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2:15 PM ET, March 12, 2009

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The Official Google Blog:
Here comes Google Voice  —  We've just started to release a preview of Google Voice, an application that helps you better manage your voice communications.  Google Voice will be available initially to existing users of GrandCentral, a service we acquired in July of 2007.
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David Pogue / New York Times:
One Number to Ring Them All  —  If Google search revolutionized the Web, and Gmail revolutionized free e-mail, then one thing's for sure: Google Voice, unveiled Thursday, will revolutionize telephones.  —  It unifies your phone numbers, transcribes your voice mail, blocks telemarketers …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
GrandCentral To (Finally) Launch As Google Voice.  It's Very, Very Good.  —  GrandCentral, a phone management service that first launched in 2006 and was acquired by Google for $50+ million in 2007, hasn't been in the news much lately.  Other than a few good natured jabs at their marketing gimmicks and coverage of outages, that is.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Apple previewing iPhone OS 3.0 at an event March 17  —  Well, Apple is having an event in March, but it won't be showing off any hardware.  Instead, March 17 will mark a special event to show off a preview of the new iPhone 3.0 software.  —  This likely means we can expect the software relatively soon …
Jefferson Graham / Technology Live:
Hulu launches social networking  —  Fast-rising video site Hulu celebrates its one-year anniversary Thursday, and plans to mark the occasion by introducing social networking features to inform your inner circle about TV shows and movies you like to watch.  —  In the past, you could share Hulu shows …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Pulse2, Thanks:brickandclick
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Douglas MacMillan / Tech Beat:
Hulu's Greatest Hits
Discussion: Hulu Blog, Thanks:dmac1
Darren Gladstone / PC World:
Dell Studio One 19: All-in-One Stunner Takes Japan  —  There's been a bit of a rebirth in the all-in-one desktop category lately and from the looks of it, Dell is onto something with its Studio One 19.  This new machine — starting at $699 — melds together a wish-list of what I'd hoped I'd see in my Kitchen of TomorrowTM.
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Multitouch Dell Studio One Just Slightly Too Sexy For American Shores
Discussion: eWeek, Crave and Electronista
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon tweaks EC2 pricing; Takes next step in its enterprise evolution  —  Amazon has tweaked its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) pricing model to be more enterprise friendly.  The move is significant enough to sway IT executives to adopt more of Amazon's Web Services-especially when they have tight budgets.
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Amazon Web Services Blog:
Announcing Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances  —  Earlier in my career, I thought that innovation was solely about technology.  If you wanted to address a new market or to increase sales, writing more code was always a good option.  Having gained some wisdom and experience over the years …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Yahoo: Easier SearchMonkey means better search  —  Through an easier-to-use variation of its SearchMonkey technology, Yahoo search results now can spotlight videos, games, and documents that Web sites label as such with special coding.  (Click to enlarge.)  —  (Credit: screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET)
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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Yahoo! Search Blog:
Embed Videos, Games, and Docs the Easy Way with SearchMonkey
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hoops to Go: CBS Streaming March Madness to iPhone  —  More catnip for the convergence optimists, who dream about getting to watch anything they want on any device they choose: In addition to streaming all of its March Madness coverage on the Web, CBS is also letting iPhone and iPod touch owners watch …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple exploring Magic Wand controller for next-gen Apple TV  —  Apple is exploring the possibility of including a wireless “remote wand” with future versions of its Apple TV media system that would provide users with precise control over a cursor on the Apple TV screen in very much the same …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Friend Connect Now Allows Deeper Integration with APIs  —  Google Friend Connect Is trying to catch up with Facebook Connect, and just now released its first set of APIs, which will let developers integrate Google Friend Connect more deeply into their sites and applications.
