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2:45 PM ET, February 14, 2009

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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
The Death Of “Web 2.0″  —  I'm not going to discuss the economic meltdown and its devastating effect on technology companies and internet startups in this post, but rather something that crossed my mind earlier this morning: “Web 2.0″ seems to become more and more a void (and an avoided) term.
Discussion: The Open Road and MediaFlect, Thanks:atul
Paul Andrews / TechFlash:
Guest Post: Apple isn't the real reason Microsoft needs stores  —  Most of the reaction to Microsoft's announcement that it will open retail outlets has focused on Apple, with good reason.  Apple stores are the liveliest retail thing going right now, even in the downturn.
Discussion: TechFlash
Macworld:
Apple sued over screen rendering technology in iPhone  — Apple is facing another iPhone lawsuit, this time focusing on the screen rendering technology Apple uses in the iPhone and iPod touch.  —  In the suit, filed in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
WSJ Editor Claims Google Devalues Everything  —  This has been clueless newspaper guy month around here, and it's kept up with the appearance of Walter Isaacson (yet again), Mort Zuckerman (owner/publisher of both the NY Daily News and US News & World Reports) and Robert Thomson …
Associated Press:
Microsoft's Allen sells DreamWorks Animation stake  —  LOS ANGELES: Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen has sold off all of his remaining shares in DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc., according to a securities filing Friday, ending his involvement in a company he helped launch more than a decade ago.
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Real Ultimate Programming Power  —  A common response to The Ferengi Programmer: … Absolutely.  —  But here's the paradox: the types of programmers who would most benefit from these guidelines, rules, principles, and checklists are the least likely to read and follow them.
Tapan Bhat / Yodel Anecdotal:
Update on our new homepage testing  —  As many of you know, we started testing new concepts for the Yahoo! homepage last fall, with the goal of helping to simplify the Web for the more than 300 million people around the world who visit the site each month.  —  We are wrapping up the first phase of our …
Discussion: BoomTown
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
NYT Article Skimmer: Recreate the Sunday Morning Paper in Your Browser  —  New York TimesThe New York Times just released an interesting new online product that tries to recreate the experience of spreading out the newspaper on Sunday morning.  The new ‘article skimmer’ gets back to the basics …
Nicholas Carlson / The Business Insider:
MySpace Ad Revenues Closing In On AOL's  —  We just got off the phone with MySpace sales boss Jeff Berman, who also sent us this slide.  Check it out; selling portal-like ads, MySpace revenues are quickly gaining on portals AOL and MSN.  —  Jeff says the success is all about MySpace …
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Google App Engine 1.1.9 boosts capacity and compatibility  —  Google App Engine released hosted platform version 1.1.9 earlier this week with big boosts in capacity and compatibility.  The new App Engine supports standard HTTP libraries, larger files, triples the response deadline, and removes limitations on CPU-intensive processes.
Thanks:atul
Joel Comm:
iFart Mobile takes Pull My Finger to court  —  My team and I came up with the idea for an iPhone fart application in summer of 2008.  We knew it would be a hit.  We just needed to develop it.  —  We took great pride in developing iFart Mobile.  It was more than another iPhone application.
Louis Gray:
Twickie Lets You Post All Your Twitter Replies to Your Blog  —  Just a few years ago, one could safely assume the majority of blogging conversations took place on the blog itself.  Today, the conversation has been fractured, not just in terms of having comments on your blog posts on any number …
 
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John Leyden / The Register:
Defacement archive Zone-h gets defaced
James Turner / O'Reilly Radar:
ETech Preview: Inside Factory China, An Interview with Andrew Huang
Discussion: Slashdot
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
The Venture Industry Needs to Slash Its Investments
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Breaking: Facebook Launching New Pages Product This Month
Thanks:biznickman
Brad Haynes / Wall Street Journal:
Sprint Official Is Tapped to Shape Telecom Policy
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
FunMobility: iPhone isn't so hot at mobile flirting
 Earlier Items: 
Noam Friedlander / Telegraph:
Facebook and Google turn to booze to raise money during economic downturn
TuxRadar:
Browser benchmarks 2: even Wine beats Linux Firefox
internetnews.com:
Bill Joy on Reinventing Silicon Valley — Again
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Fed indictments tell how H-1B visas were used to undercut wages