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1:35 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, Thanks:atul
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: CrunchGear and First Look
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
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 …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Breaking: Facebook Launching New Pages Product This Month  —  Until now Facebook's Pages product had not been affected by the profile redesign.  Apparently that all is about to change.  According to a few brand managers that I've spoken to, Facebook is working on converting the fan page design to mimic the the new profile design.
Thanks:biznickman
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
The Venture Industry Needs to Slash Its Investments  —  Amid an IPO drought and the economic downturn, one investor believes that the venture industry should take the amount of money it puts into startups each year and slash it by nearly half, to between $15 billion and $20 billion.
Chris Snyder / Epicenter:
Twitter Could ‘Go for Years’ Without Earning a Dime, Investor Says  —  Apparently, Twitter doesn't need a business plan.  At least not for years to come.  —  “We've got a ton of cash.  We have far more cash then we need, so I'm not in any hurry,” said Todd Chaffee, General Partner at Institutional Venture Partners, or IVP.
 
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Brad Haynes / Wall Street Journal:
Sprint Official Is Tapped to Shape Telecom Policy
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
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Facebook and Google turn to booze to raise money during economic downturn
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Bill Joy on Reinventing Silicon Valley — Again
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Fed indictments tell how H-1B visas were used to undercut wages
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Cisco Pitches $250,000 Router as Valentine's Gift
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Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
UPDATED: Move Networks Lays Off 30% Of Company, John Edwards Still CEO
Kurt Soller / Newsweek:
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