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1:40 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 …
comScore:
comScore: Mobile Internet Becoming A Daily Activity For Many  —  Number of people accessing news and information on their mobile device more than doubles in a year.  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today reported that the number of people using …
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Ed Oswald / Technologizer:
US Mobile Internet Usage Accelerating  —  The number of mobile device users accessing the Internet in the US at least once a month has risen 71 percent in the last year, with a total audience of nearly 63.2 million, comScore reports.  Weekly and daily usage is also up 87 and 107 percent to 19.3 and 22.4 million respectively.
Discussion: CNET News
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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Christophe Bisciglia / Cloudera Hadoop & Big Data Blog:
Announcing Cloudera's Distribution for Hadoop  —  One of the repeating themes we have heard while working with our customers and the community is that Hadoop configuration and deployment is a pain.  Often times, Hadoop is the first truly distributed system that administrators encounter …
Discussion: InfoWorld and Network World
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Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Bottling the Magic Behind Google and Facebook
Discussion: CNET News and TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
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
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TweetDeck's posterous:
TweetDeck v0.24 Pre-Release: Facebook Integration
Discussion: Inside Facebook and Mashable!
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
AMD-Intel patent licensing dispute heats up  —  This post was updated at 8:23 a.m. PDT with comments from Intel and AMD and 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 …
Justin Berka / Ars Technica:
iTunes 8.1 allows you to autofill any iPod model  —  The iPod shuffle has always had less storage capacity than iPod models so, in order to keep the device full of music without requiring too much user input, Apple added the rather nifty Autofill feature to iTunes.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
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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 …
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
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Gather Ye Tech Bargains While Ye May  —  Prices on tech gadgets remain low, but the pace of declines is slowing and may reverse course if component costs bottom and demand revives  —  If there were ever a time to hunt for bargains in tech, it's now.  Prices for many must-have gadgets are low …
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 and digg.com
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 and CNET News
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 …
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.
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
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
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Gets The Sequoia Capital Seal Of Approval
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Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
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Luke Plunkett / Kotaku:
BioShock 2 Has Multiplayer  —  99% of games on the market today have multiplayer.
Discussion: Joystiq, VG247 and VideoGamer.com
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 Earlier Items: 
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
Dave Chase / TechFlash:
Local media need dual business models, not dueling models
Discussion: Screenwerk
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
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