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12:45 PM ET, March 17, 2009

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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.
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 …
Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines:
CD sales drop, digital downloads on the rise  —  The number of Internet users paying for digital music increased by just over 8 million in 2008 to 36 million Internet users, and purchases of online digital music downloads increased by 29 percent since last year, accounting for 33 percent …
Discussion: Business Wire and Electronista
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:   Not News: CD Buyers Disappearing Daily. …
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Why Total Music Purchases By Web Users Are Still Falling
Discussion: CNET News
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.
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: Gear Diary and AppScout
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Live from Apple's iPhone OS 3.0 preview event  —  9:30AM We're currently at the doors, and we probably don't have to tell you that people are champing at the bit to get inside.  We'll be knocking down old ladies and tripping unsuspecting humans soon enough, so stay tuned!
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
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.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Live Folders Bring the Real-Time Web to Android  —  An upcoming feature for Android smartphones called “Live Folders” will deliver real-time web updates to the phone's homescreen.  Recently, this feature was revealed in a video of “Cupcake,” a development branch of Google's mobile OS …
Discussion: eWeek, Gizmodo and Android Phone Fans
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.
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
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Won't AT&T Admit to Its Wireless Network Problems?  —  Last summer, when Apple introduced its 3G iPhone device, I brought up the issue of AT&T not being ready for the data usage brought on by the data-centric touchscreen phone.  Company officials of course denied having such problems, assuring me that they were ready.
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 …
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
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 …
Todd Hoff / High Scalability:
Are Cloud Based Memory Architectures the Next Big Thing?  —  We are on the edge of two potent technological changes: Clouds and Memory Based Architectures.  This evolution will rip open a chasm where new players can enter and prosper.  Google is the master of disk.  You can't beat them at a game they perfected.
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge and GigaOM, Thanks:atul
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
 
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