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10:05 PM ET, March 18, 2009

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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T bringin' sexy back, offering iPhone 3G at no-commitment price, no activation  —  Time to clear out some inventory, boys!  AT&T, starting March 26th, is going to start offering the 8GB and 16GB iPhone 3Gs at a no-commitment price.  These prices are $599 and $699 respectively.
Arn / MacRumors:
USB Tethering Seems to be Working in iPhone 3.0  —  One developer was “hacking around” with some carrier bundle files and iPhone 3.0 and somehow managed to activate the tethering preferences.  Not only that, he was also able to actually tether his iPhone 3G to his laptop over USB.
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Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Why iPhone In-App Transactions Could Be a Disaster  —  Apple made a big deal about allowing in-app transactions with the new iPhone 3.0 API.  It's great news if you're a developer looking to make more scratch, but it's potentially terrible news for users.  —  Basically, this is opening …
Discussion: SiliconBeat and Apple 2.0
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
iPhone 3.0 to offer MobileMe users “Find My iPhone” feature
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
FACEBOOK COULD KILL GOOGLE — Analyst  —  Ross Sandler of RBC has done what every good analyst should do, which is say something interesting.  What Ross has said is that, at its current growth rate, Facebook will surpass Google in size by 2011-2012.  —  (We expect Facebook's growth will slow …
Larry Dignan / CNET News:
Why an IBM purchase of Sun would make sense  —  IBM is reportedly in talks to buy Sun Microsystems for $6.5 billion and the deal is long overdue.  The companies mesh on the open-source software front, Sun is struggling, and IBM can consolidate some server market share.  —  First, the headlines.
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
I.B.M. Said to Be in Talks to Buy Sun for $7 Billion  —  I.B.M. is in talks to buy Sun Microsystems in a proposed deal valued at nearly $7 billion, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said on Wednesday.  —  The merger, if completed, would mark a big consolidation step in the market …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple's iPhone 3.0 expands the ‘yawning’ competitive gap  —  While the vast majority of smartphone makers are betting that beefed-up handset hardware alone will attract new feature phone users, Apple demonstrated Tuesday that software stands to be the biggest differentiating factor as the market matures …
Discussion: Ars Technica and I4U News
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Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Android Versus iPhone 3.0: The Showdown
Discussion: Gizmodo, Thanks:atul
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Pwn2Own 2009: Safari/MacBook falls in seconds  —  [ UPDATE: IE 8 and Safari also falls ]  —  VANCOUVER, BC — Charlie Miller has done it again.  For the second consecutive year, the security researcher hacked into a fully patched MacBook computer by exploiting a security vulnerability in Apple's Safari browser.
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft throws Silverlight 3 beta at Adobe  —  Plugs gaps, and then some  —  Mix 09 Microsoft's opened a new front in its battle with Adobe Systems, releasing beta code for Silverlight 3 that plugs fundamental gaps in its media player and attempts to out flank Flash.
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Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
How to Write a Chrome Extension in Three Easy Steps  —  I just installed a “hello world” Chrome extension from this Chrome Extension HOWTO page.  When you surf to www.google.com, the Google logo is replaced with a Lolcat:  —  Here's how to write your own Google Chrome extension in three steps:
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Neil Munro / National Journal Online:
Google Stands To Gain From Capital Connections  —  Privacy Groups And Small Web Companies Are Raising Concerns About The Company's Ubiquity On Government Sites  —  Executives at online-advertising giant Google are helping President Obama and Capitol Hill legislators get their messages out to the public …
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Hugh D'Andrade / Electronic Frontier Foundation:   CNET Axes Blogger Who Exposed Whitehouse.gov Privacy Issue
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia to shutter its “Mosh” success story  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - To spearhead its push into Internet services, Nokia put users in charge when it opened in 2007 the networking site Mosh, which lets people post anything they want.  —  Less than two years later the world's top cellphone maker …
Discussion: GigaOM and Unwired View
DealBook:
