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10:40 AM ET, March 27, 2009

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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple stores now selling iPhone 3G without a contract  —  Some Apple retail stores as of Thursday are selling unrestricted quantities of the iPhone 3G at the full, non-subsidized price of $599 for the 8GB version and $699 for the 16GB models.  —  The move follows AT&T's plans to sell …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Has Apple begun clearing iPhone 3G inventory?
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
When Stars Twitter, a Ghost May Be Lurking  —  The rapper 50 Cent is among the legion of stars who have recently embraced Twitter to reach fans who crave near-continuous access to their lives and thoughts.  On March 1, he shared this insight with the more than 200,000 people who follow him …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Jeff Bezos Works In Kentucky Distribution Center For A Week  —  Jeff Bezos is spending this week working in an Amazon distribution center in Lexington, Kentucky (AMZN).  He apparently wants to see what it's like to be a rank-and-file Amazon employee.  More CEOs should try that once in a while.
Nick Wingfield / WSJ.com:
PC to Mac: I'm Cheaper  —  For months, Microsoft has jabbed at Apple with an, at times, baffling advertising campaign for Windows PCs.  Now Microsoft may finally land a solid blow against its rival.  —  Video: Laptop Hunters $1000 - Lauren Gets an HP Pavilion
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Dreaming of a PC with 192GB of RAM?  Dell makes it reality  —  The catch: Despite a depressed memory market, it's going to cost you  —  Computerworld) Dell Inc. announced on Tuesday a new PC that, among its other impressive specs, can be upgraded to sport as much as 192GB of ultrafast DDR3 RAM.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Slashdot
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Twitter still has no business model, and that's OK  —  Don't let the attention-grabbing headlines elsewhere fool you.  Twitter still has not announced a business model.  There are no Pro Twitter accounts.  There is no TwitterWords advertising program.  You still can't buy plush toy Fail Whales from Twitter.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Fast Company
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google searches for holy grail of Python performance  —  Google's Python engineers have launched a new project called Unladen Swallow that seeks to improve the performance of the Python programming language.  One of the project's goals is to replace the Python virtual machine with an LLVM-based JIT.
Discussion: jessenoller.com and eWeek, Thanks:atul
NVIDIA Press Room:
NVIDIA Files Countersuit Against Intel  —  Seeks Termination of Intel's License to NVIDIA Technology  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  —  SANTA CLARA, CA.  — MARCH 26, 2009 — NVIDIA Corporation today announced that it has filed a countersuit in the Court of Chancery in the State of Delaware …
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Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Nvidia countersues Intel in licensing battle
Discussion: Softpedia News and Slashdot
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google Releases Major Blog Search Blogroll Algorithm Update  —  The much awaited update to the Google Blog Search blogroll detector algorithm has finally been pushed through.  —  An updated Google Groups thread has Googler, Jeremy Hylton saying: … We did expect to see an update …
Thanks:atul
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
MyID.is Now In Public Beta, Aims To Become The Digital Certification Standard  —  Digital certification platform MyID.is is taking a crack at offering a way for people to claim their real identity online, in order to be able to prevent ID theft and to verify content they publish on their blogs …
Discussion: MyID.is a Digital …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
8 Hours a Day Spent on Screens, Study Finds  —  IN a world with grocery store television screens, digitally delivered movie libraries and cellphone video clips, the average American is exposed to 61 minutes of TV ads and promotions a day.  —  Some people may think that amount seems excessive.
Thomson IR:
Charter Communications Commences Previously Announced Pre-Arranged Financial Restructuring  —  Company's debt expected to be reduced by approximately $8 billion; includes $3 billion refinancing and new equity capital  —  Operations to continue as usual under Pre-Arranged Plan Trade creditors to be paid in full under Pre-Arranged Plan
Discussion: TechFlash and Associated Press
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
EU Rejects ‘3 Strikes’ for File-Sharers  —  For the third time in a year the European Parliament has spoken out against tougher anti-piracy legislation that would allow alleged file-sharers to be disconnected from the Internet based on evidence from anti-piracy lobby groups.
Amy / Slash7 with Amy Hoy:
Google is Evil, Worse than PayPal: Don't use Google Checkout for your business  —  Wanting to offer an alternative to PayPal, we set up a Google Checkout account for people to buy our ebook.  —  The last email we received about our Google Checkout account was “Helpful tips regarding your first Google Checkout orders” on February 9th.
