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12:55 PM ET, March 16, 2009

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Electronista:
Lenovo teases Pocket Yoga touchscreen netbook  —  (Updated with new photos) Lenovo this morning confirmed the existence of its mystery netbook by posting teaser images on its photo feed.  The system is now called the Pocket Yoga and has both the ultra-wide, VAIO P-like display and leather-bound shell of leaked photos.
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Esteban / Design Matters:
“Pocket Yoga” Concept  —  Guest blogger, Johnson Li, Director of Lenovo's Beijing Inovation Center, speaks out about a concept that recently emerged on the tech blogs.  I want to thank him for sharing this concept with the Design Matters audience.  David  —  Last week some buzz was created …
Discussion: PC Joint, jkOnTheRun and Engadget
Tom Steinert-Threlkeld / Between the Lines:
Cisco Launches Bid To Capture The Data Center  —  Cisco Systems has just launched what it considers a “critical step” in its Data Center 3.0 strategy, promising an ecosystem of partners which include chipmaker Intel, tech consultancy Accenture, virtualization software provider VMWare …
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Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
Cloudera floats commercial Hadoop distro  —  Open source for the Google wannabe  —  Face it: You want to launch your own Google and get your hands on some of that (easy?) internet money.  Well, now's your chance to take a stab at it.  —  Today, a startup called Cloudera is launching …
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Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Bottling the Magic Behind Google and Facebook
Discussion: CNET News and TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Sony Pressured to Cut PlayStation Price as Developers Push More Wii Titles  —  Sony Corp. is under pressure from video-game publishers to cut the price of the PlayStation 3 console or risk seeing more development funds shift to Nintendo Co.'s Wii.  —  Sony, which has resisted calls for lower prices …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
AMD-Intel patent licensing dispute heats up  —  Update at 8:33 a.m. PDT, with The Foundry Company's new name, Globalfoundries.  —  Advanced Micro Devices announced Monday that Intel plans to pull its 2001 cross-licensing patent agreement in the next 60 days, unless concerns surrounding AMD's joint-chip foundry are addressed.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Mr. Hulu Gets a New Gig: Former NBC Digital Boss George Kliavkoff Goes To Hearst  —  George Kliavkoff, who left his job as NBC Universal's chief digital officer last year, has a new, similar-sounding gig: He's going to work at at Hearst, where he'll run digital operations for entertainment head Scott Sassa.
Discussion: paidContent.org, CNET News and The Biz
Wall Street Journal:
Google Dealt Blow by Departure  —  Armstrong Known for Relationships with Big Advertisers  —  Tim Armstrong's departure from Google Inc. creates a new challenge for the search company in its ongoing effort to win business from big-brand advertisers.  —  Mr. Armstrong — a Google senior vice president …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
Reuters:
Phone firms seek low bar for broadband grants  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Telecommunications firms vying for $7.2 billion in funding for broadband expansion urged regulators to allow all companies that have current government licenses to be eligible to apply.
Discussion: Between the Lines
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
Apple to unveil next generation of iPhone software  —  Apple on Tuesday will give a peek at its latest tech tinkering for the iPhone.  —  “Get an advance preview of what we're building,” the Cupertino company announced in an e-mail to analysts and reporters last week.
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Operating Systems Don't Matter  —  Microsoft won't agree with that assertion, nor will Linux or Mac aficionados.  I've blogged this topic a couples times past, either here or when I was a JupiterResearch analyst.  I got to thinking more about the OS irrelevance topic because of a Friday blog post …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
TweetDeck Joins The Facebook Connect Army  —  You can now add TweetDeck to the growing army of apps that are joining Facebook Connect.  TweetDeck is the most popular desktop client for Twitter, and now it will add Facebook functionality as well.  When you send out a message from TweetDeck …
Discussion: All Facebook and Mashable!
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple holding back on web-based 3D graphics for the desktop  —  Apple has added 3D position and transform capabilities to WebKit, along with the 2D CSS-based transform abilities added some time ago.  However, Apple allows access to these advanced 3D abilities only via Mobile Safari.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Novell finds big promises for open source in 2009  —  Novell is out with its periodic survey of Linux adoption and as always it is filled with big, big promises.  — More than half plan to “accelerate” Linux adoption “this year.”  — That's 72% are looking at this on the server.
Discussion: Business Wire
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Computer Makers Prepare to Stake Bigger Claim in Phones  —  The computer industry has hit upon its Next Big Thing.  It is called a phone.  —  Emboldened by Apple's success with its iPhone, many PC makers and chip companies are charging into the mobile-phone business, promising new devices …
Discussion: Digital Daily and MacDailyNews
Richard / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF Launches Search Tool for Uncovered Government Documents  —  San Francisco - In celebration of Sunshine Week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today launched a sophisticated search tool that allows the public to closely examine thousands of pages of documents the organization …
David Carnoy / CNET News:
Report: iPod Shuffle accessories to get Apple ‘tax’  —  Getting chippy: Some bloggers think that the iPod Shuffle's accessory situation is a nightmare scenario for iPod fans.  —  (Credit: CNET)  —  In not-so-shocking news, iLounge is reporting that third-party headphones and headphone adapters …
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
MSI claims nine hour battery with Wind U110, adds ATI Radeon HD3200 GPU  —  MSI has made official the U110 “ECO” netbook with a promised battery life of up to nine hours.  Specs are pretty similar to the standard Wind line - 1.6GHz CPU, 10-inch 1024×600 display, 160GB hard drive …
Discussion: SlashGear, Electronista and Engadget
 
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Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Gather Ye Tech Bargains While Ye May
Micah L. Sifry / techPresident:
Let Vivek Kundra Do His Job
Discussion: Epicenter
Luke Plunkett / Kotaku:
BioShock 2 Has Multiplayer  —  99% of games on the market today have multiplayer.
Discussion: Joystiq, VG247 and VideoGamer.com
Rob Bushway / GottaBeMobile.com:
GBM InkShow: Motion Computing J3400 Rugged Slate Tablet PC, Part 1
Franklin Paul / Reuters:
Qualcomm says court dismisses Broadcom complaint
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Many See Privacy on Web as Big Issue, Survey Says
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Larry Seltzer / eWeek:
The British Botnet Corporation
Dave Chase / TechFlash:
Local media need dual business models, not dueling models
Discussion: Screenwerk
 Earlier Items: 
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Will a Shift to Cloud Computing Create or Cut Jobs?
Discussion: FierceCIO News
Times of India:
IBM develops a technology that will allow users to talk to web
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Beyond Search
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Meet Someone Who Still Wants to Invest in Startups: Founders Fund's Dave McClure
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Poken: Tiny RFID thingies that share all your personal data with others
Avner Ronen / boxee blog:
boxee iPhone remote app available on the App Store
Discussion: last100, AppScout, TUAW, Lifehacker, eHomeUpgrade and iLounge, Thanks:atul
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
How Two Coke Fans Brought the Brand to Facebook Fame