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8:55 PM ET, March 12, 2009

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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
AOL Gets A New CEO: Google Sales Boss Tim Armstrong (Plus the Whole Press Release)  —  Everyone who wondered why Randy Falco and Ron Grant were still running AOL gets an answer: Time Warner (TWX) was lining up their replacement.  —  Google (GOOG) sales chief Tim Armstrong becomes chairman …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Ad Chief Tim Armstrong Replaces Randy Falco As Chairman And CEO Of AOL  —  Breaking: AOL has named a new CEO and chairman.  Tim Armstrong, who headed up ad sales in the Americas for Google, will replace Randy Falco as chairman and CEO.  AOL President and COO Ron Grant will also be leaving the company.
Discussion: Jobwire
TimeWarner:
Tim Armstrong Named Chairman and CEO of AOL  —  NEW YORK- Tim Armstrong, Google Senior Vice President, has been named Chairman and CEO of AOL, LLC, Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX) Chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes announced today.  Current AOL Chairman and CEO Randy Falco and President and COO Ron Grant plan …
Discussion: Digits and Contentinople
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Apple iPhone 3.0 OS event March 17th, we got some info  —  So it looks like Apple's planning on holding an event for iPhone 3.0 OS March 17th along with showing off an updated SDK.  This would fit nicely with their brief history of having a preview software event followed by a hardware refresh in June/July.
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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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
How Much Is A Suggested Slot On Twitter Worth?  Jason Calacanis Offers $250,000.  —  When newbies sign up to Twitter now, they are presented with a list of 100 suggested users to start following.  Simply being on that list can boost your followers well above 100,000.
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Why it's time to break out of Twitter  —  First, so there are no misunderstandings, I am using Twitter, I will continue to use Twitter and I will recommend Twitter to others, as I have been for 2 or so years.  This is not me slamming the door on the way out, something I dislike intensely.
Discussion: TechCrunchIT and Twitterrati, Thanks:atul
Rogers Cadenhead / Workbench:   The Size of Your Twitter Makes Me Feel Inadequate
Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines:
Palm Pre to arrive...we don't know.  Still.  (updated with plans)  —  In a private webinar today at 2PM EST, Palm product line manager Matt Crowley said after a 20-minute rehash of the CES 2009 presentation and demonstration of the company's now-fabled Palm Pre that there is …
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Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Pre Available First Half of 2009, Pricing Plans Confirmed  —  Sprint's and Palm just confirmed during a webcast conference that the Pre is still on target for a release in the first half of 2009 and will use Sprint's “Everything” line of plans.  —  Individuals can choose from 450 minute …
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 …
Mel Carson / adCenter Analytics Blog:
adCenter Analytics Beta To Close  —  The Microsoft adCenter AnalyticsBeta team announced today the end of the adCenter Analytics beta program.  —  The beta has been closed, but the program will remain available to current users through December 31, 2009.  —  Please note that all hosted services …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Microsoft kills adCenter Analytics
Venture Capital Dispatch:
Two Famous VCs Fall Out Of Billionaires Club  —  Two of venture capital's most successful investors from different eras, Arthur Rock and Michael Moritz, have said goodbye to the exclusive billionaires club this year.  —  According to Forbes' Billionaires list, the world now has 793 billionaires …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Digital Daily
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Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0:
Billionaire Bill, down $18 billion, is back on top of Forbes list
Discussion: Forbes and VatorNews
News Corporation:
News Corporation Announces Restructuring at Fox Businesses  —  Film and Television Production Businesses to be combined in a single unit under Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman  —  Television Networks to be combined into single unit under Tony Vinciquerra  —  Peter Rice to Become Chairman …
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
News Corp Restructures Fox; Liguori Out
Discussion: MediaMemo
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 …
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Jack Neff / AdAge:
P&G Gives Its Marketers a Crash Course in Social Media  —  Twittering Digerati Descend on Cincinnati HQ for ‘Digital Hack Night’ Charity Event  —  BATAVIA, Ohio (AdAge.com) — ­Procter & Gamble Co. paired 40 digital media and agency executives with 100 of its North American marketing directors …
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.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
New beta paves way for Firefox 3.5  —  Updated 3:56 p.m. PDT to include details about the fourth beta and upcoming Firefox 3.5  —  Mozilla on Thursday released the third beta version of Firefox 3.1, aka Shiretoko, one of the frontrunners in the current race to improve Web browsers.
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 …
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft's own speed tests show IE beating Chrome, Firefox (Updated)  —  Microsoft has released its own tests that show IE8 can load many websites faster than two open source browsers: Firefox and Chrome.  —  Just before announcing that Internet Explorer 8 has been finalized …
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 …
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Embed Videos, Games, and Docs the Easy Way with SearchMonkey  —  Creating enhanced results just got a lot easier with a new SearchMonkey feature that allows site owners and developers to embed flash video, games, and documents directly in Yahoo! Search results.
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
New Carrier Promises Unlimited 3G Data, VOIP  —  A brand-new mobile-phone carrier, Zer01 Mobile said Thursday that it can give you truly unlimited voice and data on smart phones for $69.95/month, without a contract, on a network as broad as the one owned by AT&T.  —  That's because, in many ways, the network is AT&T's.
David Meyer / CNET News:
T-Mobile's G1 Android to get new features  —  T-Mobile will push out a major firmware update to users of the G1 Android handset in April, the mobile operator has said.  —  The update will introduce features such as virtual keyboards and stereo Bluetooth support, as well as an upgrade of the underlying Linux kernel.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Electronista
Robert McMillan / ITworld.com:
Researchers find ways to sniff keystrokes from thin air  —  I like it!  —  That PC keyboard you're using may be giving away your passwords.  Researchers say they've discovered new ways to read what you're typing by aiming special wireless or laser equipment at the keyboard or by simply plugging into a nearby electrical socket.
Phil Glockner / ReadWriteWeb:
GooseGrade Brings Citizen Editing to WordPress Blogs  —  gooseGrade has a unique and valuable perspective when it comes to blogging: Unlike traditional media, blogs are lacking the invisible army of copy editors carefully making sure everything that is written is also written accurately and well.
Discussion: CNET News
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.
OUT-LAW News:
BBC programme broke law with botnets, says lawyer  —  A BBC programme has broken the Computer Misuse Act by acquiring and using software to control 22,000 computers, creating a botnet capable of bringing down websites.  A technology law specialist has said that the activity is illegal.
Discussion: CNET News, eWeek, Sophos, Guardian, BBC, GMSV and Zero Day
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.
 
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