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9:00 AM ET, February 8, 2009

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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Facebook and Twitter: There's blood everywhere, but no one's dying  —  Here we go again.  Over the course of the last several months, we've heard that FriendFeed was going to kill Twitter.  Then Twitter was going to kill FriendFeed.  Then Facebook was going to kill FriendFeed.
Discussion: All Facebook and TechCrunch UK, Thanks:sampad
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Why Facebook Isn't Poised to Steal Twitter's Thunder
Discussion: Obsessable and Mashable!
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Breaking down the walled garden: Some thoughts on Facebook embracing …
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Why Television Still Shines in a World of Screens  —  SUBSCRIBERS to print newspapers have gone missing, as everyone knows.  Book publishers are also wondering where readers have disappeared to.  —  And yet television stands out as the one old-media business with surprising resilience.
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
Who's Messing with Wikipedia?  —  The back-and-forth behind controversial entries could help reveal their true value.  —  Despite warnings from many high-school teachers and college professors, Wikipedia is one of the most-visited websites in the world (not to mention the biggest encyclopedia ever created).
Discussion: Memex 1.1, Slashdot and digg.com
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Dell's Mini 9 selling for just $249 — who needs a subsidy?  —  If you thought last month's $99 Mini 9 was just too cheap (unlikely), or were scared off by the two year contract that came along with the offer (rather more likely), check out Dell's latest deal.
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
I'm a PC and I'm 4 and a half!  —  In the latest Crispin Porter & Bogusky ad in their $300 million ad campaign, set to air Sunday night during the Grammy awards, 4 and a half year old Kylie uses Windows Live Photo Gallery to send a picture of her fish to her parents, enjoy:
Discussion: Microsoft Watch and TechFlash
Jonathan Skillings / Crave:
OLPC to laptop makers: Use our design  —  The One Laptop per Child initiative seems to have found that imitation isn't simply a form of flattery, it's grounds for a new business model.  —  Speaking at the TED 2009 conference, OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte said that the future of the initiative …
Discussion: Mobility Site, GigaOM and White African
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Demand Webcast of Trial  —  On February 16th 2009, one of the biggest trials in P2P history begins.  The case of the largest BitTorrent tracker, The Pirate Bay, will be followed by millions around the world.  —  The Pirate Bay team have been preparing for the media battle …
Discussion: digg.com
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Prop 8 Donor Web Site Shows Disclosure Law Is 2-Edged Sword  —  FOR the backers of Proposition 8, the state ballot measure to stop single-sex couples from marrying in California, victory has been soured by the ugly specter of intimidation.  —  Some donors to groups supporting the measure …
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
My Phone?  You Crazy!  —  That's right.  Microsoft's MobileMe-imitating synchronization service is called My Phone.  Why not call it Me-Too-Me or My Second Best?  Based on the feature set, Microsoft is playing catchup with Apple and Google rather than truly innovating.
Discussion: Computerworld and Mobility Today
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Ubuntu desktop apparently scares Microsoft  —  Ubuntu must be giving Microsoft fits on the desktop.  That's the only reason I can come up with for Microsoft's LinkedIn search for a new director of open-source strategy, with a focus on the desktop: … Given Red Hat's relative inaction on the desktop …
Discussion: Slashdot, CNET News and digg.com
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Google Gmail Within Striking Distance Of Hotmail  —  Between September 2007 and September 2008, Gmail's visitor total grew 39%, from 18.8 million to 26 million.  —  The growth of Google's Gmail service is accelerating and, if current trends continue, it could surpass Windows Live Hotmail by the end of this year.
Discussion: Googling Google and digg.com
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
Where data goes when it dies and other musings  —  I've been wanting to write about Ma.gnolia's catastrophic data loss last week ever since it happened, but wasn't quite sure how I wanted to approach it.  Larry (Ma.gnolia founder and the sole person who maintained the site) is a good friend of mine …
 
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Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
2008 Cyberlaw Year-in-Review  —  It's a sign of my schedule …
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Intel is shooting for PlayStation 4, but has it scored?
Discussion: PC World and Slashdot
Erik Sherman / BNET Technology:
Can Apple's Multi-Touch Patent Withstand Scrutiny — or Challenge?
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Google Latitude  —  Over and over, I've written about new interfaces to search.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
College Music Service Ruckus.com Shuts Down
Discussion: paidContent.org, Coolfer and P2P Blog
Samir Balwani / Mashable!:
Presenting: 10 of the Smartest Big Brands in Social Media
Discussion: SnowBlog and digg.com
Micheline Maynard / New York Times:
Not Everyone Is Cheering as Wi-Fi Takes to the Air
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
 

 
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