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10:20 AM ET, March 20, 2010


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Blake Ellis /
Palm's new price target: $0  —  NEW YORK ( — 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.
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 …
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 …
Bing / Search Blog:
New Bing App for iPhone is Here!  —  Today we're excited to announce an update to the Bing app for the iPhone and iPod Touch.  You can get it for free from the App Store on your device or use iTunes to download it.  —  In the months following the November release of the app …
Discussion: App Advice, Fone Arena and ReadWriteWeb
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Hope You Enjoy the Smell of Napalm in the Morning  —  This lengthy New York Times story on the escalating rivalry between Apple and Google hit while I was at SXSW; I didn't have time to do much more than point out the curious choice to describe Apple employees as Steve Jobs's “underlings”.
Discussion: ChannelWeb, Thanks:atul
Nick Bilton / Bits:
One on One: Christopher Poole, Founder of 4chan  —  In 2003, while still in high school, Christopher Poole, known online as “Moot,” launched a message board called 4chan.  The site includes content that many people find offensive.  Nevertheless, or maybe because of it …
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:   Even With 8.2 Million Uniques, 4chan Is Only Worth $45,000
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.
Discussion: PC World and Search Engine Watch
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 …
Discussion: Technologizer and Phones Review
Richard Gray / Telegraph:
Batman: Arkham Asylum scoops Bafta Video Game awards  —  A blockbusting Batman-themed video game has won the top prize at the Bafta Video Game awards.  —  The UK-developed Batman: Arkham Asylum was crowned best game at the Bafta Video Game awards ceremony in London.
Discussion: News
Dennis Fisher / threatpost:
Google Releases Skipfish Application Security Scanner  —  Google has released its own Web application security scanner, called Skipfish.  The free scanner is designed to work within a variety of existing Web application frameworks and is built with an emphasis on speed and low false-positives, the company said.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Nestle mess shows sticky side of Facebook pages  —  Some of the negative criticism on Nestle's Facebook fan page over its use of palm oil in products  —  Uh-oh.  We've got another social-media-meets-public-relations disaster on our hands, and this one doesn't even involve any airlines yet.
Discussion: AdAge, Techdirt and Inside Facebook
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Apple Starts Accepting iPad Applications; Launch Apps Must Be Submitted By March 27  —  There are only a few weeks left until the iPad's April 3 launch date, and Apple is now reaching out to developers to say that they're accepting applications that were developed for the much anticipated device.
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
To fight scammers, Russia cracks down on .ru domain  —  IDG News Service - In a bid to cut down on fraud and inappropriate content, the organization responsible for administering Russia's .ru top-level domain names is tightening its procedures.  —  Starting April 1, anyone who registers …
Discussion: HEXONET
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Employee Count Rising this Year, Up Past 1300 Already  —  Facebook already has more than 1000 employees, and it said it plans to increase that by at least 50% this year, according to previous reports.  That number has been growing fast, from what we've gathered.
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Microsoft: Windows Phone 7 series ‘will not initially offer copy and paste,’ case-specific actions integrated into OS  —  Here you go, folks, an official statement from Redmond itself on the perennial Windows Phone 7 Series / copy-and-paste discussion.  First and foremost, from the onset …
Sogrady / tecosystems:
Why I Am Against Software Patents  —  The surprise to most people isn't that I do not believe that software should be patentable.  Given my long term interest in and coverage of free and open source software, I'm supposed to be at least mildly anti-establishment.
Lisa M. Krieger / Mercury News:
Apple CEO Steve Jobs joins Schwarzenegger to push organ donor registry  —  Saying a liver transplant saved his life, Apple CEO Steve Jobs convinced California lawmakers to draft organ donation legislation, unveiled at Stanford's Lucile Packard Children's hospital Friday morning.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
NComputing's Numo chip could drive desktop computer costs to zero  —  It's a tantalizing thought.  The cost of destkop computing hardware is moving toward zero.  Stephen Dukker, chief executive of NComputing, is moving that idea a step closer to reality today as he announces a new chip called Numo.
Discussion: Fast Company and CNET News
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Chris Vallance / BBC:
US moots official data ‘YouTube’
John Poirier / Reuters:
U.S. eyes early summer for airwaves auction process
Discussion: Electronista and Phone Scoop
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Bandwidth Isn't Free, Distribution Isn't Free, So Why Should Content Be Free?
Emma Graham-Harrison / Reuters:
China quality watchdog says some HP laptops faulty
Discussion: News and
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Wave Rival Novell Pulse Launching to Preview March 21
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Network World
Roger Cheng / Dow Jones Newswires:
Smartphones, 4G To Take Center Stage At Wireless Trade Show
Nielsen Wire:
Global Audience Spends Two Hours More a Month on Social Networks than Last Year
Discussion: Mashable!
 Earlier Items: 
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
Vodafone Spain replacing microSD cards on 3,000 virus-infected handsets
Discussion: Computerworld and Android Central
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
MySQL's Marten Mickos becomes CEO of hybrid cloud startup Eucalyptus Systems
Discussion: Computerworld, Eucalyptus, Digits and Bits
Robert Andrews / paidContent: Takes Free Articles Away From Unregistered Users, Except Via Search
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Another One Bites the Dust at Yahoo: Chief Technologist Sam Pullara …
Royal Pingdom:
Facebook may have surpassed Google in the US, but what about other countries?
Ryan Block / GigaOM:
The iPad May Change Computing, Just Not Your Life
Discussion: PC World and Edible Apple
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Microsoft, Adobe confident there is room for Silverlight, Flash
Discussion: Maximum PC and The Register