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12:45 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.
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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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.
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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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
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!
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 …
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) …
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.
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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: DSLreports and CrunchGear
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.
Discussion: Contentinople and paidContent.org
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
 
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Chris Hall / Pocket-lint.com:
Packard Bell Dot notebook ditched
Jack Davis / SiliconBeat:
Silicon Graphics shares headed for delisting
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
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
MetroPCS Gets BlackBerry Curve
Discussion: MetroPCS, Gearlog and deal architect
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Sun, Rivals Seek New Uses for Flash-Based Storage
Thanks:atul
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Adjix for Twitter crams short ads at the end of tweets
 Earlier Items: 
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
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