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4:20 PM ET, March 19, 2009

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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.
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
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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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
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
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Poll: 94% Of Users Don't Like Redesign  —  A Facebook application 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.  —  Users can also leave comments with their thoughts.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and All Facebook
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 …
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 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Preparing to Use OLED Displays for iPhone and Computers?  —  In an article making a broad sweep of claims, SmartHouse revives rumors that Apple will be moving its computer and iPhone/iPod touch displays to OLED technology, claiming that a representative of display manufacturer LG has confirmed the news.
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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
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Hands-on: Mozilla Fennec beta offers performance, features  —  Mozilla has announced the availability of the first Fennec beta release.  Ars takes a close look at the new version and puts the handheld web browser to the test on Nokia's N810.  —  Mozilla has announced the first official beta release …
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
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Rackable CloudRack Turns Up The Heat  —  The server trays from the CloudRack C2 have no on-board fans or power supplies.  —  Are you ready for the 100-degree data center?  Rackable Systems has introduced a new version of its CloudRack enclosure that it says can operate in environments …
Discussion: GigaOM and The Toybox
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 …
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
Arn / MacRumors:
‘Upload Video’ Screen Suggests Video Capabilities in Next iPhone  —  Engadget Mobile discovered an interesting screenshot from the iPhone 3.0 beta operating system that is labeled “Upload Video”.  The screen reportedly appears when you try to upload photos to MobileMe.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Wuala ‘merges’ with LaCie to take P2P cloud storage mainstream  —  Wuala, the Zurich-based peer-to-peer-storage startup owned by Caleido AG, has been taken over by LaCie, the French manufacturer of external storage devices in a deal which frankly makes a lot of sense.  One has an application, the other has storage hardware.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Topspin Shows That Premium Offerings Get Sales: People Will Pay For Value Beyond The Music  —  It's really been great over the past year or so to see more and more bands adopting business models that involve tiered “premium” options that add real value for fans — the key to creating a real reason to buy …
 
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
March Madness! YouTube Gets Live Video Via Silverlight
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel elects board members, Bartz resigns
Discussion: SiliconBeat and Intel
David Hornik / VentureBlog:
August Capital V: We Are Long on Human Innovation
Discussion: TechCrunch and PE Hub Blog, Thanks:atul
Reuters:
Loss-making Sony freezes wages; others may follow
Discussion: CNET News, Sony Insider and Engadget
Douglas Quenqua / ClickZ:
Google TV Unveils Two New Reporting Functions
Discussion: Search Engine Watch
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Simon Axten / Facebook Blog:
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Palm WebOS: Subscription Accounting
Discussion: Engadget and jkOnTheRun
Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
Sirius Founder Says The Company Is Screwed
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitterville Falls For Premium Accounts Hoax
Discussion: BBspot, Between the Lines and TG Daily
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Analysis: Apple's iPhone Shows How Upgrades Should Be Done
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