All That Twitters May Not Be Gold, Analysts Say  —  Twitter seems to have gone from obscure to mainstream in about the same time it takes to send a “tweet” over the network.  —  Despite the fact that the three-year-old microblogging service doesn't generate revenue — nevermind profits …
frontech.fujitsu.com:
Fujitsu Begins On-Line Consumer Sales of World's First Color E-Paper Mobile Terminal FLEPia  — Displays up to 260,000 colors; features Bluetooth and high-speed wireless LAN; thin and lightweight -  —  Fujitsu Frontech Limited and Fujitsu Laboratories Limited today announced the start …
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.com:
Psystar launches new Mac clone PC … Psystar might be in a heated court battle with Apple over the use of the Apple Mac OS X operating system, but that hasn't stopped the Mac clone company releasing a new Open Computer model on Tuesday.  —  According to the company the new model, the Open …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Financial Times Launches Its Own Business News Search Engine (Newssift).  —  The Financial Times Group, which is owned by the British publisher Pearson, is not exactly the place you'd expect to find the latest search engine.  But a startup deep within the bowels of the organization called FT Search …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and AltSearchEngines, Thanks:atul
Edm / Expression Web team blog:
MICROSOFT EXPRESSION WEB SUPERPREVIEW  —  How many times have you had to debug your web pages on virtual or multiple machines running different versions of Internet Explorer?  Or had to wait for a slow web service to return renderings of your pages?  —  You don't have to do that anymore.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
NBC Boss Explains Why Boxee Users Can't Have Hulu  —  Why does the TV industry need to keep Web video off your big-screen TV?  Not because it hates technology.  But because it hasn't figured out how to make money off Web video yet — and needs you to keep watching TV on your TV.
Discussion: The Social and MediaMemo, Thanks:atul
Kevinle / Live Services:
Reach your people everywhere, in real time!  —  For users of the Web, being able to connect to friends and build social networks is becoming more important every day.  Today, we are releasing the Windows Live Messenger Web Toolkit—a set of controls and libraries that enable …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Time Inc. To Start Charging For Online Content (CLIP)  —  Because there's too much ad inventory on the Internet, Time Inc. publications including SI.com, Time.com, CNNMoney.com and EW.com will experiment with mixing paid and free content in the next 8 months, EVP John Squires told reporters gathered today …
Discussion: paidContent.org and PSFK, Thanks:nichcarlson
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
SXSW: Foursquare Scores Despite Its Flaws  —  Before this year's SXSW event kicked off, a number of bloggers suggested that this year's breakout hit might be foursquare, a new location-based social application with a gaming twist that was created by the guys behind the now-defunct Dodgeball service.
Discussion: Gawker, Scobleizer and Microblink
Windows Azure:
The Windows Azure Malfunction This Weekend  —  First things first: we're sorry.  As a result of a malfunction in Windows Azure, many participants in our Community Technology Preview (CTP) experienced degraded service or downtime.  Windows Azure storage was unaffected.
Discussion: InfoWorld
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Pandora for BlackBerry finally launches  —  BlackBerry users rejoice, Pandora has finally released v1 of it's custom internet radio streaming application this morning and long story short, it's everything we've been waiting for.  It's... About... Time!  We tested the app out on a Bold via …
 
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Keir Clarke / Google Maps Mania:
Street View Now in the UK and Netherlands
Mitch Trachtenberg / The BRAD BLOG:
Diebold Admits Audit Logs in ALL Versions of Their Software Fail …
Discussion: Industry Standard
InfoWorld:
Jailbreakers get busy on iPhone 3.0 OS
Vishal Kasera / Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: YouTube, Picasa, Flickr and Yelp previews
Discussion: Google Operating System and Pocket-lint.com, Thanks:atul
Ryan Nakashima / Associated Press:
Made-to-order magazine lets readers choose
Megan Lavey / TUAW:
Apple to Pivotal: Take the ‘pod’ out of Podium
Discussion: Gizmodo, Ars Technica and iLounge
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Adds Engagement Analytics
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Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0:
Microsoft wants to speed discovery of user likes, dislikes in online advertising
Discussion: TechFlash
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Cray's new bargain supercomputer, the Xbox circa 2020?
Discussion: TechFlash
Tom Espiner / CNET News:
U.K. to monitor, store all social-network traffic?
Avram Piltch / LAPTOP Mag:
More Office Depot Employees Report Lying to Customers, Changing Price Tags