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2:55 PM ET, March 23, 2009

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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T: New iPhone will be hot, son  —  We can't tell you where or who, but pretty high up in AT&T's food chain, the following was reported to be said: … For clarification, the above is 100% confirmed.  —  Thanks, Stephanie!
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype Now Means Business, Friends the SIP World  —  Updated: Skype, a division of beleaguered eBay, is going corporate.  The company today announced that it will play nice with corporate PBX systems that use Session Initiation Protocol (SIP).  According to The Wall Street Journal …
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Chaim / About Skype:
Skype opens up to corporate SIP communications  —  New beta program brings Skype voice calling to SIP-based PBX systems  —  LUXEMBOURG, March 23, 2009 — Skype today announced the beta version of Skype For SIP for Business users.  SIP, short for Session Initiation Protocol …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Hulu Gains 10 Million Viewers In February, Now No. 4 Video Site In U.S.  —  Hulu jumped two spots to become the fourth largest video site in the U.S. in February, according to the latest data from comScore VideoMetrix.  Hulu drew an audience of 34.7 million people who watched 332.5 million video streams.
Discussion: Fast Company, NewTeeVee and tinyComb
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple discontinues iPhone Bluetooth Headset [u]  —  Apple this weekend appears to have discontinued its iPhone Bluetooth Headset, a possible sign that the company could be planning to introduce an updated model alongside new iPhones a bit later this year or cede the market segment to third parties.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
The business model begins: Twitter to promote FM and Microsoft-backed ExecTweets  —  If you've used Twitter's website in the past couple of weeks, you've probably noticed a small rectangle promoting its widgets and Twitter Search.  It's no accident that it looks like an ad unit, because it actually is an ad unit.
Discussion: Mashable! and Twitter Blog
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
iPhone game developer Ngmoco raises second round of funding  —  The iPhone game publisher Ngmoco is announcing today that it has raised $10 million in a second round of funding — in its ninth month as a company.  —  The funding — led by Norwest Venture Partners and put together in a matter of weeks …
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Rivals Say I.B.M. Stifles Competition to Mainframes  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — I.B.M. has dominated the mainframe computer business since the category was created four decades ago.  And it still gets about one-quarter of its $100 billion in annual revenue from sales, software, services and financing related to the machines.
Discussion: Bits, CrunchGear and deal architect
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Dan Lyons / Real Dan Lyons Web Site:   Recommended reading  —  A brutal, ruthless monopolist resorts …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Online Backup Company Carbonite Loses Customers' Data, Blames And Sues Suppliers (Updated)  —  The danger of storing your data in the cloud, part n.  VC-backed online backup and storage provider Carbonite has lost data of 7,500+ customers who relied on the company to keep their files safe, The Boston Globe unveiled over the weekend.
Kim Hughes / Market Wire:
Industry Ventures Closes $265 Million Fund V  —  Oversubscribed Secondary Fund Focused on Venture Capital Increases Fund Size  —  Industry Ventures, L.L.C., a leading secondary firm focused on acquiring venture portfolios, limited partnership interests and other private equity investments …
Discussion: paidContent.org and VentureBeat
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Pui-wing Tam / Digits:   Not a Down Market for Secondary Venture Capital Funds
Richard Stallman / The GNU Operating System:
The Javascript Trap  —  You may be running non-free programs on your computer every day without realizing it—through your web browser.  —  In the free software community, the idea that non-free programs mistreat their users is familiar.  Some of us refuse entirely to install proprietary software …
Discussion: Ajaxian and Slashdot
Tim Arango / New York Times:
As Rights Clash on YouTube, Some Music Vanishes  —  In early December, Juliet Weybret, a high school sophomore and aspiring rock star from Lodi, Calif., recorded a video of herself playing the piano and singing “Winter Wonderland,” and she posted it on YouTube.
Discussion: Digits
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Oracle to acquire Relsys  —  Oracle on Monday announced plans to acquire Relsys, which develops drug safety and risk management applications.  —  The acquisition, which is expected to close by June, is designed to bolster Oracle's Health Sciences Global Business Unit, formed last summer.
Discussion: eWeek
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Vuze Integrates with iTunes, Xbox 360 and PS3  —  Over the past year, Vuze has been slowly transitioning to an all-in-one BitTorrent application where users can search, download and play videos from the Vuze network and other torrent sites.  The latest addition to the client takes yet another step forward.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft readies its Web platform 2.0  —  Last fall, Microsoft rolled out version 1 of its installer for its Web-platform stack of software.  At Mix '09 last week, the company refreshed the installer in the form of a new beta for Web Platform Installer 2.0 and a new gallery of third-party Web apps.