Discussion: AdAge
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Mussie Shore / Social Web Blog:
Introducing the Google Friend Connect API
Discussion: Google Code Blog, Thanks:kevinmarks
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Sirius XM: We're developing an iPhone app for second quarter launch  —  Sirius XM said Thursday that it is developing an application so its satellite radio service will be streamed to Apple's iPhone and iPod touch.  The company said it expects to launch the application in the second quarter.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
So it begins: Klipsch, Scosche unveil VoiceOver-compatible iPod shuffle earbuds  —  We knew we'd be hearing more about all those third party VoiceOver-compatible headphones today, and sure enough, the flood has begun.  In an admittedly cute attempt to be first out of the gate …
David A Nakamura / D.C. Wire:
Breaking: D.C. Tech Official Busted in Federal Bribery Sting  —  [Note: For complete story, go here.]  —  An official in the D.C. government's office of the chief technology officer has been arrested in a federal bribery sting, according to law enforcement sources.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone sales grew 245% in 2008 - Gartner  —  Apple's (AAPL) iPhone was the fastest-growing smartphone of 2008, despite end-of-year sales that failed to maintain the blistering pace set in July with the launch of the iPhone 3G, Gartner researchers reported Wednesday.
Discussion: Apple iPhone Apps
Variety.com / The Cut Scene:
Movies and TV coming to the Wii?  —  One of Hollywood's top digital distribution executives thinks so.  —  In an interview I recently conducted with Curt Marvis, president of digital media for Lionsgate, for Variety's technotainment blog, he specifically mentioned the Wii as a huge opportunity …
Discussion: Kotaku, VG247, CrunchGear and Joystiq
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Fusion-io touts ‘fastest’ solid-state drive  —  Fusion-io also claims Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak as its chief scientist.  —  Targeted primarily at business applications such as database servers, capacities range from 160 gigabytes to 640 gigabytes.  And by the second half of this year, this will increase to 1.28 terabytes.
Barb Dybwad / Obsessable:
There's a Hotmail down!  —  Microsoft's web-based email service goes down for the count.  —  Users of Microsoft's web-based email service Hotmail are reporting a significant service outage over the last hour.  A visit to hotmail.com displays only a “Server is too busy” message.
Discussion: LiveSide, Thanks:doctorparadox
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Spoon feeding: Facebook redesign brings feeds (and ads) to the masses  —  Facebook began rolling out a new design of its homepage today, with a number of subtle features intended to make feed-based social networking more intuitive to the typical user.  When the company first showed off its plans last week …
Sara Schaefer / Late Night with Jimmy Fallon:
KEVIN ROSE & ALEX ALBRECHT ON LATE NIGHT  —  Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht made their official late night television debut on LNWJF tonight and turned it into a mini episode of Diggnation (if you've never seen Diggnation before, you must check it out).  Even Russell Brand got in on the action.
Discussion: NewTeeVee, jkOnTheRun, Gawker and kottke.org
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft's complex Netbook dance  —  With Windows 7, Microsoft has done the technical work to make the operating system work on Netbooks, but the low-cost laptops still pose a challenge to the way Redmond does business.  —  As the only fast-growing part of an otherwise sluggish PC market …
 
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Jim Duffy / Network World:
Cisco quietly downsizing through outsourcing
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Twitter Search Traffic Poised to Eclipse Google Blog Search
Variety.com / The Cut Scene:
Lord of the Rings game rights now at Warner Bros.
Discussion: Joystiq and VG247
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Sprint's LG Rumor 2 official, goes on sale March 15th
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Windows 7: The State of the Beta
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft's own speed tests show IE beating Chrome, Firefox (Updated)
Discussion: The Register and TG Daily
PC Authority:
First Look: Kogan Agora Netbook, a super-cheap Wind lookalike
Discussion: Engadget, Liliputing and SlashGear
BBC:
BBC team exposes cyber crime risk
Discussion: Zero Day, BBC and The Register
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Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Digital Divisions Are Dead At Big Media
Discussion: HipMojo.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Mozilla Contemplates a Future Without Google
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Ronald Grover / Business Week:
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