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8:00 PM ET, March 19, 2009

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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.
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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.
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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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Adds HD Movie Rentals, Downloads To iTunes  —  Apple (AAPL) has added hi-def movie purchases and rentals to its iTunes store.  Previously, it only offered HD movies via its Apple TV set-top box, or HD TV shows via its iTunes store.  It's been popular: Apple says more than 50% …
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 …
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
Discussion: eWeek and Technologizer
Lawrence Aragon / PE Hub Blog:
Since When Is 3x a Good VC Return?
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 …
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.
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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Economist:
The end of the free lunch—again  —  The demise of a popular but unsustainable business model now seems inevitable  —  “IN RECENT years, consumers have become used to feasting on online freebies of all sorts: news, share quotes, music, e-mail and even speedy internet access.
Thanks:atul
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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.
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: Bits, ZDNet Government and Wikinomics
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.
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
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
TomTom fires back at Microsoft with lawsuit over Streets & Trips  —  Portable navigation company TomTom, recently sued by Microsoft for patent infringement, has countered with its own lawsuit alleging that Microsoft's Streets & Trips product infringes on TomTom's patents.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Bloomberg, Thanks:johnhcook
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: ReadWriteWeb, SitePoint and TechCrunch
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.
Discussion: Nielsen Wire and ReadWriteWeb
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
The VC Walking Dead  —  A few years back, I created a Word document called “The Walking Dead.”  These were venture capital firms that were officially in business — lights on, working websites, cash to support existing investments — but which no longer had enough cash to add new portfolio companies.
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)
Discussion: Internet Evolution, Thanks:jasoncalacanis
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 …
Kevin Maney / Portfolio:
His Space  —  MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe talks about why he thinks he has a better business than Facebook and what it's like to work for Rupert Murdoch. … MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe got a hero's welcome when he showed up at his alma mater, the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business.
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 …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
An Icon That Says They're Watching You  —  I have an open question for the people who complain about the potential of advertising networks to track your behavior on the Internet: What is a better way?  —  Some might say that all behavioral targeting should simply be banned.
Discussion: ClickZ, Thanks:atul
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Coming Soon To A Windows Live Profile Near You: Facebook Updates  —  Windows Live Profile, the service that essentially turns Windows Live into a non-isolated social network centered around your Windows Live ID, currently pulls in a good deal of updates from third-party services Flickr, Pandora, Twitter, Yelp, and a couple more.
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 …
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR and Epicenter
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Two Current TV Journalists Detained in N. Korea  —  Two US journalists from the groundbreaking mixed media company Current TV have been detained by authorities in North Korea, the NYTimes reported this morning.  Current was co-founded by Al Gore and has innovated extensively in both its technology and business model.
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Feds: Hacker Disabled Offshore Oil Platforms' Leak-Detection System  —  A Los Angeles federal grand jury indicted a disgruntled tech employee Tuesday on allegations of temporarily disabling a computer system detecting pipeline leaks for three oil derricks off the Southern California coast.
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
RentBits Launches At-A-Glance View Of Housing Rental Market
John Leyden / The Register:
Intel chip flaw gets double exposure
Bob Pittman / Fortune:
What will stimulate spending? Advertising!
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Technology Rumor of the Day: RIM
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel elects board members, Bartz resigns
Discussion: SiliconBeat and Intel
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Buzznet gets $12.5 million round, changes name
 Earlier Items: 
David Hornik / VentureBlog:
August Capital V: We Are Long on Human Innovation
Discussion: TechCrunch and PE Hub Blog, Thanks:atul
Douglas Quenqua / ClickZ:
Google TV Unveils Two New Reporting Functions
Discussion: Search Engine Watch
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Preparing to Use OLED Displays for iPhone and Computers?
Discussion: Smarthouse, SlashGear and iPhone Buzz
Venture Capital Dispatch:
A Platform Pickle For Mobile App Developers
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and mocoNews
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Rackable CloudRack Turns Up The Heat
Discussion: TechFlash, GigaOM and The Toybox
Peter Suber / Open Access News:
MIT adopts a university-wide OA mandate