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11:25 AM ET, March 10, 2009

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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.
Discussion: Guardian and The Noisy Channel
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 …
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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).
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 …
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) …
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!
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: Maximum PC all and digg.com
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 …
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: CenterNetworks, Digits and CNET News
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
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.
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: Gearlog and deal architect
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 …
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
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 …
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
Alertbox:
Kindle 2 Usability Review … The new version of Kindle, Amazon.com's dedicated e-book device, recently shipped with an improved display and various other upgrades.  It now provides good usability for reading linear fiction (mainly novels), though it's less usable for other reading tasks.
Discussion: CrunchGear and TeleRead, Thanks:atul
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.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Broadband Gap: Why Is Theirs Faster?  —  This is the first in a series of three posts looking at the lessons for the United States from broadband deployment in other countries.  —  Bits readers have a serious case of broadband envy.  I've been writing about the debate …
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Adjix for Twitter crams short ads at the end of tweets  —  Adjix embed ad example in a text message tweet.  Credit: Adjix  —  As if 140 characters wasn't enough of a limit for articulating your daily musings on Twitter, some people are now cramming text ads into their tweets.
Steve Hamm / Business Week:
Obama's New Tech Czar  —  Vivek Kundra says he'll improve the federal government's technology, but he faces an immense challenge  —  After Vivek Kundra took charge of the District of Columbia's technology operations in late 2007, he ushered in a new era of experimentation …
Discussion: Computerworld
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 …
 
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Jon Oltsik / CNET News:
Government should lead transition to self-encrypting drives
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Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
More startup reality: Zumobi's “official” American Idol app
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Paul Boutin / PC World:
TinyURL Stumbles with Minor Service Outage
Discussion: TechRepublic Blogs
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Playing both sides: Nokia says its 4G position ‘has not changed’
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Matt Raskin / KickingTires:
First Turn-by-Turn Navigation App for iPhone: XROADS G-Map Review
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 Earlier Items: 
Justin Sullivan / Time:
The 10 Major Newspapers That Will Either Fold or Go Digital Next
Smoking Apples Blog:
The Cydia Store Shopping Experience
Discussion: Ars Technica and Edible Apple
Jason Pontin / Technology Review:
But Who's Counting?  —  No one really knows how many people visit websites.
Jessica Vascellaro / Digits:
Search Advertising Trade Group Slashes Forecasts
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Microsoft Touts Silverlight Interop with Eclipse, Java
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