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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 …
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.
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.
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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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 …
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld Blogs:
TomTom gets allies in Microsoft Linux patent lawsuit fight  —  When Microsoft first sued TomTom for patent violations in TomTom's Linux-powered navigation devices, I wasn't sure how much of a fight TomTom would put up.  Legally TomTom was between a rock and a hard place.
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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: NewTeeVee
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
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 …
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.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Al Gore Opens His CTIA Keynote to the Press After All  —  Last week, PCMag.com's Sascha Segan pointed out something unusual about former Vice President Al Gore's keynote speech at next week's CTIA Wireless phone trade show in Las Vegas: It wasn't going to be open to the press, apparently at the request of Gore or his staff.
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:marieadomingo
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 …
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
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.
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 and CloudAve
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 …
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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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: Obsessable and InformationWeek
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
SpiralFrog owes $34 million.  Investors get nothing?  —  Attorneys representing defunct music service SpiralFrog have notified investors not to expect any returns.  Whatever money comes from liquidating assets will go to a group that loaned the company an “amount exceeding $34 million.”
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 …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
HP offers free security tool for Flash developers  —  HP is set to announce on Monday a free tool that developers can use to check for holes in the Flash applications they write, which can lead to data leaks and other security problems on Web sites.  —  HP SWFScan decompiles Flash applications …
Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson announces management change in North America  —  London, UK - Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications ("Sony Ericsson") today announced that Najmi Jarwala, President of Sony Ericsson USA and Head of Region North America (comprising the US and Canada markets), has chosen to leave …
Pui-wing Tam / Digits:
Not a Down Market for Secondary Venture Capital Funds  —  Many venture-capital firms are falling short of fundraising targets for their new funds.  But Industry Ventures, which focuses on secondary venture-capital investments, plans to announce Monday that it has raised a $265 million new fund, above its target of $200 million.
Discussion: VentureBeat
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunchIT:
Ustream Launches Mobile Version of Watershed, Streaming Service For Enterprises
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
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Chris Keall / National Business Review:
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Iain Thomson / PC Authority:
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Mary Hayes Weier / InformationWeek:
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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 and Eclipse News
Felix Salmon / Portfolio:
The NYT's Blogophobia  —  What's with the sudden blogophobia at the NYT?
Discussion: The Noisy Channel
Petula Dvorak / Washington Post:
D.C. Homeless People Use Cellphones, Blogs and E-Mail to Stay on Top of Things
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
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