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10:45 PM ET, March 20, 2009

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Douglas Bowman / Stopdesign:
Goodbye Google  —  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.  We introduced Visual Design as a discipline to Google.  And we produced amazing work together.
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Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Google's Data Fetish Drives Away Its Top Designer  —  As we reported last week, Doug Bowman, Google's top designer, has confirmed that he's leaving (we hear to Twitter).  Bowman's reasons for quitting are fascinating — and they show why Google's losing its cool.
Discussion: Industry Standard
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.
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple's 2009 iPhone to support faster 3G networks - report
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Electronista:
Next iPhone to carry faster 3G?
Discussion: I4U News
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Source: Apple's next-gen iPhone has video camera  —  Apple this year will finally introduce video recording capabilities on at least one of its upcoming iPhone models, AppleInsider has been told.  —  An iPhone with a video cam  —  Details are few and far between, but the information comes …
Heather Dougherty / Hitwise Intelligence:
Craigslist Top Search Term Last Week  —  For the first time in three years, searches for ‘craigslist’ surpassed ‘myspace,’ highlighting the increasing popularity of online classifieds during the economic downturn.U.S. searches on the term “craigslist” have increased 105 percent for the week ending March 14 …
PC World:
Firefox May Already Be Dead  —  This is an exciting time for Web browsers.  Google Chrome is now available in alpha for Linux, and I downloaded it for Ubuntu.  Despite the fact that I was running it on my rather underpowered Dell Mini 9, it started in the blink of an eye.
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.
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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Rebecca Buckman / Forbes:
Shake-Up At Sequoia  —  The VC firm has lost some key managers, raising questions about its expansion plans.  —  BURLINGAME, Calif.—Venture-capital star Sequoia Capital, the backer of companies like Google and Cisco, last year laid the groundwork for a big expansion.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Apple, AT&T sued for slow 3G speeds  —  Apple and AT&T are being sued again for over-promising and under-delivering on their claims of fast Internet access of the iPhone 3G.  —  Filed in the United States District Court, District of New Jersey, Damone Dickerson claims that Apple misrepresented the speed …
Electronista:
Internet Explorer 8 launch fails to dent Firefox  —  The release of Internet Explorer 8 hasn't had any significant impact on Firefox or any other competing browser, data collected by StatsCounter shows.  While the final release of IE8 increased its market share slightly on launch day to 1.39 percent …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Ventures Almost Ready To Launch, But It Is A Bad Idea  —  Yes, the rumors are true.  Google's Rich Miner is moving from the Android team to a new venture arm called Google Ventures.  Miner recently appeared at a conference identified with a Google Ventures name tag …
Discussion: Reuters and VentureBeat, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Welcome To The Team, Sarah Lacy  —  I'd like to welcome Sarah Lacy to Team TechCrunch as a permanent addition to our editorial and writing team.  Lacy, who was kind enough to write part time for us in February during my vacation, will continue to write Valley Girl, a biweekly column for BusinessWeek.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, SarahLacy.com and Jobwire, Thanks:atul
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Report: IBM combs through Sun contracts  —  IBM is reportedly wading through Sun Microsystems' contracts and documents for potential conflicts or problems, as it works its way through the due diligence process toward a merger, according to a report Friday in The Wall Street Journal.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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Reuters:
IBM, Sun talks seen continuing to next week: sources
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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 …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Kaminsky: MS security assessment tool is a ‘game changer’  —  Crash, bang, analyze  —  Free whitepaper - Lower security risks and costs by minimizing the time to protection  —  CanSecWest Microsoft on Friday released an open-source program designed to streamline the labor-intensive process …
Discussion: Microsoft Corporation and eWeek
Ryan Lawler / Contentinople:
Boxee CEO: Consumers Will Get a la Carte Online  —  NEW YORK — Media Summit — Boxee CEO Avner Ronen says the shift of content moving online will allow consumers to pick and choose what they want to watch, which could disrupt the business models of numerous cable programmers.
Discussion: blog maverick
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
CBS March Madness Streaming Up 65% From Last Year  —  Nice growth for CBS's March Madness On Demand streaming service on the first day of the tournament.  — The gorgeous video player attracted 2.7 million unique visitors, up 56% year-over-year.  (Though growth slowed from 122% y/y last year.)
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Is ABC's Jake Tapper blocking journalists who criticize his Twitter updates?  (UPDATED)  —  ABC News's Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper is a big fan of transparency.  He has criticized the Obama administration for not allowing press during certain public appearances …
Discussion: Gawker and Talking Points Memo
Jay Meattle / Compete Blog:
Guest Post: Can Digg Keep Up With Facebook's Growth?  So Far It Surprisingly Has  —  We welcome back Jay Meattle, a Compete.com original member, from HEPGURU for this guest post.  —  Below is a Digg and Facebook's monthly Unique Visitor chart going all the way back to the month they were launched.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Ballmer Says Microsoft Able to Experiment in Search Market, Unlike Google  —  Being the underdog in the Internet- search market has one advantage for Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer: He says his company can experiment, while rival Google Inc. plays it safe.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Niagara 9630 hands on  —  One of our ninjas was nice enough to drop by the BGR offices with a gift.  And ooooh baby, it's a nice gift!  We're not going to beat around the bush — we'll put this little bugger exactly where it belongs — a review will be coming.
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.
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Next Office version to ship in 32-bit and 64-bit versions  —  You learn the most interesting things when you poke around in some of the arcane files that are included with Windows 7 beta releases.  In the most recent build of Windows 7 that I've been able to examine, I've confirmed …
 
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Quietube makes YouTube watching distraction-free
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
Semantic search engine Evri cuts staff by 25 percent
Discussion: TechFlash and Xconomy
Marisa Taylor / Digits:
Hackers Target Basketball Fans With March Madness Malware
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
As Clouds Reach the Enterprise, Opportunities Are Clear
Discussion: Business Week
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Romanian Pentagon Hacker Arrested
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BBC given 27% increase in web budget
Discussion: paidContent and NewTeeVee
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Opera Software's U.S. Push
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Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
Google: Beware the eBay Curse
BBC:
Google pulls some street images
Discussion: broadstuff and Electricpig.co.uk
John Leyden / The Register:
Indian call centre credit card ‘scam’ exposed
Discussion: InfoWorld, BBC and Payments News