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7:30 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.
Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog:
Tweetie 1.3 Rejected by Apple for Returning “Offensive Language” in Search Results (NSFW-L)  —  So, who could it be running the approval process for the iTunes App Store at Apple?  Hmm.  Tough one.  Let us put on our little thinking caps here for a moment.... SATAN?!
Discussion: Engadget and TUAW
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Apple rejects an app for offensive words on Twitter  —  iPhone app developer Loren Brichter is mad as hell.  Why?  Because Apple has rejected the latest version of his brilliant Twitter app, Tweetie.  So what did Britcher do wrong?  Well, nothing.  —  The problem, at least according to Brichter …
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
High interest in broadband stimulus spurs public meetings  —  WASHINGTON—Two government agencies have 19 months to distribute $7.2 billion in stimulus funds for broadband deployment projects in all 50 states—and already thousands of potential grant recipients are knocking at their doors.
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Washington Wire:
It's Standing Room Only for Broadband Stimulus Meeting
Discussion: DSLreports
Ulysses Shi / Outdustry:
The Chinese iTunes Gift Voucher Trick  —  While there are some legitimate digital music download sites in China - including 9Sky, Top100 and the recently launched Wawawa - digital music is proving to be a tough sell in the P.R.C, partly because of the market dominance of Baidu's free mp3 search.
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Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Chinese hackers selling $200 iTunes vouchers for $2.60
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).
Bill Gurley / abovethecrowd.com:
How To Monetize A Social Network: MySpace And Facebook Should Follow TenCent  —  Everybody had to pay and pay"  —  The consensus seems to be that social networks have a monetization problem.  On this topic, both the leading technology industry blogs and the world's top news organizations agree.
Thanks:atul
Bull3t's Blog:
The mysterious Norton cover-up and pifts.exe  —  Apparently something big is happening.  A mysterious program known as pifts.exe is attempting to contact a server in Africa and seems to be associated with Symantec's anti-virus system, Norton.  There is virtually no information …
Discussion: The Register
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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 …
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Grace Chen / PlayStation.Blog:
NBC Universal Premieres on PSN Today
Discussion: Engadget
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Palm: Put a Sock in It, McNamee. … Roger McNamee's hyperbolic predictions about iPhone-to-Pre conversion rates didn't go over too well at Palm.  Appalled by McNamee's inflated, indecorous claims about its forthcoming smartphone, the handset maker on Monday filed a Free Writing Prospectus …
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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.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   Steve Jobs makes a brief appearance — on MarketWatch's news ticker
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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Juan Carlos Perez / Computerworld:
Gmail down; outage could last 36 hours for some  —  Google calls outage ‘minor’  —  IDG News Service) Google Inc.'s Gmail e-mail service is down for an undetermined number of users, and while the outage has been partially fixed, some people could be locked out of their accounts for many more hours.
DealBook:
Google and Cisco Eyed as Possible Dow Candidates  —  Google and Cisco are viewed as top contenders to enter the Dow Jones industrial average now that two constituents are trading below $2, making their status as blue chips tenuous, Reuters said.  —  The Internet companies are among a variety …
Discussion: GigaOM, DailyTech and Search Engine Watch, Thanks:atul
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Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Apple and Google to replace GM and Citigroup on Dow Jones?
Discussion: CNET News and Macsimum News
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.
Adriana Lee / PhoneDog.com:
Rumor: Samsung A877 to launch 3/29 for AT&T  —  This just in ...  According to an anonymous source, it looks like Samsung A877 will be launching through AT&T on March 29.  If you're in the market for a sweet messaging phone, this might be one worth waiting for.  — 3.2" WQVGA AMOLED touchscreen
Jane Wakefield / BBC:
Last.FM joins Google's rights row  —  Online music service Last.fm has waded into the row between YouTube and the Performing Right Society.  —  Founder Martin Stiksel said he hoped a resolution could be found to avoid illegal services from taking over.  —  He urged both parties to find a …
Discussion: MediaFile and Reuters, Thanks:miad
innerfence:
Google to Shut Down Infinite SMS  —  Got an email from Google.  They say they're going to start blocking sometime tomorrow, 11 March 2009.  —  Google will soon block Infinite SMS and all other non-Google software from sending free text messages.  —  For now, Infinite SMS will continue to work …
Discussion: CNET News, VentureBeat and TechFlash
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS09-006 - Critical  —  Vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel Could Allow Remote Code Execution (958690)  —  Version: 1.0  —  General Information  —  Executive Summary  —  This security update resolves several privately reported vulnerabilities in the Windows kernel.
Alina Dizik / Wall Street Journal:
Windows Into Lives After a Layoff  —  Rachel Levy had 10 years of marketing experience and an M.B.A. from a top business school when she was laid off in July.  Rather than keep her feelings about the situation private, Ms. Levy started a blog to chronicle her life post-layoff.
Adobe:
Security Updates available for Adobe Reader 9 and Acrobat 9  —  Vulnerability identifier: APSB09-03  —  A critical vulnerability has been identified in Adobe Reader 9 and Acrobat 9 and earlier versions.  This vulnerability would cause the application to crash and could potentially allow …
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: SiliconAngle
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple's App Store already nearing pace of $1 billion business?  —  As Apple's 9-month young App Store redefines the smartphone industry and spawns copycats, actual app sales are approaching a frequency that could see the digital shop become a billion-dollar business before year's end.
Discussion: VentureBeat and CNET News
 
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InfoWorld:
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EMC Tightens Its Embrace of VMware
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Silicon Graphics shares headed for delisting
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Microsoft touts new CRM freebies
Discussion: eWeek and Computerworld
Brian Solis / TechCrunch:
Are Blogs Losing Their Authority To The Statusphere?
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The Broadband Gap: Why Is Theirs Faster?
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