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11:30 AM ET, March 17, 2009

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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
It begins: The Dell Adamo spotted at SXSW, coming tomorrow, $1,999  —  Brian Solis, the “next-gen” PR dude, just got some hot shots of the Dell Adamo.  Color us impressed.  His photos show a laptop with the sex of a MacBook Air with a little more of the hard edged aesthetic familiar …
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Dan Ackerman / Crave: The gadget blog:
Hands-on with the Dell Adamo  —  One of the most buzzed-about new laptops of 2009 is Dell's Adamo, a high-end, ultra-thin 13-inch model that starts at $1,999 and shares a design sensibility with the MacBook Air and HP Voodoo Envy 133.  —  After teasing the system at CES 2009 …
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
HTC to Launch ‘at Least’ Three Google Phones This Year  —  High Tech Computer (HTC) will ship “at least” three smartphones this year that use Google's Android software, HTC's CEO said Tuesday.  —  HTC, already the largest maker of smartphones that use the Windows Mobile OS …
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Wall Street Journal:
HTC to Launch Extra Versions of Google Phone  —  TAIPEI — Taiwanese smartphone producer HTC Corp. said it plans to launch more than three versions of the Google phone in 2009, including the introduction of a second-generation of the smartphone in the second quarter.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Gemini 8325 live picture  —  Sorry it's not the greatest picture in the world, but at least we can put a face to the specs and info.  We dropped word of the BlackBerry Gemini a while back, and it looks to be cross between an 8300 and an 8900.  Ugh, the madness never stops.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twine Could Soon Surpass Delicious, Prepares Ontology Authoring Tool  —  Nova Spivack's semantic web company Twine is developing a free service to write and host semantic ontologies; the classification trees that enable machines to put concepts in topical context.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Source: iPhone 3.0 apps to play well with other devices  —  In a few hours, Apple is for the first time showing off its iPhone 3.0 operating system at an event at its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. The event, which came up at the last minute, is expected to showcase some major changes to the platform.
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Seth Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs:
Apple iPhone 3.0 event tomorrow might reveal a tablet
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Not News: CD Buyers Disappearing Daily.  Might Be News: Music Buyers Disappearing, Too  —  Common sense tells you that the CD is a vanishing artifact.  So would a trip to the music section of your local Best Buy (BBE), Target (TGT) or Wal-Mart (WMT)-or an actual music store, if you could find one.
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Why Total Music Purchases By Web Users Are Stil Falling
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
The iPhone OS 3.0 Announcement Scorecard  —  Tomorrow morning the sun will rise, and tech writers from near and far will descend upon Cupertino.  The steady rattle of fingers flying across laptop keys will sound like rain on a windshield, drowned out only by the endless assault of cameras firing at the stage.
Discussion: AppScout
Tony Wong / Toronto Star:
Satellite piracy costing TV industry billions  —  But even the threat of legal action doesn't scare off thieves  —  The modern day pirate doesn't sport a patch or walk with a limp.  —  His weapon of choice is an unassuming pizza-sized satellite dish that can literally harpoon signals from space …
Discussion: digg.com
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Gazillion to launch series of major online games with Marvel Comics characters  —  Online game startup Gazillion Entertainment is announcing today a major partnership with comic book king Marvel Entertainment to build a series of online game worlds with Marvel's comic book characters.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Yahoo to streamline redesigned home page  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—After getting an earful from disgruntled testers of its revamped home page, Yahoo is working on a new incarnation that will dramatically speed up access to e-mail.  —  The new home page, code-named Metro and due to launch later this year …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
At SXSWi, Twitter is the new Twitter is the new Twitter  —  AUSTIN, Texas—A couple of days ago I wrote a story suggesting that the Twitter saturation level here at the South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) festival was so high that the service's value was being affected.
Discussion: Beet.TV and The Social
BBC:
‘Super-fast’ game download launch  —  A British company has launched a new way of downloading games.  —  Unlike other systems, Awomo allows people to start playing a game before all the software has been downloaded.  —  The developers say that waiting times between clicking a download link and actual game-play have been slashed.
Discussion: Kotaku and Neowin.net
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Mag:
MSI Launches Wind U110 ECO Boasting Nine Hours of Battery Life  —  MSI just keeps breeding that Wind family.  Today the Taiwanese company unveiled it Wind U110 ECO, which sports a similar chassis to the Wind U115 but is slated to get 9 hours of battery life.
