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5:55 AM ET, March 24, 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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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.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Twitter Starts Serving Ads For Third Party Apps (But They Aren't Charging For Them)  —  Twitter has started to advertise a number of applications using the small box on profile pages that it first introduced earlier this month.  Before today Twitter had reserved the space for links …
Discussion: CNET News and VentureBeat
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
New OnLive service could turn the video game world upside down  —  Few startups have a chance to revolutionize an industry.  But if entrepreneur Steve Perlman's OnLive lives up to its goals, the company will disrupt the entire video game industry — to the delight of both game publishers and gamers.
Aza Raskin / Mozilla Labs:
Firefox New Tab Page: Cognitive Shield  —  We've been iterating quickly over the last couple of weeks to define a potential new tab screen for Firefox.  —  The feedback for the last major iteration was largely positive, and it seems like we are on the right track.  But we ran into a paradox.
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.
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Matt Rosoff / Digital Noise:
An obituary for the major labels
Discussion: Reuters
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Announces IPREDATOR Global Anonymity Service  —  As the entertainment industries turn their lobbying power towards ISPs and governments in their on-going battle against file-sharers, more and more people are looking at neutralizing the effects of monitoring and new legislation.
Discussion: digg.com
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Zimbra Founder and Ex-Yahoo Exec Dharmaraj to Redpoint Ventures  —  Another former Yahoo exec has landed at a Silicon Valley venture firm.  This time, well-regarded serial entrepreneur Satish Dharmaraj will become a partner at Redpoint Ventures, according to sources.
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 …
Joe Hewitt:
The Three20 Project  —  Last week I released my first iPhone open source project, Facebook Connect for iPhone, and today I'm ready to start talking about the next one.  —  Five months ago I talked about open-sourcing as much of the Facebook iPhone app as I could, and as you can see by the delay …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Nokia 7205 Intrigue Looks Like an Actually Decent Flip Phone  —  Flip phones have been dead to me since I left Japan, so Nokia's 7205 Intrigue for Verizon is the first one that's actually made me look twice.  —  The external display is a blank slate until it lights up with incoming text messages …
Martyn Williams / Computerworld:
Michael Dell hints at smartphones, mobile Internet devices  —  IDG News Service) Michael Dell gave the strongest hint to-date that his company is developing a mobile Internet device or smartphone at a speech in Tokyo on Tuesday.  —  “It is true that we are exploring smaller screen devices,” he said.
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
IE8 Users Downgrade To Explorer 7  —  The latest data shows that Microsoft's new browser lost market share over the weekend.  —  Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 appears to be losing market share, even though the browser has been on the market for less than a week.
Discussion: Technology Live
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
With SUSE Linux 11, Novell draws even closer to Microsoft  —  The two companies inked a controversial interoperability deal in 2006  —  Computerworld) The latest version of SUSE Linux Enterprise, Novell Inc.'s commercial distribution of the open-source operating system …
Larry Seltzer / Security Watch:
New Botnet Runs on DSL Modems and Routers  —  A fascinating new botnet has been found running on DSL modems and routers running an embedded Linux distribution.  —  The worm is called “psyb0t” and appears to have been circulating since at least January, 2009.
Discussion: The Register and DroneBL
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Hackers steer clear of Google Chrome, say too challenging  —  At the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver BC, hackers were invited to find and exploit holes in modern browsers.  A popular target for hackers at this year's conference was Safari on a Mac — definitely the lowest hanging fruit.
Discussion: Zero Day and iTWire
Qblogger / Windows Home Server Team Blog:
Windows Home Server - Announcing Power Pack 2  —  We are pleased to announce Windows Home Server Power Pack 2.  Power Pack 2 fixes known issues and adds new features to improve the Windows Home Server experience.  Enhancements include: Improvements to remote access configuration …
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Netflix Integrates Facebook Connect to Let Users Share Movie Ratings  —  Netflix is launching Facebook Connect integration tonight to let its users easily share their movie ratings with Facebook friends.  —  It's a very simple integration and no-brainer for Netflix.
Discussion: Reuters and NewTeeVee
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.com:
Dell Adamo battery not replaceable … It seems Dell is emulating Apple in more ways than one with its new MacBook Air-rivaling “Adamo” laptop.  —  Like many recent Apple offering, the ultra-thin Dell laptop will have a non-user-replaceable battery Pocket-lint has learnt.
Discussion: SlashGear, Engadget and Electronic Pulp
Stephen Shankland / Underexposed:
iStockphoto founder, CEO leaves Getty  —  Bruce Livingstone, founder and leader of microstock pioneer iStockphoto, is leaving the company he sold to Getty Images three years ago.  —  Livingstone, who launched the low-cost photo-licensing company nine years ago, said he's leaving of his own volition …
Discussion: istockphoto.com
PC World:
Lenovo Offers Workstations With Intel's Nehalem Chips  —  Lenovo on Tuesday became the second major PC maker to announce workstations based on Intel's upcoming quad-core Nehalem chips, which are due for release next week.  —  The high-end ThinkStation D20 and low-end ThinkStation S20 workstations …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Crave and Engadget
Tricia Duryee / paidContent.org:
Women-Focused LimeLife Acquires Tapatap For Community Features  —  LimeLife has acquired San Mateo, Calif.-based Tapatap, and will integrate the company's core technologies, including user-generated contests and micropayments, into its women-oriented PC and mobile sites.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Follow The Hires: Twitter Looking To Ramp Up Search And Platform APIs  —  If you want to know what the strategic priorities are for a startup, sometimes you need to look no further than the positions they are trying to fill.  Twitter, which is growing like crazy and just raised $35 million …
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Richard Luscombe / Guardian:
Patrol watches Texas-Mexico border - from pub in Australia  —  The United States has unveiled an unlikely weapon in its battle against drugs gangs and illegal immigrants at the Texas-Mexico border - pub-goers in Australia.  —  The drinkers are the most far-flung of a sizeable army …
Discussion: The Register and open
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
Kfury / fox @ fury:
Google design: The kids are alright  —  Visual Designer extraordinaire Doug Bowman is leaving Google, and on his way out he wrote a passionate post on his blog detailing the core differences that lead to his departure, focusing heavily on the Google design process which, as he puts it …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Core77 and Fast Company, Thanks:atul
 
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Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
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InfoWorld:
VMware unveils ‘cost per app’ calculator
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Brad Feld / Entrepreneur.com:
A VC's Biggest Flaw: Arrogance
Discussion: TechFlash, VCMike's Blog and Feld Thoughts, Thanks:atul
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 Earlier Items: 
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Ericsson Restates Vows To Sony; ‘We Are Committed’
Discussion: Electronista, IntoMobile and Engadget
Simon Alford / Times of London:
UK Google boss escapes cameras
Discussion: broadstuff
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Intel Seeks OK To Reprice Worthless Employee Options
Discussion: Computerworld and SiliconBeat
Om Malik / GigaOM:
AOL, Yahoo Will Add Life Streams to Their Popular Web Services
Discussion: digg.com, Thanks:atul
BBC:
Big websites urged to avoid Phorm