Discussion: Beyond Search
Enomaly / ElasticVapor:
Introducing the Open Cloud Manifesto  —  Over the last few weeks I have been working closely with several of the largest technology companies and organizations helping to co-author the Open Cloud Manifesto.  Our goal is to draft a document that clearly states we (including dozens of supporting companies) …
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PC World:
Panasonic Discloses DMC-GH1 Pricing, Launch in Japan  —  Panasonic launched its DMC-GH1 hybrid camera in Japan this week and with it came some news missing from the U.S. launch two weeks ago: the price and release date.  —  The camera is a follow-on to the company's DMC-G1 …
Discussion: SlashGear and Engadget
Shawn / Cell Phone Signal:
HTC Magic Passes FCC with T-Mobile USA Branding  —  Well well well, what do we have here?  Today the HTC Magic, showing some sexy pink and gray T-Mobile USA branding and sporting T-Mobile USA 3G bands, passed through the beloved FCC filters.  The HTC Magic, codenamed “Saphire,” …
Guardian:
Behind the music: Chris Anderson's ‘freeconomics’ don't add up  —  Chris Anderson's ‘freeconomics’ theory that pirating creates celebrity, which creates cash is fine for recording artists - but what about songwriters?  —  Of the many professed experts who claim to have found the solution …
Discussion: Slashdot, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
What Could Go Wrong With Google: The Slideshow  —  Why Could Google Die...  View more presentations from Ouriel Ohayon.  —  Want to know everything that could possibly go wrong with Google?  Well, you can read the risk section of its latest SEC filing, but that's a snore.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek to launch new Eee PC with built-in ODD in mid-April  —  Asustek Computer is scheduled to launch its new Eee PC, the E1004DN, which will be the first Eee PC to have an optical disc drive (ODD), in mid-April, and will follow with the 1008HA in May, according to sources at retail channels.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
End-of-Quarter Layoffs Hit Amazon, IBM, Google, and The New York Times  —  With the end of the first quarter of the 2009 almost here, even the strongest companies companies are making last-minute layoffs to shave costs.  Today, layoffs were announced across the tech sector, from IBM to Google to Amazon.
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Brad Stone / Bits:   Amazon to Close Three Distribution Centers
adafruit industries blog:
Tweet-a-Watt kits now available...  Tweet-a-Watt kits are now available!  A few months ago, using “off-the-shelf hardware”, we modified a Kill-a-Watt(TM) power meter to “tweet” (publish wirelessly) the daily KWH consumed to the user's Twitter account (Cumulative Killowatt-hours).
Discussion: Scobleizer, CNET News and MAKE Magazine
Neil McAllister / Fatal Exception:
IBM: The new development powerhouse?  —  An IBM/Sun merger could crown Big Blue king of enterprise software development  —  The proposed merger between IBM and Sun Microsystems, as first reported last week by the Wall Street Journal, may well fizzle out before the buzz dies down — but let's hope not.
Discussion: Slashdot
Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop:
Samsung's First Wimax Device Spotted  —  Today Samsung shared details on the unannounced SWD-M100 Mondi mobile Wimax device for the Clear network.  According to Samsung, the Mondi has a touch screen and can access the Internet via Clear's mobile Wimax network.
 
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Joe Leahy / Financial Times:
India's outsourcers fight to block trade barriers
Blake Reid / Freedom to Tinker:
DRM is Dead / Long Live DRM: A Call for Transparency in the Emerald City
Robert McMillan / ITworld.com:
Researchers can ID anonymous Twitterers
Discussion: Slashdot
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
YouTube Revamps with Twitter App, Education Hub
Discussion: TechCrunch and YouTube Blog
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Young people who embrace mobile tech can feel overconnected
Discussion: Engadget
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Limewire Embraces Online Video With Podcast Directory and BitTorrent Tracker
Discussion: Podcasting News
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent.org:
Microsoft Hires Yahoo Veteran As Live Search's Chief Scientist
Discussion: TechFlash, Search Engine Land and Jobwire, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Webmail bug puts 40m accounts in jeopardy
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Archos Android MID planned for July?
Discussion: Engadget
The Official Google Blog:
Changes to our sales and marketing organizations