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2:55 PM ET, March 18, 2007


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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Fox executive new TechCrunch CEO  —  Heather Harde, senior vice president of mergers and acquisitions at Fox Interactive Media is all set to join as the new chief executive officer at TechCrunch, an technology blog edited and published by Michael Arrington.  —  Arrington could not be reached for a comment.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Welcome To TechCrunch, Heather  —  I have the pleasure of confirming the rumors: Heather Harde, currently the SVP of Mergers and Acquisitions at Fox Interactive Media, will start her new job as the CEO of the TechCrunch Network (and my boss) by the end of the month.
Ben / Ben Metcalfe Blog:
TechCrunch hires Heather Harde as CEO, will it become a VC firm?  —  I'm still digesting today's somewhat surprising news that Michael Arrington has hired Heather Harde as CEO of the TechCrunch Network.  For those who don't know, Heather is currently in charge of Acquisitions and Mergers at Fox Interactive Media.
Discussion: Digital Markets
Keith Teare / Keith Teare's Weblog:
It Is True.  Heather Harde Is New TechCrunch CEO  —  Om Malik has the scoop but this is something I have been keeping under my hat for several weeks.  Heather Harde, former Fox Interactive Media executive, responsible for Mergers and Acquisitions, is to be the new CEO of TechCrunch.  —  UPDATE
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:   Industry Moves: Fox Interactive M&A SVP Joins Techcrunch As CEO
Lawrence Lessig / New York Times:
Make Way for Copyright Chaos  —  LAST week, Viacom asked a federal court to order the video-sharing service YouTube to pay it more than $1 billion in damages for some 150,000 videos that Viacom claims it owns and YouTube users have shared.  "YouTube," the complaint alleges …
Mark Ward / BBC:
Mobile targets the 50+ generation  —  Technology correspondent, BBC News website  —  A mobile phone with a built-in emergency button has been produced for elderly and older people.  —  The Life phone is aimed at those aged 50-plus who do not want a handset crammed with every possible feature.
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
Keepin' it real fake, part XLX: The "Ipod style Mobile Phone iPhone"  —  Keepin' it real fake, part L: The "Ipod style Mobile Phone iPhone"  —  We've gotta hand it to them: electronics conmen are extremely confident in their belief in the ignorance of the masses.
Discussion: and digg
Mark Ward / BBC:
Vehicle warning system trialled  —  Technology correspondent, BBC News website  —  Vehicles may soon be swapping information about road conditions to warn drivers about jams and dangers.  —  A German research project on show at hi-tech trade fair Cebit envisions a peer-to-peer network …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
P2P File-Sharing Ruins Physical Piracy Business  —  Tony started his life of piracy sometime in the 1990's working markets, car-boot sales and pubs in the UK, selling counterfeit PC applications/games and console discs for a fraction of the retail price.  "The profit was amazing back then" …
Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
ThinkingRock - cross-platform GTD application  —  While many other task management applications have found ways to incorporate the ideas put forth by the Getting Things Done methodology that David Allen developed, it seems that very few have been built from the ground up as GTD applications.
Scott Karp / The Blog Herald:
Twitter Lowers The Bar For Blogging  —  It's only a matter of time before people start to Twitter in the bathroom.  If you don't know what Twitter is (either because you don't follow online technology or you've been locked in a sock drawer), that IS as bad is it sounds, but not in the way you probably think.
Discussion: media blog and Bloggers Blog
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Hackers Promise Month of MySpace Bugs  —  They won't divulge their real names, they call their project a "whiny, attention-seeking ploy," and they appear to take their fashion cues from Beastie Boys music videos.  —  They won't divulge their real names, they call their project a "whiny …
Discussion: and digg
Seamusmccauley / Virtual Economics:
Ask's mistargeted "Information revolution"; or the fatuity of hijacking the counterculture  —  An ostensibly grassroots tube advertising campaign promoting the website information-revolution-org was outed (Curverider) late last week as a flimsy bit of astroturfing carried out by Profero for the search engine.
Discussion: Hacking Cough
David Richards / Smarthouse:
Sony Boss Talks About Steve Jobs And Apple  —  In a frank TV interview which has not been put to air yet Sony boss Sir Howard Stringer has said that he would not bet bet up against Apple boss Steve Jobs.  He has also talked about how Sony missed out on the portable music boom.
Discussion: DigitalBattle and Macsimum News
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Colorado Woman Sues To Hold Web Crawlers To Contracts  —  Web site owner Suzanne Shell's lawsuit against the Internet Archive poses a question: "Can software programs be held liable for their actions?"  —  Computers can enter into contracts on behalf of people.
Discussion: Mashable!, digg and Slashdot
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