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4:25 AM ET, March 11, 2009

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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 …
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Google's free SMS gravy train dries up
Discussion: TechSpot
Christian Zibreg / TG Daily:
Apple's App Store analysis: This Titanic is actually unsinkable … Chicago (IL) -With nearly 27,000 applications now available on Apple's App Store, the number of iPhone applications has now exceeded what it took Windows Mobile nine years to amass.  With an addressable market …
Discussion: Macsimum News
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple's App Store already nearing pace of $1 billion business?
Discussion: VentureBeat, IntoMobile and CNET News
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
In case you missed ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ last night  —  If you didn't get to see Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, here's your second chance!  Up above is NBC's edited segment, and after the break we've got our own video (for completists and international readers).
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Apple backs down on Tweetie app.  Swear words for all!  —  Earlier today, iPhone app developer Loren Brichter raised hell on Twitter about Apple's rejection of the latest version of his Twitter iPhone app, Tweetie.  Perhaps after seeing the crazy amount of negative coverage …
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Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog:
Tweetie 1.3 Rejected by Apple for Returning “Offensive Language” …
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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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
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.
Discussion: Venture Capital Dispatch, Thanks:atul
Angelique Chrisafis / Guardian:
Row as Sarkozy attacks filesharing again  —  The French government has been accused of “Big Brother” tactics over an anti-piracy bill which aims to punish people who repeatedly illegally download music and films by cutting off their internet access for up to a year.
Discussion: Ars Technica
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: VG247, Engadget and Game|Life
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.
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InfoWorld:
Microsoft patches Windows DNS, kernel flaws
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 …
Randall C. Kennedy / Enterprise Desktop:
Is IE8 the end of the line for Internet Explorer?  —  Dropping IE in favor of a newer rendering engine may be not be as easy as it seems  —  IE8 is the last version of the Internet Explorer Web browser.  At least, that's what I'm hearing through the grapevine.
Discussion: TechSpot, Slashdot and digg.com
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Ex-Googler Launching iPhone App For Popular Barflies  —  Dennis Crowley's mobile social networking service Dodgeball — est. 2004 — was ahead of the game, but never took off.  And Google (GOOG) — which bought the service in 2005 — shut it down last Friday.  So what's next?
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Cotendo launches “next generation” content delivery network  —  The world of content delivery networks — i.e., services that help serve videos and other content to website visitors — is already dominated by established players like as Akamai Technologies and Limelight Networks.
Discussion: blogs.ft.com and Contentinople
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Another $10.5 million for Auditude's video ads  —  Auditude, a video advertising company best known for technology that can identify clients' video content and run ads against it, has raised a $10.5 million Series B funding round from Redpoint Ventures and existing investor Greylock Partners.
Discussion: VentureBeat and NewTeeVee
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Folks, this is, in no way, open  —  Today the Guardian announced their “Open Platform,” much as the NY Times did a couple of weeks ago.  It's even less open than the Times was.  —  If it were actually open they'd announce it to all developers at the same moment, so we could all try …
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.
InfoWorld:
How Vista mistakes guided changes to Windows development  —  About a year ago on its Redmond, Washington, campus, a member of Microsoft's Windows Vista team met with a group of journalists to face some tough questions about the OS.  —  At the time, it was clear Vista was not going to be the …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Sensors, Smart Content, and the Future of News  —  Nick Bilton from The New York Times R&D Labs was at ETech today, talking about how NYT is preparing for the future of news delivery.  His presentation explored how “sensors in every part of our lives [are] helping us aggregate smart content that is relevant to the device we are using”.
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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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
FCC promises open process on national broadband strategy  —  Get ready for an excruciatingly inclusive process in figuring out how the government will implement its national broadband strategy.  —  Interim Federal Communications Commission Chair Michael Copps was clearly feeling his oats …
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Stephanie Condon / CNET News:   High interest in broadband stimulus spurs public meetings
BBC:
Stephen Fry: The internet and Me  —  Stephen Fry - wit, writer, raconteur, actor and quiz show host - is also a self-confessed dweeb and meistergeek.  As he confesses “If I added up all the hours I've sat watching a progress bar fill up, I could live another life.”
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Advertisers Get a Trove of Clues in Smartphones  —  The millions of people who use their cellphones daily to play games, download applications and browse the Web may not realize that they have an unseen companion: advertisers that can track their interests, their habits and even their location.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Wal-Mart Plans to Market Digital Health Records System  —  Wal-Mart Stores is striding into the market for electronic health records, seeking to bring the technology into the mainstream for physicians in small offices, where most of America's doctors practice medicine.
Thanks:atul
Timothy High / High T:
Do we need Yet Another Method to communicate?  —  Lately I've been looking into Web 2.0-type tools to improve our commumication and workflow at work.  There's been some Enterprise 2.0 buzz about Twitter as a possible tool for communication on projects, and I've been scratching my head trying to figure out exactly how.
Thanks:atul
 
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Jane Wakefield / BBC:
Last.FM joins Google's rights row
Discussion: MediaFile and Reuters, Thanks:miad
Alina Dizik / Wall Street Journal:
Windows Into Lives After a Layoff
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
EMC Tightens Its Embrace of VMware
Discussion: The Register
DealBook:
Google and Cisco Eyed as Possible Dow Candidates
Discussion: Reuters, GigaOM and CrunchGear, Thanks:atul