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3:15 PM ET, March 19, 2009

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Cisco:
Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Pure Digital Technologies, Makers of Flip VideoTM  —  Networking Leader Adds Popular Flip Video Solutions to Consumer Portfolio  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. - March.  19, 2009 - Cisco today announced its intent to acquire privately held Pure Digital Technologies …
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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Why Cisco's Flipping Into Consumer Video  —  The networking giant's acquisition of Pure Digital may be part of bringing telepresence to the home.  —  Cisco's love of video is no secret: As the world's biggest data mover, it sees a gold mine in the Internet's growing collection of information-rich user-generated clips.
Discussion: Technologizer and eWeek
Anupreeta Das / Reuters:
Cisco buys Flip Video maker for $590 million
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
More evidence arises for future iPhone models in latest beta  —  Yet another plist file in the iPhone OS 3.0 beta references four different unknown products.  They could be new iPhones, new iPod touches, or even crazier things like a Mac tablet or an iPhone nano.
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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Evidence of new iPhones, new iPod Touch?  —  We got this information from one of our awesome Apple ninjas, (yes, that one) and here's the deal... Basically when poking around in the iPhone OS 3.0 restore ramdisk, our guy found evidence of Apple's upcoming hardware revisions.  This includes new iPhones and iPod Touches.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Availability of Internet Explorer 8  —  New browser focuses on top customer needs, including security, ease of use and performance.  —  Today Microsoft Corp. announced the availability of Windows Internet Explorer 8, the new Web browser that offers the best solution for how people use the Web today.
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Microsoft Ups Ante With New Browser
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Live from New York: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer  —  The Microsoft (MSFT) boss is sitting down with BusinessWeek editor Stephen Adler at the McGraw-Hill media conference.  Expect at least some chatter about Yahoo (YHOO) and its new boss Carol Bartz, who just happens to be visiting New York this week as well.
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Bloomberg:   Ballmer Says There Are ‘Compelling Economics’ in Yahoo Deal
BBC:
Google's pictures of UK go live  —  Google has launched the UK version of its Street View service, which allows users to browse a selection of pictures taken along city streets.  —  Street scenes in 25 UK cities from Aberdeen to Southampton can be viewed using the service.
Wall Street Journal:
Sony, Google Challenge Amazon  —  Sony Electronics Inc. is pairing with Google Inc. to battle Amazon.com Inc. in the growing digital books market.  —  In a strike against Amazon's Kindle electronic book reader, Sony and Google plan to launch a partnership Thursday that will give users …
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Computer Experts Unite to Hunt Worm  —  An extraordinary behind-the-scenes struggle is taking place between computer security groups around the world and the brazen author of a malicious software program called Conficker.  —  The program grabbed global attention when it began spreading late …
Discussion: ZDNet Government
David Richards / Smarthouse:
NEW Apple OLED Notebook & iPhone Confirmed By LG  —  Apple is set to launch new OLED notebooks and flat panel monitors along with a new OLED iPhone claim sources at LG in Korea.  —  It's also believed that a new iPhone and iPod Touch due later this year will include an OLED screen made by LG …
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:   Apple Preparing to Use OLED Displays for iPhone and Computers?
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Power Hacker Kent Brewster Leaves Yahoo for Netflix  —  Business troubles at Yahoo! haven't changed the fact that the company has some of the most innovative Open Web advocates in the industry in its ranks, but today one of those innovative people has left.  API wizard Kent Brewster told us …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel elects board members, Bartz resigns  —  Intel announced two new board members Thursday as Carol Bartz, CEO of Yahoo, resigned from the board.  —  The chipmaker said Thursday that John J. Donahoe, CEO of eBay, and Frank D. Yeary, vice chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley …
Discussion: SiliconBeat and Intel
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Polls Users On Redesign.  94% Hate It.  —  Don't ask a question you don't want to know the answer to.  —  Facebook is polling users on the the new site layout .  So far, just over 5% of the nearly 800,000 respondents give it a thumbs up.  The rest go the other way.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and All Facebook
Peter Suber / Open Access News:
MIT adopts a university-wide OA mandate  —  This afternoon, the MIT faculty unanimously adopted a university-wide OA mandate.  Here's the resolution the faculty approved (thanks to Hal Abelson, MIT professor of computer science and engineering, who chaired the committee to formulate it):
Discussion: UMBC ebiquity
David Hornik / VentureBlog:
August Capital V: We Are Long on Human Innovation  —  It is a challenging fundraising environment out there for sure.  And that is not just for startups.  This economic crisis has far reaching-tentacles.  As the public markets have declined, so too have the liquid portfolios of universities, endowments, foundations.
Discussion: TechCrunch and PE Hub Blog, Thanks:atul
Garrick Schmitt / AdAge:
Data Visualization Is Reinventing Online Storytelling  —  And Building Brands in Bits and Bytes  —  Today's consumer seems to have an insatiable appetite for information, but until recently making sense of all of that raw data was too daunting for most.  Enter the new “visual scientists” …
Discussion: Digital Design Blog, Thanks:atul
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Buzznet gets $12.5 million round, changes name  —  Despite its reliance on advertising revenue in a difficult economic environment, Buzznet announced Thursday it has raised a $12.5 million fourth round of venture funding.  —  Focus Ventures led the round, with existing investors Anthem Ventures …
Discussion: VentureBeat and paidContent.org
Venture Capital Dispatch:
A Platform Pickle For Mobile App Developers  —  Smart phones get their genius from the operating system, which turn these handsets into mobile computers that can process a host of complex applications.  —  Nowadays there are at least eight major operating systems - Symbian OS, BlackBerry …
Discussion: mocoNews
Jorgeba / Windows Mobile Team Blog:
Windows Mobile 6.5 - What'S In For Developers?  —  Hello, this is Jorge again ready to share new information about what I've been doing since we shipped 6.1 and the sliding panel home screen update.  —  Lots have been said already about the end user features of Windows Mobile 6.5 like My Phone …
Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
Sirius Founder Says The Company Is Screwed  —  from the cracks-in-the-crystal-ball dept  —  It's no secret that Sirius XM's business has been hurting.  Its recent brush with bankruptcy merely highlighted the huge obstacles the company faced from the beginning: massive capital outlay …
Palm WebOS:
Palm WebOS: Subscription Accounting  —  In my infinite quest to find every bit of Palm WebOS and Palm Pre news on the planet, I came across a Palm document marked “confidential” that illustrates to investors how the company will handle accounting for Palm Pre and other WebOS related revenue.
Discussion: Engadget and jkOnTheRun
 
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Reuters:
Loss-making Sony freezes wages; others may follow
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitterville Falls For Premium Accounts Hoax
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