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10:25 PM ET, February 8, 2009


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John Borthwick / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Next Victim Of Creative Destruction?  (GOOG)  —  The web has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to evolve and leave embedded franchises struggling or in the dirt.  Prodigy, AOL were early candidates.  Today Yahoo and Ebay are struggling, and I think Google is tipping down the same path.
Discussion: and Howard Lindzon, Thanks:atul
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
Time to Hang Up the Pajamas  —  I learned the hard way: while blogs can do many wonderful things, making huge amounts of money isn't one of them.  —  From the magazine issue dated Feb 16, 2009  —  For two years I was obsessed with trying to turn a blog into a business.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Kaspersky breach exposes sensitive database, says hacker  —  SQL injection said to strike deep  —  A security lapse at Kaspersky has exposed a wealth of proprietary information about the anti-virus provider's products and customers, according to a blogger, who posted screen shots and other details …
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Kindle 2.0: What to look for  —  With expected to roll out the next-generation version of its Kindle electronic book reader at a New York press event Monday morning, here's a quick primer on what to look for in the new Kindle's design, features, price point, and supply issues.  —  FEATURES.
Discussion: PC World
Quentin Hardy / Forbes:   A New Kindle While Journalism Burns
Official Google Australia Blog:
Mapping the Victorian fires  —  By now, you're undoubtedly aware of the terrible bushfire tragedy that is unfolding in Victoria.  —  We've today pulled together a Flash Map, containing the latest up-to-date information about fire locations and their status from the Country Fire Authority (CFA).
Elias Bizannes / Liako.Biz:
Data portability allows mashup for Australian bush fire crisis
Discussion: Google LatLong, Thanks:rosshill
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Lunarr's Elements is a Twitter-like image-sharing tool to stoke the imagination  —  The downstream influence of social messaging service Twitter, which lets you message friends or hangers-on about what you're doing or thinking at any given moment, is beginning to result in some interesting applications.
Discussion: Mashable!
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Amtrak's Semi-Confusing Internet Access Message  —  A few news outlets picked up a statement from NewYorkology last week that implied Amtrak was looking into on-board Internet service: But when you read the statement, it's not quite what some sites are making it out to be.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The NYT API: Newspaper as Platform  —  There's been a lot of chatter about the newspaper industry in recent weeks — about whether newspaper companies should find something like iTunes, or use micropayments as a way to charge people for the news, or sue Google, or all of the above …
Richard Watersin San Francisco / Financial Times:
Sales of PCs to fall for first time in eight years  —  Problems in the personal computer business have increased the likelihood that 2009 will bring the first decline in PC sales since 2001, according to industry analysts.  —  Evidence has been accumulating since the start of the year …
Financial Times:
Global turmoil deepens China's chipmaker woes  —  It is hard not to feel gloomy walking into the reception area of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation's Shanghai headquarters.  —  The cracked paint on the ceiling and dim light filtering into the empty hall convey a sense …
Chris Matyszczyk / Technically Incorrect:
Planes grounded by ‘Microsoft virus’  —  I am not sure whom the French military is attacking these days.  (I am told that relations with British tourists are much improved.)  —  But this morning I happened upon peculiar information while accidentally scanning the French paper Liberation.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Wayne Schulz / Gear Diary:
BlackBerry Storm price drops to $99 on Amazon - no rebate required  —  I just noticed that the touch screen BlackBerry Storm has dropped to $99 on Amazon with no rebate required.  Previously the price had been $249.99 with a $100 rebate bringing the net to $149.99.
Shane O'Neill / Computerworld UK:
Ballmer: Stay on Windows XP and you will face a backlash  —  Migrate fast to Vista or Windows 7 urges Microsoft CEO  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is warning IT organisations that they risk provoking an end user backlash if they don't move off the XP operating system.
Gregg Keizer / PC World:
Windows XP's Days are Really Numbered Now
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RIAA lies exposed
Dan Goodin / The Register:
OpenDNS rolls out Conficker tracking, blocking
Discussion: Slashdot
John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
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Lori Aratani / Washington Post:
Fitness Revolution in Motion
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: TotalMusic Is Dead
Discussion: muSick in the Head, Thanks:dreamsketcher
Kathryn Johnston / Times of London:
Ireland not open for business, says Twitter innovator
Conrad De Aenlle / New York Times:
Digital Archivists, Now in Demand
 Earlier Items: 
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Why Television Still Shines in a World of Screens
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