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7:50 AM ET, March 20, 2009

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Michael Leggett / Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Undo Send  —  Sometimes I regret sending a message the morning after.  Other times I send a message and then immediately notice a mistake.  I forget to attach a file or email the birthday girl that I can't make her surprise party.  I can rush to close my browser or unplug the Internet …
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Zoli Erdos / Zoli's Blog:
Gmail's Undo Send Isn't Really Undo, Just Like Multiple Inboxes Were Not Really Multiple Inboxes  —  First of all, I love Gmail, it's my one-and-only email system.  And I'm certainly glad to see the ever accelerating rate of enhancements, whether “official” or just the Labs variety.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Flip Video: Wrong, Wrong, Wrong And Then So, So Right.  —  Pure Digital Technologies, the creator of the Flip Video line of digital video recorders, got their payday today: $590 million in Cisco stock, a deal we first reported may be happening a couple of weeks ago.
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Ben Worthen / Digits:
Next Opponent for Cisco: Apple?  —  Cisco Systems has shown it isn't afraid to compete with heavyweights like Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard.  Its $590 million acquisition Thursday of Pure Digital Technologies, which makes the popular Flip camcorder, is the latest sign that Cisco …
Thanks:atul
Lawrence Aragon / PE Hub Blog:
Since When Is 3x a Good VC Return?  —  Maybe the VC model is broken after all.  —  The VCs who backed hot digital video recorder maker Flip Digital have agreed to sell the company to Cisco Systems for $590 million in stock.  At first, it sounds like a pretty good deal …
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:   Microsoft Courts Students at MIX
Apple:
Movie Fans Can Buy & Rent Films in High Definition on the iTunes Store  —  Box Office Favorites Including “Quantum of Solace” & “Twilight” Available in Stunning HD  —  Apple® today announced that iTunes® customers can purchase and rent box office favorites including “Quantum of Solace” …
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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.
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Half a percent of Facebook users hate the new redesign …
Discussion: All Facebook and ParisLemon, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
IE 8 Web Slices: Great Idea!  Mediocre Execution!  —  Now that Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 has officially launched, I wanted to take a look at the final incarnation of what may be the browser's most strikingly new feature: Web Slices, which let you add buttons to your Favorites bar …
Discussion: The Register, PC World and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:marieadomingo
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   With IE8, Microsoft Ignores One Third Of The Market
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Requiem for a frog: SpiralFrog shuts down  —  SpiralFrog, the pioneering ad-supported music service, quietly closed down on Thursday.  —  A source close to the company told CNET News that SpiralFrog has ceased operations and assets have been surrendered to the company's senior secured note holders.
Chris Remo / Gamasutra:
Microsoft's Greenberg: ‘PS3 Business’ Is ‘Hemorrhaging At Retail’  —  stumble it!  —  Following the release of NPD sales figures, Microsoft trumpeted its significant 53 percent year-over-year Xbox 360 sales boost — and slammed primary competitor Sony.  —  Speaking to Gamasutra …
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Nielsen: Twitter's growing really, really, really, really fast  —  A small new survey from Nielsen about the five fastest growing “member community destinations” in the U.S. reveals what we all kind of knew already: Twitter is at the top.  From February 2008 to February 2009, it clocked in at a whopping 1,382 percent growth rate.
Alexei Oreskovic / MediaFile:
Android co-founder in Google Ventures?  —  Is Android co-founder Rich Miner Google's new in-house venture capitalist?  To judge by one intriguing clue, it appears so.  Miner's name was recently spotted on a nametag at a Silicon Valley event for start-up firms to present their ideas and pitch VCs for funding.
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Why Twitter's ‘Suggested Users’ is the Next Superbowl Ad (or “Calacanis offers $500k for three years")  —  Title: Why Twitter's ‘Suggested Users’ is the Next Superbowl Ad (or  —  “Calacanis offers $500k for three years")  —  Subscribers: Does it really matter?  It's just a number (13,159)
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Andrew Keen / Internet Evolution:
Twitter as Flashpoint for the Attention Economy
Discussion: The Great Seduction
John R. Delaney / Computer Shopper:
Asus W90Vp-X1  —  Every so often a notebook comes along that is so impressive that it raises the bar for all comers.  The Asus W90Vp-X1, available exclusively at Newegg.com, is that notebook.  Not only does this desktop replacement set new 3D-graphics and productivity-speed records …
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.
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Palm, Inc.:
Palm Reports Q3 FY09 Results
Discussion: SlashGear and PreCentral.net
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Flaw makes Twitter vulnerable to serious viral attack  —  Son of Samy?  —  Micro-blogging site Twitter suffers from a potentially devastating vulnerability that forces logged-in users to post messages of an attacker's choice simply by clicking on a link.  —  The XSS, or cross-site scripting …
Discussion: Computerworld
John Markoff / Bits:
The Conficker Worm: April Fool's Joke or Unthinkable Disaster?  —  The Conficker worm is scheduled to activate on April 1, and the unanswered question is: Will it prove to be the world's biggest April Fool's joke or is it the Information Age equivalent of Herman Kahn's legendary 1962 treatise …
Grant Gross / Computerworld:
Expert: Hackers penetrating industrial control systems  —  IDG News Service) The networks powering industrial control systems have been breached more than 125 times in the past decade, with one resulting in U.S. deaths, a control systems expert said Thursday.
Discussion: CNET News
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Questions for Pwn2Own hacker Charlie Miller  —  VANCOUVER, BC — At the CanSecWest security conference here, I got a chance to sit down with Charlie Miller, the researcher who broke into a fully patched MacBook machine using a Safari code execution vulnerability.
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Y Combinator Demo Day Features Cool Companies and Some Hot Air  —  This afternoon, I attended “demo day” at Y Combinator, a four-year-old company that provides seed financing, guidance and killer contacts to entrepreneurs whose startups it doesn't merely support but also helps create.
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.
 
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Ed White / Associated Press:
Michigan iPod repairman charged with fraud
Steve Hargreaves / CNNMoney.com:
Recovery.gov's citizen accounting effort
Georg Szalai / Mediaweek:
YouTube Exec: Google ‘Not Good at Content’
Discussion: paidContent.org and NewTeeVee
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
TheStreet.com Cuts 18 Staffers; Layoffs Part Of $2.4M Cost-Cutting Plan
Venture Capital Dispatch:
525,600 Minutes ... And Just One IPO  —  It's hard to believe …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Two Current TV Journalists Detained in N. Korea
 Earlier Items: 
Economist:
The end of the free lunch—again
Thanks:atul
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Evidence of new iPhones, new iPod Touch?