Discussion: SlashGear, Engadget and TECH.BLORGE.com
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Apture raises $4.1M for richer news browsing  —  Apture, a company that helps publishers integrate multimedia content into their browsing experience, has only been getting better since I last covered it in June, having added new features addressing many of my reservations.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
“Sizable” Layoffs Coming To MySpace, Says Analyst  —  Pali Research analyst Rich Greenfield says “sizable layoffs” are coming to Fox Interactive.  Mostly this has to do with Google being unlikely to renew its search deal with the News Corp. (NWS) property when it expires in 2010.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia to cut 1,700 jobs in sinking phone market  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia Oyj will slash 1,700 jobs globally over the coming few months because of falling demand, the world's top cellphone maker said on Tuesday.  —  Nokia said in January it aimed to cut annual costs at its key handset unit alone …
Discussion: Digital Daily and Phone Scoop
Trent_reznor / forum.nin.com:
TR thoughts on ticket re-sellers / scalping  —  As we approach on-sale dates for the upcoming tour, I've noticed lots of you are curious / concerned / outraged at the plethora of tickets that somehow appear on all these reseller sites at inflated prices - even before the pre-sale dates.
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
PBwiki goes mobile on iPhone, BlackBerry  —  PBwiki on Tuesday announced the mobile optimization of its hosted wiki service for its Professional and Professional Plus Edition subscription clients.  —  PBwiki, which hosts, among other wiki services, Twitter's API docs, FedEx's marketing extranet …
Sony Ericsson:
Accessorise your life with music and Sony Ericsson's first outdoor Bluetooth™ speaker.  —  Listen to your favourite sounds while on the move with the trendy Outdoor Wireless Speaker MS500.  A first for Sony Ericsson, the colourful and powerful Bluetooth™ speaker gives …
Discussion: SlashGear, OhGizmo!, I4U News and Engadget
GamesIndustry.biz:
Massive Entertainment founder leaves studio  —  Founder of Massive Entertainment, Martin Walfiz, has left the studio and its parent company Ubisoft.  —  The publisher confirmed the departure to GamesIndustry.biz this morning, but would not offer any reason for the move.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Computer Science Programs Make a Comeback in Enrollment  —  For the first time in six years, enrollment in computer science programs in the United States increased last year, according to an annual report that tracks trends in the academic discipline.  —  The revival is significant …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T offering refurbished 16GB iPhone 3Gs for $149?  —  We just got a heads up that AT&T stores in the NY/NJ region are getting stock of Refurbished 16GB iPhone 3Gs and, yes, the price tag is only $149 with a 2-year contract.  The information looks legit, but since this is a new tipster, we're working to cross-confirm this!
Brad Stone / Bits:
Passwords of 8,000 Comcast Customers Exposed  —  A list of more than 8,000 user names and passwords for customers of Comcast, one of the nation's largest Internet service providers, sat unprotected on the Web for the last two months.  —  Kevin Andreyo, an educational technology specialist in Reading …
Hutch Carpenter / I'm Not Actually a Geek:
Twitter Rolling Out House Ads  —  Just saw this on my Twitter home page:  —  I've seen one for Twitter widgets and one for Twitter search.  They're “house ads” now - i.e. only for Twitter's own services.  But perhaps these are a precursor to future advertising.
 
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Emily Steel / Digits:
Social-Networking Sites to See Slower Ad Growth
Discussion: CNET News
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Twitter is Peaking  —  Twitter traffic data from comScore (via TechCrunch)
Don Clark / Digits:
Fabs, in Berkeley? Yes, With Help From Marvell Founders
Times of India:
Satyam loses 46 customers to rival tech firms
Discussion: Between the Lines and Bloomberg
Anne Dujmovic / CNET News:
Twitter OAuth open to all developers
Discussion: TechCrunch
PC World:
Nintendo, Microsoft Prevail in Joystick Patent Lawsuit
Discussion: Pulse2
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Loudcrowd Marries Gaming And Music In A Virtual World
Discussion: AppScout and VentureBeat
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
AnySource Raises $3.2M for Web Vid on TV
Discussion: alarm:clock
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
How to Juice AOL: A Spin-Out, Of Course, But Also a Reunion at Dulles HQ?
Dan Goodin / The Register:
New DNS trojan taints entire LAN from single box
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Behind the Scenes at Mininova
Discussion: p2pnet, PC Authority and digg.com
Juliet Chung / Wall Street Journal:
Reservation Web Site to Close
New York Times:
Seattle Paper Shifts Entirely to the Web