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12:45 AM ET, March 19, 2009

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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
Discussion: IntoMobile and Engadget Mobile
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.
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.
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 …
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Microsoft Ups Ante With New Browser  —  The Web browser is arguably the most important piece of software on a computer.  No longer just a tool for perusing or searching for information, it has become, for many people, their principal communications medium, their photo album, their newspaper, social club, bank and shopping mall.
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Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0:
With Internet Explorer 8, Microsoft turns up Web browser competition
Discussion: Beyond Binary and Reuters
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, Electronista and I4U News
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Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Android Versus iPhone 3.0: The Showdown
Discussion: Gizmodo, Thanks:atul
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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New York Times:
I.B.M., Looking to Buy Sun, Sets Up a Software Strategy  —  I.B.M.'s interest in acquiring the server computer maker Sun Microsystems for nearly $7 billion may seem at first to be a reversal of its recent efforts to move away from the hardware business.  —  But analysts say there is more to Sun …
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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.
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: Unwired View and All About Symbian
Hugh D'Andrade / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
CNET Axes Blogger Who Exposed Whitehouse.gov Privacy Issue  —  Former CNET blogger Chris Soghoian has produced some of the best coverage on the issue of privacy for users of government websites.  His work on the use of YouTube cookies and other tracking technologies on whitehouse …
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Neil Munro / National Journal Online:
Google Stands To Gain From Capital Connections
Discussion: techPresident
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Early Beta Data From Microsoft Adsense Competitor Encouraging  —  We are getting reports that Microsoft's PubCenter, a self serve thirty party ad publishers platform through AdCenter, is doing quite well with beta testers.  Microsoft began testing PubCenter last summer.
Thanks:atul
Vishal Kasera / Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: YouTube, Picasa, Flickr and Yelp previews  —  My email is full of links: my friends send around YouTube videos to try and get a laugh, we share Picasa and Flickr albums with photos from last weekend's camping trip, and we email around the Yelp reviews of restaurants we're considering going to next Friday night.
Discussion: Google Operating System and Pocket-lint.com, 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 …
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.
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 …
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, Gawker and PSFK, Thanks:nichcarlson
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
InfoWorld:
Jailbreakers get busy on iPhone 3.0 OS  —  The iPhone Dev-Team (not the Cupertino version) hasn't wasted anytime in declaring the iPhone 3.0 operating system “jailbreakable.”  —  Just hours after Apple unveiled the latest iPhone OS, a short notice appeared on the Dev Team blog …
Discussion: CNET News
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 …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Tech Companies Worried About Unions  —  It never fails.  As the economy collapses, someone thinks that the answer is greater unionization.  It happened back in 2000 when the tech bubble collapsed, and it's happening again today, in part due to recently proposed legislation that would make it easier to unionize.
Megan Lavey / TUAW:
Apple to Pivotal: Take the ‘pod’ out of Podium  —  Apple has issued a cease and desist letter to Pivotal, creators of Podium, a hands-free iPhone stand - namely over the use of the word “Pod” in Podium.  —  An excerpt from the cease and desist letter provided to TUAW states that …
Discussion: Gizmodo and iLounge
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, Thanks:atul
Brian James Kirk / MobileBurn.com:
Report: Call quality remains steady, Verizon slowly losing its lead  —  News by Brian James Kirk on Wednesday March 18, 2009.  —  According to a report by J.D. Power and Associates, wireless call quality has remained virtually unchanged during the past 18 months, with only 15 percent of calls …
Discussion: IntoMobile and Electronista
 
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Mitch Trachtenberg / The BRAD BLOG:
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Choruss' Music Tax Plan: Bait-And-Switch
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Google Provides Numbers On Just How Often DMCA Takedown Process Is Abused
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