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3:40 PM ET, March 20, 2010

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Blake Ellis / CNNMoney.com:
Palm's new price target: $0  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Palm's future already looked bleak.  But after reporting worse than expected results for the third quarter Thursday, some analysts think the company's stock is now essentially worthless.  —  Shares of Palm (PALM) plunged 19% to $4.59 a share early Friday, a new 52-week low.
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Palm: this is your survival guide  —  Oh Palm.  Just a little over a year ago your future seemed so bright, so renewed.  You walked away from CES 2009 reborn, held aloft by a completely innovative new mobile operating system, a striking piece of hardware, and a feeling amongst the press …
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Reasons to care about Viacom vs. Google (FAQ)  —  Viacom has accused YouTube of looking the other way when clips from the Viacom-owned Paramount Pictures were once plentiful on the site.  —  (Credit: Greg Sandoval/CNET)  —  Thursday's 200-page dump of court documents in the 3-year-old …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
feature: Smoking guns, dark secrets aplenty in YouTube-Viacom filings  —  Court documents in the $1 billion lawsuit between Viacom and YouTube were unsealed today, finally shedding some light on key questions: did Viacom have “smoking gun” evidence that YouTube was deliberately profiting …
Discussion: FM Blog and Digital Society
Stephen Totilo / Kotaku:
Apple Bans Game, Days After Developer Publicly Trashes App Store  —  Last week, game developer Tommy Refenes publicly called Apple's app store “awful” and “horrible.”  This week, Apple yanked his game from their store.  —  There are a couple of reasons that may have compelled Apple …
Michael Grothaus / TUAW:
Cool weird stuff: TUAW reader accidentally downloads 10.6.3 pre-release  —  Here's one for the freak occurrence archives.  A TUAW reader e-mailed us after running Software Update on his new 2.8GHz i7 iMac last night.  Something odd popped up.  —  “I got a new 27-inch iMac earlier this week,” he wrote.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Novell Rejects Hedge Fund's Offer To Take The Company Private For $2 Billion  —  New York-based hedge fund Elliott Associates L.P. in a letter to Novell's board of directors dated March 2 offered to purchase the infrastructure software company for a cash price of $5.75 per share, or $1 billion net of the cash on the company's books.
Discussion: Bloomberg and PR Newswire
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Unprecedented 25-Year Sentence Sought for TJX Hacker  —  Computer hacker Albert Gonzalez deserves a quarter-century behind bars for leading a gang of cyberthieves who stole tens of millions of credit and debit card numbers from a transaction processor and several giant retail chains …
Mike Blanchfield / The Canadian Press:
Supreme Court overturns child-porn conviction, says search was unreasonable  —  Mike Blanchfield, THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA - A botched search warrant and the right to computer privacy featured Friday in a Supreme Court ruling that overturned the child pornography conviction of a Saskatchewan man.
Discussion: Toronto Sun
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
iPhone 4G now available from Sprint, kind of  —  In the latest advertising campaign for its Sierra Wireless Overdrive 3G/4G WiFi hotspot, Sprint mocks AT&T and pokes fun at iPhone users whose smartphone is limited and whose style is cramped by the slow speeds on AT&T's 3G network.
Discussion: TiPb and Erictric
Paul Levy / CL&P Blog:
The Hot News Doctrine Rides Again  —  Does a firm that expresses an opinion “own” that opinion, and thus have the ability to prevent others from reporting on the fact that the firm has expressed the opinion?  When a newspaper or other entity reports some facts, does it “own” …
Discussion: Stocks To Watch Today
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Check-In Fatigue.  Or, Why I'm Rooting For An All-Out Location War.  —  I didn't have the same problems at SXSW this year that some people did.  Was it too crowded at some events?  Sure.  But there were plenty of alternative things to do.  Did some of the keynotes bomb?  Yes.
 
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Sogrady / tecosystems:
Why I Am Against Software Patents
Discussion: rc3.org
Dennis Fisher / threatpost:
Google Releases Skipfish Application Security Scanner
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Microsoft: Windows Phone 7 series 'will not initially offer copy …
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Employee Count Rising this Year, Up Past 1300 Already
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
To fight scammers, Russia cracks down on .ru domain
Discussion: HEXONET
Chris Vallance / BBC:
US moots official data ‘YouTube’
 Earlier Items: 
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Hope You Enjoy the Smell of Napalm in the Morning
Discussion: GigaOM and broadstuff, Thanks:atul
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Bandwidth Isn't Free, Distribution Isn't Free, So Why Should Content Be Free?
Thanks:danrayburn
Bing / Search Blog:
New Bing App for iPhone is Here!
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Nestle mess shows sticky side of Facebook pages
Discussion: AdAge, Techdirt and Inside Facebook
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
NComputing's Numo chip could drive desktop computer costs to zero
Discussion: Fast Company and CNET News
Nick Bilton / Bits:
One on One: Christopher Poole, Founder of 4chan
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Gawker, Thanks:mrinaldesai