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2:30 PM 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.
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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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.
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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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK & Europe:
The Guardian launches open API for all content - but they still control the ads
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Steve Jobs appears at Disney shareholder's meeting; re-elected to board.  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who missed his company's shareholder meeting because of his medical leave, reportedly made an appearance at the Disney's shareholder's meeting today, according to Marketwatch.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Was February The Bottom For Mac Sales?  —  Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster this morning said he expects the next set of NPD data on Apple (AAPL) Mac sales to show a 12% year-over-year drop compared with a year ago, but that the recently revamped product line should provide a rebound in March.
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 …
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 …
Jack Davis / SiliconBeat:
Silicon Graphics shares headed for delisting  —  Silicon Graphics will have its shares delisted from the Nasdaq stock market beginning Thursday morning, according to an SEC filing it made Monday.  The news was delivered last week to the Sunnyvale computer maker in a letter from Nasdaq …
Swa Frantzen / SANS Internet Storm Center, InfoCON:
conspiracy fodder: pifts.exe  —  Several readers wrote in with samples of a file PIFTS.exe that seems to be related to a Norton update and gets flagged for its behavior.  —  The file has been confirmed to call home to stats.norton.com .  —  The truly bizarre are the mentions that the support forums …
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.
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) …
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Macsimum News
BBC:
Gmail down again for some users  —  Google has confirmed that its popular e-mail service Gmail has become unavailable to what it describes as “a small subset of users”.  —  It follows a major outage of the service at the end of February when it was unavailable to all users for several hours.
Discussion: Lifehacker
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Chinese hackers selling $200 iTunes vouchers for $2.60  —  Chinese hackers have cracked the codes used for iTunes Store vouchers using key-generators, and as a result are selling $200 voucher codes for as little as $2.60 online.  That's according to a report on the blog of Chinese music industry consultancy Outdustry.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Thesixtyone Is Building a Digg For Indie Music  —  The concept of building a Digg for music has been tried before (see Contrastream or iJigg), but a music streaming site called thesixtyone is the closest I've seen so far to getting the formula right.  It features only about 50,000 tracks self-uploaded …
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 …
 
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USB 3.0 Test Spec to Be Released in June 2009
Discussion: TechSpot and Engadget
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Cliqset Wants to Unify Your Social Identities
Discussion: SiliconAngle
Jack Davis / SiliconBeat:
eBay seeks OK to exchange employees' underwater options for restricted stock
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Chris Hall / Pocket-lint.com:
Packard Bell Dot notebook ditched
Mary Jane Irwin / GigaOM:
Twofish Elements Helps Developers Price Virtual Goods for Fun and Profit
Discussion: CNET News, VentureBeat and Mashable!
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Sun, Rivals Seek New Uses for Flash-Based Storage
Thanks:atul
 Earlier Items: 
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?
Discussion: DSLreports and CrunchGear
Alertbox:
Kindle 2 Usability Review
Discussion: CrunchGear and TeleRead, Thanks:atul
Steve Hamm / Business Week:
Obama's New Tech Czar
Discussion: Computerworld
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
“Search Is A Pencil”  —  I will never forget that quote …
Thanks:atul
Patrick Smith / paidContent:
@ FT Digital Media: Newspapers' Digital Biz Models: Guardian, FT, Bloomberg
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
iPhone developers unable to renew contracts