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3:15 PM ET, March 20, 2009

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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Chrome only browser left standing after day one of Pwn2Own  —  During a contest at the CanSecWest event, security researchers competed to exploit vulnerabilities in web browsers.  Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer were all successfully compromised, but Chrome was able to withstand the first day of the competition.
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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 …
Douglas Bowman / Stopdesign:
Goodbye Google  — home  —  Stopdesign is the creative outlet of Douglas Bowman. read more  —  Today is my last day at Google.  —  I started working in-house at Google almost three years ago.  I built a team from scratch.  I was fortunate to hire a team of a very talented designers.
Discussion: CNET News, Search Engine Land, Gawker and kottke.org, Thanks:atul
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Next-Gen iPhone Rumor: Faster Internet Speeds  —  Most of the rumors we've seen about Apple's (AAPL) next-generation iPhone are around increased processing and graphics power.  But will the next iPhone also come with faster Internet access?  —  That's some scuttlebutt we've heard from a plugged-in source in the mobile industry.
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 …
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Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson sees continued weak sales for first quarter 2009
Discussion: I4U News, mocoNews and Engadget Mobile
David Stewart / YouTube Blog:
Watching Video on Windows Mobile and Nokia S60 Phones  —  Our goal is to provide you with a great YouTube experience wherever you want to watch videos — whether it's on your computer, on your television, or on your mobile phone.  While YouTube has been available for many mobile phones for over a year …
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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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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.
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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 …
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Apple proves: It pays to be late  —  ...And ignore the mobile networks  —  Free whitepaper - Management strategy for network-critical physical infrastructure  —  This week Apple threw the kitchen sink at its iPhone/Touch software stack (details outlined here), removing most of the most irritating nuisances at a stroke.
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
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.
Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
Google: Beware the eBay Curse  —  Here are five things the Web search giant should do to avoid the fate that befell eBay after the last recession  —  There's a reason why cocky Silicon Valley startups fancy themselves the “The Next Google.”  The search giant embodies Silicon Valley at its best …
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?
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
A search is launched for Conficker's first victim  —  IDG News Service) Where did the Conficker worm come from?  Researchers at the University of Michigan are trying to find out, using a vast network of Internet sensors to track down the so-called “patient zero” of an outbreak that has infected more than 10 million computers to date.
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John Markoff / Bits:
The Conficker Worm: April Fool's Joke or Unthinkable Disaster?
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BBC given 27% increase in web budget  —  The BBC Trust has sanctioned a 27% increase in the corporation's online budget, to more than £145m per year, over the next three years.  It has also approved director general Mark Thompson's extra £400m savings package which includes pay freezes …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and paidContent
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...
Softpedia News:
Romanian Pentagon Hacker Arrested  —  After three years of searching  —  A 23-year-old man suspected of having hacked into Department of Defense systems during 2006 has been arrested in Iai, Romania, by the local police and the Direction for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (D.I.I.C.O.T.).
Discussion: The Register
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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Patrick Smith / paidContent:
Bebo Looks To Ad Market For Online Video Investment
Discussion: paidContent.org
Macworld:
Apple, AT&T sued for slow 3G speeds
Discussion: TechSpot and Engadget Mobile
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Opera Software's U.S. Push
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Ballmer Says Microsoft Able to Experiment in Search Market, Unlike Google
BBC:
Online game gets banking licence
Discussion: Kotaku
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Intel CPU-level exploit could be tempest in a teapot
Discussion: eWeek
 Earlier Items: 
John Leyden / The Register:
Indian call centre credit card ‘scam’ exposed
Discussion: BBC and Payments News
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
MySpace introduces FotoFlexer's editing tools
Discussion: AppScout and TechCrunch
Stephen Baker / Business Week:
Can Wall Street's Numerati land in tech?
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Path 101: Matching you to a new career by way of data
Ed White / Associated Press:
Michigan iPod repairman charged with fraud
Discussion: CrunchGear and The Toybox
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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Chris Thompson / Defector:
Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

Sara Fischer / Axios:
NPR affiliate WAMU is shutting down local news site Dcist and laying off 15 employees to focus on audio and plans to add 10 new positions

Brian Steinberg / Variety:
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