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1:50 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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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 …
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
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
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.
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.
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Byron Acohido / Technology Live:
Microsoft: Internet Explorer is faster than Firefox
Discussion: USA Today
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 …
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.
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
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.
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
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: NewTeeVee
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 …
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: DroneBL and Zero Day
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 …
Discussion: PC World, The Register and Tech Broiler
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
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, Ajaxian and Slashdot
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.
Discussion: mocoNews and PE Hub Blog
Dan Gallagher / MarketWatch:
New game console targets emerging markets  —  Qualcomm backs Zeebo venture to sell wireless video game devices  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — A new company called Zeebo came out of stealth mode Monday to lift the wraps on a device billed as a “fourth video game console” that will target middle-class buyers in emerging markets.
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
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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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.
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.
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: Engadget and Electronic Pulp
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 …
Discussion: MobileCrunch, TWICE and Crave
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.
Discussion: broadstuff
InfoWorld:
VMware unveils ‘cost per app’ calculator  —  VMware on Monday made available an online service that it claims can help users evaluate the true costs of server virtualization expenses.  —  The VMware Cost-Per-Application Calculator enables users to estimate cost-savings from VMware software …
Discussion: eWeek
 
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Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Buzz grows over Amazon's plans to stream HD TV shows
Brad Feld / Entrepreneur.com:
A VC's Biggest Flaw: Arrogance
Discussion: TechFlash, VCMike's Blog and Feld Thoughts, Thanks:atul
Harry McCracken / PC World:
The Connected TV: Web Video Comes to the Living Room
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Sequoia's Heritage Project: Not Dead Yet?
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Intel Seeks OK To Reprice Worthless Employee Options
Discussion: SiliconBeat and Computerworld
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Food Delivery Service GrubHub Secures $2 Million In Series B Funding
Discussion: VentureBeat and Jobwire
Om Malik / GigaOM:
AOL, Yahoo Will Add Life Streams to Their Popular Web Services
Discussion: digg.com, Thanks:atul
Kevin Farnham / ProgrammableWeb:
Microsoft Releases Machine Translation API
Discussion: Softpedia News
BBC:
Big websites urged to avoid Phorm
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Hulu Gains 10 Million Viewers In February, Now No. 4 Video Site In U.S.