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3:50 AM ET, March 12, 2007

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Drumsnwhistles / odd time signatures:
Twitter THIS!  —  After a week in a very mellow groove where I only read friends' feeds, I'm catching up.  It really doesn't take much to catch up on the geek feeds because the only topic I see over and over and over again is Twitter.  Marshall Kirkpatrick has a "Twitter Top Ten" …
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
The Evolution of Blogging, Cat Version  —  Update: Mashable's shiny new Twitter account is here.  If you subscribe, I promise to post regular updates about my cat.  —  So blogging has evolved once more, and the talk of the town - or at least the talk of Austin, Texas during the SXSW Conference …
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Twitter crowd goes bananas at SXSW  —  I've been resolutely ignoring Robert Scoble's frequent mentions of Twitter in the hope that it might go away.  No such luck.  Twitter has apparently infected the crowd at the SXSW conference in Austin to the point where it how has a Twitter screen of scrolling messages.
Discussion: Message and Complete Tosh,
Chris Heuer / Social Media Club:
Is SxSW going to be the death of Twitter?  —  Just about 6 weeks ago, I wrote a post about Twitter being a great evolution of IM, moving to EM, which I called "everywhere messaging".  Well, in the weeks since, I have come to realize it is really about EP, "everywhere publishing" …
Dan Fost / San Francisco Chronicle:
Where neo-nomads' ideas percolate  —  New 'bedouins' transform a laptop, cell phone and coffeehouse into their office  —  A new breed of worker, fueled by caffeine and using the tools of modern technology, is flourishing in the coffeehouses of San Francisco.
Bren / Slacker Manager:
The Several Habits of Wildly Successful Twitter Users  —  Twitter is a deceptively simple utility.  That said, Twitter isn't for everyone.  In fact it's probably not even for half of everyone.  But for those that have the patience to find their personal sweet spot, Twitter can be quite good indeed.
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Chris Brogan / lifehack.org:
5 Ways to Use Twitter for Good  —  I'm a big fan of Twitter, and have been using it heavily since the outset.  For those of you not yet using it, Twitter is a communications gateway that asks the question: "What are you doing now?"  Users can answer and hear their friends' answers via SMS, via IM, or on a webpage.
Jonathan Thaw / Bloomberg:
Wikia plans editable Web search engine  —  Wikia Inc., the San Mateo company co-founded by Wikipedia creator Jimmy Wales, plans to challenge Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. with a search engine that lets users edit and fine-tune its results.  —  The goal for the project is to get 5 percent of the search market …
Discussion: Slashdot
Jason Pontin / New York Times:
A New Battery Takes Off in a Race to Electric Cars  —  VROOOOM!  Or, rather, much more softly: brmmm.  —  A123Systems, a start-up in Watertown, Mass., says it has created a powerful, safe, long-lived battery.  If the cell fulfills the ambitions of its maker, that softer sound will be the future of automobiles.
Discussion: Engadget and digg
Business Week:
The Trouble With India  —  Crumbling roads, jammed airports, and power blackouts could hobble growth  —  When foreigners say Bangalore is India's version of Silicon Valley, the high-tech office park called Electronics City is what they're often thinking of.
Discussion: GigaOM
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
E Ink's blueChute bluetooth enabled e-ink concept  —  Even with certain forms of e-ink displays starting to drip drip drip into real world settings — see what we did there? — it's still unlikely that you'll meet someone on the street with some e-ink tech on their person.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Bloggers Blog
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Interview: aXXo, The Most Popular DVD Ripper on BitTorrent  —  For those of you who never heard of aXXo, he is responsible for hundreds of DVDrips that find their way to millions of PCs around the world.  Most of the rips are 700MB, made to fit on a single CD.
Discussion: digg
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
History, Digitized (and Abridged)  —  THE National Steinbeck Center, at the top of Main Street in this farming community, exhibits an array of artifacts from John Steinbeck's life and works: family memorabilia, a passport from the 1960s and movie stills from "The Grapes of Wrath."
Josh / Bokardo:
9 Lessons for Would-be Bloggers  —  A few lessons learned in 7 years of blogging.  —  I attended the Writing, Better panel here at SXSW.  I've been thinking about it ever since, both because I wanted the conversation to go on for a few more hours and because so many people here are bloggers …
 
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All of EU to switch off energy inefficient lights within three years
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