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3:30 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 …
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Cisco:
Cisco Unleashes the Power of Virtualization with Industry's First Unified Computing System  —  Innovative Architecture Integrates Compute, Networking and Virtualization in a Single Platform; New Services and Partnerships Focused on Next Generation Data Centers
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 …
TweetDeck's posterous:
TweetDeck v0.24.1 Pre-Release: Facebook Integration  —  As the title suggests, v0.24.1 includes the first elements of Facebook integration into TweetDeck.  This integration consists of two elements.  —  Firstly you can click on the Facebook icon at the top and, once you have signed …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
TweetDeck Joins The Facebook Connect Army
Discussion: All Facebook and Mashable!
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
You've Got Tim Armstrong!  -His Entire First Email to AOL Staff  —  BoomTown has a feeling that the very friendly new AOL CEO and Chairman, Tim Armstrong, is not going to waste his time chasing down and threatening to drop-kick leakers into outerspace.  —  At least I hope he has better things to do!
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Wall Street Journal:
Google Dealt Blow by Departure
Discussion: Contentinople and Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
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
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Seattle P-I to publish last edition Tuesday  —  The Seattle Post-Intelligencer will roll off the presses for the last time Tuesday, ending a 146-year run.  —  The Hearst Corp. announced Monday that it would stop publishing the newspaper, Seattle's oldest business, and cease delivery to more than 117,600 weekday readers.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
AMD-Intel dispute over patent licensing 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 …
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 …
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.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Nvidia cites chip defect payments, nixes Nvision  —  Nvidia paid out $43.6 million to cover costs associated with graphics chip defects in its 2009 fiscal year, and in a separate development, a spokesman said Monday the company has no plans this year to host the Nvision conference.
WiMedia:
WiMedia to Transfer Specification Development to Bluetooth and Wireless USB  —  March 16th, 2009.  The WiMedia Alliance announced today it is entering into technology transfer agreements for the WiMedia Ultra-wideband (UWB) specifications.  WiMedia will transfer all current and future specifications …
Telegraph:
Google Earth used by thief to pinpoint buildings with valuable lead roofs  —  A thief stole £100,000 worth of lead from the roofs of buildings after identifying them with Google Earth.  —  Tom Berge used the popular internet tool, which shows aerial photographs of towns across the world …
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft's Azure cloud suffers first crash  —  Evangelize first, report later  —  Microsoft wanted to offer people the full cloud experience.  Well, now it has.  —  The company's pre-beta Azure Services Platform has joined the likes of Amazon Web Services and Flexiscale with a massive outage - Azure's first.
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
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
ISPreview UK:
One in Five Think ISPs Should Impose Restrictions on Illegal P2P  —  The results from 472 respondents to ISPreview.co.uk's latest survey has revealed that 20.7% of Brits think ISPs should tackle repeated illegal file sharing by imposing restrictions upon P2P access.
Discussion: P2P Blog, TECH.BLORGE.com and Slashdot
Martyn Williams / Computerworld:
HP offers laptop batteries guaranteed to last for 3 years  —  IDG News Service) Hewlett-Packard Co. today will begin selling laptop batteries that are guaranteed to last for three years.  —  The batteries use Sonata cells from Boston Power Inc., a start-up battery maker that has developed …
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 …
Greg Sterling / Local Mobile Search:
Will 2D Barcodes Finally Take Off in West?  —  I've written numerous times about 2D barcodes and use of camera phones as a search or advertising vehicle.  In Japan the use of QR codes in traditional media and outdoor advertising is well established.  Now in the US (as well as Europe) there's some movement toward adoption.
Discussion: AdAge
 
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
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Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Gets The Sequoia Capital Seal Of Approval
Discussion: Venture Hacks, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Reuters:
Phone firms seek low bar for broadband grants
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Novell finds big promises for open source in 2009
Discussion: Business Wire
 Earlier Items: 
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
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Operating Systems Don't Matter
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
Apple to unveil next generation of iPhone software