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7:35 AM ET, March 14, 2009

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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Whoa, Twitter Mania  —  Maybe it is all the TV news mentions, but Twitter is seeing the growth in U.S visitors to its site accelerating.  In February, 4 million people in the U.S. visited the site, up from 2.6 million the month before, according to the latest data from comScore.
Discussion: Joe Duck, Thanks:atul
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
3G Phones Exposing Networks' Last-Gen Technology  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Oh, the things modern mobile phones can do.  They are music-playing, video-taking, direction-providing multimedia powerhouses.  But many people have trouble getting them to perform their most basic functions, like making phone calls.
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Rules Apply To Everyone  —  The Elliot Spitzer phenomenon is part of being human.  For whatever reason, people who obtain power can convince themselves that the very rules they create and enforce don't apply to them.  Elliot Spitzer and his prostitutes.  Al Gore flying carbon-spewing private jets.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   TechCrunch's Arrington Pulling Out Of Startup Investments
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
‘Bridge to Microsoft’ Is One of Puget Sound Prizes in Stimulus  —  Microsoft Corp., which has $20 billion of cash in the bank, is among the first in the Puget Sound area to benefit from the investment in roads and bridges through President Barack Obama's stimulus plan.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Googlers Shocked By Armstrong Defection  —  We've been calling and emailing our sources at Google, AOL, and the ad agencies to gauge the industry's reaction to news that Google US sales boss Tim Armstrong would replace Randy Falco as AOL CEO.  —  Most of our sources asked to remain anonymous …
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Twitter Paid $6 or Less for Crowdsourced ‘Birdie’ Graphic  —  The bird on Twitter's home page, familiar to millions, is small, cute and fun, and implies communication and anticipation.  One might say it's the perfect graphic for Twitter.  Yet the company paid its designer at most $6, without attribution.
Thanks:atul
Clay Shirky:
Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable  —  Back in 1993, the Knight-Ridder newspaper chain began investigating piracy of Dave Barry's popular column, which was published by the Miami Herald and syndicated widely.  In the course of tracking down the sources of unlicensed distribution …
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Kumo home page  —  We've seen a number of screen shots of Kumo.com, but this is the first one we've seen of the home page:  —  Note the pager at the bottom right.  —  We like this idea of deploying Kumo internally, so that MS employees who apparently don't read LiveSide, and “didn't get the memo” …
Maydalene Salvador / TrendLabs:
TinyURL Phishing Becoming Popular  —  The language has changed but the modus operandi remains the same.  Spammed messages, this time in Spanish, again use TinyURLs to mask the exact destination of the links they contain.  Here's a sample email message: … The message above claims to be from Bancaja, a popular Spanish bank.
Discussion: PC World
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
HP imposes more salary cuts for EDS employees  —  HP said late Friday afternoon that it was temporarily cutting base salaries for EDS employees by an additional 10 percent beyond what was announced last month.  On February 18, the company said it was cutting base pay across the board …
Hutch Carpenter / I'm Not Actually a Geek:
Microblogging Will Marginalize Corporate Email  —  In case you missed it last week, Google CEO Eric Schmidt had this to say about the microblogging service Twitter: … At first blush, this seemed like an example of Google not ‘getting it’ when it comes to Twitter (see the comments to the linked blog post above).
Thanks:atul
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
News has a bright future, says Steven Johnson  —  AUSTIN, Texas—The future of news is not breadlines for journalists, a lack of reporting on politicians' scandals, and a dearth of coverage of what's really going on behind the lines of wars around the world.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Microsoft, security researcher spar over security patch  —  On Tuesday, Microsoft released a patch for a hole in Windows 2000 and Server 2003 and 2008 that could allow an attacker to redirect network traffic to a malicious site that has been set to serve as a proxy.
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Will Windows Mobile 7 fix updating?  —  According to a recent job posting, Microsoft might be changing how updates work on Windows Mobile with the release of version 7 next year.  —  Windows Mobile has many things it could be doing better, and updates are near the top of the list.
