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7:00 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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Arn / MacRumors:
Next Generation iPhone: 7.2Mbit, Video Camera, More?  —  Last week some more details about the next iPhone revision continued leaking out.  —  First, there were spottings of new Apple device IDs found embedded within the iPhone 3.0 firmware.  Silicon Alley Insider then claimed that the next iPhone …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Looky Here!  Actual Revenue for Twitter, Courtesy of Microsoft.  —  Finally.  Here comes Twitter's first real foray into advertising, courtesy of Microsoft's marketing budget.  —  And don't worry, Twitter users: You won't be getting come-ons for Vista in your Twitterstream.  Not yet, at least.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Mashable! and Neowin.net
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BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Check Out ExecTweets  —  Last year we created an interesting site for the US Presidential election.  It looked a lot like Twitter but it was focused around the candidates, the debates, and the political topics being discussed.  Lots of really great API projects have created similar experiences …
Discussion: Gawker and Jon Burg's Future Visions, Thanks:atul
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.
Telegraph:
Jennifer Aniston ended relationship with John Mayer because of his Twitter ‘obsession’  —  Jennifer Aniston has reportedly ended her relationship with musician boyfriend John Mayer because he is obsessed with Twitter, it has been alleged.  —  People claiming to be friends of the actress …
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.
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: The Register and Ajaxian
Byron Acohido / Technology Live:
Microsoft: Internet Explorer is faster than Firefox  —  Microsoft never took its Internet Explorer web browser for granted — even in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when IE commanded a 95% market share and its features didn't advance much.  So says Mike Nash, corporate vice president of Windows product management.
Discussion: USA Today
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Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:   IE8 Users Downgrade To Explorer 7
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 …
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Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Court Allows Dentist To Sue Writer Of Bad Yelp Review  —  A California court has ruled that dentist Yvonne Wong can continue to pursue a lawsuit against a husband and wife who allegedly panned her on the review site Yelp.  —  Judge William Elfving of the Santa Clara County Superior Court found …
Discussion: Pulse2
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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
From Google to Gone: EMI Boots Digital Boss Douglas Merrill  —  Douglas Merrill, the Google vet tapped by struggling record label EMI to run its digital operations a year ago, is out.  He doesn't have a formal replacement, but the company's top digital exec will now be Cory Ondrejka, whom Merrill brought in as his number two.
Discussion: CNET News and Music Ally
Om Malik / GigaOM:
AOL, Yahoo Will Add Life Streams to Their Popular Web Services  —  The growing popularity of Twitter and Facebook's news feed functionality has made everyone embrace life streaming — essentially a way for us to broadcast our daily digital lives via photos, videos, postings and status updates — as a way to consume information.
Thanks:atul
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Fox Breathes New Life Into Redlasso  —  Redlasso, the troubled video startup that was effectively sued into oblivion last year by major networks including NBC, Fox, and CBS, is back from the dead.  The site has just closed a deal with Fox, allowing it to offer embeddable video content to bloggers for the first time since last July.
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.
Brad Feld / Entrepreneur.com:
A VC's Biggest Flaw: Arrogance  —  Their weaknesses may vary , but there's typically a common characteristic not-great venture capitalists share: arrogance.  —  Print Get the Mag Weekly Updates  —  Early in my entrepreneurial career, I didn't really know what to make of venture capitalists.
Discussion: VCMike's Blog, Thanks:atul
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Intel Seeks OK To Reprice Worthless Employee Options  —  Intel (INTC) is asking its shareholders to approve a program that would allow its employees to exchange their out-of-the-money employee stock options for new options with lower strike prices.  In a proxy filing with the SEC this morning …
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.
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
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Food Delivery Service GrubHub Secures $2 Million In Series B Funding  —  Food delivery search engine GrubHub.com has secured $2 million in Series B funding led by led by Origin Ventures and Leo Capital, with earlier investor Amicus Capital participating as well.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Buzz grows over Amazon's plans to stream HD TV shows  —  Amazon.com has been ramping up development of its streaming video business lately.  Now speculation is growing that the company is about to roll out high-definition TV shows, with prices designed to compete with Apple's iTunes store.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Former MSN Exec Named RNC New Media Director  —  Todd Herman, former Microsoft and MSNBC.com employee and streaming media expert, has been named the Director of New Media for the Republican National Committee.  Herman founded and ran SpinSpotter, a startup that provides tools to detect spin in news stories.
Discussion: GOP.com and Jobwire
Harry McCracken / PC World:
The Connected TV: Web Video Comes to the Living Room  —  As the quality of Web video improves, more people want to watch it on the big TV in the living room.  We discuss the devices that stream video from Internet sources, the video that's available to watch, and the network you'll need to make it all work.
Discussion: ITworld.com
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 …
Simon Alford / Times of London:
UK Google boss escapes cameras  —  THE £2m home of the UK head of Google, the internet search engine, is not visible in the company's new Street View service.  —  The web function allows users to view photographs of thousands of UK streets and houses, with the option to swivel 360 degrees and zoom in on homes.
Finjan Secure Web Gateway …:
Finjan's Research Reveals Cybercrime Path to Millions  —  In its latest Cybercrime Intelligence Report, Finjan shows how rogueware affiliate networks use SEO techniques to distribute their rogue Anti-Virus Software for profit  —  Finjan Inc., a leader in secure web gateway products …
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.
 
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Zimbra Founder and Ex-Yahoo Exec Dharmaraj to Redpoint Ventures
Discussion: VentureBeat and 901am, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Sequoia's Heritage Project: Not Dead Yet?
Kevin Farnham / ProgrammableWeb:
Microsoft Releases Machine Translation API
Discussion: Softpedia News
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Al Gore Opens His CTIA Keynote to the Press After All
John Kell / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Names New Marketing Chief
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Oracle to acquire Relsys
Elizabeth Holmes / Digits:
Business Week Jumps on Twitter Bandwagon
Discussion: paidContent.org, Thanks:atul
Iain Thomson / PC Authority:
Top 10 IT locations  —  From Silicon Valley to Station X during …
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft readies its Web platform 2.0
Discussion: Industry Standard and CloudAve
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Rivals Say I.B.M. Stifles Competition to Mainframes
Discussion: Real Dan Lyons Web Site and Bits
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype Now Means Business, Friends the SIP World