose sharply in early morning trading Tuesday, after the smartphone maker increased the size of its secondary offering and netted $83.9 million.  —  Palm resold 23.13 million shares, as part of a follow-on offering it announced the previous day.
Discussion: MobileDevicesToday
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
“Search Is A Pencil”  —  I will never forget that quote, from Alta Vista founder Louis Monier, as he bemoaned the devolution of his creation into Yet Another Portal.  He was devoted to the idea that Alta Vista would do one thing - search - and do it well.  But Alta Vista was instead turned …
Thanks:atul
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 and IntoMobile
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Drop.io Speeds Up Its File-Sharing And Adds Chat  —  Private file-sharing service drop.io is jumping on the “real-time” bandwagon, speeding up its application to make it a near-instantaneous experience and adding chat.  Before, drop.io was slightly asynchronous in that one person …
Discussion: The Social and The Web Life
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
MetroPCS Gets BlackBerry Curve  —  MetroPCS said today it will launch the BlackBerry Curve 8330 (not Om's latest handset crush) in several markets, including Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento, with advance pay plans that range from $30 to $60 a month.
Discussion: MetroPCS, Gearlog and deal architect
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Sun, Rivals Seek New Uses for Flash-Based Storage  —  Chips called flash memory that have transformed many consumer products are beginning to shake up corporate computer rooms, with Sun Microsystems Inc. emerging as a surprise innovator.  —  The computer maker, though it lags rivals …
Thanks:atul
 
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Arn / MacRumors:
Snow Leopard to Add 4-Finger Multi-Touch Gestures to Original MacBook Air
Associated Press:
IBM chief's 2008 pay valued at nearly $21M
Discussion: Between the Lines
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Adjix for Twitter crams short ads at the end of tweets
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Broadband Gap: Why Is Theirs Faster?
Alertbox:
Kindle 2 Usability Review
Discussion: CrunchGear and TeleRead, Thanks:atul
Steve Hamm / Business Week:
Obama's New Tech Czar
Discussion: Computerworld
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
More startup reality: Zumobi's “official” American Idol app
Discussion: TechFlash
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Boutin / PC World:
TinyURL Stumbles with Minor Service Outage
Discussion: TechRepublic Blogs
Justin Sullivan / Time:
The 10 Major Newspapers That Will Either Fold or Go Digital Next
David / Signal vs. Noise:
How did the web lose faith in charging for stuff?
Discussion: Ian Landsman's Weblog v2.0, Thanks:atul
Cameron / overstated:
Maintained Relationships on Facebook
Discussion: Unit Structures, Voices and Inside Facebook, Thanks:atul
Android Developers Blog:
Software Update Available for the Android Developer Phone