Discussion: Industry Standard, CloudAve and eWeek
BBC:
Big websites urged to avoid Phorm  —  Seven of the UK's biggest web firms have been urged to opt out of a controversial ad-serving system.  —  Phorm - aka Webwise - profiles users' browsing habits and serves up adverts based on which sites they visit.  —  In an open letter, the Open Rights Group …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Obama administration sides with RIAA in P2P suit  —  The Obama administration has sided with the recording industry in a copyright lawsuit against an alleged peer-to-peer pirate, a move that echoes arguments previously made by the Bush administration.  —  A legal brief filed Sunday in a case …
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Mag:
Samsung N110  —  Samsung's updated 10-inch netbook continues to beat the competition with an improved touchpad and more than 7 hours of battery life.  —  Price as Reviewed: $469.00  —  Review Contents:  —  The Samsung NC10 rose to the top of our favorite-netbooks list when it first hit …
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Media Giants Want to Top Google Results  —  Argue That Professional Sources Should Be More Recognized Than Blogs  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Major media companies are increasingly lobbying Google to elevate their expensive professional content within the search engine's undifferentiated slush of results.
John Kell / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Names New Marketing Chief  —  Yahoo Inc. named Elisa Steele to its newly created role of chief marketing officer on Monday, as the Internet giant looks to boost its brand.  —  Chief Executive Carol Bartz, who succeeded Jerry Yang in January, made the decision to re-establish the position …
PC World:
Play Xbox Games on Your Cell Phone  — Imagine playing what looks like an Xbox 360 game — on a $100 cell phone.  That, according to Remi Pedersen, graphics product manager at ARM, is exactly what could be possible as soon as winter 2009 with its new higher-end Mali-200 and Mali-400 processors.
Discussion: Electronista and SlashGear
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Bigfoot Networks launches second-generation gaming network card  —  Bigfoot Networks is launching the second-generation of its gaming network card for PCs to deal with the problem of lag.  —  Lag is the problem gamers see when they're getting ready to blast someone in a multiplayer combat game …
Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
Sparkle: The iPhone Gets Its First Virtual World (And It's Completely 3D)  —  The number of apps for the iPhone/iPod Touch is nearing the 30,000 mark but hardly any application takes advantage of the network effects that lie within the Apple ecosystem.  Most developers simply ignore the fact …
Kevin Farnham / ProgrammableWeb:
Microsoft Releases Machine Translation API  —  If you've ever wanted to programmatically translate text from one language to another directly from code, there's a new web service from Microsoft Research you might want to try.  It's the recently announced new Microsoft Translator AJAX API and web widget.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Elizabeth Holmes / Digits:
Business Week Jumps on Twitter Bandwagon  —  Business Week is syncing the comments on its social-networking site to Twitter, making it among the first major media companies to harness the popularity of the microblogging service.  —  Business Exchange is the community site Business Week launched …
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Byron Acohido / Technology Live:
Microsoft: Internet Explorer is faster than Firefox
Discussion: USA Today
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Al Gore Opens His CTIA Keynote to the Press After All
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:marieadomingo
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
HP offers free security tool for Flash developers
Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson announces management change in North America
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld Blogs:
TomTom gets allies in Microsoft Linux patent lawsuit fight
Discussion: Open Source and PRWeb
Leena Rao / TechCrunchIT:
Ustream Launches Mobile Version of Watershed, Streaming Service For Enterprises
Discussion: Mashable!
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Keall / National Business Review:
Section 92A to be scrapped
Discussion: PlagiarismToday, Gearlog and Slashdot
Iain Thomson / PC Authority:
Top 10 IT locations  —  From Silicon Valley to Station X during …
Discussion: Slashdot
Mary Hayes Weier / InformationWeek:
Salesforce.com Offers Twitter Customer-Service App
Austin Modine / The Register:
Eclipse to unwrap Swordfish in early April
Discussion: eWeek and Eclipse News
Felix Salmon / Portfolio:
The NYT's Blogophobia  —  What's with the sudden blogophobia at the NYT?
Discussion: The Noisy Channel
Dan Freedman / BBC:
Users criticise Facebook update
Discussion: Obsessable and InformationWeek