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4:05 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: Apple 2.0 and SiliconBeat
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
iPhone 3.0 to offer MobileMe users “Find My iPhone” feature
Discussion: IntoMobile and World of Apple
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Pwn2Own 2009: Safari/MacBook falls in seconds  —  [ UPDATE: IE 8 and Safari also fall ]  —  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.
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.
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: Reuters
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 …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Demo Day Spring 2009  —  The 16 startups from Y Combinator's spring session presented their ideas and initial products at Y Combinator's Silicon Valley office this afternoon.  Of the 16 startups in this group, 8 have already launched, 6 are in the process of launching and 2 remain in stealth mode.
Discussion: VentureBeat and CNET News
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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Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Android Versus iPhone 3.0: The Showdown  —  Apple's releasing some hot new features in iPhone 3.0 this summer, but will it be better than Google's Android?  Let's take a look.  —  You already know what you get in iPhone 2.0, you've heard about what you get in iPhone 3.0.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Thanks:atul
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple's iPhone 3.0 expands the ‘yawning’ competitive gap
Discussion: Ars Technica and Electronista
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
Sara Nelson / Los Angeles Times:
Sony expands its book download stockpile  —  With its Reader outmaneuvered by Amazon's Kindle, the firm touts the broad library it will offer.  —  Reporting from New York — Three weeks after the release of Amazon.com's Kindle 2, Sony Corp. — the first major company to introduce an electronic book device …
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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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
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
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: Scobleizer and Microblink
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
The curious case of Kumo: more than just a “test name”?  —  We first heard the term last summer.  Mary Jo Foley posted on some possible new names for Live Search, including Kumo, which has led us on quite a little goose chase over the past months, one that doesn't appear to be quite over yet.
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: Pocket-lint.com and Google Operating System, Thanks:atul
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
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 …
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: PC World
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 …
Mitch Trachtenberg / The BRAD BLOG:
Diebold Admits Audit Logs in ALL Versions of Their Software Fail to Record Ballot Deletions  —  Guest Blogged by Mitch Trachtenberg, with Brad Friedman  —  Even the audit log system on current versions of Premier Election Solutions' (formerly Diebold's) electronic voting and tabulating systems —
Discussion: Industry Standard
Washington Post:
Four D.C. Tech Office Workers Placed on Leave, 23 Consultants Fired Amid Bribery Scandal  —  District government officials moved to shore up security in the city's technology office yesterday, placing four employees on administrative leave and firing 23 consultants from firms connected to an alleged bribery scam uncovered last week.
Discussion: Beyond Search
 
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Adds Engagement Analytics
Discussion: YouTube Blog and Traffick
Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0:
Microsoft wants to speed discovery of user likes, dislikes in online advertising
Discussion: TechFlash
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Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Cray's new bargain supercomputer, the Xbox circa 2020?
Discussion: TechFlash
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
NBC Boss Explains Why Boxee Users Can't Have Hulu
Discussion: The Social and Obsessable, Thanks:atul
Edm / Expression Web team blog:
MICROSOFT EXPRESSION WEB SUPERPREVIEW
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All That Twitters May Not Be Gold, Analysts Say
Rik Myslewski / The Register:
iPhone chip designer trumpets multi-core GPUs
Discussion: Neowin.net and AppleInsider