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5:10 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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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 …
Ben Worthen / Digits:
Next Opponent for Cisco: Apple?
Thanks:atul
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
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 — 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
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.
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 …
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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.
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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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.
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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: PreCentral.net
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.
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 …
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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John Markoff / New York Times:
Computer Experts Unite to Hunt Worm
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
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.
Discussion: MacDailyNews
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)
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
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat, TechFlash and broadstuff
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 …
 
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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
Kevin Maney / Portfolio:
His Space  —  MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe talks about why he thinks …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
An Icon That Says They're Watching You  —  I have an open question …
Discussion: ClickZ, Thanks:atul
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
RentBits Launches At-A-Glance View Of Housing Rental Market
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Buzznet gets $12.5 million round, changes name
Garrick Schmitt / AdAge:
Data Visualization Is Reinventing Online Storytelling
Discussion: Digital Design Blog, Thanks:atul