Roberto Mateu / Opera Labs:
Opera Turbo  —  At Opera, we love speed.  We work hard to make our browser faster with features that speeds you up, but your connection also plays a big role on how fast you can go.  —  Some people have fast connections, a lot have slow connections.  Many are always on the run from one place …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, Download Squad and TechSpot
Jon Gambrell / Associated Press:
Appeal says juror sent ‘tweets’ during $12.6M case  —  LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A building materials company and its owner have appealed a $12.6 million verdict against them, alleging that a juror posted messages on Twitter.com during the trial that show he's biased against them.
Erica Sadun / Ars Technica:
Apple extends beta-developer memberships  —  Apple has just e-mailed iPhone developers who participated in the early beta SDK program to extend their membership and iTunes Connect contracts to July 11, 2009.  Apple promises to contact developers soon with details and instructions about the extension.
Discussion: CNET News and The iPhone Blog
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Struggling in-game ad firm IGA Worldwide seeks investments or possible sale  —  IGA Worldwide, a company that inserts ads into video games, is struggling with the recession.  The New York company is trying to close a new round of funding, but it has also put itself up for sale.
Discussion: Kotaku and VG247
David Wood / Symbian Foundation Blog:
Introducing the Release Plan  —  There's a lot of activity underway, throughout the software development teams for all the different packages that make up the Symbian Platform.  —  These packages are finding their way into platform releases.  The plan is that there will be two platform releases each year.
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
What I'm Looking For at Austin's Tech Fest  —  South by Southwest Interactive, the annual festival that lures the tech-savvy set away from the warm glow of their computers to Austin, Tex., kicks off Friday.  I'll be joining the masses who turn out to see the newest and coolest Web innovations …
Discussion: The Social, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Stewart slams Cramer with Apple video  —  The highlight of Thursday night's appearance of CNBC's Mad Money host Jim Cramer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart — which both NBC and Comedy Central had done their best to promote as the grudge match of the century — turned out to be a two-year …
Michael Weiss-Malik / Google LatLong:
Live from Mars!  —  Just last month, we released Mars in Google Earth 5.0 and finally satisfied the long-standing demands of our Martian userbase.  However, much to our delight, Mars has also proven popular among Earthlings, so today we're pleased to announce several new features for Mars …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Google exec: ‘Twitter-like service’ more interesting with more data  —  The essence of Google's product strategy is to “follow the data,” said the company's Seattle site director, Brian Bershad, during a presentation about the future of search at a Technology Alliance event this morning.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Top Search Terms on Twitter Since July 2008: Sleep.fm, Ezinearticles, and GaryVee  —  Twitter users clearly love the social alarm clock Sleep.fm, the Vaynerchuk brothers, Chris Knight, and ezinearticles.  At least, according to search analytics firm Compete, which aggregated …
Discussion: Compete Blog, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Ethernet — a [networking protocol] name for the ages
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Adobe: ‘Open’ But Not Always Open Source
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
ABC News to interview John McCain — on Twitter
Discussion: George's Bottom Line
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple expected to release new Final Cut Studio near NAB Show
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Nokia “Piranha” touch smartphone, others coming to AT&T?
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Your mom is leaving MySpace for Facebook (but you aren't)
Discussion: Computerworld and Inside Facebook
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. startup Aardvark personalizes searching
Discussion: CNET News and TechCrunch
 Earlier Items: 
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Over 80 bug fixes due in Mac OS X 10.5.7 “Juno”
Discussion: MobileCrunch and Neowin.net
Jyri Engestrom / Jaikido Blog:
Jaiku is becoming JaikuEngine
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook's New Public Profiles: Good for Businesses, Bad for People
Discussion: PC World
Elizabeth Montalbano / Computerworld:
Report: Microsoft U.S. search share hits 12-month low
InfoWorld:
Amazon, Microsoft improve their cloud computing game