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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.
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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
With IE8, Microsoft Ignores One Third Of The Market  —  With today's release of Internet Explorer 8, everyone who use Microsoft's browser will be getting some much-needed improvements: color-coded related tabs, “Accelerator” add-ons, search and site suggestions, toolbar favorites …
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
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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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.
John Leyden / The Register:
Intel chip flaw gets double exposure  —  Security researchers converge on cache vuln.  —  Free whitepaper - Trend Micro enterprise security  —  Security researchers are due to publish research on how an Intel chip flaw might be used for potentially malign purposes on Thursday.
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Joanna / The Invisible Things Lab's blog:
Attacking SMM Memory via Intel® CPU Cache Poisoning
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Palm CEO: WebOS bigger than just the Pre base  —  Updated: Amid weak fiscal third quarter results, Palm CEO Edward Colligan said that the company is well positioned to launch the Pre and promised a roadmap of smartphones and an application ecosystem built on the company's new WebOS.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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Palm WebOS:
Palm WebOS: Subscription Accounting
Discussion: Engadget and jkOnTheRun
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, Gawker and All Facebook
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 …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Social RSS reader Streamy now open to everyone  —  Streamy, the personalized home page meets social feed reader, is now open to everyone.  We originally profiled the company back in mid-2007.  Since then it's been rebuilt and is noticeably faster.  It's also streamlined the blog reading experience, which is the core of the service.
Discussion: TechCrunch and ReadWriteWeb
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 …
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” …
Thanks:atul
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Survey Finds Consumers Chop Cell Phone Use To Cut Costs  —  Consumers have begun reducing their cell phone use to save money in the face of the sharp economic downturn, according to a new survey.  —  Conducted by Opinion Research Corp. for the New Millenium Research Council …
Discussion: Computerworld
Roy Mark / eWeek:
Silicon Valley Lawmaker Seeks Wireless Tax Ban  —  Rep. Zoe Lofgren is seeking a five-year moratorium on any new state or local discriminatory wireless taxes or fees.  In the last four years, the effective rate of taxation on wireless services increased four times faster than the rate for other taxable goods and services.
Discussion: Electronista
DigiTimes:
Intel to drop some desktop PC CPU prices 10-20%, launch new models  —  Intel plans to launch new desktop PC processors while reducing some models' prices in April, May and July this year.  Average price reductions will be around 10-20%, according to sources at motherboard makers.
Economist:
Six years in the Valley  —  Our correspondent in Silicon Valley looks back before moving on to a new beat  —  IN 2003, when your correspondent arrived in Silicon Valley, a common response to “How is the Valley?” was “In a nuclear winter.”  The dotcom bust had incinerated an entire generation of start-ups.
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 …
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: The Toybox and GigaOM
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 …
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
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
March Madness!  YouTube Gets Live Video Via Silverlight  —  So live video has finally, finally come to YouTube this morning.  CBS has embedded its Silverlight March Madness bracket and live game coverage directly onto a YouTube channel.  Go to http://www.youtube.com/marchmadness to check it out.
Discussion: GigaOM, Zatz Not Funny! and GeekTonic, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel elects board members, Bartz resigns
Discussion: SiliconBeat and Intel
David Hornik / VentureBlog:
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
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Discussion: mocoNews
Simon Axten / Facebook Blog:
An Update on Facebook Governance
Discussion: ITworld.com and AppScout
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Topspin Shows That Premium Offerings Get Sales: People Will Pay …
Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
Sirius Founder Says The Company Is Screwed
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitterville Falls For Premium Accounts Hoax
Discussion: Between the Lines, BBspot and TG Daily
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Analysis: Apple's iPhone Shows How Upgrades Should Be Done