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12:00 PM 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.
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Nokia E71x landing at AT&T locations across the country; pricing revealed  —  What's better than a picture of a sexy black Nokia E71x headed to AT&T this month?  A picture of four sexy black Nokia E71x's headed to AT&T this month, of course.  Since we scooped it like grandma's mashed potatoes …
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
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Is Cisco really going to take on Apple?  Not quite.  —  Cisco's acquisition of Pure Digital, maker of the Flip camcorder, has sparked a lot of discussion about the networking giant's intentions.  One theory is that Cisco is looking to compete with Apple—especially in the digital living room.
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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 …
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Sony Ericsson warning stuns ailing mobile sector  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Sony Ericsson sparked fresh fear of crumbling consumer demand on Friday when the world's No 4 handset maker said it would sell barely half of the phones it sold last quarter.  —  Shares across the wireless sector dropped sharply …
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 …
BBC:
Google pulls some street images  —  Google has removed dozens of photos from its new UK Street View service.  —  The street-mapping facility launched amid a fanfare of publicity but now the firm has been forced to pull some of the images after complaints.  —  It is thought the pictures …
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Intel CPU-level exploit could be tempest in a teapot  —  On Thursday, Invisible Things Labs released details on a new, CPU-level exploit that could be used to execute software on a permission level far below that of any standard operating system.  Is this a major problem for Intel, or an issue of merely academic interest?
Discussion: eWeek
John Leyden / The Register:
Indian call centre credit card ‘scam’ exposed  —  Symantec renewal details end up on black market  —  Free whitepaper - Trend Micro Smart Protection Network - Security made smarter  —  An undercover investigation by the BBC has exposed evidence of the theft of credit card details by workers …
Discussion: BBC and Payments News
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: Gearlog
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
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
MySpace introduces FotoFlexer's editing tools  —  The new image-editing tools on MySpace.  —  (Credit: MySpace)  —  MySpace has brought on board some Web-based image-editing tools from FotoFlexer so that members can fool around with the photos they've uploaded to the site.  —  It's no Photoshop.
Discussion: AppScout and TechCrunch
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Download Torrents Remotely With Pirate Bay's Personal RSS  —  Downloading torrents remotely can come in quite handy when you're at work, in a record store or at a friends place.  With a new feature at the Pirate Bay, you can do this with relative ease.  —  Instead of downloading the torrent directly …
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
Nikon Rumors:
Nikon D400 is here?  —  Stay tuned for more - the screenshot is from Nikon Germany web site - I am still confirming this rumor with my sources and verifying its authenticity (Nikon websites were down yesterday):  —  What we can see is CMOS-Sensor (15,3 MP), 6 frames/sec, ISO from 200 to 6400, Full HD movie mode...
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: CrunchGear and The Toybox
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
MIX09: Windows Mobile 6.5 shows more polish  —  During the opening day of Microsoft's MIX09 conference yesterday, Loke Uei Tan - senior product manager for Windows Mobile gave a presentation titled “Windows Mobile 6.5 overview” where he showed off one of the latest builds of the OS running on a HTC Touch Pro.
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 …
 
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BBC:
Online game gets banking licence
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Stephen Baker / Business Week:
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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
Andrew Keen / Internet Evolution:
Twitter as Flashpoint for the Attention Economy
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Flaw makes Twitter vulnerable to serious viral attack
Discussion: Softpedia News
Georg Szalai / Mediaweek:
YouTube Exec: Google ‘Not Good at Content’
Alexei Oreskovic / MediaFile:
Android co-founder in Google Ventures?
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Grant Gross / Computerworld:
Expert: Hackers penetrating industrial control systems
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