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9:30 AM ET, March 23, 2009

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype Now Means Business, Friends The SIP World  —  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
Discussion: Voice on the Web
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
The Future of Twitter: Social CRM  —  Twitter has multiple business models to choose from  —  I get asked over and over: “How do you think Twitter will monetize?  What's their business model?”  While it's clear their already experimenting with ‘house’ ads, ads that promote features of their service …
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Salesforce.com lets you answer customer complaints on Twitter  —  Most people on popular microblogging site Twitter (which just turned three) have probably seen customer service-type queries from other users — questions about how to make a product work, or complaints that it's broken.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Online Backup Company Carbonite Loses Customers' Data, Blames And Sues Suppliers  —  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.
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Robert Weisman / Boston Globe:   Data backup firm sues 2 hardware suppliers
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.
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Media Companies Ask Google to Favor Their Content Over Blogs
Discussion: Beyond Search, Open Gardens and Newsome.Org, Thanks:atul
Felix Salmon / Portfolio:
The NYT's Blogophobia  —  What's with the sudden blogophobia at the NYT?  Between Craig Whitney's astonishingly tone-deaf memo on how to write a blog, and the legal department's heavy-handed nastygram trying to shut down Apartment Therapy, it seems that one of the most web-savvy media companies …
Discussion: The Noisy Channel
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Dan Freedman / BBC:
Users criticise Facebook update  —  More than a million people have now voted against changes to the social networking site Facebook.  —  The new look site puts more focus on status updates and has been likened to one of its rivals Twitter.  —  Users have voted overwhelmingly …
Discussion: InformationWeek
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: eWeek
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: deal architect
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 …
Terrence Russell / VentureBeat:
MyPunchbowl revamps birthday reminders  —  Keeping track of birthdays online is a drag.  Sure, every social networking site now has a system for reminders.  But, unless you have the same group of friends on every site, a lot of those reminders end up spread out across the web.
Discussion: CNET News
DigiTimes:
Compal Communications braces for cloudy shipment outlook in 2H09, says paper  —  Taiwan ODM handset maker Compal Communications is bracing for a cloudy shipment outlook in the second half of 2009 as the company will be forced to postpone its shipments of smartphones to Palm from mid-year …
 
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Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
BBC: Botnet purchase experiment was in ‘public interest’
Austin Modine / The Register:
Eclipse to unwrap Swordfish in early April
Discussion: eWeek
Petula Dvorak / Washington Post:
D.C. Homeless People Use Cellphones, Blogs and E-Mail to Stay on Top of Things
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Kiwis Scrap Controversial ‘3 Strikes’ Anti-Piracy Law
Discussion: Stuff.co.nz and iTWire
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Sinking China's Video Pirates
TechCrunch:
Should An iPhone App Developer Charge Or Run Ads?  (Galaxy Impact Case Study)
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
The case for charging to read WSJ.Com
 Earlier Items: 
Rachel Metz / Associated Press:
Social Web sites face transparency questions
Josh / Redeye VC:
Nothing to Lose (or Risk Tolerance is a Competitive Weapon)
Discussion: HorsePigCow
Jesse Stay / Stay N' Alive:
The Potential for Facebook Search Kicks Twitter's Butt
Discussion: OnoTech, AccMan Pro, Scobleizer and All Facebook, Thanks:atul
InfoWorld:
Multicore chips pose next big challenge for industry
Discussion: PC World and Slashdot
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Find Images that Contain a Certain Color
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
I Worked With Vivek Kundra, Don't Blame Him For DC Bribery Scandal
Discussion: Computerworld
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Netflix: We're Not Throttling Streaming, Blame Your ISP
Discussion: NewTeeVee and blog maverick