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3:25 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).
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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Jobs not at Disney meeting; Shareholders talk contingencies  —  Update: Apple CEO Steve Jobs didn't turn up after all at the Disney shareholder meeting, but he was a frequent topic of discussion.  The biggest worry: Jobs' 7.4 percent stake in the company would hit the open market if something happened to him.
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.
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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 …
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Bull3t's Blog:
The mysterious Norton cover-up and pifts.exe
Discussion: The Register and Slashdot
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.
Associated Press:
Hitachi to admit to fixing LCD prices  —  WASHINGTON - Hitachi Displays Ltd. has agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to fix prices on the sale of LCD panels.  —  The Japan-based electronics firm agreed to pay a $31 million fine as part of its deal with the U.S. Justice Department.
Discussion: Between the Lines and Gearlog
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony cuts deal with NBC Universal for film/TV shows on PlayStation Network  —  Sony's PlayStation Network is getting a boost today as the company announces its deal to add movies and TV shows from NBC Universal to its nascent online video store.  —  This development follows the addition …
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 …
comScore:
Yahoo! Attracts More than Half of All Searches Conducted in Japan in January 2009  —  January Marks Record Month for Search Volume in Japan with 6.8 Billion Searches, Up 9 Percent Versus Year Ago  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world …
Discussion: Search Engine Land, Mashable! and MediaFile, Thanks:atul
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Tech-On! : tech news:
USB 3.0 Test Spec to Be Released in June 2009  —  Compatibility test specification for the next-generation USB, “USB 3.0,” will be formulated as early as the first half of 2009.  —  According to Agilent Technologies Inc, which is engaged in the formulation of the test specification, the …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
 
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Jane Wakefield / BBC:
Lord Carter lays out digital plan
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Investors Bet $5 Million on Casual Game Site OMGPOP, Hope Users Start Paying Up
Celine Allee / Springboard Series:
Windows 7 Virtual Roundtable Q&A: Part One
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Palm: Put a Sock in It, McNamee.
Discussion: PalmInfocenter and OSNews
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Thesixtyone Is Building a Digg For Indie Music
BBC:
Gmail down again for some users
Discussion: Lifehacker
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
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Mary Jane Irwin / GigaOM:
Twofish Elements Helps Developers Price Virtual Goods for Fun and Profit
Discussion: CNET News, VentureBeat and Mashable!
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
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