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9:40 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?
Thanks:atul
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:   Microsoft Courts Students at MIX
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.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
SpiralFrog Goes Belly Up  —  Music startups sure don't seem to have it easy these days.  Lawsuit after lawsuit is raining down on some of them, and legal threats, fierce competition but evidently also the economic downturn and the decline in digital advertising spending is forcing some companies to shut down altogether.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:   This Is Just Stupid: Digital HD Downloads Still Cost More Than DVDs
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 …
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Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
A search is launched for Conficker's first victim
Discussion: ZDNet Government
Joe Wilcox / Apple Watch:
Steve Ballmer: Mac Buyers Pay $500 for Apple Logo  —  Steve answered questions early yesterday posed by Business Week editor-in-chief Steven Adler.  Microsoft's CEO was in New York for McGraw-Hill's 2009 Media Summit.  It was there, Steve delivered his latest Mac slap down: … GOT A TIP OR RUMOR?
Discussion: paidContent.org
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Government Employees Banned From Using The Social Networking Tools They're Told To Use  —  Last year, we wrote about how it seemed like a mistake to us that the government in Montenegro had decided to block access to Facebook on government computers.  While many disagreed in the comments …
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 …
Ed White / Associated Press:
Michigan iPod repairman charged with fraud  —  DETROIT—Apple Inc. appears to be the victim of a real shuffle.  —  Prosecutors filed fraud and money laundering charges against an independent iPod repairman who is accused of acquiring more than 9,000 replacement Shuffle music players by entering serial numbers into Apple's Web site.
Discussion: The Toybox
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
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.
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 …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Half a percent of Facebook users hate the new redesign — Facebook should (mostly) ignore them  —  Sometimes when Facebook tries something new, people hate it, and it fails (like the Beacon ads that show you friends activity on other sites).  But sometimes when it tries something new and people hate it …
Discussion: All Facebook and ParisLemon, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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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.
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: Softpedia News
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Browser war centers on once-obscure JavaScript  —  After inconspicuously lurking within Web sites' code for more than a decade, JavaScript has emerged to become a key battleground in a second era of Web browser wars.  —  JavaScript, which lets developers create everything from basic Web site menus …
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
 
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Stephen Baker / Business Week:
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Path 101: Matching you to a new career by way of data
Discussion: Mashable!
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Y Combinator Demo Day Features Cool Companies and Some Hot Air
Georg Szalai / Mediaweek:
YouTube Exec: Google ‘Not Good at Content’
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
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 Earlier Items: 
Venture Capital Dispatch:
525,600 Minutes ... And Just One IPO  —  It's hard to believe …
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
Grant Gross / Computerworld:
Expert: Hackers penetrating industrial control systems
Discussion: CNET News
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Two Current TV Journalists Detained in N. Korea
Discussion: New York Times
Economist:
The end of the free lunch—again
Thanks:atul
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
March Madness! YouTube Gets Live Video Via Silverlight