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Around the Web 3.5.09: Beatles video game, Obama's tech chief, Yahoo Maps woes, the new Juicy Campus

March 5, 2009 | 10:08 am
The Beatles video game is due on Sept. 9
A video game featuring the Beatles, shown here on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1964, will hit stores on Sept. 9. Credit: Associated Press

-- The Beatles video game gets a release date: Sept. 9. GameSpot

-- Three Time Warner companies, HBO, TBS and Warner Bros Entertainment, decide to collaborate on new-media strategy. The vague terms of their alliance reflect how late they are to the game. Deadline Hollywood

-- President Obama names Vivek Kundra the government's first chief information officer. Kundra's mission: lower government costs through tech solutions. NYT's the Caucus

-- A California bill aims to blur out portions of Google Maps to avoid exposing schools, hospitals and even places of worship to terrorists. But don't expect it to get through. Ars Technica

-- Yahoo Chief Executive Officer Carol Bartz likes Google Maps better than Yahoo Maps and thinks that many of its other services are similarly under-performing. That left her only one option: instituting a "wall of shame." Macworld

-- Asus announced its souped-up Lamborghini VX5 laptop, which includes an excessive 1 TB solid-state hard drive. Computerworld

-- Your next phishing spam might be from Barack Obama instead of a Nigerian prince as scammers start offering fake stimulus package rewards. Ars Technica and LAT

-- College ACB (Anonymous Confession Board) gains traction at colleges, picking up where Juicy Campus left off via a redirect from the old domain. Juicy Campus was a popular college gossip site that shut down last month. Brown Daily Herald

-- Chris Lesinski